Dr. Ruquan YE

PhD (Rice)

Assistant Professor of Department of Chemistry

Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-Y7525
Phone: +852 3442-9023
Fax: +852 3442-0522
Email: ruquanye@cityu.edu.hk
Web: www.ye-lab.com
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2543-9090
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Research Interests

  • sustainable energy conversion
  • environmental science
  • fluorescent materials
  • AoE:
  • Materials Science in Three Major Areas:
    Sustainable Energy Conversions such as Water Splitting and CO2 Electrification
    Laser-assisted Materials Manufacturing
    Fluorescent Nanomaterials

Dr. Ruquan Ye obtained his B.Sc in Chemistry from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2012), where he worked on fluorescent molecules under the supervision of Prof. Ben Zhong Tang. Then he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rice University (2017) under the supervision of Prof. James M. Tour. During his graduate study, he developed new methodologies for the synthesis of nanomaterials and applications in catalysis and photophysics. Afterwards, he worked as a postdoc associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Prof. Karthish Manthiram on electrochemical CO2 reduction and alcohol oxidation. He joined the City University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor in 2018.

Research Interests:

  • The use of laser-induced graphene in sustainable energy and environment
  • The development of electrocatalysts for water splitting, CO2 reduction and fuel cell technology

Selected Publications:

(Full list of publications at Google Scholar)

  • R. Ye*, J. M. Tour*. Graphene at Fifteen, ACS Nano, In Press (2019)
  • M. Zhu, J. Chen, L. Huang, R. Ye*, J. Xu, Y. Han*, Covalently Grafted Cobalt Porphyrin on Carbon Nanotube for Efficient CO 2 Electroreduction, Angewandte Chemie, 58, 6595-6599 (2019)
  • R. Ye,* D. K. James, J. M. Tour*. Laser-induced graphene: from discovery to translation. Advanced Materials, 31, 1803621 (2019)
  • R. Ye, D. K. James, J. M. Tour. Laser-induced graphene. Accounts of Chemical Research 51, 1609-1620 (2018)
  • Y. Chyan,^ R. Ye,^ Y. Li, S. Singh, C. Arnusch, J. M. Tour. Laser-induced graphene by multiple lasing: towards electronics on cloth, paper and food. ACS Nano, 12, 2176-2183 (2018)
  • R. Ye, X. Han, D. Kosynkin, Y. Li, C. Zhang, B. Jiang, A. A. Marti, J. M. Tour. Laser-induced conversion of Teflon into fluorinated nanodiamonds or fluorinated Graphene. ACS Nano 12, 1083-1088 (2018)
  • R. Ye, R. MendozaCruz, Y. Li, M. J. Yacaman, B. I. Yakobson, J. M. Tour. Manganese deception on graphene. Carbon, 132, 623-631 (2018)
  • M. Zhu,^ R. Ye,^ K. Jin, N. Lazouski, K. Manthiram. Elucidating reactivity and mechanism of CO2 electroreduction at highly dispersed cobalt phthalocyanine. ACS Energy Letters. 3, 1381-1386 (2018)
  • R. Ye, Y. Chyan, J. Zhang, Y. Li, X. Han, C. Kittrell, J. M. Tour. Laser-induced graphene formation on wood. Advanced Materials 29, (2017)
  • R. Ye, Y. Liu, Z. Peng, T. Wang, Y. Xu, B. I. Yakobson, S.-H. Wei and J. M. Tour. High performance electrocatalytic reaction of hydrogen and oxygen on ruthenium nanoclusters. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaceso 9, 3785-3791 (2017)
  • R. Ye, Y. Liu, H. Zhang, H. Su, L. Xu, R. Hu, R. T. K. Kwok, J. W. Y. Lam, W. Goddard III, B. Z. Tang. Non-conventional fluorescent biogenic and synthetic polymers without aromatic rings. Polymer Chemistry 8, 1722-1727 (2017)
  • R. Ye, P. D. A. Vicente, J. Arellano-Jimenez, Z. Peng, T. Wang, Y. Li, M. J. Yacaman, J. M. Tour. High-performance hydrogen evolution from MoS2(1-x)Px solid solution. Advanced Materials 28, 1427–1432 (2016)
  • R. Ye, Z. Peng, A. Metzger, J. Lin, J. A. Mann, K. Huang, C. Xiang, X. Fan, E.L.G. Samuel, L. B. Alemany, A. A. Martí, J. M. Tour. Bandgap engineering of coal-derived graphene quantum dots. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 7, 7041-7048 (2015)
  • R. Ye, Z. Peng, T. Wang, Y. Xu, J. Zhang, L. G. Nilewski, J. Lin, J. M. Tour. In situ formation of metal oxide nanocrystals embedded in laser-induced graphene. ACS Nano 9, 9244-9251 (2015)
  • R. Ye, C. Xiang, J. Lin, Z. Peng, K. Huang, Z. Yan, N. P. Cook, E. L.G. Samuel, C. Hwang, G. Ruan, G. Ceriotti, A. O. Raji, A. A. Martí, J. M. Tour. Coal as an abundant source of graphene quantum dots. Nature Communications 6 (2013)
  • Z. Li, R. Ye, R. Feng, Y. Kang, X. Zhu, J. M. Tour, Z. Fang. Graphene quantum dots doping of MoS2 monolayers. Advanced Materials 27, 5235-5240 (2015)
  • H. Fei, R. Ye, G. Ye, Y. Gong, Z. Peng, X. Fan, E.L.G. Samuel, P.M. Ajayan, J. M. Tour. Boron-and nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots/graphene hybrid nanoplatelets as efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction. ACS Nano 8 10837-10843 (2014)