Zhenzhen Yang

R&D Associate - Synthesis for Catalysis and Separations Scientist

Below is the Education, Training, Research and Professional Experience, Synergistic Activities and Selected Publications of Dr. Zhenzhen Yang. She is currently a Research and Development Associate in the Chemical Sciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Education And Training 

  • 2013 - Nankai University: Tianjin, China 
    • Organic Chemistry, Ph.D., 
  • 2004 - Central China Normal University: Wuhan, China
    • Chemistry, B.S.


Research And Professional Experience

  • 2020 - Present: R&D Associate Staff Member, Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • 2018 - 2020: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • 2015 - 2018: Associate Professor, Key Laboratory of Colloid, Interface and Thermodynamics, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • 2013 - 2015: Assistant Professor, Key Laboratory of Colloid, Interface and Thermodynamics, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Synergistic Activities

Zhenzhen is a referee for leading journals in the fields of Chemistry, Green Chemistry, Catalysis and Environmental Science (Green Chemistry, Chemical Communication, Advanced Functional Materials, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Nanotechnology, etc,). She is also an Academic Member of the American Chemical Society.


Selected Publications

1. Chen, H.; Fan, J.; Fu, Y.; Do-Thanh, C.-L.; Suo, X.; Wang, T.; Popovs, I.; Jiang, D.-e.; Yuan, Y.; Yang, Z.; Dai, S. Benzene Ring Knitting Achieved by Ambient-Temperature Dehalogenation via Mechanochemical Ullmann-Type Reductive Coupling. Adv. Mater. 2021, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.202008685.

2. Luo, Y.; Yang, Z.; Suo, X.; Chen, H.; Wang, T.; Wang, Z.; Liu, Y.; Lyu, Y.; Popovs, I.; Dai, S. Robust perfluorinated porous organic networks: Succinct synthetic strategy and application in chlorofluorocarbons adsorption. Nano Research 2021, DOI:10.1007/s12274-021-3339-6.

3. Yuan, Y.; Wang, T.; Chen, H.; Mahurin, S. M.; Luo, H.; Veith, G. M.; Yang, Z.; Dai, S. Ambient Temperature Graphitization Based on Mechanochemical Synthesis. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2020, 59 (49), 21935.

4. Yang, Z.; Wang, T.; Chen, H.; Suo, X.; Halstenberg, P.; Lyu, H.; Jiang, W.; Mahurin, S. M.; Popovs, I.; Dai, S. Surpassing the Organic Cathode Performance for Lithium-Ion Batteries with Robust Fluorinated Covalent Quinazoline Networks. ACS Energy Lett. 2020, 6 (1), 41.

5. Yang, Z.; Guo, W.; Mahurin, S. M.; Wang, S.; Chen, H.; Cheng, L.; Jie, K.; Meyer, H. M., III; Jiang, D.-e.; Liu, G.; Jin, W.; Popovs, I.; Dai, S. Surpassing Robeson Upper Limit for CO2/N2 Separation with Fluorinated Carbon Molecular Sieve Membranes. Chem 2020, 6 (3), 631.

6. Yang, Z.; Chen, H.; Wang, S.; Guo, W.; Wang, T.; Suo, X.; Jiang, D.-e.; Zhu, X.; Popovs, I.; Dai, S. Transformation Strategy for Highly Crystalline Covalent Triazine Frameworks: From Staggered AB to Eclipsed AA Stacking. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142 (15), 6856.

7. Chen, H.; Yang, S. Z.; Yang, Z.; Lin, W.; Xu, H.; Wan, Q.; Suo, X.; Wang, T.; Jiang, D. E.; Fu, J.; Dai, S. Sinter-Resistant Nanoparticle Catalysts Achieved by 2D Boron Nitride-Based Strong Metal-Support Interactions: A New Twist on an Old Story. ACS Cent. Sci. 2020, 6 (9), 1617.

8. Yang, Z.; Chen, H.; Li, B.; Guo, W.; Jie, K.; Sun, Y.; Jiang, D.-e.; Popovs, I.; Dai, S. Topotactically From Pyrylium to Phosphabenzene-Functionalized Porous Organic Polymers: Efficient Ligands in CO2 Conversion. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58 (39), 13763.

9. Chen, H.; Yang, Z.; Zhang, Z.; Chen, Z.; Chi, M.; Wang, S.; Fu, J.; Dai, S. Construction of a nanoporous highly crystalline hexagonal boron nitride from an amorphous precursor for catalytic dehydrogenation. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58 (31), 10626.

10. Chen, H.; Yang, Z.; Guo, W.; Dunlap, J. R.; Liang, J.; Sun, Y.; Jie, K.; Wang, S.; Fu, J.; Dai, S. From highly purified boron nitride to boron nitride-based heterostructures: an inorganic precursor-based strategy. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2019, 29 (50), 1906284.