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    Judith C. Yang

    Guest Professor, School of Materials Sci & Eng, Xi’an Jiaotong University
    Nickolas A. DeCecco Professor, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh


    Oxidation, catalysis, surface reactions, gas-metal reactions, nanoparticles, nanostructures, advanced transmission electron microscopy, especially in situ and quantitative.


    • Professor                                 9/09 – to date
    • Chemical Engineering         7/10 – to date
    • Physics (Secondary Appointment) 8/06 – to date


    • 9/09 – 8/10
      University of Pittsburgh, Mechanical Eng. & Materials Science
    • 9/06 – 8/09
      University of Pittsburgh, Mechanical Eng. & Materials Science
      Associate Professor  
    • 9/04 – 8/06
      University of Pittsburgh, Materials Science & Engineering
      Associate Professor  
    • 1/99 – 8/04
      University of Pittsburgh, Materials Science & Engineering.
      Assistant Professor 
    • 10/95 – 12/98
      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Physics Dept.
      Visiting Lecturer and Post-doctoral Research Associate in the laboratory of J. Murray Gibson.  
    • 11/93 - 9/95
      Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany
      NSF International Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the laboratory of Manfred Rühle.  

    Visiting Positions

    • 4/06-7/06
      Oxford University, UK, Materials Science Dept, Visiting Professor
    • 1/06 – 4/06
      Cambridge University, UK, Materials Science Dept,  Visiting Professor
    • 5/04-8/04
      NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, NASA Faculty Fellow


    • 1993
      Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 Ph.D.  Physics (minor: Materials Science & Engineering)
      Thesis title: “The Structure of NiO-NiPt-Pt Interfaces”
      Thesis Advisor: Stephen L. Sass (Materials Science and Engineering)
      Thesis Committee:  Robert Silsbee (Physics), 
    • 1989
      Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 M.S. Physics
    • 1986
      University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720
      B.A. Physics 


    • 2011  Nickolas A. DeCecco Professorship
    • 2005  Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award – Junior Faculty
    • 2004  B.P. America Faculty Fellow
    • 2003  NASA Faculty Fellowship
    • 2002  NSF Career Award
    • 1993  "International Postdoctoral Fellows Program:  The study of metal-ceramic interfaces by electron energy loss spectroscopy", NSF Grant No. INT 9301705.

    Selected Publications

    • B. Roldan Cuenya, J. R. Croy, S. Mostafa, F. Behafarid, L. Li, Z. Zhang, J.C. Yang, Q. Wang, A. Frenkel, ”Solving the structure of size-selected Pt nanocatalysts synthesized by inverse micelle encapsulation”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1 (25)2, 8747-8756 (2010).
    • K. Guy, H. Xu, C. Werth, J. Yang, J. Shapley, "Catalytic Nitrate and Nitrite Reduction with PdCu/PVP Colloids in Water: Composition, Structure and Reactivity Correlations”, J. Physical Chemistry C, 113 (19), 8177-85 (2009).
    • G.W. Zhou, X. Chen, D. Gallagher and J.C. Yang, "Percolating oxide film growth during Cu(111) oxidation”, Applied Physics Letters, 93, 123104 (2008)
    • Zhenyu Liu, L. Ci, V. Srot, N.Y. Jin-Phillipp, P. A. van Aken, M. Ruhle and J. C. Yang, “Crystalline SiC nanocones and heterostructures induced by released iron nanoparticles”, Applied Physics Letters, 93, 233113, (2008)
    • X. Teng, W. Han, Q. Wang, L. Li, A. I. Frenkel, J. C. Yang, “Hybrid Pt/Au nanowires: synthesis and electronic structure”, J. Phys. Chem. C. (Letters), 112, 14696-14701 (2008).
    • X. Han, R. McAfee, J. C. Yang, "Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulations of the Dramatic Effects of Attachment Probability and Potential Gradients on Island Morphology Variations under Heteroepitaxial Growth Conditions", J. Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, 5, 117–128 (2008). 
    • L. Long, T, Minton and J. C. Yang, "Morphological Changes at a Silver Surface Resulting from Exposure to Hyperthermal Atomic Oxygen”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 111 (18), 6763-6771 (2007), cover article.
    • L. D. Menard, F. Xu, R. G. Nuzzo, and J. C. Yang, “Preparation of TiO2-suupported Au nanoparticle catalysts from a Au13 cluster precursor: Ligand removal using ozone exposure versus a rapid thermal treatment”,J. Catalysis, 243, 64-73 (2006). 
    • G.W. Zhou, L. Wang, R.C. Birtcher, P.M. Baldo, J.E. Pearson, J.C. Yang, J.A. Eastman, “Cu2O island shape transition during Cu-Au oxidation”, Physical Review Letters, 96 (2006). 
    • L. Wang, G. Zhou, J. Eastman, J.C. Yang, "Initial Oxidation Kinetics and Energetics of Cu0.5Au0.5 (001) Film Investigated by in situ Ultrahigh Vacuum Transmission Electron Microscopy", Surface Science, 600, p. 2372 (2006) 
    • M. Kisa, T, Minton and J. C. Yang, "Homogeneous Silica Formed by the Oxidation of Si(100) in Hyperthermal Atomic Oxygen”, Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets, 43(2), pp 431-435 (2006). 





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    28 West Xianning Rd., The Building of Materials Science and Engineering, Xi'an, Shaanxi, P.R.China 710049