Researcher biography

Yang Bai is  currently UQ Development Fellow working in Nanomaterials Centre, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia. He received his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering under the supervision of Professor Lianzhou Wang at UQ, Australia in 2014. In early 2015, he joined a world-leading group led by Professor Jinsong Huang at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, US (now at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) as a postdoctoral research associate. In 2017, Dr. Bai was awarded a prestigious UQ Development Fellowship and is currently leading a sub-group (solar cell) in Professor Lianzhou Wang's group at AIBN.

Research Overview
Dr. Bai’s research focuses on the design and synthesis of functional semiconductor materials for new-generation thin film solar cells, integrated energy systems, and photocatalysis. As a leading Chief Investigator, he has secured one UQ grant and one industry grant, totalling more than $750,000. Dr. Bai has contributed 42 publications (including one first-author book chapter) in top-ranking journals such as Nature Communications, Nature Energy, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials, Advanced Functional Materials, and Energy & Environmental Science. As an early career researcher, his publications have attracted more than 1566 citations with an H-index of 24 (Google Scholar, 26th September 2018). He also has filed two US patents and one Australia patent. Dr. Bai has won some prestigious Fellowships including UQ Development Fellowship and JSPS Fellowship of Japan (declined).

Teaching and RHD supervision activities

 •    Lecturer of fourth year undergraduate course CHEE4301 Nanomaterials & Their Characterisation and postgraduate course MATE7013 Advanced Manufacturing
•    Research Supervision:  currently co-supervisor of three PhD students and one master student

Current Projects

•    High performance, low-cost integrated system for low-grade waste heat recovery, (2018-2021), HBIS-Innovation Centre for Sustainable Steel (leading CI)
•    Development of Efficient and Stable Solution-processed Thin Film Solar Cells, (2017-2020), UQ Development Fellowship

Top Publications

1.    Y. Deng, X. Zheng, Y. Bai, Q. Wang, J. Zhao, J. Huang*, Surfactant-controlled ink drying enables high-speed deposition of perovskite films for efficient photovoltaic modules, Nature Energy, 2018, 3, 560-566
2.    P. Shen, M. Yao, G. Wang, R. Mi, W. Guo, Y. Bai*, L. Shen*, High-Efficiency Polymer Solar Cells with Low Temperature Solution-Processed SnO2 Nanocrystals as Electron Transport Layer, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2018, 6, 17401-17408
3.    T. Butburee#, Y. Bai#, H. Wang, H. Chen, Z. Wang, G. Liu*, J. Zou, P. Khemthong, G. (Max) Lu, L. Wang*, Two-dimensional porous TiO2 single-crystalline nanostructure demonstrating high photoelectrochemical water splitting performance, Advanced Materials, 2018, 30, 1705666 (#equal contribution)
4.    P. Chen, Y. Bai*, S. Wang, M. Lyu, J. Yun, L. Wang*, In-situ growth of two-dimensional perovskite capping layer for stable and efficient perovskite solar cells, Advanced Functional Materials, 2018, 28, 1706923, selected as Frontispiece
5.    P. Chen, Y. Bai*, M. Lyu, J. Yun, M. Hao, L. Wang*, Progress and perspective in low-dimensional metal halide perovskites for optoelectronic applications, Solar RRL, 2018, 1700186
6.    Y. Bai, Q, Dong, Y. Shao, Y. Deng, Q, Wang, L. Shen, D. Wang, W. Wei, J. Huang*, Enhancing Stability and Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Cells with Crosslinkable Silane-Functionalized and Doped Fullerene, Nature Communication, 2016, 7: 12806 ESI highly cited paper
7.    B. Chen#, Y, Bai#, Z, Yu#, T, Li, X. Zheng, Q. Dong, L. Shen, M. Boccard, A. Gruverman, Z. Holman, J. Huang*, Efficient Semitransparent Perovskite Solar Cells for 23.0%-Efficiency Perovskite/Silicon Four-Terminal Tandem Cells, Advanced Energy Materials, 2016, 6, 1601128 (#equal contribution), ESI highly cited paper
8.    X. Zheng, B. Chen, J. Dai, Y. Fang, Y. Bai, Y. Lin, H. Wei, X.C. Zeng, J. Huang*, Defect Passivation in Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells Using Quaternary Ammonium Halide Anions and Cations, Nature Energy, 2017, 2 (7), 17102. ESI highly cited paper
9.    Y. Bai, C. Han, X. Chen, H. Yu, X. Zong, Z. Li*, L. Wang*, Boosting the efficiency of quantum dot sensitized solar cells up to 7.11% through simultaneous engineering of photocathode and photoanode, Nano Energy, 2015, 13, 609-619.
10.    Y. Bai, H. Yu, Z. Li, R. Amal, G. (Max) Lu, L. Wang*, In Situ Growth of a ZnO Nanowire Network within a TiO2 Nanoparticle Film for Enhanced Dye‐Sensitized Solar Cell Performance, Advanced Materials, 2012, 24 (43), 5850-5856. Frontispiece, ESI highly cited paper