Prof Ning YAN

Principal Investigator

Assoc Prof Yan Ning received his PhD (Chemistry) in 2009 and his BE (Chemistry) in 2004 at Peking University, China. He joined the National University of Singapore (NUS) as an Assistant Professor and established the Lab of Green Catalysis in 2012. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2018. His major research interest includes catalytic conversion of renewable carbon sources, green chemistry & engineering, and catalyst development. He was recently awarded with the NUS Young Researcher Award 2019 for his contributions to the conversion of biomass to value-added chemicals and the fields of nano- and single-atom catalysis.

Singapore - NUS


C4T extended projects

Research Interest

- Biomass conversion
- Nanocatalysis
- Green chemistry

Key Publications

Google Scholar Link

Guo, Zhen, Ning Yan, and Alexei A. Lapkin. 2019. ‘Towards Circular Economy: Integration of Bio-Waste into Chemical Supply Chain’. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering 26 (December): 148–56.

Z. Zhang, Y. Zhu, H. Asakura, B. Zhang, J. Zhang, M. Zhou, Y. Han, T. Tanaka, A. Wang, T. Zhang, N. Yan* “Thermally Stable Single Atom Pt/m-Al2O3 for Selective Hydrogenation and CO Oxidation” Nature Commun. 8, 16100, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms16100.

B. Zhang, H. Asakura, J. Zhang, J. Zhang, S. De, N. Yan* “Stabilizing Pt1 Single-atom Catalyst on Four-fold Hollow Sites on Supported Phosphomolybdic Acid without Compromising Activity” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 8319 – 8323.

Y. Wang, S. De, N. Yan* “Rational Control of Nano-scale Metal-catalysts for Biomass Conversion” Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 6210 – 6224 (Invited Feature Article, Inside Front Cover).

N. Yan*, X. Chen “Don't Waste Seafood Waste” Nature, 2015, 524, 155 – 157 (Invited Comment).

Y. Gao, X. Chen, J. Zhang, H. Asakura, T. Tanaka, K. Teramura, D. Ma*, N. Yan* “Popping of Graphite Oxide: Application in Preparing Metal Nanoparticle Catalysts” Adv. Mater., 2015, 27, 4688 – 4694.


2022 Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher