Prof. Weishen Yang received PhD from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1990. He is a full professor of DICP, CAS since 1995; As a visiting scholar, he worked in Birmingham University, UK in 1989, and University of Southern California, USA in 2001. He received the 2nd prize in State Nature Science Award in 2015; the 1st prize in Guangdong Province Science and Technology Award in 2014; the 1st prize in Liaoning Province Nature Science Award in 2006.
Prof. Yang has published >300 referred journal papers (SCI citations >11,000; H-index 53) in Science, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., JACS, Adv. Mater., Nano Lett., AIChE J., J. Membrane Sci.…, 2 books, 4 book chapters and >60 patents on material synthesis with strong emphasis on the rational design and molecular-level engineering of functional nano-materials for applications in catalysis (e.g., catalytic conversion of C1-C4 alkanes), separation (e.g., zeolite membrane, MOF membrane, Pd membrane, and mixed-conducting membrane), and fuel cells (e.g., SOFC). He also scaled up the synthesis of Zeolite type-A membrane by microwave for the first time in the world and commercially applied the membrane in dewatering of iso-propanol in 2012 (50,000 t/a), ethanol in 2016 (30,000 t/a) and 2017 (100,000 t/a, the largest scale in the world).
His research is not only supported by national funding agencies such as the National Natural Science Funds of China for Distinguished Young Scholars, Ministry of Science and Technology of China and Chinese Academy of Science, but also by international companies such as BP (UK), UOP (USA), Rohm-Haas (USA), Teikoku Oil Co. (Japan), and Hyflux (Singapore).
In recent years, he was invited to give plenary lectures on 12th International Conference on Inorganic Membrane (ICIM) in the Netherlands 2012, 14th ICIM in USA 2016, and 19th National Zeolite Conference in Wuhan. He also served as co-chairmen of 7th International Zeolite Membrane Meeting held in Dalian, China, 2016.
Selected publications in recent years：
1. Liu Y, Ban YJ, Yang WS, Microstructural engineering and architectural design of metal-organic framework membranes, Adv. Mater., 29(2017)1606949.
2. Peng Y, Li YS, Ban YJ, Yang WS, Two-dimensional metal-organic framework nanosheets for membrane-based gas separation, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 56(2017)9757-9761.
3. Li WP, Zhu XF, Chen SG, Yang WS, Integration of nine steps into one membrane reactor to produce synthesis gases for ammonia and liquid fuel, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55(30)(2016)8566-8570
4. Ban YJ, Li ZJ, Li YS, Peng Y, Jin H, Jiao WM, Guo A, Wang P, Yang QY, Zhong CL, Yang WS, Confinement of ionic liquids in nanocages: Tailoring the molecular sieving properties of ZIF-8 for membrane-based CO2 capture, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 54(51)(2015)15483.
5. Yu TW, Chu WL, Cai R, Liu YC, Yang WS, In situ electrochemical synthesis of oriented and defect-free AEL molecular-sieve films using ionic liquids, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 54(44)(2015)13032-13035
6. Liu Y, Zhu XF, Li MR, O’Hayre RP, Yang WS, Nanoparticles at grain boundaries inhibit the phase transformation of perovskite membrane, Nano Lett., 15(11)(2015)7678-7683.
7. Peng Y, Li YS, Ban YJ, Jin H, Jiao WM, Liu XL, Yang WS, Metal-organic framework nanosheets as building blocks for molecular sieving membranes, Science, 346(6215)(2014)1356-1359.
8. Liu Y, Zhu XF, Li MR, Liu HY, Cong Y, Yang WS, Stabilization of low-temperature degradation in mixed ionic and electronic conducting perovskite oxygen permeation membranes, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 52(11)(2013)3232-3236.
9. Liu XL, Li YS, Zhu, GQ, Ban YJ, Xu LY, Yang WS, An organophilic pervaporation membrane derived from metal-organic framework nanoparticles for efficient recovery of bio-alcohols, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 50(45)(2011)10636-10639.
10. Liu Y, Li YS, Yang WS, Fabrication of highly b-oriented MFI film with molecular sieving properties by controlled in-plane secondary growth, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 132(6)(2010)1768.