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Dr Yunxia Yang is a passionate and devoted research scientist. Since her PhD, she has published many high impact articles with high citation and was invited for journal reviews and international conferences. Her research area has primarily spanned from gas separation to catalysis (thermal, photocatalytic and plasma catalysis) with the focus on novel materials and processes for H2 and CO2 utilisation and have led and am leading strategic projects, CERC Postdoc projects, H2ES FSP projects and commercial projects in relevant areas. Her research goals are to develop or improve materials as well as novel technology solutions in order to increase process efficiency for low emission fuel production.

To-date, she has co-supervised PhD students from local universities including but not limited to UNSW, University of Sydney, Monash University, Melbourne Uni., Swinburne Uni, RMIT and Griffith Uni. and Chinese Scholarship Council sponsored postgraduate students, visiting scholars from overseas universities and postdocs. She also supervised undergraduate students and work experience students to facilitate their career development.

She has a strong external engagement with industries including SMEs ( for example, Beyond H2 Pty. Ltd), Jemena, Sydney Water, CRC CO2, OSAKA Gas, Helmont Energy, Yarra Valley Water, BOC and etc. She also has strong international connections with collaborators from University of Liverpool, University of Antwerp, Tohoku University , Chinese Academy of Science and Tokyo Institute of Technology and have established biliteral collaboration projects through different funding channels. She is one of the organising committee members for a domestic plasma community.

Current Roles

  • Senior Research Scientist
    Project and opportunity development and establishment; Lead strategic projects, CERC Postdoc projects, H2ES FSP projects and commercial projects; Project management and delivery; Client facing and external engagement; Team work and collaboration at all levels internally and externally; Supervise junior staff, students;

Academic Qualifications

  • 2009

    Monash University

  • 1997

    Master of Science
    Sichuan University

  • 1994

    Bachelor of Chemical Engieering
    Sichuan University

Professional Experiences

  • 2009-2012

    Postdoc Fellow

  • 2007-2009

    Monash Uni

  • 2003-2004

    Research Fellow

  • 2002-2003

    Research Fellow
    Houston University

  • 1997-2001

    Research Assistant
    Tsinghua University

Other highlights

  • 2009-2010

    Wu, Z.X., Y.X. Yang, D. Gu, Q. Li, D. Feng, Z.X. Chen, B. Tu, P.A. Webley, and D.Y. Zhao, Silica-Templated Synthesis of Ordered Mesoporous Tungsten Carbide/Graphitic Carbon Composites with Nanocrystalline Walls and High Surface Areas via a Temperature-Programmed Carburization Route. Small, 2009. (Impact factor: 9.598; Citation: 65)

  • 2011 -2012

    Yang, Y.X., K. Chiang, and N. Burke, Porous carbon-supported catalysts for energy and environmental applications: A short review. Catalysis Today, 2011. (Impact factor: 4.667; Citation: 168)

  • 2011-2012

    Yang, Y.X., C.M. Brown, C.X. Zhao, A.L. Chaffee, B. Nick, D.Y. Zhao, P.A. Webley, J. Schalch, J.M. Simmons, Y. Liu, J.H. Her, C.E. Buckley, and D.A. Sheppard, Micro-channel development and hydrogen adsorption properties in templated microporous carbons containing platinum nanoparticles. Carbon, 2011. (Impact factor: 7.082; Citation: 29)

  • 2012-2013

    Konstas, K., T. Osl, Y.X. Yang, M. Batten, N. Burke, A.J. Hill, and M.R. Hill, Methane storage in metal organic frameworks. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2012. (Impact factor: 6.626; Citation: 108)

  • 2013-2014

    Yuan, W.N., Z.J. Pan, X. Li, Y.X. Yang, C.X. Zhao, L.D. Connell, S.D. Li, and J.M. He, Experimental study and modelling of methane adsorption and diffusion in shale. Fuel, 2014. (Impact factor: 4.601; Citation: 181)