Chongyin Yang

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Intrinsic polarization of ferroelectrics (FE) helps separate photon-generated charge carriers thus enhances photovoltaic effects. However, traditional FE with transition-metal cations (M) of d⁰ electron in MO₆ network typically has a band gap (E(g)) exceeding 3.0 eV. Although a smaller E(g) (2.6 eV) can be obtained in multiferroic BiFeO₃, the value is still(More)
Carbon-based supercapacitors can provide high electrical power, but they do not have sufficient energy density to directly compete with batteries. We found that a nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous few-layer carbon has a capacitance of 855 farads per gram in aqueous electrolytes and can be bipolarly charged or discharged at a fast, carbon-like speed. The(More)
Modification of rutile titanium dioxide (TiO2) for hydrogen generation and water cleaning is a grand challenge due to the chemical inertness of rutile, while such inertness is a desired merit for its stability in photoelectrochemical applications. Herein, we report an innovative two-step method to prepare a core-shell nanostructured S-doped rutile TiO2(More)
Low-temperature aluminum (Al) reduction is first introduced to reduce graphene oxide (GO) at 100-200 °C in a two-zone furnace. The melted Al metal exhibits an excellent deoxygen ability to produce well-crystallized reduced graphene oxide (RGO) papers with a low O/C ratio of 0.058 (Al-RGO), compared with 0.201 in the thermally reduced one (T-RGO). The Al-RGO(More)
The polyhedral CoS(2) with a narrow size distribution was synthesized by a facile solid-state assembly process in a sealed silica tube. The flux of potassium halide (KX; X = Cl, Br, I) plays a crucial role in the formation of polyhedrons and the size distribution. The S(2)(2-) groups in CoS(2) can be controllably withdrawn during heat treatment in air. The(More)
Nanostrcutured particles and polycrystalline thin films of Sn-doped chalcopyrite are synthesized by newly-developed methods. Surprisingly, Sn doping introduces a narrow partially filled intermediate band (IB) located ~1.7 eV (CuGaS(2)) and ~0.8 eV (CuInS(2)) above the valance band maximum in the forbidden band gap. Diffuse reflection spectra and(More)
Not always black and white: Gray TiO2 nanowires with high photocatalytic activity have been successfully synthesized by aluminum-mediated reduction in a two-zone furnace. These wires, which possess a core (TiO(2-x))/shell (TiO2 ) structure, exhibit visible-light and even IR absorption with high photocatalytic activity, far exceeding that of commercial(More)
Increasing the electrical conductivity of pseudocapacitive materials without changing their morphology is an ideal structural solution to realize both high electrochemical performance and superior flexibility for an all solid state supercapacitor (ASSSC). Herein, we fabricate a flexible ASSSC device employing black titania (TiO2-x:N) decorated(More)
A new super-concentrated aqueous electrolyte is proposed by introducing a second lithium salt. The resultant ultra-high concentration of 28 m led to more effective formation of a protective interphase on the anode along with further suppression of water activities at both anode and cathode surfaces. The improved electrochemical stability allows the use of(More)
Supercapacitors suffer either from low capacitance for carbon or derivate electrodes or from poor electrical conductivity and electrochemical stability for metal oxide or conducting polymer electrodes. Transition metal nitrides possess fair electrical conductivity but superior chemical stability, which may be desirable candidates for supercapacitors.(More)