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Dr. ZONG Yun

Senior Scientist I / Research Councillor, Strategic Research Office


Electronic Materials (ELE) Department

6416 8931

2 Fusionopolis Way, Innovis #08-03 Singapore 138634

Research Details

-Nanostructured materials for energy storage

-Electrocatalysis for energy conversion and storage

-Advanced batteries

-Materials chemistry

-Nanostructured materials

-Battery chemistry and materials

Development of functional materials for advanced batteries

10.2017 - present

Research Councilor, Strategic Research Office, IMRE

04.2017 - present

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore (NUS)

04.2014 - present

Senior Scientist I, Department of Electronic Materials, IMRE

12.2013 - present

Manager, Advanced Energy Storage Research Programme, Science and Engineering Research Council, A*STAR

04.2016 - 09.2017

Head, Department of Molecular Materials, IMRE

04.2014 - 11.2015

Co-Head, Technology Development, Director’s Office

11.2013 - 06.2015

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National University of Singapore

04.2013 - 03.2016

Manager, Advanced Energy Storage Laboratory, IMRE

09.2012 - 08.2015

Manager, Molecular Materials Laboratory, IMRE

04.2012 - 03.2014

Scientist III, Synthesis & Integration Capability Group, IMRE

04.2011 - 04.2014

Deputy Head, Synthesis & Integration Capability Group, IMRE

01.2011 - 12.2012

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore

04.2009 - 03.2012

Scientist II, Synthesis & Integration Capability Group, IMRE

04.2007 - 03.2009

Senior Research Engineering, Synthesis & Integration Capability Group, IMRE

02.2004 - 03.2007

Research Associate, Micro & Nano System Cluster, IMRE

12.2002 - 12.2003

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Materials Science, NUS

Ph.D. (Materials Science), Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research & Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, 2002

M.Sc. (Chemistry), Wuhan University, PR China, 1997

B.Sc. (Chemistry), Wuhan University, PR China, 1994
Editorial Board, Translational Materials Research, IOP, United Kingdom

Associate Editor, Journal of Molecular and Engineering Materials, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore

Member, American Chemical Society

Member, Royal Society of Chemistry

Member, Singapore National Institute of Chemistry
  • B. Li, J.Y. Quan, A. Loh, J.W. Chai, Y. Chen, C.L. Tan, X.M. Ge, T.S.A. Hor, Z.L. Liu, H. Zhang, Y. Zong, “A Robust Hybrid Zn-Battery with Ultralong Cycle Life”, Nano Lett. 2017, 17, 156-163.

  • A. Sumboja, M. Lübke, Y. Wang, T. An, Y. Zong, Z.L. Liu, “All-Solid-State, Foldable, and Rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries based on Manganese Oxide Grown on Graphene Coated Carbon Cloth Air Cathode”, Adv. Energy Mater. 2017, 7, 1700927.

  • N. Ding, X.D. Li, S.W. Chien, Z.L. Liu, Y. Zong, “In-situ monitoring viscosity change of electrolyte in a Li-S battery”, Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 10152-10155.

  • Z.F. Dai, H.B. Geng, J. Wang, Y.B. Luo, B. Li, Y. Zong, J. Yang, Y.Y. Guo, Y. Zheng, X. Wang, Q.Y. Yan, “Hexagonal-Phase cobalt monophosphosulphide for Highly Efficient Overall Water Splitting”, ACS Nano 2017, 11, 11031–11040.

  • H.S. Fan, H. Yu, Y.F. Zhang, Y. Zheng, Y.B. Luo, Z.F. Dai, B. Li, Y. Zong, Q.Y. Yan, “Fe Doped Ni3C nanodots in N-doped carbon nanosheets for efficient hydrogen-evolution and oxygen-evolution electrocatalyst”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 12566-12570.

  • B. Li, J.W. Chai, X.M. Ge, T. An, P.C. Lim, Z.L. Liu, Y Zong, “Sheet-on-Sheet Hierarchical Nanostructured C@MnO2 for Zn-Air and Zn-MnO2 Batteries”, ChemNanoMat 2017, 3, 401-405.

  • J.Z. Chen, X.-J. Wu, Y. Gong, Y.H. Zhu, Z.Z. Yang, B. Li, Q.P. Lu, Y. F. Yu, S.K. Han, Z.C. Zhang, Y. Zong, Y. Han, L. Gu, H. Zhang, “Edge Epitaxy of Two-dimensional MoSe2 and MoS2 Nanosheets on One-dimensional Nanowires”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 8653-8660.

  • B. Li, S.W. Chien, X.M. Ge, J.W. Chai, X.Y. Goh, K.T. Nai, T.S.A. Hor, Z.L. Liu, Y. Zong, “Ni/NiOx-decorated Carbon Nanofibers with Enhanced Oxygen Evolution Activity for Rechargeable Zinc-Air Batteries”, Mater. Chem. Front. 2017, 1, 677-682.

  • A. Sumboja, J.W. Chen, Y. Zong, P.S. Lee, Z.L. Liu, “NiMn Layered Double Hydroxide as Efficient Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Evolution Reaction and its Application in Rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries”, Nanoscale 2017, 9, 774-780.

  • R. Rajagopalan, B. Chen, Z.C. Zhang, X.-L. Wu , Y.H. Du, Y. Huang, B. Li, Y. Zong, J. Wang, G.-H. Nam, M. Sindoro, S.X. Dou, H.K. Liu and H. Zhang, “Improved Reversibility of Fe3+/Fe4+ Redox Couple in Sodium Super Ion Conductor Type Na3Fe2(PO4)3 for Sodium-Ion Batteries”, Adv. Mater. 2017, 29, 1605694.

  • D.S. Geng, N. Ding, T.S.A. Hor, S.W. Chien, Z.L. Liu, D. Wuu, X.L. Sun, Y. Zong, “From Lithium-Oxygen to Lithium-Air Batteries: Challenges and Opportunities”, Adv. Energy Mater. 2016, 6, 1502164.

  • Z. Luo, C. Tan, X. Zhang, J. Chen, X. Cao, B. Li, Y. Zong, L. Huang, L. Wang, X. Huang, W. Huang, H. Zhang, “Preparation of cobalt sulfide nanoparticle-decorated nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide aerogel used as a highly efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction”, Small 2016, 12, 5920-5926.

  • X.M. Ge, Y.H. Du, B. Li, T.S.A. Hor, M. Sindoro, Y. Zong, H. Zhang, Z.L. Liu, “Intrinsically Conductive Perovskite Oxides with Enhanced Stability and Electrocatalytic Activity for Oxygen Reduction Reactions”, ACS Catal. 2016, 6, 7865-7871.

  • Z.C. Zhang, Z.M. Luo, B. Chen, C. Wei, J.Z. Chen, X. Zhang, Z.C. Lai, Z.X. Fan, C.L. Tan, M.T. Zhao, Q.P. Lu, B. Li, Y. Zong, C.C. Yan, G.X. Wang, Z.C. Xu, H. Zhang, “One-Pot Synthesis of Highly Anisotropic Five Fold-Twinned PtCu Nanoframes Used as Efficient Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction”, Adv. Mater. 2016, 28, 8712-8717.

  • A. Sumboja, X.M. Ge, G.Y. Zheng, F.W.T. Goh, T.S.A. Hor, Y. Zong, Z.L. Liu, “Durable rechargeable zinc-air batteries with neutral electrolyte and manganese oxide catalyst”, J. Power Sources 2016, 332, 330-336.

  • N. Ding, L. Zhou, C.W. Zhou, D.S. Geng, J. Yang, S.W. Chien, Z.L. Liu, M.-F. Ng, A.S. Yu, T. S.A. Hor, M. B. Sullivan, Y. Zong, “Building better lithium-sulfur batteries: from LiNO3 to solid oxide catalyst”, Sci. Rep. 2016, 6, 33154.

  • Z.X. Fan, Z.M. Luo, Y. Chen, J. Wang, B. Li, Y. Zong, H. Zhang, “Synthesis of 4H/fcc-Au@M (M=Ir, Os, IrOs) core-shell nanoribbons for electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction”, Small 2016, 12, 3908-3913.

  • Z.J. Wang, B. Li, X.M. Ge, F.W.T. Goh, X. Zhang, G.J. Du, D. Wuu, Z.L. Liu, T.S.A. Hor, H. Zhang, Y. Zong, “Co@Co3O4@PPD core@bishell nanoparticles based composite as an efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction”, Small 2016, 12, 2580-2587.

  • Y. Zhang, H.W. Wang, Z.Z. Luo, H.T. Tan, B. Li, S.N. Sun, Z. Li, Y. Zong, Z.C.J. Xu, K.A. Khor, Q.Y. Yan, “An air-stable densely packed phosphorene-graphene composite towards advanced lithium storage properties”, Adv. Energy Mater. 2016, 6, 1600453.

  • B. Li, Y. Chen, X.M. Ge, J.W. Chai, T.S.A. Hor, Z.L. Liu, H. Zhang, Y. Zong, “Mussel-inspired one-pot synthesis of transition-metal and nitrogen co-doped carbon (M/N-C) as efficient oxygen catalyst for Zn-air batteries”, Nanoscale 2016, 8, 5067-5075.

  • L. Zhou, N. Ding, J. Yang, Y. Zong, Z.L. Liu, A.S. Yu, “Sulfur encapsulated in Mo4O11–anchored ultralight graphene for high-energy lithium sulfur batteries”, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2016, 4, 3679-3687.

  • W.P. Sun, X.H. Rui, D. Yang, B. Li, W.Y. Zhang, J. Franklin, Y. Zong, S. Madhavi, Q.Y. Yan, “Two-Dimensional Tin Disulfide Nanosheets for Enhanced Sodium Storage”, ACS Nano 2015, 9, 11371-11381.

  • D.S. Geng, N. Ding, T.S.A. Hor, S.W. Chien, Z.L. Liu, Y. Zong, “Investigation on the cyclability of lithium-oxygen cells in confined potential window using cathode of pre-filled discharge products”, Chem. Asian J. 2015, 10, 2182-2189.

  • Y. Zhang, W. Sun, X. Rui, B. Li, H.T. Tan, G. Guo, S. Madhavi, Y. Zong, Q. Yan, “Tunable Crystalline Ni3S4@ Amorphous MoS2 Core/Shell Nanospheres for High-Performance Supercapacitors”, Small 2015, 11, 3694-3702.

  • X.M. Ge, A. Sumboja, D. Wuu, T. An, B. Li, F.W.T. Goh, T.S.A. Hor, Y. Zong, Z.L. Liu, “Oxygen reduction in alkaline media: from mechanisms to recent advances of catalysts”, ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 4643-4667.

  • B. Li, D.S. Geng, X.S. Lee, X.M. Ge, J.W. Chai, Z.J. Wang, J. Zhang, Z.L. Liu, T.S.A. Hor, Y. Zong, “Eggplant-Derived Microporous Carbon Sheets: Towards Mass Production of Efficient Bifunctional Oxygen Electrocatalyst at Low Cost for Rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries”, Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 8841-8844.

  • X.M. Ge, F.W.T. Goh, B. Li, T.S.A. Hor, J. Zhang, P. Xiao, X. Wang, Y. Zong, Z.L. Liu, “Efficient and durable oxygen reduction and evolution of hydrothermally synthesized La(Co0.55Mn0.45)0.99O3-δ nanorod/graphene hybrid in alkaline media”, Nanoscale 2015, 7, 9046-9054.

  • N. Ding, S.F. Chen, D.S. Geng, S.W. Chien, T. An, T.S.A. Hor, Z.L. Liu, S.H. Yu, Y. Zong, “Tellurium@ordered macroporous carbon composite and free-standing tellurium mat as cathode materials for rechargeable lithium-tellurium Batteries”, Adv. Energy Mater. 2015, 5, 1401999.

  • B. Li, X.M. Ge, F.W.T. Goh, T.S.A. Hor, D.S. Geng, G.J. Du, Z.L. Liu, J. Zhang, X.G. Liu, Y. Zong, “Co3O4 nanoparticles decorated carbon nanofiber mat as binder-free air-cathode for high performance rechargeable zinc-air batteries”, Nanoscale 2015, 7, 1830-1838.

  • N. Ding, Y.W. Lum, S.F. Chen, S.W. Chien, T.S.A. Hor, Z.L. Liu, Y. Zong, “Sulfur–carbon yolk–shell particle based 3D interconnected nanostructures as cathodes for rechargeable lithium–sulfur batteries” J. Mater. Chem. A 2015, 3, 1853-1857.

  • D.S. Geng, N. Ding, T.S.A. Hor, Z.L. Liu, X.L. Sun, Y. Zong, “Potential of metal-free ‘Graphene Alloy’ as electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction”, J. Mater. Chem. A 2015, 3, 1795-1810.

  • Y. Zhang, L. Zhang, R. Deng, J. Tian, Y. Zong, D. Jin, X.G. Liu, “Multicolor barcoding in a single upconversion crystal”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 4893-4896.

  • F.W.T. Goh, Z.L. Liu, T.S.A. Hor, X.M. Ge, Y. Zong, A.S. Yu, W. Khoo, “A near-neutral chloride electrolyte for electrically rechargeable zinc-air batteries”, J. Electrochem. Soc. 2014, 161, A2068-A2079.

  • X.M. Ge, Y.Y. Liu, F.W.T. Goh, T.S.A. Hor, Y. Zong, P. Xiao, Z. Zhang, S.H. Lim, B. Li, X. Wang, Z.L. Liu, “Dual-phase spinel MnCo2O4 and spinel MnCo2O4-nanocarbon hybrids for Electrocatalytic Oxygen Reduction and Evolution”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2014, 6, 12684-12691.

  • N. Ding, S.W. Chien, T.S.A. Hor, Z.L. Liu, Y. Zong, “Key parameters in design of lithium-sulfur batteries”, J. Power Sources 2014, 269, 111-116.

  • N. Ding, S.W. Chien, T.S.A. Hor, R. Lum, Y. Zong, Z. Liu, “Influence of carbon pore size on the discharge capacity of Li-O2 batteries”, J. Mater. Chem. A 2014, 2, 12433-12441.

  • T. An, X.M. Ge, Z.L. Liu, Y. Zong. “An electrically rechargeable metal-air battery stack”, SG Patent Application No. 10201607775P, 2016.

  • M.J. Tan, B. Li., X.J. Loh, Y. Zong, Z.L. Liu, X.M. Ge. “Free-standing alkaline polymer gel electrolyte and method of making the same”, SG Patent 10201602459U, 2016.

  • Y. Zong, X. Li, T. S. A. Hor, R. Lum, Y. Y. Chieng. “Ultraviolet radiation blocking metal complexes and its use as films, coatings and packaging”, SG Patent 10201403051Y, 2014.

  • N. Ding, Y.W. Lum, T.S.A. Hor, Z. L. Liu, and Y. Zong. “Composite of Carbon Encapsulated Sulfur and Method of Making the Same”, SG Patent 10201402315P, 2014.

  • X. Ge, Z. L. Liu, F. W. T. Goh, Y. Zong, B. Li, J. Zhang and T. S. A. Hor. “Bifunctional Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction and Evolution Reactions and Rechargeable Metal Air Batteries Using the Same”, SG patent application No. 10201405422U, 2014, US patent application No. 14/474,485.

  • D. Janczewski, J. Song, N. Tomczak, Y. Zong, J.W. Xu, G.J. Vancso. “Synthesis of amphiphilic polyferrocenylsilane and its applications as a redox responsive container & nanoparticles coating”, SG Patent 201107326-9, 2011.

  • Y. Zong, R. Ravindranath, S.L. Chen. "Method of making a conductive paste", US 61/144,373, 2009;

  • Y. Zong, M.-Y. Han and W. Knoll. "Low self-absorptive quantum dots and the method of preparation", US 60/954,179, 2007.

  • Y. Zong, M.-Y. Han and W. Knoll. "Method of forming a cadmium-containing nanocrystals", PCT/SG2007/000235, 2007.

  • Y. Zong, W. Knoll and X. Su. "Optics-integrated quartz crystal microbalance", US 60/860,903, 2006.


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