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Zhenpeng Yao

Towards understanding and designing of next-gen Li-ion batteries
Computational material research focusing on Energy Materials

Computational study for advanced rechargeable batteries, solid-state electrolytes, and energy devices. (Zhenpeng's Research Website)

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Recent Publications
  • 1. C. Zhan, Z. Yao, J. Lu, L. Ma, V. Maroni, L. Li, E. Lee, E. E. Alp, T. Wu, J. Wen, Y. Ren, C. S. Johnson, M. M. Thackeray, M. Chan, C. Wolverton, K. Amine, Enabling the High Capacity of Lithium-rich Anti-fluorite Lithium Iron Oxide by Simultaneous Anionic and Cationic Redox, Nature Energy 2, 963-971 (2017). († Equally contributed) Download
  • 2. Z. Yao, S. Kim, J. He, V. I. Hegde, C. Wolverton, Interplay of Cation and Anion Redox in Li4Mn2O5 Material and Prediction of Improved Li4(Mn,M)2O5 Education Cathodes for Li-ion Batteries, Science Advances, 4, eaao6754 (2018). Download
  • 3. S. Kim, Z. Yao, J. Lim, M. C. Hersam, C. Wolverton, V. P. Dravid, Kai He, Atomic-Scale Observation of Electrochemically Reversible Phase Transformations in SnSe2 Single Crystals, Advanced Materials, In press (2018).
  • 4. H. Liu, Q. Li, Z. Yao, L. Li, Y. Li, C. Wolverton, M. C. Hersam, J. Wu, V. P. Dravid, Origin of Fracture-resistance to Large Volume Change in Cu-substituted Co3O4 Electrode, Advanced Materials, 1704851, (2017). Download
  • 5. Z. Yao, S. Kim, M. Aykol, Q. Li, J. Wu, J. He, C. Wolverton. Revealing the Conversion Mechanism of Transition Metal Oxide Electrodes during Lithiation from First Principles, Chemistry of Materials 29(21), 9011–9022 (2017). Download
  • 6. Z. Yao, S. Kim, K. Michel, Y. Zhang, M. Aykol, C. Wolverton, Stability and Conductivity Study of the Complex Lithium Borohydride Based Solid-state Electrolytes from First Principles, Physical Review Materials 2, 065402-065408 (2018). Download
  • 7. Q. Li, Z. Yao, J. Wu, S. Mitra, S. Hao, T. S. Sahu, Y. Li, C. Wolverton, and V. P. Dravid, Intermediate Phases in Sodium Intercalation into MoS2 Nanosheets and Its Implications for Sodium-Ion Battery, Nano Energy 38, 342-349 (2017). Download
  • 8. Q. Li, J. Wu, Z. Yao, M. M. Thackeray, C. Wolverton, V. P. Dravid, Dynamic Imaging of Metastable Reaction Pathways in Lithiated Metal Oxide Electrodes, Nano Energy 44, 15-22, (2018). Download
  • 9. M. Amsler, Z. Yao, C. Wolverton. Cubine, A Quasi 2-dimensional Copper-bismuth Nano Sheet, Chemistry of Materials, 29(22), 9819-9828 (2017). Download
  • 10. K. He, Z. Yao, S. Hwang, N. Li, K. Sun, H. Gan, Y. Du, H. Zhang, C. Wolverton, D Su. Kinetically-Driven Phase Transformation during Lithiation in Copper Sulfide Nanoflakes, Nano Letters17(9), 5726-5733 (2017). Download
  • 11. S. Hwang, Z. Yao, L. Zhang, M. Fu, K. He, L. Mai, C. Wolverton, D. Su, Multi-step Lithiation of Tin Sulfide: An Investigation using In-Situ Electron Microscopy, ACS Nano, 2018, 12(4), 3638-3645 (2018). Download
  • 12. Q. Li, H. Liu, Z. Yao, J. Cheng, T. Li, Y. Li, C. Wolverton, J. Wu, and V. P. Dravid. Electrochemistry of Selenium with Sodium and Lithium: Kinetics and Reaction Mechanism, ACS Nano 10(9), 8788-8795 (2016). Download
  • 13. Q. Li, Y. Xu, Z. Yao, J. Kang, X. Liu, C. Wolverton, M. Hersam, J. Wu, V. Dravid. Revealing the effects of electrode crystallographic orientation on battery electrochemistry via the anisotropic lithiation and sodiation of ReS2ACS Nano12 (8), 7875–7882 (2018). Download
  • 14. H. Bin, Z. Yao, S. Zhu, C. Zhu, H. Pan, Z. Chen, C. Wolverton, D. Zhang, A High-Performance Anode Material Based on FeMnO3/Graphene Composite, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 695, 1223-1230 (2017). Download
  • 15. S. Kim, V. Hedge, Z. Yao, Z. Lu, C. Wolverton, First-principles Study on Lithium Cobalt Spinel Oxides: Current and Future Prospects, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces10(16), 13479-13490 (2018). Download
  • 16. J. Khoury; S. Hao, C. Stoumpos, Z. Yao, C. Malliakas, U. Aydemir, T. Slade, G. Snyder, C. Wolverton, M. Kanatzidis, Quaternary Pavonites A1+xSn2-xBi5+xS10 (A+ = Li+, Na+): Site Occupancy Disorder Defines Electronic Structure, Inorganic Chemistry 57(4), 2260-2268 (2018). Download
  • 17. Z. YaoTowards Understanding and Designing of Advanced Li-ion Batteries from First-Principles, Northwestern University, Dissertations Publishing, 2018. 10747006. Download
Recent Submissions and Preprints
  • 1. Z. Yao, V. Hegde, A. Aspuru-Guzik, C. Wolverton, A discovery of the calcium-metal alloy anodes for reversible Ca-ion batteries, Under review.   
  • 2. Q. Li, Z. Yao, J. Wu, M. M. Thackeray, C. Wolverton, V.P. Dravid, Dynamically visualization of the electrochemical delithiation of Li2MnO3, Under review.    
  • 3. J. He, Z. Yao, C. Wolverton, Discovery of oxysulfide based Li-ion superionic conductors, Under review. 
  • 4. M. Fu, Z. Yao, X. Ma, H. Dong, K. Sun, S. Hwang, E. Hu, H. Gan, Y. Yao, C. Wolverton, D. Su, Lithiation of Titanium Disulfide Revealed by In-Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy, Under review.
  • 5. Z. Yao, V. Hedge, M. K. Y. Chan, M. M. Thackeray, C. Wolverton, A High-Throughput Discovery of Novel Hybrid Metal-ion-Metal-O2 Battery Chemistries Metal = Li, Na, Mg, and Al, Under review.
  • 6. Z. Yao, C. Zhan, J. Lu, L. Li, M. K. Y. Chan, M. M. Thackeray, C. Wolverton, Exploring the Combined Anionic and Cationic Redox Reactivity in the Super Li-rich Li5FeO4 Based High-Energy-Density Cathode Materials, Under review.
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  • 8. L. Li, Z. Yao, J. Zhu, K. Chen, C. Wolverton, M. C. Hersam, Comprehensive Enhancement of Nanostructured NMC Cathode Materials via Conformal Graphene Dispersion, Under review.
  • 9. L. Li, S. Kim, Z. Yao, J. Zhu, K. Chen, L. M. Guiney, X. Liu, Z. Wang, C. Wolverton, M. C. Hersam, Toward A Qualitative Understanding of Graphene in Improving Electrochemical Performance of Spinel LiMn2O4 Cathodes, Under review.
  • 10. Y. Shi, Z. Yao, S. Zhu, D. Wang, C. Wolverton, and D. Zhang, Design and Fabrication of carbon-coated porous multiple metal oxide for lithium-ion battery with high performance. Under review.
  • 11. L. Li, F. Castro, J. S. Park, E. Lee, J.W. Freeland, Z. Yao, T. T. Fister, J. Vinson, E. L. Shirley, C. Wolverton, V. P. Dravid, M. M. Thackeray, and M. K.Y. Chan, Probing Electrochemically-Induced Oxygen Redox Reactions in Li2IrO3, Under review.
  • 1. Z. Yao, C. Wolverton et al., High-energy-density cathode materials for secondary lithium ion batteries, 2017.
  • 2. Z. Yao, C. Wolverton et al., Anionic Redox Active Lithium Iron Oxide Based Cathode Materials For Rechargeable Lithium Ion Batteries, 2017.
  • 3. Y. Weng, Z. Yao et al., Solar Energy Natural Gas Complementary Ejector Distributed Power and Refrigeration and Heat Cogeneration Device, 2010, CN101871440 A.
  • 4. Y. Weng, Z. Yao et al., Power generation method of condensing double-working medium gas turbine circulation system, 2011, CN102505990 A.
  • 5. Y. Weng, Z. Yao et al., Power generation device for condensed steam type double- working-medium gas turbine circulation system, 2011, CN102505991 A.
Best Presentation Award and Travel Grant, Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage.
National Excellent Scholarship

Zhenpeng Yao

Northwestern University

Academic Position
Ph.D. Candidate

Research Assistant

Center for Electrochemical Energy Science (CEES), DOE

Contact me:

M.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University

B.S., Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Zhenpeng's research has been benefitted significantly from collaborators at Northwestern University, Argonne National Lab, Brookhaven National Lab, Xi'an Jiao Tong University, Shanghai University, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, University of Alberta, Clemson University.

Northwestern University

Argonne National Lab
Dr. Jun Lu
Dr. Chun Zhan

Brookhaven National Lab

University of Alberta
Prof. Lingzi Sang

Clemson University
Prof. Kai He

Xi'an Jiao Tong University
Prof. Lei Li

Shanghai University
Prof. Qianqian Li

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

They are fantastic physicists, chemists, as well as teachers and partners.