Wanli Yang (Beamline 8.0)

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Description: Wanli Yang 杨万里 万里
Wanli Yang
Ph.D. Physicist Staff Scientist
Beamline 8.0.1, Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
MS6R2100, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA 94720
: WLYang (at) lbl.gov
Phone: (510) 486-4989

(510) 495-2067

Research Interests

Materials :
(current focus) Materials for energy applications, including compounds for photovoltaic, catalysts, and especially, energy storage.
(limited effort) Molecular crystal systems including fullerenes, diamondoids and other carbon nanoclusters.
Highly correlated materials including cuprates, magnites, and iron pnictides.

Techniques :
(current focus) Synchrotron based soft X-ray spectroscopy: soft X-ray absorption (sXAS), X-ray emission (sXES), Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS)
(limited/past effort) Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS), and Core level X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Angle Resolved Photoelectron (ARPES).


A schematic of soft x-ray core-level spectroscopy (2008)
Reference: J. Elec. Spectr. Rel. Phenom. 190, 64 (2013)

Current Research Focus : Soft X-ray Spectroscopy of Materials and Interfaces/Interphases for Sustainable Energy
Online Tutorial: "soft x-ray spectroscopy of battery materials" (MRS meeting Tutorial) (free registration required)



1991-1995 B.S. Shandong University, China (Physics)
1995-2000 Ph.D. Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Condensed Matter Physics: Superconductivity)
2001-2004 Postdoc Stanford University (Condensed Matter Physics: Spectroscopy)

Professional Experiences

9/2006 - present, Career Physicist Scientist, Advanced Light Source, Lawrence Berekeley National Laboratory
9/2004 - 9/2006, Staff Scientist, Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials (GLAM), Stanford University


Selected Publications (updated publications on Web of Science HERE)

- Energy storage materials:
(Topical Review on TMs) , , , , , , , , WL Yang.
Quantitative probe of the transition metal redox in battery electrodes through soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy

(Manganese) Qiao, R., Dai, K., Mao, J., Weng, T.-C., Sokaras, D., Nordlund, D., Song, X., Battaglia, V. S., Hussain, Z., Liu, G., Yang, WL.
Revealing and suppressing surface Mn(II) formation of Na0.44MnO2 electrodes for Na-ion batteries.
Nano Energy 16, 186-195 (2015) (Note: SURFACE Mn(II) vs bulk Mn(III/IV) at Discharged states)

(Nickel) Qiao, R., Wray, L. A., Kim, J.-H., Pieczonka, N. P. W., Harris, S. J., Yang, WL.
Direct Experimental Probe of the Ni(II)/Ni(III)/Ni(IV) Redox Evolution in LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4Electrodes.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119, 27228-27233 (2015) (Note: SURFACE Ni(II))

(Iron) Liu, XS; Liu, J; Qiao, RM; Yu, Y; Li, H; Suo, LM; Hu, YS; Chuang, YD; Shu, GJ; Chou, FC; Weng, TC; Nordlund, D; Sokaras, D; Wang, YJ; Lin, H; Barbiellini, B; Bansil, A; Song, XY; Liu, Z; Yan, SS; Liu, G; Qiao, S; Richardson, TJ; Prendergast, D; Hussain, Z; de Groot, FMF; Yang, WL.
Phase Transformation and Lithiation Effect on Electronic Structure of LixFePO4: An In-Depth Study by Soft X-ray and Simulations
Journal of the American Chemical Society 134, 13708 (2012)

(sXAS & sXES) Liu, X., Wang, Y. J., Barbiellini, B., Hafiz, H., Basak, S., Liu, J., Richardson, T., Shu, G., Chou, F., Weng, T. C., Nordlund, D., Sokaras, D., Moritz, B., Devereaux, T. P., Qiao, R., Chuang, Y. D., Bansil, A., Hussain, Z., Yang, WL.
Why LiFePO4 is a safe battery electrode: Coulomb repulsion induced electron-state reshuffling upon lithiation.
Physical chemistry chemical physics 17, 26369-26377, (2015)

(Key electron states) Liu, G; Xun, S; Nenad, V; Song, XY; Olalde-Velasco, P; Zheng, HH; Battaglia, VS; Wang, LW; Yang, WL.
Polymers with Tailored Electronic Structure for High Capacity Lithium Battery Electrodes
Advanced Materials 23, 4679 (2011)

(SEIs) Qiao, RM; Lucas, IT; Karim, A; Syzdek, J; Liu, XS; Chen, W; Persson, K; Kostechi, R; Yang, WL.
Distinct Solid-Electrolyte-Interphases on Sn (100) and (001) Electrodes Studied by Soft X-Ray Spectroscopy
Advanced Materials -Interfaces 1, 1300115 (2013)

(Review on in-situ) Liu, X., Yang, WL & Liu, Z
Recent Progress on Synchrotron-Based In-Situ Soft X-ray Spectroscopy for Energy Materials.
Advanced Materials 26, 7710-7729, (2014)

(Solid-state in-situ) Liu, XS; Wang, DD; Liu, G; Srinivasan, V; Liu, Z; Hussain, Z; Yang, WL.
Distinct charge dynamics in battery electrodes revealed by in situ and operando soft X-ray spectroscopy
Nature Communications 4, 2568 (2013)

- highly correlated systems:
Olalde-Velasco, P; Jiménez-Mier, J; Denlinger JD; Hussain Z; Yang, WL.
Direct probe of Mott-Hubbard to charge-transfer insulator transition and electronic structure evolution in transition-metal systems
Physical Review B 83, 241102(R) (2011)

Yang, WL; Sorini, AP; Chen, CC; Moritz, B; Lee, WS; Vernay, F; Olalde, P; Denlinger, JD; Delley, B; Chu, JH; Analytis, JG; Fisher, IR; Ren, ZA; Yang, J; Lu, W; Zhao, ZX; Brink, J van den; Hussain, Z; Shen, ZX; Devereaux, TP.
Evidence for weak electronic correlations in iron pnictides
Physical Review B 80, 014508 (2009) (Viewpoint in Physics)

Yang, WL; Fabbri, JD; Willey, TM; Lee, JRI; Dahl, JE; Carlson, RMK; Schreiner, PR; Fokin, AA; Tkachenko, BA; Fokina, NA; Meevasana, W; Mannella, N; Tanaka, K; Zhou, XJ; van Buuren, T; Kelly, MA; Hussain, Z; Melosh, NA; Shen, ZX.
Monochromatic electron photoemission from diamondoid monolayers
SCIENCE 316, 1460-1462 (2007)

Yang, WL; Brouet, V; Zhou, XJ; Choi, HJ; Louie, SG; Cohen, ML; Kellar, SA; Bogdanov, PV; Lanzara, A; Goldoni, A; Parmigiani, F; Hussain, Z; Shen, ZX.
Band structure and Fermi surface of electron-doped C-60 monolayers
SCIENCE 300, 303-307 (2003)

Yang, WL, Wen, HH & Zhao, ZX
Discrete superconducting transition temperatures and pronounced T-c depression related to the 1/8 problem in Bi2Sr2-xLaxCuO6+delta single crystals.
Physical Review B 62, 1361-1365, (2000)


Impacts and Media Remarks

LBNL News Center: New Spectroscopic Technique Could Accelerate the Push for Better Batteries (Dec 2013)

NERSC: A Better Lithium-ion Battery on the Way (Sep 23, 2011)
Broadly cited in public media, e.g., ScienceDaily, ZDNet, Green Car Congress, Knight Journalism Tracker, nanoWerk, electroIQ, MSNBC, ChemistryViews, etc...

Symmetry Magazine: Shedding Light (May 11, 2011)

ALS News: Electron Correlation in Iron-based Superconductors (Feb 24, 2010)

Physics Viewpoint Highlight: Are iron pnictides new cuprates? (July 13, 2009)

Cover Article of Journal of Chemical Physics: Biomimetic dye molecules (Nov 21, 2009)

Inovacao Tecnologica: Diamondóides: O futuro das TVs e monitores de tela plana (Sep 19, 2008)

AAPG Explorer: Diamondoids Go ‘Big Time’ Nano (Jan 2008)

LBL News Press : Diamondoids: The Future on Display (Oct 11, 2007)

ALS News : Diamondoid Monolayers as Monochromatic Electron Source (Nov 28, 2007)

Nature Nanotechnology Research Highlights: Diamondoids: Carbon emissions (Jun 22, 2007)

Nature Nanotechnology News and Views: Diamondoids display their potential (2007)

LBL News Press : Berkeley scientists determine electrical properties of carbon-60 (May 12, 2003)

ALS News: Buckyball Monolayer Electronic Structure (Feb 25, 2004)


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