Wanli Yang (Beamline 8.0)


Description: Wanli Yang 杨万里 万里
Wanli Yang (Beamline 8.0 @ the Advanced Light Source)
Ph.D. Physicist Staff Scientist
MS6-2100, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA 94720
: WLYang (at) lbl.gov
Phone: (510) 486-4989

(510) 495-2067

Research Interests

Materials : (focus) Materials for sustainable energy applications, including transition-metal based and organic compounds for photovoltaic, thermoelectric and Lithium-ion battery devices. (past) Highly correlated materials including cuprates, magnites, cobatates, and iron pnictides. (limited) Molecular crystal systems including fullerenes, diamondoids and other carbon nanotubes and nanoclusters.

Techniques : Synchrotron based SOFT x-ray electronic structure probes including (focus) photon-in/photon-out spectroscopy of X-ray absorption (XAS), X-ray emission (XES), Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering (RIXS), and Resonant Elastic X-ray Scattering (REXS); (past) photon-in/electron-out spectroscopy of Angle Resolved Photoelectron (ARPES), angle integrated Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy (UPS), and Core level X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS).


A schematic of soft x-ray core-level spectroscopy (2008)

Current Research Focus : Lithium-ion and lithium battery materials. 
Online Tutorial: "soft x-ray spectroscopy of battery materials" (MRS Meeting) (MRS account or free registration required)



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

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


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)


Selected Synchrotron Publications (Click here for updated publications on Web of Science)

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)

Yang, WL; Liu, XS; Qiao, RM; Olalde-Velasco, P; Spear, JD; Roseguo, L; Pepper, JX; Chuang, YD; Denlinger, JD; Hussain, Z.
Key electronic states in lithium battery materials probed by soft X-ray spectroscopy (a mini review)
J. Elec. Spectr. Rel. Phenom. 190, 64 (2013)

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)

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)

Wu, MY; Xiao, XC; Vukmirovic, N; Xun, S; Das, PK; Song, XY; Olalde, P; Wang, DD; Weber, AZ, Wang, LW; Battaglia, VS; Yang, WL*; Liu, G*.
Toward an Ideal Polymer Binder Design for High-Capacity Battery Anodes
Journal of the American Chemical Society 135, 12048 (2013)

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)

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)

Mannella, N; Yang, WL; Zhou, XJ; Zheng, H; Mitchell, JF; Zaanen, J; Devereaux, TP; Nagaosa, N; Hussain, Z; Shen, ZX.
Nodal quasiparticle in pseudogapped colossal magnetoresistive manganites

NATURE 438, 474-478 (2005)

Brouet, V; Yang, WL; Zhou, XJ; Choi, HJ; Louie, SG; Cohen, ML; Goldoni, A; Parmigiani, F; Hussain, Z; Shen, ZX.
Orientation-dependent C-60 electronic structures revealed by photoemission spectroscopy
Physical Review Letters
 93, 197601 (2004)

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)


--- last update: December 2013