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Dr. Yu SUN

Dr. Yu SUN

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry,
Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University

E-mail: ysunyu @ oia.hokudai.ac.jp
(delete two spaces around atmark “@” from addresses above)


Room: 7-5-08




Education Background

2005 B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), P.R. CHINA.
2008 M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), P.R. CHINA.
2012 Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Hokkaido University / National Institute for Materials Science, JAPAN.


Working Experience

Apr. 2012
– Dec. 2012
Post-doctoral Researcher, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS, Tsukuba), JAPAN.
Jan. 2013
– Apr. 2015
Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Science and Technology Beijing (USTB), P.R. CHINA.
Sep. 2013
– Mar. 2015
(Joint) Post-doctoral Researcher, Hanyang University, SOUTH KOREA.
Apr. 2015
– Aug. 2016
Research Assistant Professor, Hanyang University, SOUTH KOREA.
Oct. 2016
– Mar. 2018
Postdoctoral Research Associate, International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I2CNER), Kyushu University, JAPAN.
Apr. 2018
– Present
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University, JAPAN.


Research interest

(Photo)electrochemistry, Surface Modification, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Hydrogen Evolution Reaction, Carbon Dioxide Reduction, Thermoelectric Materials, Coordination Polymer (Particles), Surface Enhance Raman Spectroscopy, Catalytic Membrane, Photoactive Hybrid Materials, Oxygen Evolution Reaction (OER), Oxygen Reduction Reaction (ORR), (Non-precious) Metal-free Catalysts, Electrocatalysts, Fuel Cell, Fuel Generation



Inorganic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry


Publication List

29 An active, selective, and stable manganese oxide-supported atomic Pd catalyst for aerobic oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural
X. Liao, J. Hou, Y. Wang, H. Zhang, Y. Sun, X. Li, S. Tang, K. Kato, M. Yamauchi, Z. Jiang
Green Chem. 2019, 21, 4194–4203.
28 Surfactant-assisted Synthesis of Large Cu-BTC MOFs Single Crystals and the Potential Utilization as Photodetectors
Y. Sun, M. Amsler, S. Goedecker, A. Caravella, M. Yoshida, M. Kato
CrystEngComm 2019, 21, 3948–3953.
27 Hydrogen Permeation and Stability in Ultra-thin Pd-Ru Supported Membranes
J. Liu, S. Bellini, Y. Sun, D. A. P. Tanaka, C. Tang, H. Li, F. Gallucci, A. Caravella
Int. J. Hydro. Energy 2020, 45, 7455-7467.
26 Single Atomic Ag Enhances the Bifunctional Activity and Cycling Stability of MnO2
S. Ni, H. Zhang, Y. Zhao, X. Li, Y. Sun, J. Qian, Q. Xu, P. Gao, D. Wu, K. Kato, M. Yamauchi, Y. Sun
Chem. Eng. J. 2019, 366, 631-638.
25 Palladium Single Atoms Supported by Interwoven Carbon Nanotube and Manganese Oxide Nanowire Networks for Enhanced Electrocatalysis
W. Xiang, Y. Zhao, Z. Jiang, X. Li, H. Zhang, Y. Sun, Z. Ning, F. Du, P. Gao, J. Qiang, K. Kato, M. Yamauchi, Y. Sun
J. Mater. Chem. A 2019, 6, 23366-23377.
24 Thermodynamic Aspects in Non-ideal Metal Membranes for Hydrogen Purification
S. Bellini, Y. Sun, F. Galluci, A. Caravella
Membrane 2018, 8, 82.
23 Tortuosity and Connectivity Evaluation by CFD Simulation for Morphological Characterization of Membranes and Catalytic Structures. Case Study: CaF2-like Structure
G. Azzato, G. De Marco, V. Stellato, Y. Sun, A. Caravella
Chem. Eng. Sci. 2018, 195, 519-530.
22 General Dimension-Controlled Synthesis of Hollow Carbon Embedded with Metal Single Atoms or Core-Shell Nanoparticles for Energy Storage Applications
X. Song, S. Chen, L. Guo, Y. Sun, X. Li, X. Cao, Z. Wang, J. Sun, C. Lin, Y. Wang
Adv. Energy Mater. 2018, 8, 1801101.
21 Rechargeable Solid-State Zn-air Battery with Long Shelf Life based on nano-engineered polymer electrolyte
C. Lin, S. Shinde, X. Li, D.-H. Kim, N. Li, Y. Sun, X. Song, H. Zhang, C. H. Lee, S. U. Lee, J.-H. Lee
ChemSusChem 2018, 11, 3215-3224.
20 A Novel Connectivity Factor for Morphological Characterization of Membranes and Porous Media: A simulation Study on Structures of Mono-sized Spherical Particles
S. Bellini, G. Azzato, M. Grandinetti, V. Stellato, G. de Marco, Y. Sun, A. Caravella
Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 573.
19 Aprotic Lithium Air Batteries Tested in Ambient Air with High Performance and Low Cost Bi-functional Perovskite Catalyst
J. Cheng, Y. Jiang, M. Zhang, Y. Sun, L. Zou, B. Chi, J. Pu, L. Jian
ChemCatChem 2018, 10, 1635-1642.
18 Novel Synthesis of Dual-Suspended Architectures between Si-pillars for Enhanced Photocatalytic Performance
Y. Sun, R. Chen, J. Oh, B. Yoo, H. Lee
RSC Adv. 2017, 7, 2880-2883.
17 In situ Directional Formation of Co@CoOx-embedded in 1D Carbon Nanotubes as an Efficient Oxygen Electrocatalyst for Ultra-high Rate Zn-air Batteries
C. Lin, S. S. Shinde, X. Song, Y. Sun, L. Guo, J.-Y. Jung, X. Li, J.-H. Lee
J. Mater. Chem. A 2017, 5, 13994-14002.
16 Flexible and rechargeable Zn-Air Batteries based on Green Feedstocks with a 75% round-trip Efficiency
C. Lin, S. S. Shinde, X. Song, Y. Sun, H. Zhang, X. Li, J.-h. Lee
Sustainable Energy Fuels 2017, 1, 1909-1914.
15 Evaluation of Step Resistance in Multilayered Ceramic-Supported Pd-based Membranes for hydrogen Purification in the presence of Concentration Polarization
A. Caravella, Y. Sun
J. Membra. Sci. Technol. 2016, 6, 1000142.
14 Concentration Polarization Distribution along Pd-based Membrane Reactors: A Modelling Approach applied to Water-Gas Shift
A. Caravella, L. Melone, Y. Sun, A. Brunetti, E. Drioli, G. Babrieri
Int. J. Hydro. Energy 2016, 41, 2660-2670.
13 Various Active Metal Species Incorporated Within Molecular Layers on Si(111) Electrodes for Hydrogen Evolution and CO2 Reduction Reactions
T. Masuda, Y. Sun, H. Fukumitsu, H. Uehara, S. Takakusagi, W.-J. Chun, T. Kondo, K. Asakura, K. Uosaki
J. Phys. Chem. C 2016, 120, 16200-16210.
12 Correction Evaluation of the Effective Concentration Polarization Influence in Membrane-assisted Devices. Case Study: H2 Production by Water Gas Shift in Pd-membrane Reactors
A. Caravella, Y. Sun
Int. J. Hydro. Energy 2016, 41, 11653-11659.
11 Purification of Electronically Dead Metallurgical Silicon into Active Photocatalysts Using a One-step Cu Assisted Chemical Etching Process
B. Guan, Y. Sun, X. Li, J. Wang, S. Schweizer, Y. Wang, R. B. Wehrspohn
ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2016, 4, 6590-6599.
10 Trace Detection of Metalloporphyrin-containing Coordination Polymer Particles (CPPs) via Modified Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) through Surface Metallization
Y. Sun, A. Caravella
Int. J. Anal. Chem. 2016, 6394858.
9 Process Intensification for Biogas Separation: More Efficient Process Schemes based on Membrane Integration
A. Brunetti, Y. Sun, A. Caravella, E. Drioli, G. Barbieri
Int. J. Greenh. Gas Control 2015, 35, 18-29.
8 Designed Two-step Morphological Transformations: A New Strategy to Synthesize Uniform Metalloporphyrin-containing Coordination Polymer Particles
Y. Sun, B. Yoo
New J. Chem. 2015, 39, 3366-3370.
7 Monitoring the length-controlled synthesis of one-dimensional metalloporphyrin-containing coordination polymer particles and their Photocatalytic Properties
Y. Sun, B. Yoo
New J. Chem. 2015, 39, 4218-4221.
6 Morphological Transformation Reactions of Photocatalytic Metalloporphyrin-containing Coordination Polymer Particles from Seed Structures
Y. Sun, B. Yoo
Chemistry Open 2015, 4, 438-442.
5 Controlled Formation of Fluorescent Metalloporphyrin-containing Coordination Polymer Particles from Seed Structures via Designed Shape Transformation Reactions
Y. Sun, X. Li, A. Caravella, R. Gao
Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 6682-6685. (Selected as a Hot paper)
4 Homogenous Four-Petal Flower Structure Formation from Metalloporphyrin Self-Assembly and its Reversible Transformation to an Octahedron Structure
Y. Sun, B. Yoo
CrystEngComm 2014, 16, 8950-8953.
3 Coupled Influence of Non-Ideal Diffusion and Multilayer Asymmetric Porous Supports on Sieverts Law Pressure Exponent for Hydrogen Permeation in Composite Pd-based Membranes
A. Caravella, S. Hara, Y. Sun, E. Drioli, G. Barbieri
Int. J. Hydro. Energy 2014, 39, 2201-2214.
2 Photoelectrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide at Si(111) Electrode Modified by Viologen Molecular Layer with Metal Complex
Y. Sun, T. Masuda, K. Uosaki
Chem. Lett. 2012, 41, 328-330.
1 Thermodynamic Assessment of the Si-Ta and Si-W Systems
Z. Guo, W. Yuan, Y. Sun, Z. Cai, Z. Qiao
J. Phase Equilib. Diffus. 2009, 30, 564-570.


Honors and Awards

8 Kyushu University, 2017, International Conference Travel Expenses Support Award (For Materials Research Society 2017)
7 Hokkaido University, 2011, Hokkaido University Travel Award (For Gordon Research Seminar, Renewable Energy)
6 Hokkaido University, 2010, (Monbukagakusho) MEXT Scholarship
5 Hokkaido University, 2009, Hokkaido University Present Special Scholarship
4 USTB, 2008, USTB Commercialization Competition—Second Prize
(Title: Supercapacitor-Application and Commercialization; Team Leader)
3 USTB, 2007, Excellent-Graduate-Student Award
2 USTB, 2006, Government Scholarship
1 USTB, 2004, Renmin Scholarship

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