Prof. Chun-hua Yan





      Office:A707 Chemistry Building,Peking University





1985.08-1988.01           Ph. D., Inorganic Chemistry, Peking University

1982.09-1985.07          M. S., Inorganic Chemistry, Peking University

1978.10-1982.07          B. S., Chemistry, Peking University



1988-present              Lecturer (1988), Associate Professor (1989), Professor (1992), Cheung Kong Professor (1999), Peking University

2005-present              Honorary Professor of Chemistry, The University of Hong Kong

1992, 2004                JSPS Visiting Professor, Tokyo Science University and Institute for Molecular Science (1992), Osaka University(2004), Japan

1993                          RS Senior Visiting Fellow, York University, England

1995-1997                Vice Dean, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University

1997-1999                Director, Office of Scientific Research, Peking University

1996, 2001               Visiting Professor, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

2004                         Visiting Professor, Kyoto University, Japan

1998-present            Chief-Scientist on Rare Earth Functional Materials in China, Ministry of Science and Technology of China

1999-present            Director, State Key Lab of Rare Earth Mater. Chem. & Appl., PKU 

2011-present            Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences

2012-present            Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)

2013-2015               Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Executive Deputy Dean, Graduate School, PKU

2016-2017               Vice President, Nankai University

2017-present            President, Lanzhou University



More than 400 papers have been published in the peer-reviewed SCI-cited journals, which are cited more than 23,500 times, H-index is 84.

1  K. Wu, L. D. Sun, C. H. Yan, Recent Progress in Well-controlled Synthesis of Ceria Based Nanocatalysts towards Enhanced Catalytic Performance, Adv. Energy Mater., 6(17), 1600501, 2016. (as frontispiece article)

2  Y. Li, J. L. Tang, D. X. Pan, L. D. Sun, C. Y. Chen, Y. Liu, Y. F. Wang, S. Shi, C. H. Yan, A Versatile Imaging and Therapeutic Platform Based on Dual-Band Luminescent Lanthanide Nanoparticles toward Tumor Metastasis Inhibition, ACS Nano, 10(2), 2766-2773, 2016.

3  H. Dong, S. R. Du, X. Y. Zheng, G. M. Lyu, L. D. Sun, L. D. Li, P. Z. Zhang, C. Zhang, C. H. Yan, Lanthanide Nanoparticles: From Design toward Bioimaging and Therapy, Chem. Rev., 115(19), 10725-10815, 2015.

4  H. Dong, L. D. Sun, Y. F. Wang, J. Ke, R. Si, J. W. Xiao, G. M. Lyu, S. Shi, C. H. Yan, Efficient Tailoring of Upconversion Selectivity by Engineering Local Structure of Lanthanides in NaxREF3+x Nanocrystals, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137(20), 6569-6576, 2015.

5  L. Wang, H. Dong, Y. N. Li, R. Liu, Y. F. Wang, H. K. Bisoyi, L. D. Sun, C. H. Yan, Q. Li, Luminescence-Driven Reversible Handedness Inversion of Self-Organized Helical Superstructures Enabled by a Novel Near-Infrared Light Nanotransducer, Adv. Mater., 27(12), 2065-2069, 2015.

6  L. D. Sun, H. Dong, P. Z. Zhang, C. H. Yan, Upconversion of Rare Earth Nanomaterials, Annual Rev. Phys. Chem., 66, 619-642, 2015.

7  W. Zhu, J. Ke, S. B. Wang, J. Ren, H. H. Wang, Z. Y. Zhou, R. Si, Y. W. Zhang, C. H. Yan, Shaping Single-crystalline Trimetallic Pt−Pd−Rh Nanocrystals toward High-Efficiency C−C Splitting of Ethanol in Conversion to CO2, ACS Catal., 5(3), 1995-2008, 2015.

8  H. Dong, L. D. Sun, C. H. Yan, Energy Transfer in Lanthanide Upconversion Studies for Extended Optical Applications, Chem. Soc. Rev., 44(6), 1608-1634, 2015.

9  J. X. Wang, T. Ming, Z. Jin, J. F. Wang, L. D. Sun, C. H. Yan, Photon energy upconversion through thermal radiation with the power efficiency reaching 16%, Nat. Commun., 5, 5669, 2014.

10 J. Ke, J. W. Xiao, W. Zhu, H. C. Liu, R. Si, Y. W. Zhang, C. H. Yan, Dopant Induced Modification of Active Site Structure and Surface Bonding Mode for High Performance Nanocatalysts: CO Oxidation on Capping-free (110)-oriented CeO2:Ln (Ln = La–Lu) Nanowires, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135 (40), 15191-15200, 2013.



Research Interests

Our research is focused on the control of the structure and microstructure, particle size and its distribution, morphology, and surface and interface of rare earth functional materials, so as to modify and enhance the behaviors. At present, our topics of research are as follows:

1  Fabrication and characterization of the nanosized rare earth functional materials;

2  Self-assembly of the rare earth molecular materials;

3  Optimized design and automation of rare earth separation processes.


Honors & Awards

During the past three decades, more than 20 academic awards have been received, including the State Natural Science Award, the 2nd Grade (2006, 2011) and 3rd Grade (1988), the National Award of Science and Technology Progress, the 2nd Grade (1999) and 3rd Grade (1991), "Research Prize for Youth Scientists" awarded by the Hok Ying Dong Education Foundation, "Prize for Outstanding Youth Scholar" awarded by Hong Kong Qiushi Science and Technology Foundation (1995), and AkzoNobel Chemical Sciences Award 2010, and Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation Science and Technology Progress Award 2018.


Professional services

More than 10 academic societies, including ACS, CCS, CSRE, CNFMS, have been served.


Editor or editorial board member

2001-present         Executive Editor-in-Chief, J. Rare Earths (Elsevier)

2012-present         Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Handbook on the Physics and Chemistry of Rare Earths (Elsevier)

2013-present         Associate Editor, Inorganic Chemistry (ACS)