Yang Yang 楊陽
The Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Endowed Chair in Engineering
Yang Yang holds a BS in Physics from the National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan in 1982, and he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics and Applied Physics from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 1988 and 1992, respectively. Before he joined UCLA in 1997, he served on the reseasrch staff of UNIAX (now DuPont Display) in Santa Barbara from 1992 to 1996. Yang is now the Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Endowed Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA. He is a materials physicist with expertise in the fields of organic electronics, organic/inorganic interface engineering, and the development and fabrication of related devices, such as photovoltaic cells, LEDs, and memory devices.
His notable contributions to the field of organic photovoltaics (OPV) are an enhanced understanding of polymer morphology and its influence on device performance; the invention of the inverted organic solar cell, the inverted tandem solar cell, photovoltaic polarizers for LCD applications, and transparent OPV devices. Together with Solarmer Energy Inc. (spun-off from UCLA) and Prof. Luping Yu at the University of Chicago, he has taken part in the creation of several world record cells in OPV. In addition to organic solar cells, his group is also heavily involved in the development of liquid-processable CIGS/CZTS photovoltaics. His group has achieved approximately 11.2% PCE using a CISS absorber layer deposited from a solution- phase precursor system. Recently, his group has entered the field of perovskite solar cell, and he demonstrated 19.3% power conversion efficiency by interface engineering and improved crystal growth process. (Please refer to the group publication list for details.)
Prof. Yang is the Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Chair in Engineering; he is also the Fellow of APS, MRS, SPIE, Royal Society of Chemistry and the Electromagnetic (EM) Academy. He has received the following honors/awards: Thomson Reuter Highly Cited Researcher in both Chemistry and Materials Science (2014, 2015), Top 11 Hot-Researchers in 2010, Science Watch ((only 11 were selected world wide); Highest cited Paper in 2010, Advanced Functional Materials; Highest cited Paper in 2008-2010, Journal of American Chemical Society (JACS); IEEE Photovoltaic Field Expert, 2009; Microelectronics Advanced Research Corporation Inventor Recognition Award, 2007; NSF Career Award, 1998; 3M Young Investigator Award, 1998.
He has published more than 290 peer-reviewed papers (including book chapters); ~60 patents (filed or issued), and given 150 invited talks. His H-Index is 127 (Google Scholar) as of November 2016.