Yushan Yan


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

B.S., Chemical Physics
University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China 


07/2011 – date
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
Founding Associate Dean for Research and Entrepreneurship, College of Engineering (2014-2018); Distinguished Engineering Professor (2011-2019; Henry B. du Pont Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (2019-date)

11/2017 – date
W7energy LLC, Wilmington, DE
Founder and CEO. W7energy ( is commercializing a new class of hydroxide exchange membranes invented by the Yan group at the University of Delaware.

09/1998 – 07/2011
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Riverside, CA
Department Chair (2008-2011), Presidential Chair (2010-2011), University Scholar Professor (2006-2010). Professor (2005-2011). Associate Professor (2002-2005). Assistant Professor (1998-2002)

01/2007 – 07/2007
Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Visiting Associate

09/1996 – 09/1998
AlliedSignal Inc., Des Plaines, IL
Senior Staff Engineer/Project Leader

09/1992 – 08/1996
Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Research Assistant

09/1988 – 09/1992
Heterogeneous Catalysis, Dalian Inst. Chem. Phys., Chinese Academy of Sciences
Dalian, China
Research Assistant 


2019 Highly Cited Researchers, Web of Science
2019 Fellow of the Electrochemical Society
2019 Braskem Award for Materials Science and Engineering, The American Institute of Chemical Engineers
2019 Fellow of National Academy of Inventors
2018 Energy Technology Division Research Award, The Electrochemical Society
2016 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award, AIChE
2015 Institute of Advanced Studies Lecture, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
2011-2016 Qiushi Professor (Visiting), Zhejiang University
2011-2014 Hengyi Professor (Visiting), Zhejiang University
2011 27th Outstanding Alumni Lecture, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2010 Donald Breck Award, International Zeolite Association
2010 Presidential Chair, University of California
2010 Plenary Lecture, 5th International Zeolite Membrane Meeting, Greece
2009 Plenary Lecture, 15th Chinese Zeolite Conference, China
2008 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2008 ChangJiang Professor (Visiting at Zhejiang University), Chinese Ministry of Education
2007 Guest Editor, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, Special Issue in Honor of Professor R.R. Xu
2007 Top 100 Most Cited Papers (28th) Since 1975, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. American Chemical Society
2006 University Scholar (inaugural), University of California, Riverside
2003 Overseas Young Investigator, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2001 Faculty Development Award, University of California, Riverside
2000 Regent’s Faculty Fellowship, University of California, Riverside
1998 – 2003 Guest Professor, Department of Chemistry, Jilin University, China
1997 Recognition of Contribution, AlliedSignal Inc.
1994 Li Ming Scholarship Award, California Institute of Technology
1990 Presidential Award for Excellence, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professional Membership

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE); American Chemical Society (ACS); Electrochemical Society (ECS); Materials Research Society (MRS); North American Membrane Society (NAMS); International Zeolite Association (IZC)

Popular Press

New Scientist, C&EN News (ACS), Interface (ECS), Materials Today, Materials 360 (MRS), Chemical Engineering Progress (AIChE), Business Week, China Press, Chinese Daily News, The News Journal,, CNBC, KABC, and VOA.

Journal Articles

• 270+ papers
• 22,000+ total citations, h index = 80, Average citation/paper = 82, Web of Science
• 28,000+ total citations, h index = 89, Google Scholar


21 issued U.S. patents with many more pending; two successful startups (NanoH2O and W7energy)

Invited Lectures

270+ lectures including plenary, keynote and named lectures in major international conferences and universities in the U.S. and around the world

Students and Postdocs Supervision

30+ trained PhDs and 30+ trained postdocs; 20+ of them hold faculty appointments; former group members have been elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Sciences, Fellow of the Australia Academy of Engineering and Technology, and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

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