Yichang Yan

Centre for Doctoral Training Doctoral Researcher

Addressyichang yan

School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom 



Lead Supervisor

Dr Shangfeng Du 

Research summary

Yichang joined the Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research in September 2019. Prior to this, he graduated from the University of Science and Technology Beijing in January 2019 with a Master of Environmental and Science degree. He was funded by the CSC-EPS scholar.
Yichang's current research aims at reducing the fuel crossover in alcohol fuel cells with graphene oxide nanosheets.


BSc: Environmental Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing. 2016MSc: Environmental Engineering and Science, University of Science and Technology Beijing. 2019


During the BSc, Yichang's research mainly focused on wastewater disinfection using UV light which included two years of operating experience at a wastewater treatment plant. During his MSc, Yichang turned to the investigation of photocatalysis disinfection as well as nutrient recovery from human urine and faeces. 


Yichang aims to develop high-performance direct alcohol fuel cells by using graphene oxide nanosheets between anode and membrane to reduce fuel crossover and aligned nanowire electrodes to improve mass transport properties.

Other activities

In his spare time, Yichang enjoys swimming, travelling and playing jigsaw puzzles.


Y. Yan, X. Zhou, P. Yu, Z. Li, T. Zheng, Characteristics, mechanisms and bacteria behavior of photocatalysis with a solid Z-scheme Ag/AgBr/g-C3N4 nanosheet in water disinfection. Applied Catalysis A: General 590, 117282 (2020).

Y. Yan et al., Efficient photocatalytic disinfection of Escherichia coli by N-doped TiO2 coated on coal fly ash cenospheres. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry 367, 355-364 (2018).

X. Zhou, Y. Yan, Z. Li, J. Yin, Disinfection effect of a continuous-flow ultrasound/ultraviolet baffled reactor at a pilot scale. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry 37, 114-119 (2017).

P. Yu, X. Zhou, Y. Yan, Z. Li, T. Zheng, Enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic disinfection using AgBr-modified g-C3N4 composite and its mechanism. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 179, 170-179 (2019).
X. Zhou et al., Review of global sanitation development. Environment International 120, 246-261 (2018).

E. A. Odey, Z. Li, X. Zhou, Y. Yan, Locally produced lactic acid bacteria for pathogen inactivation and odor control in fecal sludge. Journal of Cleaner Production 184, 798-805 (2018).

P. Yu, X. Zhou, Z. Li, Y. Yan, Inactivation and change of tetracycline-resistant Escherichia coli in secondary effluent by visible light-driven photocatalytic process using Ag/AgBr/g-C3N4. Science of The Total Environment 705, 135639 (2020).