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Yang Yang

Assistant Professor


  • Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Materials Research Institute
  • Nuclear Engineering

N-243 Millennium Science Complex


Research Website

Research Areas:

Advanced Materials and Devices; Applied Mechanics and Biomechanics; Energy Infrastructure, Storage and Devices; Nanoscience, Bionanoscience and Engineering

Interest Areas:

Materials under extreme environments, Advanced electron microscopy, Elastic strain engineering, Nano mechanics.




  • BE, Nuclear Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, 2012
  • Ph D, Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2019


Journal Articles

  • Chaoqun Dang, Jyh-Pin Chou, Bing Dai, Chang-Ti Chou, Yang Yang, Rong Fan, Weitong Lin, Fanling Meng, Alice Hu, Jiaqi Zhu and others, 2021, "Achieving large uniform tensile elasticity in microfabricated diamond", Science, 371, (6524), pp. 76--78
  • Lauren Nuckols, Miguel L Crespillo, Yang Yang, Ju Li, Eva Zarkadoula, Yanwen Zhang and William J Weber, 2021, "Effects of Recoil Spectra and Electronic Energy Dissipation on Defect Survival in 3C-SiC", Materialia, pp. 101023
  • Yang Yang, Sarah Y Wang, Bin Xiang, Sheng Yin, Thomas C Pekin, Xiaoqing Li, Ruopeng Zhang, Kayla Yano, David Hwang, Mark Asta and others, 2021, "Evaluating the effects of pillar shape and gallium ion beam damage on the mechanical properties of single crystal aluminum nanopillars", Journal of Materials Research, pp. 1--14
  • Yang Yang, Weiyue Zhou, Sheng Yin, Sarah Wang, Qin Yu, Robert Ritchie, Mark Asta, Ju Li, Michael Short and Andrew Minor, 2021, "4D-STEM Imaging of nanostructural heterogeneities in Ni-20Cr after corrosion in molten salt", Microscopy and Microanalysis, 27, (S1), pp. 2134--2135
  • Yang Yang, Ruopeng Zhang, Shiteng Zhao, Yu Deng, Qin Yu, Steven Zeltmann, Sheng Yin, Jim Ciston, Colin Ophus, Mark Asta and others, 2021, "In situ observations and measurements of plastic deformation, phase transformations and fracture with 4D-STEM", Microscopy and Microanalysis, 27, (S1), pp. 1494--1495
  • Sean Mills, Yang Yang and Andrew M Minor, 2021, "In-situ 4D-STEM imaging to develop a fundamental understanding of coupled transport of vacancies", Microscopy and Microanalysis, 27, (S1), pp. 2202--2202
  • Lianfeng Zou, Penghui Cao, Yinkai Lei, Dmitri Zakharov, Xianhu Sun, Stephen D House, Langli Luo, Jonathan Li, Yang Yang, Qiyue Yin and others, 2020, "Atomic-scale phase separation induced clustering of solute atoms", Nature Communications, 11, (1), pp. 1--10
  • Kang Pyo So, Penghui Cao, Yang Yang, Jong Gil Park, Mingda Li, Long Yan, Jing Hu, Mark Kirk, Meimei Li, Young Hee Lee and others, 2020, "Carbon nanotube (CNT) metal composites exhibit greatly reduced radiation damage", Acta Materialia, pp. 116483
  • Julian Rackwitz, Qin Yu, Yang Yang, Guillaume Laplanche, Easo P George, Andrew M Minor and Robert O Ritchie, 2020, "Effects of Cryogenic Temperature and Grain Size on Fatigue-Crack Propagation in the Medium-Entropy CrCoNi Alloy", Acta Materialia
  • Jinyong Zhang, Yangyang Fu, Yijin Wu, Bingnan Qian, Zheng Chen, Akihisa Inoue, Yuan Wu, Yang Yang, Fan Sun, Ju Li and others, 2020, "Hierarchical $\{$332$\}$< 113> twinning in a metastable $\beta$ Ti-alloy showing tolerance to strain localization", Materials Research Letters, 8, (7), pp. 247--253
  • Weiyue Zhou, Yang Yang, Guiqiu Zheng, Kevin B Woller, Peter W Stahle, Andrew M Minor and Michael P Short, 2020, "Proton irradiation-decelerated intergranular corrosion of Ni-Cr alloys in molten salt", Nature communications, 11, (1), pp. 1--7
  • Cui-Lan Ren, Yang Yang, Yong-Gang Li, Ping Huai, Zhi-Yuan Zhu and Ju Li, 2020, "Sample spinning to mitigate polarization artifact and interstitial-vacancy imbalance in ion-beam irradiation", npj Computational Materials, 6, (1), pp. 1--11
  • Chung-Soo Kim, Richard G Hobbs, Akshay Agarwal, Yang Yang, Vitor R Manfrinato, Michael P Short, Ju Li and Karl K Berggren, 2019, "Focused-helium-ion-beam blow forming of nanostructures: radiation damage and nanofabrication", Nanotechnology, 31, (4), pp. 045302
  • Zhi Zhu, Daiwei Yu, Yang Yang, Cong Su, Yimeng Huang, Yanhao Dong, Iradwikanari Waluyo, Baoming Wang, Adrian Hunt, Xiahui Yao and others, 2019, "Gradient Li-rich oxide cathode particles immunized against oxygen release by a molten salt treatment", Nature Energy, 4, (12), pp. 1049--1058
  • Kunlei Zhu, Chao Wang, Zixiang Chi, Fei Ke, Yang Yang, Anbang Wang, Weikun Wang and Lixiao Miao, 2019, "How far away are lithium-sulfur batteries from commercialization?", Frontiers in Energy Research
  • Yang Yang, Akihiro Kushima, Huolin Xin, Peter Hosemann and Ju Li, 2019, "In-Situ Observation of Concurrent Oxidation and Mechanical Deformation in Al and Zr", Microscopy and Microanalysis, 25, (S2), pp. 1912--1913
  • Jinyong Zhang, Fan Sun, Zheng Chen, Yang Yang, Baolong Shen, Ju Li, Prima and Fr\'ed\'eric, 2019, "Strong and ductile beta Ti--18Zr--13Mo alloy with multimodal twinning", Materials Research Letters, 7, (6), pp. 251--257
  • Weiwei Xia, Yang Yang, Qingping Meng, Zhiping Deng, Mingxing Gong, Jie Wang, Deli Wang, Yimei Zhu, Litao Sun, Feng Xu and others, 2018, "Bimetallic Nanoparticle Oxidation in Three Dimensions by Chemically Sensitive Electron Tomography and In-Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy", ACS Nano, 12, (8), pp. 7866--7874
  • Yang Yang, Akihiro Kushima, Weizhong Han, Huolin Xin and Ju Li, 2018, "Liquid-like, self-healing aluminum oxide during deformation at room temperature", Nano letters, 18, (4), pp. 2492--2497
  • Yang Yang, Michael Short and Ju Li, 2018, "Monte Carlo simulation of PKA distribution along nanowires under ion radiation", Nuclear Engineering and Design, 340, pp. 300--307
  • Yang Yang, Yong Gang Li, Michael P Short, Chung-Soo Kim, Karl K Berggren and Ju Li, 2018, "Nano-beam and nano-target effects in ion radiation", Nanoscale, 10, (4), pp. 1598--1606
  • Kang Pyo So, Di Chen, Akihiro Kushima, Mingda Li, Sangtae Kim, Yang Yang, Ziqiang Wang, Jong Gil Park, Young Hee Lee, Gonz\'alez, Rafael I and others, 2016, "Dispersion of carbon nanotubes in aluminum improves radiation resistance", Nano Energy, 22, pp. 319--327
  • Yonggang Li, Yang Yang, Michael P Short, Zejun Ding, Zhi Zeng and Ju Li, 2016, "Ion radiation albedo effect: influence of surface roughness on ion implantation and sputtering of materials", Nuclear Fusion, 57, (1), pp. 016038
  • Clara Yuan Li, Mingshuai Ding, Yang Yang, Pengcheng Zhang, Yao Li, Yuecun Wang, Longchao Huang, Pingjiong Yang, Ming Wang, Xiao Sha and others, 2016, "Portrait and Classification of Individual Haze Particulates", Journal of Environmental Protection, 7, (10), pp. 1355
  • Michael P Short, Cody A Dennett, Sara E Ferry, Yang Yang, Vikash K Mishra, Jeffrey K Eliason, Alejandro Vega-Flick, Alexei A Maznev and Keith A Nelson, 2015, "Applications of transient grating spectroscopy to radiation materials science", JOM, 67, (8), pp. 1840--1848
  • Yong Gang Li, Yang Yang, Michael P Short, Ze Jun Ding, Zhi Zeng and Ju Li, 2015, "IM3D: A parallel Monte Carlo code for efficient simulations of primary radiation displacements and damage in 3D geometry", Scientific reports, 5, pp. 18130


  • Kangpyo So, Penghui Cao, Yang Yang, Jong Gil Park, Mingda Li, Yan Long, Jing Hu, Mark Kirk, Meimei Li, Young Hee Lee and others, 2018, "Nanotube/Nanowire as Effective Defect Sinks in Metals—Atomistic Simulations and In Situ Ion Radiation Transmission Electron Microscopy"

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • NSF Early Career Award, National Science Foundation, September 2022 - August 2027


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