Pulsed Laser Deposition Research Group
CNR-SPIN and University of Tor Vergata | Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Ingegneria Informatica | Via Politecnico 1, I-00133 Roma
Dr. Nan Yang
Born: April 17, 1984, China
Nationality: Chinese
Present position:
Post-doc at University of Tor Vergata
Work address:
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile ed Ingegneria Informatica
Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Via del Politecnico 1, I-00133 Roma
Phone/Fax. +390672597226/+390672597005, nan.yang[at]spin.cnr.it
Research field
My interests are mostly oriented in the study of nanostructured materials for energy, particularly at present materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). SOFCs are electrochemical devices based on a ceramic oxide electrolyte separating anode and cathode electrodes. In operating conditions, SOFCs convert chemical energy into electrical energy with high efficiency and low pollutant emission. The full exploitation of this technology is mainly limited by their high operating temperature (above 800°C) resulting in high operating costs. The challenge of reducing the SOFC operating temperature can be addressed by searching for new materials and tuning their microstructure towards innovative design and device architectures.  
My primary research target is the investigation of the relation between the microstructure and charge transport properties in materials of interest for SOFC application.  With Pulsed Lased Deposition it is possible to grow thin films of complex oxides with large differences in microstructure (from randomly-oriented poly-crystals to epitaxially-oriented single crystals) and morphology (from nano-porous to fully dense). Moreover, the heterostructure can have a much enhanced transport property by the space charge region along the interfaces. Appropriately designed samples can be fabricated as probe tools to achieve direct access to the measurement of specific physical and chemical properties. The aim of this research path is the complete characterization and understanding of the transport properties and the charge transfer mechanisms of these materials, an essential prerequisite to address the challenge of their optimization towards the fabrication of more performing devices.
Professional skills
Academic Profile
October 2009 – February 2013
Ph.D. title in Material for Energy, Environment and Health  Faculty of Engineering - Dep. of Chemical Science and Technology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata – Italy  – Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133 Rome, Italy
Italian Supervisors:  Prof. Giuseppe Balestrino (full Professor in Physics) and Prof. Silvia Licoccia (full professor in Chemistry), both from University of Tor Vergata – Rome, Italy
Title of the final Thesis: Thin films growth by Pulsed Laser Deposition for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell applications
Doctoral Scholarship winner for 3 years.  The Final Thesis was discussed the 02/28/13
April  2012 – July 2012 
Visiting Research  press “Center for Nanophase Materials Sciencesat Oak Ridge National Laboratory” (ORNL), USA Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6488 
Web Site: http://www.ornl.gov/
Research Project Title: Local electrochemical characterization of Sm-doped-CeO2 epitaxial thin films 
1)   Italian Supervisors: Prof. Giuseppe Balestrino  and Prof. Silvia Licoccia 
2)   American Supervisor: Dr. Sergei Kalinin, Group leader of advanced functional imaging team. Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, ORNL – USA
January  2010 – July 2010 
Lecturer  in Physics – Tor Vergata University of Rome for Masters students
Via della Ricerca Scientifica 1, 00133 Rome, Italy 
Activities: Teaching Physics, students’ support for exercises in Physics, Preparation of final exams.
September 2007 – May 2009 / Degree in Environmental Engineering
Tor Vergata University of Rome – Engineering Faculty  – Via del politecnico-1, I -00133 Rome http://www.ing.uniroma2.it/
Title of Final Thesis: The preliminary analysis of the logistical problems in place of CO2 sequestration by infrastructural and spatial constraints in China. (Written in Italian).
Supervisor Prof. Angelo Spena. Laziodisu Scholarship winner for 2 years
September  2002 – June 2006 / Degree in  Environmental Science
The Central Minzu University - College of Life and Environmental Science, Beijing, China
Title of Final Thesis: The new methods and technologies of the water environmental monitoring
September 2006 – May 2007
International Masters in English Language: “Relationship with Eastern Countries and China” Focus on the China Market
University of Macerata. Dep. of development studies, Faculty of Political Science.
International Marketing and Logistics, Business Plan, International Law, IDE to Low Cost Country and Global Sourcing and Italian language course.http://celfi.unimc.it/masterest07/default1.asp Scholarship Assigned. 
Summer School / Research competition
August 2008
2008 YICGG – 2nd Edition Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance: Growth and Innovation 2020
Tor Vergata University of Rome – Economics Faculty  – Via Columbia, 2 00133 Rome, Italy
Research projects submitted “Alternative Energies: countdown beyond Petroleum” and “International Green Procurement in China”
Other titles/certification
14 November 2011
Tor Vergata University of Rome – Science Faculty   Via della Ricerca Scientifica 2, 00133 Rome, Italy
Participation in the course: “The discipline of work activities with the use of X-ray sources” 
Professional Experience
March – June 2011 
Lecturer and Teaching activities in Italian language 
Physics course in the Masters programme at Tor Vergata University of Rome
Activity: teaching, tutoring, preparation of final exams and assistant professor 
March – June  2009 – 2010
Lecturer and Teaching activities in Chinese language
Chinese course in the Masters programme at Upter University of Rome 
Activity: teaching, tutoring, preparation of final exams. 
Feb - Apr 2007
Internship press I guzzini Illuminazione S.p.A,  Porto Recanati (MC) Italy
Sector: Energy, lighting, Lamp 
Position: Customer Service
Communicate with the clients and to progress with processing orders for the Asia Market. Languages used: Italian, Chinese and English
Certification and Language Ability Levels 
For Italian level
7 June 2012
Attestation and confirmation from The Centre of Italian Language and Culture (CLICI – Centro di Lingua e Cultura Italiana) of the University of Rome Tor Vergata http://linguaitaliana.lettere.uniroma2.it/
Title: Attestation level for B2 - CEFR
10 March 2007
Perugia University Foreign Students – Palazzo Galenga Perugia – Italy
CVCL Centre for Assessment and Italian Language Certification
Title: Certificate of proficiency in the Italian language – B1 and CELI 2 Level – student registration code: 10033240
4 September 2007
University of Tor Vergata – Rome – Via del Politecnico, 1 - 00133 Rome
Certification of success in the Italian language test 
Extra Information
July – August  2005
China Conservatory in Italy – “Centro studi italiani” Via Boscarini, 1- 61049 Urbania (PU) – Italy
Italian course, musical course and others activities to improve Italian language and understand Italian culture and local traditions/costumes.