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Ankun Yang, Ph.D.

Ankun Yang Headshot Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Office: 328 EC
Phone: (248) 370-2870
Email: [email protected]
Website: http://www.secs.oakland.edu/~ankunyang/
https://ankunyang.github.io (if you cannot open the above link)


  • Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2016
  • M.S., B.S., Tsinghua University, 2011, 2008

  • 2020-present: Assistant professor, Oakland University
  • 2019-2020: Senior Process Engineer, Intel Corporation
  • 2016-2019: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Stanford University


  • Advanced Battery Materials
  • Property of Materials


• High energy-density battery: Li-S electrochemistry
• In-situ and operando characterization techniques and testing methods for energy materials
• Advanced manufacturing of energy materials
• Energy-efficient materials and devices: photonics, 2D materials, thermal management

Selected Publications

1. Rawashdeh, A.#, Wildenborg, A.#, Liu, E., Gao, Z., Czaplewski, D. A., Qu, H., Suh, J. Y. & Yang, A. High-Quality Surface Plasmon Polaritons in Large-Area Sodium Nanostructures. Nano Letters (2023). doi:10.1021/acs.nanolett.2c03643
2. Rawashdeh, A., Lupa, S., Welch, W. & Yang, A. Sodium Surface Lattice Plasmons. J Phys Chem C 125, 25148–25154 (2021).
3. Yang, A.#, Zhou, G.#, Kong, X., Vila, R. A., Pei, A., Wu, Y., Yu, X., Zheng, X., Wu, C.-L., Liu, B., Chen, H., Xu, Y., Chen, D., Li, Y., Fakra, S., Hwang, H. Y., Qin, J., Chu, S. & Cui, Y. Electrochemical generation of liquid and solid sulfur on two-dimensional layered materials with distinct areal capacities. Nature Nanotechnology 15, 231–237 (2020).
4. Zhou, G.#, Yang, A.#, Gao, G., Yu, X., Xu, J., Liu, C., Ye, Y., Pei, A., Wu, Y., Peng, Y., Li, Y., Liang, Z., Liu, K., Wang, L.-W. & Cui, Y. Supercooled liquid sulfur maintained in three-dimensional current collector for high-performance Li-S batteries. Science Advances 6, eaay5098 (2020).
5. Zhang, J.#, Yang, A.#, Wu, X.#, Groep, J. van de, Tang, P., Li, S., Liu, B., Shi, F., Wan, J., Li, Q., Sun, Y., Lu, Z., Zheng, X., Zhou, G., Wu, C.-L., Zhang, S.-C., Brongersma, M. L., Li, J. & Cui, Y. Reversible and selective ion intercalation through the top surface of few-layer MoS2. Nature Communications 9, 5289 (2018).
6. Yang, A., Hryn, A. J., Bourgeois, M. R., Lee, W.-K., Hu, J., Schatz, G. C. & Odom, T. W. Programmable and reversible plasmon mode engineering. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113, 14201–14206 (2016).
7. Yang, A., Hoang, T. B., Dridi, M., Deeb, C., Mikkelsen, M. H., Schatz, G. C. & Odom, T. W. Real-time tunable lasing from plasmonic nanocavity arrays. Nature Communications 6, 6939 (2015).
8. Yang, A., Huntington, M. D., Cardinal, M. F., Masango, S. S., Duyne, R. P. V. & Odom, T. W. Hetero-oligomer Nanoparticle Arrays for Plasmon-Enhanced Hydrogen Sensing. ACS Nano 8, 7639–7647 (2014).


  • OU URC Faculty Research Fellowship, 2021, 2023
  • Michigan Space Consortium Faculty Seed Grant, 2021
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad (2016)
  • The John E. Hilliard Symposium Best Speaker Award, Northwestern University (2016)
  • MRS Fall Meeting Graduate Student Award (GSA) (2015)
  • International Institute for Nanotechnology (IIN) Outstanding Researcher Award (2015)
  • International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) Honorable Mention (2015)
  • MRSEC Fellowship, Northwestern University (2012-2014)

Academic Service

  • The Electrochemical Society (ECS) Detroit Section Officer
  • The Electrochemical Society (ECS) Detroit Student Chapter Faculty Advisor
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Materials Research (DMR) Panel Review 2021
  • Department of Energy (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) Annual Merit Review, 2021, 2022
  • Advisory Board: Photonics
  • Guest editor: Photonics, Special issue: Functional Nanophotonic Materials and Structures
  • Reviewer for journals: ACS Applied Energy Materials, ACS Photonics, Advanced Materials, Advanced Optical Materials, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, Nano Letters, Nanoscale, Optics Express, Optics Letters, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, etc.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Engineering Center, Room 301
115 Library Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-447
(location map)
Dean's Office (248) 370-2217
Academic Advising (248) 370-2201