Research Interests

​My research interests focus on design, synthesis, characterization and application of nano composite materials including electrolytes (fluorite/perovskite) and anodes (cermet/perovskite) applied to Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and nano composite catalyst applied to heterogenous catalysis reaction.


Selected Publications

  • Coking resistant Ni-La0.8Sr0.2FeO3 composite anode improves the stability of syngas-fueled SOFC
    X. Yao,* M. I. Asghar*, Y. Li, P. D. Lund
    International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, (2020)
  • Carbonate dual-phase improves the ionic conductivity and performance of mixed ionic and semiconductor single-layer ...
    S. Jouttijärvi, X. Yao (Co-first author), M. I. Asghar, P. D. Lund
    BMC Energy,  2, 1-10, (2020)
  • Coking-resistant NbOx-Ni-Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 anode material for methanol-fueled solid oxide fuel cells
    X. Yao, Y. Zhao*, Y. Li*
    International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 43, 12748-12755, (2018)
  • Hydrothermally synthesized NiO-samarium doped ceria nano-composite as an anode material for intermediate-temperatur...
    X. Yao, Y. Zhao*, Y. Li*
    International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 42, 22192-22200, (2017)
  • Intriguing electrochemistry in low-temperature single layer ceramic fuel cells based on CuFe2O4
    M. I. Asghar*, X. Yao, P. D. Lund
    International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 45, 24083-24092 , (2020)
  • A-site ordered double perovskite with in situ exsolved core–shell nanoparticles as anode for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
    N. Hou, T. Yao, P. Li, X. Yao, Y. Zhao*, Y. Li
    ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11, 6995-7005, (2019)
  • Improved activity and stability of Ni-Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 anode for solid oxide fuel cells fed with methanol through add...
    P. Li, B. Yu, J. Li, X. Yao, Y. Li
    Journal of Power Sources, 320, 251-256, (2016)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Industrial catalysis, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, 2020
  • MSc, Industrial catalysis, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, 2015



Professional Profile

  • 2017-2019: Visiting Ph.D., Aalto University, Espoo, Finland.


Awards

  • ​Outstanding graduate student, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University

KAUST Affiliations

KAUST Catalysis Center(KCC)
Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering(PSE)