Dr. Yan is now a tenure-track assistant professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen. He received his B.Eng. in 2012 and Ph.D. in 2018 under the supervision of Prof. Hongbin Wu and Prof. Yong Cao both at South China University of Technology. He was a key member in Prof. Jenny Nelson’s group in Department of Physics at Imperial College London between 2017 and 2022. His research focuses on using combined theoretical and experimental approaches to understand the device and molecular physics of organic molecular semiconductor devices, e.g. photovoltaics, light-emitting-diodes, and photodetectors. 


My group focuses primarily on the physics of molecular electronic materials and devices, and is particularly interested in device physics and modelling, with an ambition to connect molecular properties to device properties. Our approach is to use combined theoretical and experimental findings to reveal the physical mechanisms behind organic electronic materials and devices and eventually facilitate the development and commercialization of organic optoelectronics.

Awards and honors
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  • 2021
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2012
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  • 2010
  • 2009
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    Overseas high-level talents - “Pengcheng Peacock Project - Category C”

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    “Presential Young Fellow” of CUHKSZ

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    Recognized as a “Global Talent” by The Royal Society in the UK

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    China Scholarship Council overseas study fund (~₤15k, 15万人民币)

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    University outstanding doctorate dissertation innovation fund (~₤2k, 2万人民币)

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    University award for the best undergraduate course graduation thesis (top 1%)

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    University award for outstanding new Ph.D. student (~₤3k, 3万人民币)

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    University first-class scholarship (top 5%)

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    University Bo-Lu scholarship (~₤1k, 8000人民币)

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    University merit students (top 10%)

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    National Undergraduate research grant (~₤3k, 3万人民币)

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    University Heng-Li scholarship (~₤600, 6000人民币)

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    University merit students (top 10%)

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    University mathematics competition-second prize (top 0.01%)

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    University merit students (top 10%)

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    National scholarship (~₤1k, 8000人民币)



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Representative Publications:

Device physics:

[1]    B. Xiao, P. Calado, R. C. I. MacKenzie, T. Kirchartz, J. Yan*, and J. Nelson, Relationship between Fill Factor and Light Intensity in Solar Cells Based on Organic Disordered Semiconductors: The Role of Tail States, Phys. Rev. Appl. 14, 024034 (2020). 

[2]    L. Zhu, M. Zhang, J. Xu, C. Li, J. Yan*, G. Zhou, W. Zhong, T. Hao, J. Song, X. Xue, Z. Zhou, R. Zeng, H. Zhu, C. Chen, R.C.I. MacKenzie, Y. Zou, J. Nelson, Y. Zhang, Y. Sun*, F. Liu*, Single-junction organic solar cells with over 19% efficiency enabled by a refined double-fibril network morphology. Nature Materials, 21, 656–663 (2022) 

Molecular Physics:

[1] M. Azzouzi#, J. Yan#, T. Kirchartz, K. Liu, J. Wang, H. Wu, and J. Nelson, Nonradiative Energy Losses in Bulk-Heterojunction Organic Photovoltaics, Phys. Rev. X 8, 031055 (2018) 

[2] J. Yan*, E. Rezasoltani, M. Azzouzi, F. Eisner, and J. Nelson*, Influence of static disorder of charge transfer state on voltage loss in organic photovoltaics, Nature Communications 12, 3642 (2021). 

DFT and Machine learning:

[1]    J. Yan, X. Rodríguez-Martínez*, D. Pearce, H. Douglas, D. Bili, M. Azzouzi, E. Rezasoltani, F. Eisner, A. Virbule, E. Rezasoltani, V. Belova, B. Dorling, S. Few, A. A. Szumska, X. Hou, G. Zhang, Hin-Lap Yip, M. Campoy-Quiles*, J. Nelson*. Identifying structure-absorption relationship and predicting absorption strength of nonfullerene acceptors in organic photovoltaics. Energy & Environ. Sci., 15, 2958-2973 (2022)