Xiangling Yue


Research Fellow, 2013 – Present

Xiangling is currently a holder of the EPSRC UKRI Innovation Fellowship, working on the development and application of emergent nanomaterials into electrochemical applications such as CO2 electrolysis as well as fuel cells running with flexible fuels. She was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the group of Prof John T S Irvine where she was involved in a number of successful research projects focused on the development and understanding of high temperature solid-state electrochemistry at nano-scale in various energy conversion and storage systems.

Research experience

Jun 2018- present:  PI working on the EPSRC funded project ‘Efficient low carbon energy storage and conversion on exsolved interfaces’. The project aims to explore the emergent nanomaterials, specifically a group of titanate perovskites capable of ex-solving their B-site metal as nanocatalysts, in electrochemical applications, to advance materials development in high temperature solid oxide cells, and to provide a detailed understanding on the electrochemistry involved in various energy conversion systems, the mechanism of the redox exsolution processes, as well as its dependence on critical compositions and defect chemistry.

Jan 2015 – Jun 2018: PDRA worked on the EPSRC project ‘Tailoring of microstructural evolution in impregnated SOFC electrodes’

  • Focused primarily on development and optimisation of impregnation processing to tailor interface structures, morphologies and surface properties to enhance SOFC anode performance and durability: using different types of ceria as impregnate, the wetting behaviour and morphology of anode with a range of scaffold materials have been investigated; the surface energy properties of the materials of interest were measured, to understand the fundamentals underlying impregnation procedures; the electrochemical performance and short-term stability of the anode from impregnation processing have been evaluated and links to morphology and microstructure evolution have been studied
  • Worked collaboratively with Imperial College London (In-situ Raman and XPS characterisation), University of Cambridge (Ink-jet printing), and fuel cell companies including Ceres Power, Hexis AG


 Jul 2013 – Dec 2014: PDRA worked on the European project ‘Efficient conversion of coal to electricity-Direct coal fuel cells (DCFC)’

  • Explored the alternative oxide anode in DCFC running with carbon and raw coal and addressed the oxide material stability with other cell components, particularly lithium and potassium carbonate secondary electrolyte, in DCFC operation
  • Worked collaboratively with the Instituto Nacional Del Carbon, Spain


Oct 2008- Jan 2012: PhD student worked on the EPSRC Project: Supergen project ‘Delivery of sustainable hydrogen’

  • Researched the CO2 reduction as well as hydrogen production by high temperature solid oxide electrolysis cells, with efforts focused on materials/microstructure engineering of ceramic oxide fuel electrode for enhanced performance and stability. Particularly, carbon resistance of materials in CO2/CO atmospheres was evaluated and compared with traditional Ni-based materials. Materials of interest included infiltration processed (La,Sr)(Cr, Mn)O3, (Gd, Ce)O2 and doping levels of precious metals, for instance, Pt, Pd etc.
  • Received training on material synthesis, ceramic processing, electron microscopy and solid-state electrochemistry; built networks within the project consortium and on conferences

Contact information

@:  xy57@st-andrews.ac.uk

Academic degrees

Ph.D. Chemistry, School of Chemistry, University of St Andrews, UK. Supervisor: Prof. John T S Irvine

  • Thesis: ‘The development of alternative cathodes for high temperature solid oxide electrolysis cells
  • Overseas Research Students Award winner

MEng. Chemical Engineering, Laboratory of Fuel Cells, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian, P R China. Supervisor: Prof. Mojie Cheng

  • Thesis: ‘Study of Sc doped LSM cathode materials for IT-SOFCs’
  • Explored B-site Sc doping to improve (La,Sr)MnO3 cathode performance for IT-SOFC

BEng. Chemical Engineering, School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, P R China

  • Dissertation: Preparation of Esters-catechin Microcapsule by Spray-drying
  • 2005 Excellent Graduate Award (Dalian, China)


Selected publications

  1. Eun Jeong Kim, Xiangling Yue, John T. S. Irvine, Robert. Armstrong, Improved electrochemical performance of LiCoPO4 using eco-friendly aqueous binders, Power Sources, 2018, Under review.
  2. A. Connor, X. Yue, C.D. Savaniu, R. Price, G. Triantafyllou, M. Cassidy, G. Kerherve, D.J. Payne, R. C. Maher, L. F. Cohen, R. Tomov, B.A. Glowacki, V.Kumar, J.T.S. Irvine, Tailoring SOFC electrode microstructures for improved performance, Adv. Energy Mater., 2018, DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201800120.
  3. Jianing Hui, Dragos Neagu, David N. Miller, Xiangling Yue, Chengsheng Ni, and John T. S. Irvine, Metal-oxide interactions for infiltrated Ni nanoparticles on A-site deficient LaxSr1-3x/2TiO3, Solid State Ionics, 2017, 315, 126-130.
  4. Yue and J. T. S. Irvine, Modification of the LSCM-GDC cathode to enhance performance for high temperature CO2 electrolysis via solid oxide electrolysis cells, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, 5, 7081-7090.
  5. Pankaj Tiwari, Xiangling Yue, John T S Irvine, Suddhasatwa Basu, La and Ca-doped A-site deficient strontium titanates anode for electrolyte supported direct methane solid oxide fuel cell, Electrochem. Soc., 2017, 164, F1030-F1036.
  6. Xiangling Yue, Ana Arenillas, and John T. S. Irvine, Application of infiltrated LSCM-GDC oxide anode in direct carbon/coal fuel cells, Faraday discuss., 2016,190, 269-289.
  7. Xiangling Yue and John T. S. Irvine, Understanding of CO2 electrochemical reduction reaction process via high temperature solid oxide electrolysers, ECS Trans., 2015, 68, 3535-3551.
  8. Mark Cassidy, David J. Doherty, Xiangling Yue, Development of tailored porous microstructures for infiltrated catalyst electrodes by aqueous tape casting methods, ECS Trans., 2015, 68, 2047-2056.
  9. Xiangling Yue and John T S Irvine, Alternative cathode material for CO2 reduction by high temperature solid oxide electrolysis cells. Electrochem. Soc., 2012, 159, F442-F448.
  10. Xiangling Yue and John T S Irvine, LSCM/GDC cathode for high temperature steam electrolysis and steam-carbon dioxide co-electrolysis, Solid State Ionics, 2012, 225, 132-135.
  11. Xiangling Yue and John T S Irvine, Impedance studies on LSCM/GDC cathode for high temperature CO2 Electrochem. Solid-State Lett., 2012, 15, B31-B34.