Dr. Yanan Sun

Topics of research

– Design and synthesize layered sulfide compounds for sodium-ion batteries

– Investigate electrochemical properties for sulfide compounds in sodium-ion batteries

– Investigate Na-rich oxide cathodes for sodium-ion batteries


Educational background

 Doctoral degree

 – National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (2014-2019)

Thesis topic: Preparation of porous carbon-based materials and their application in gas adsorption and energy storage. Supervisor:  Prof. B.-H. Han

 Bachelor’s degree

 – Shandong University of Science and Technology, Qingdao, China (2009-2013)

Program: Matellic Materials Engineering, Prof. L.-F. Sun and Prof. H.-Q. Liu

Thesis topic: Preparation, characterization, and magnetism investigation of carbon nanomaterias.

Professional career

 – August 2020 – present: Postdoctoral researcher

Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Department of Chemistry

Supervisor: Prof. P. Adelhelm

Awards & Accomplishments

– 2018: The Second Price Scholarship in NCNST

 – 2017: The Third Prize Scholarship in NCNST

  – 2017: Merit Student Award in the University of the Chinese Academy of Science

 – 2016: The Third Prize Scholarship in NCNST

 – 2015: The Third Prize Scholarship in NCNST

 – 2015: Merit Student Award in the University of the Chinese Academy of Science

 – 2010: Chinese National Scholarship

Conferences & Visits


 – March, 2019: Xi’an, China

2019 Internation Symposium on Electrocatalysis and Electrosynthesis (2019 ISEE)

Presentation topic: A N, P dual-doped carbon with high porosity as an advanced matel-free oxygen reduction catalyst


 – August, 2018: Beijing, China

2018 Conference on Chemistry of Energy Materials (ChEM 2018)

Presentation topic: Nitrogen-doped porous carbons derived from polypyrrole-based aerogels for gas uptake and supercapasitors.

 – April-July, 2018: Jena, Germany

Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena

Receiving side: Prof. P. Adelhelm

Project title: Sodium-ion storage in nanostructured carbon materials


 – September, 2017: Zhangjiajie, China

The 1st International Symposium on Porous Organic Polymers (POPs2017)


 – June, 2016: Dalian, China

The 30th Annual Conference of the Chinese Chemical Society

Poster topic: Polypyrrole-derived nitrogen-doped porous carbon materials as gas adsorbents

Award: Best Poster Award in Annual Conference of the Chinese Society of Chemistry



 – Sun, Y.-N.; Yang, J. Q.; Ding, X. S.; Ji, W.-Y.; Jaworski, A.; Hedin, N.; Han, B.-H. Synergetic contribution of nitrogen and fluorine species in porous carbons as metal-free and bifunctional oxygen electrocatalysts for zinc–air batteries. Appl. Catal. B- Environ. 2021, 120448.


– Sun, Y. N., Goktas, M., Zhao, L., Adelhelm, P., & Han, B. H. (2020). Ultrafine SnO2 nanoparticles anchored on N, P-doped porous carbon as anodes for high performance lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science<link>

 – Zhou, H. Y., Sui, Z. Y., Zhao, F. L., Sun, Y. N., Wang, H. Y., & Han, B. H. (2020). A nanostructured porous carbon/MoO2 composite with efficient catalysis in polysulfide conversion for lithium-sulfur batteries. Nanotechnology31(31), 315601. <link>


 – Sun, Y. N., Yang, L., Sui, Z. Y., Zhao, L., Goktas, M., Zhou, H. Y., … & Han, B. H. (2019). Synthesis and thermodynamic investigation of MnO nanoparticle anchored N-doped porous carbon as the anode for Li-ion and Na-ion batteries. Materials Chemistry Frontiers3(12), 2728-2737. <link>

 – Sun, Y. N., Zhang, M. L., Zhao, L., Sui, Z. Y., Sun, Z. Y., & Han, B. H. (2019). A N, P dual‐doped carbon with high porosity as an advanced metal‐free oxygen reduction catalyst. Advanced Materials Interfaces6(14), 1900592. <link>

 – Palaniselvam, T., Goktas, M., Anothumakkool, B., Sun, Y. N., Schmuch, R., Zhao, L., … & Adelhelm, P. (2019). Sodium storage and electrode dynamics of tin-carbon composite electrodes from bulk precursors for sodium‐ion batteries. Advanced Functional Materials29(18), 1900790. <link>

 – Han, B.-H., Sun, Y.-N., Zhao, L., & Sui, Z.-Y. (2019). A N, P doped aerogel-derived N, P co-doped porous carbon: The preparation method and application. Application No.: 201910192756.3. Application date: March 14, 2019 (Patent)


 – Wang, E. J., Sui, Z. Y., Sun, Y. N., Ma, Z., & Han, B. H. (2018). Effect of porosity parameters and surface chemistry on carbon dioxide adsorption in sulfur-doped porous carbons. Langmuir34(22), 6358-6366. <link>

 – Yuan, N., Sun, Y. N., Liu, Z. W., & Han, B. H. (2018). Facile synthesis of diamine-functionalized hollow mesoporous silica sphere with self-templating method. Journal of Porous Materials25(6), 1715-1721. <link>

 – Li, X., Sui, Z. Y., Sun, Y. N., Xiao, P. W., Wang, X. Y., & Han, B. H. (2018). Polyaniline-derived hierarchically porous nitrogen-doped carbons as gas adsorbents for carbon dioxide uptake. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials257, 85-91. <link>

 – Sun, Y. N., Sui, Z. Y., Li, X., Xiao, P. W., Wei, Z. X., & Han, B. H. (2018). Nitrogen-doped porous carbons derived from polypyrrole-based aerogels for gas uptake and supercapacitors. ACS Applied Nano Materials1(2), 609-616. <link>


 – Sui, Z. Y., Yang, Q. S., Zhou, H. Y., Li, X., Sun, Y. N., Xiao, P. W., … & Han, B. H. (2017). Nitrogen-doped graphene aerogel as both a sulfur host and an effective interlayer for high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries. Nanotechnology28(49), 495701. <link>


 – Liu, J., Chen, Q., Sun, Y. N., Xu, M. Y., Liu, W., & Han, B. H. (2016). Gold nanoparticles encapsulated in hierarchical porous polycarbazole: Preparation and application in catalytic reduction. RSC advances6(54), 48543-48549. <link>