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Education Background

• Ph. D Materials Science & Engineering, Tsinghua University, Jan 2007

• B. S. Materials Science & Engineering, Tsinghua University, July 2002

Work Resume

• 02/2007~07/2009 Postdoctoral scholar     Materials Department, University of California, Santa Barbara,

• 08/2009~ present Postdoctoral researcher    School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University,

Research Field

• Polymer composites with novel electrical and magnetic properties

• Doped oxides as luminescence temperature sensors in thermal barrier coatings

• Oxides with low thermal conductivity

Awards And Honors

• 2009 National Award for Top 100 Ph.D Thesis of 2009, Ministry of Education, China (Top national honor for Ph.D thesis in China)

• 2005 First-class Academic Scholarship of Tsinghua University

• 2004 First-class Scholarship for Social Activities of Tsinghua University (10/25000)

• 2004 Guanghua Second Class Scholarship of Tsinghua University

• 2004 129 Scholarship for Excellent Tutor of Tsinghua University

• 2001 Outstanding Student Award of Beijing City

• 2001 First-class Academic Scholarship (Sanwa Bank Scholarship) of Tsinghua University

Academic Achievements

 Selected Publications:

1  R.J. Chen, M. Huang, W.Z. Huang, Y. Shen*, Y. H. Lin, C.-W. Nan*, “Sol-Gel derived Li-La-Zr-O thin film as solid electrolyte for Lithium-ion batteries”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, DOI:10.1039/c4ta02289a

2  K. Chen, Y. Shen*, J.Y. Jiang, Y.B. Zhang, Y.H. Lin, C.-W. Nan*, “High capacity and rate performance of LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 composite cathode for bulk-type all-solid-state lithium battery”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, DOI:10.1039/c4ta02395a

3  X. Zhang, W.W. Chen, J. J. Wang, Y. Shen*, L. Gu, Y. H. Lin, C-W. Nan*, “Hierarchical interfaces induce high dielectric permittivity in nanocomposites containing TiO2@BaTiO3 nanofibers”, Nanoscale, 2014, 6, 6701

4  K. Chen, Y. Shen*, Y.B. Zhang, Y.H. Lin, C.-W. Nan, “High capacity and cyclic performance in a three-dimensional composite electrode filled with inorganic solid electrolyte”, J. Power Sources, 2014, 249, 306

5  M. Huang, W. Xu, Y. Shen*, Y.H. Lin, C.-W. Nan, “X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy study on Ge-doped Li7La3Zr2O12: enhanced ionic conductivity and defect chemistry”, ElectrochimicaActa, 2014, 115, 581

6 P.H. Hu, Y. Shen*, Y.H. Guan, X. H. Zhang, Y. H. Lin, Q. M. Zhang*, C-W Nan “Topological-Structure Modulated Polymer Nanocomposites Exhibiting Highly Enhanced Dielectric Strength and Energy Density”, Adv. Funct. Mater.2014, 24, 3172

7  Z.X. Li, Y. Shen*, Y. H. Guan, Y. H. Hu, Y. H. Lin, C-W. Nan, “Bandgap engineering and enhanced interface coupling of graphene–BiFeO3 nanocomposites as efficient photocatalysts under visible light”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2014, 2, 1962

8  Y. Shen*, Y. H. Guan, Y.H. Hu, Y. C. Lei, Y. Song, Y. H. Lin, C-W. Nan, “Dielectric behavior of graphene/BaTiO3/polyvinylidene fluoride nanocomposite under high electric field”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2013, 103, 072906

9  P.H. Hu, J.J. Wang, Y. Shen*, Y.H. Guan, Y. H. Lin, C-W Nan*, “Highly enhanced energy density induced by hetero-interface in sandwich-structured polymer nanocomposites”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 12321

10  P.H. Hu, H. Y. Liu, Y. Shen, Y.H. Guan, Y. Song, Y. H. Lin, C-W Nan*, “Largely enhanced energy density in flexible P(VDF-TrFE) nanocomposites by surface-modified electrospun BaSrTiO3 fibers”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 1688

11 Z.X. Li, Y. Shen*, C. Yang, Y. C. Lei, Y. H. Guan, Y. H. Lin, C-W. Nan, “Significant Enhancement in the Visible Light Photocatalytic Properties of BiFeO3-Graphene Nanohybrids”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2013, 1, 823

12 Y. Song, Y. Shen*, P. H. Hu, Y. H. Lin, M. Li and C-W. Nan, “Significant enhancement in energy density of polymer composites induced by dopamine-modified Ba0.6Sr0.4TiO3 nanofibers”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2012, 101, 152904

13  Y. Song, Y. Shen*, H.Y. Liu, Y. H. Lin, M. Li and C-W. Nan, “Improving the dielectric constants and breakdown strength of polymer composites: effects of the shape of the BaTiO3 nanoinclusions, surface modification and polymer matrix”, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 16491

14  Y. Song, Y. Shen*, H.Y. Liu, Y. H. Lin, M. Li and C-W. Nan, “Enhanced dielectric and ferroelectric properties induced by dopamine-modified BaTiO3 nanofibers in flexible poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) nanocomposites”, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 8063

15  Y. Shen*, X. Wang, H.C. He, Y. H. Lin and C-W. Nan, “Temperature sensing with fluorescence intensity ratio technique in epoxy-based nanocomposite filled with Er3+-doped 7YSZ”, Comp. Sci. Tech. 2012, 72, 1008–1011

16  H.Y. Liu, Y. Shen, Y. Song, C-W. Nan, Y.H. Lin and X.P. Yang, “Carbon-nanotube array/polymer core-shell structured composites with high dielectric permittivity, low dielectric loss and large energy density”, Adv. Mater. 2011, 23,5104

17  Y. Shen, R. Lecki, C. G. Levi and D. R. Clarke, “Low thermal conductivity without oxygen vacancies in equi-molar YO1.5-TaO2.5 and YbO1.5-TaO2.5 stabilized tegragonal zirconia ceramics”, Acta Mater. 2010, 58, 4424-4431

18  C.-W. Nan, Y. Shen, J. Ma, “Physical properties of composites near percolation threshold” (invited review), Annual Review of Materials Research, 2010, 40, 131-151

19  Y. Shen, D. R. Clarke, “Resistance to moisture-induced low-temperature degradation (LTD) of equi-molar YO1.5-TaO2.5 stabilized tegragonal ZrO2 ceramics”, J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 2010, 93, 2024-2027

20  Y. Shen, D. R. Clarke, and P. A. Fuierer, “Anisotropic thermal conductivity of the Aurivillus phase, bismuth titanate, (Bi4Ti3O12): A natural nanostructured superlattice”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2008, 93, 102907

21  Y. Shen, D. R. Clarke, “Effects of reducing atmosphere on the luminescence of Eu3+-doped yttria-stabilized zirconia sensor layers in thermal barrier coatings”, J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 2009, 92, 125

22  Y. Shen, D. R. Clarke, “Effects of dopants and excitation wavelength on the temperature sensing of Ln3+-doped 7YSZ”, Surf. Coat. Technol., 2008, 203, 456

23  Y. Shen, Y. H. Lin, and C.-W. Nan, “Interfacial effect on dielectric properties of polymer nanocomposites filled with core/shell-structured particles”, Adv. Func. Mater. 2007, 17, 2405

24  Y. Shen, Y. H. Lin, M. Li, and C.-W. Nan, “High dielectric performance of polymer composite films induced by a percolating interparticle barrier layer”, Adv. Mater. 2007, 19, 1418

25  Y. Shen, Z.-X. Yue, M. Li and C.-W. Nan, “Enhanced initial permeability and dielectric constants in a double-percolating Ni0.3Zn0.7Fe1.95O4-Ni-polymer composite”, Adv. Func. Mater. 2005, 15, 1100

26  Y. Shen, C.-W. Nan and M. Li, “Anisotropic electrical properties of semiconductive Bi2S3 nanorod filled ferroelectric polyvinylidene fluoride”, Chem. Phys. Lett. 2004, 396, 420

27  Z.-M. Dang, Y. Shen, C.-W.Nan, “Dielectric behavior of three-phase percolative Ni–BaTiO3/polyvinylidenefluoride composites”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2002, 82, 4814

28  B.-W. Li, Y. Shen, Z. X. Yue, and C.-W. Nan, “Enhanced microwave absorption in nickel/hexagonal-ferrite/polymer composites”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 2006, 89, 132504


1 C.-W. Nan, Y. Shen, “Preparation of polymer composites filled with core-shell structured nanoparicles”, Chinese patent, CN101007892, August, 2007

2 C.-W. Nan, Y. Shen, B.-W. Li, “Preparation of three-phase composites with both high dielectric and high initial permeability”, Chinese patent, CN1867243. September, 2005

3 C.-W. Nan, Z. M. Dang, Y. Shen “Preparation of novel three-phase inorganic/organic composites with high dielectric constants”, Chinese patent, CN 1401698 A, March, 2003

4 C.-W. Nan, Z. M. Dang, Y. Shen “Preparation of high dielectric constants composites with carbon nanotubes”, Chinese patent, CN 1432598 A, July, 2003

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