Department of Chemistry

School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Duck Yang
Assoc. Dean Research & Id. Progs.
BE 2.512

Duck Joo (D. J.) Yang, Ph.D.

Associate Dean
Research and Interdisciplinary Programs
Research Professor
Nanoscience and Technology

Personal Webpage

DJ Yang website

Education and Experience

  • B.S., Clark University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1972): Chemistry
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (1977): Physical Inorganic Chemistry
  • Executive MBA, University of Pennsylvania (1982)

  • Executive Vice President, Head of New Business Development, SAIT (Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology: Samsung Group Central R&D Institute (2000-2003)
  • Vice President, CRO & Head of Chemical Sector, Samsung: SAIT (1997-2000)
  • Director: Product/Sales/Marketing/Supply Chains Management, DuPont Automotive Products SBU (DuPont Asia Pacific/DuPont-Korea) (1995-1997)
  • Project Manager, Semiconductor Materials Division, DuPont Electronics Materials SBU (Special Business Unit), Wilmington, DE (1993-1995)
  • Marketing Manager, Semiconductor Materials Division, DuPont Electronics Materials SBU, Wilmington, DE (1992-1993)
  • Technology Manager, Semiconductor Materials Division, DuPont Electronics Materials SBU, Wilmington, DE (1990-1992)
  • Research Chemist at DuPont Experimental Station, and was promoted in various R&D and mfg positions as Senior Research Chemist, Research Associate & Project Team Leader in several DuPont Specialty Business Units (SBUs): Polymer Intermediates Department, Explosives Division, Finishes/Fabricated Products Dept, Automotive Products SBU and Electronics Materials SBU, DuPont-USA, Wilmington, DE (1978-1990)


  • Nanotech Institute
  • Executive member at the Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the School of Management at UT Dallas  
  • Adjunct Professor at School of Applied Chemical Engineering/Alan G. MacDiarmid Energy Research Institute at Chonnam National University, Korea

Research Description

  • New process development for composite CNT/Graphene fibers
  • Synthesis of vanadium oxide nanofibers (VNFs) and its application for energy storage
  • Composite electrode fabrication using VNFs with Graphene for supercapacitors
  • Carbon fiber preparation from melt spinable polymers
  • Eco-friendly process research of nano-materials (metal, oxides and polymer) synthesis
  • Economical process development of biofuels: Conversion of waste pulp either to sugars by eco-friendly acids and the sugars to hydrocarbons using algae
  • Hydrogen/CO2 storage material research using conductive polymer
  • PEM fuel cell polymer membrane development

Selected Publications

  1. Abdelaziz Rahy, Arup Choudhury, Changheon Kim, Sungwoo Ryu, Jaewon Hwang, Soon Hyung Hong and Duck J. Yang, “Simple/green process for the preparation of composite carbon nanotube fibers/yarns” RSC Adv., 2014,4, 43235-43240
  2. Jacob Lalley, Dionysios D Dionysiou, Rajender S Varma, Somashetty Shankara, Duck J Yang and Mallikarjuna N Nadagouda, “Silver-based antibacterial surfaces for drinking water disinfection — an overview”, Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 2014, 3:25–29
  3. Arup Choudhry, Daniel Tran, Mallikarjuna, N. Nadagouda and Rajender S. Varma, Duck J. Yang, “Polyaniline Nanofibers and Nanotubes: Recent Advances in the Synthesis and their Properties”  a book chapter was submitted to be published in CRC Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology on November 22, 2013.
  4. Bo-Hye Kim, Kap Seung Yang, Duck J. Yang, “Electrochemical behavior of activated carbon nanofiber-vanadium pentoxide composites for double-layer capacitors”        Accepted by Electrochimica Acta, 109 (2013), 859-865
  5. Grace Jones D. Kalaw, Judy Anne N. Wahome, Yuanqin Zhu, Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr., Inga H. Musselman, Duck-Joo Yang, and John P. Ferraris “Perfluorocyclobutyl (PFCB)-based polymer blends for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs)”, Journal of Membrane Science, 431 (2013) 86-95
  6. Bo-Hye Kim, Chang Hyo Kim, Kap Seung Yang, Abdelaziz Rahy, Duck J. Yang “Electrospun vanadium pentoxide/carbon nanofiber composites for supercapacitor electrodes”,  Electrochimica Acta, 83 (2012) 335-340
  7. Mallikarjuna N. Nadagouda,  Ishan Desai, Carlo Cruz and Duck J. Yang, “Novel Pd based catalyst for the removal of organic and emerging contaminants” RSC Advances 2012, 2, 7540–7548
  8. Liyanage, A.D.; Ferraris, J.P.; Musselman, I.H.; Yang, D.-J.; Andersson, T.E.; Son, D.Y.  Balkus, Jr. K.J., “Nafion-sulfonated dendrimer composite membranes for fuel cell applications” J. Membrane Sci.  392-293, 2012, 175-180
  9. Abdelaziz Rahy, Chen Chou, Jie Zheng, SY Park, Moon J. Kim and Duck J. Yang “Synthesis of Highly Fluorescent Carbon Nanoparticles” Carbon, Vol. 50, issue 3, March, 2012, P1298-1302
  10. Jeliza S. Bonso, Abdelaziz Rahy, Sanjaya D. Perera, Nijem Nour, Oliver Seitz, Yves J. Chabal, Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr., John P. Ferraris and Duck J. Yang “Exfoliated graphite nanoplatelets-V2O5 nanotube composite electrodes for supercapacitor application” Journal of Power Sources, 203 (2012) 227-232.
  11. Anjalee D. Liyanage, John P. Ferraris, Inga H. Musselman, Duck-Joo Yang, Theodore E. Andersson, David Y. Son, Kenneth J. Balkus Jr “Nafion-sulfonated dendrimer composite membranes for fuel cell applications”  Journal of Membrane Science 392-293, 2012, 175-180.
  12. Abdelaziz Rahy, Kap Seung Yang, Christopher Bunker, Mallikarjuna N. Nadagouda and Duck J. Yang “Immobilization of Iron Nanoparticles on Multi Substrates and Its Reduction Removal of Chromium (VI) from Waste Streams” accepted to "Key Engineering Materials" special issue on "Innovation in Materials Science-2"  July 2012
  13. Abdelaziz Rahy, S. J. Hong, Kap Seung Yang, Christopher Bunker, Mallikarjuna N. Nadagouda and Duck J Yang “Influence of Poly (Ethylene Glycol) and Oleylamine on the Formation of Nano to Micron Size Spherical SiO2 Particles” "Key Engineering Materials" special issue on "Innovation in Materials Science-2" July 2012


  • Updated: January 21, 2015