Xiao Yang- Postdoctoral Fellow
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B.E., Materials Engineering, Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics (2003)
Ph.D., Metallurgical Engineering, The University of Tokyo (2009)
Research Engineer, ShaSteel Co. Ltd. (2012)
Research Assistant Professor, Kyoto University (2016)


Email: xiao.yang@utexas.edu

Xiao has 10+ years of research experience in the field of process metallurgy from both academia and industry. His recent interest focuses on manufacturing of new energy devices via molten salt technologies.

He earned his Ph. D. from The University of Tokyo in 2009. His thesis systematically explained the reaction behavior of phosphorous in molten steel during refining with multi-phase fluxes on the ultimate purpose of developing new refining technologies with high efficiency and low byproduct emissions in steel production. After graduation, he joined ShaSteel Co. Ltd. as a Research Engineer. He led a team to develop a low slag emission steelmaking process which was later widespread across all the plants in the company. Xiao returned to academia in 2012 as a Research Assistant Professor at Kyoto University and started to work on molten salt electrochemistry. He was trying to develop a novel process for high-purity silicon production via molten salt electrolysis, to challenge the dominant player: the Siemens method.

His responsibility now in the Bard group is to make silicon thin film in molten salt for photovoltaic applications.


Publications and Presentations:

  • X. Yang, K. Yasuda, T. Nohira, R. Hagiwara and T. Homma, “Cathodic Potential Dependence of Electrochemical Reduction of SiO2 Granules in Molten CaCl2”, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions E, In press (2016). DOI:10.1007/s40553-016-0081-1.
  • X. Yang, K. Yasuda, T. Nohira, R. Hagiwara and T. Homma, “The Role of Granule Size on the Kinetics of Electrochemical Reduction of SiO2 Granules in Molten CaCl2”, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, 47 (2016), p. 787-797.
  • T. Homma; N. Matsuo,; X. Yang, K. Yasuda, Y. Fukunaka and T. Nohira, “High Purity Silicon Materials Prepared through Wet-chemical and Electrochemical Approaches”, Electrochimica Acta, 179 (2015), p. 512-518.
  • X. Yang, K. Yasuda, T. Nohira, R. Hagiwara and T. Homma, “Reaction Behavior of Stratified SiO2 Granules during Electrochemical Reduction in Molten CaCl2”, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B, 45 (2014), p. 1337-1344.
  • X. Yang, K. Yasuda, T. NOHIRA, R. Hagiwara and T. Homma, “Kinetic Characteristics of Electrochemical Reduction of SiO2 Granules in Molten CaCl2”, Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 161 (2014), p. D3116-D3119.
  • H. Matsuura, T. Homma, M. ZHONG, X. GAO, X. Yang, and F. Tsukihashi, “Energy and Resource Saving of Steelmaking Process: Utilization of Innovative Multi-phase Flux during Dephosphorization Process”, JOM, 66 (2014), p. 1572-1580.
  • T. TOBA, K. Yasuda, T. Nohira, , X. Yang, R. Hagiwara, K. Ichitsubo, K. Matsuda and T. Homma, “Electrolytic Reduction of SiO2 Powder in Molten CaCl2”, Electrochemistry, 81 (2013), p. 559-565.
  • X. Yang, F. Sun, F. Liu, J. Yang, K, Cheng and J. Wang, “Optimization of Low Phosphorus Steel Production with Double Slag Process in BOF at Shasteel”, Journal of Iron and Steel Research International, 20(2013), p. 41-47.
  • F. Sun, T. Guan, F. Liu, K, Cheng, J. Wang, and X. Yang, “Research and Practice on Converter Process of Slag Reduction”, Steelmaking, 29 (2013), p. 6-12.
  • N. Takeichi, J. Yan, X. Yang, K. Shida, H. Tanaka, T. Kiyobayashi, N. Kuriyama and T. Sakai, “Ca7Ge-type Hydride Mg6VNaxHy (0 ≤ x ≤ 1): High Pressure Synthesis, Synchrotron X-ray Analysis and Hydrogen Storage Properties”, Journal of Power Sources, 210 (2012), p. 158-162.
  • X. Yang, N. Takeichi, K. Shida, H. Tanaka, N. Kuriyama and T. Sakai, “Novel Mg–Zr–A–H (A = Li, Na) Hydrides Synthesized by a High Pressure Technique and Their Hydrogen Storage Properties”, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 509 (2011), p. 1211-1216.
  • X. Yang, H. Matsuura and F. Tsukihashi, “Dissolution Behavior of Solid 5CaO·SiO2·P2O5 in CaO-SiO2-FeOx Slag”, Materials Transaction, 51(2010), p. 1094-1101.
  • X. Yang, H. Matsuura and F. Tsukihashi, “Reaction Behavior of P2O5 at the Interface between Solid 2CaO·SiO2 and Liquid CaO-SiO2-FeOx-P2O5 slag saturated with solid 5CaO·SiO2·P2O5 at 1573 K”, ISIJ International, 50 (2010), p. 702-711.
  • X. Yang, H. Matsuura and F. Tsukihashi, “Condensation of P2O5 at the Interface between 2CaO·SiO2 and CaO-SiO2-FeOx-P2O5 Slag”, ISIJ International, 49 (2009), p. 1298-1307.
  • X. Yang, H. Matsuura and F. Tsukihashi, “Formation Behavior of Phosphorous Compounds at the Interface Between Solid 2CaO·SiO2 and FeOx-CaO-SiO2-P2O5 Slag”, Tetsu-to-Hagane, 95 (2009), p. A268-274.
  • R. Saito, H. Matsuura, K. Nakase, X. Yang, and F. Tsukihashi, “Microscopic Formation Mechanisms of P2O5-containing Phase at the Interface between Solid CaO and Molten Slag”, Tetsu-to-Hagane, 95 (2009), p. A258-A267.
  • Z. Yuan, X. Yang, and Z. Lu, “Jet Behavior and Metallurgical Performance of Innovated Double-parameter Oxygen Lance in BOF”, Journal of Iron and Steel Research International, 14 (2007), p. 1-6.


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