Dr Jane Yao is a Research Group Manager at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
She obtained a Masters of Engineering in 2004 and PhD in 2008 from the University of Wollongong (UOW). She continued as an Associate Research Fellow in the ISEM of UOW.
Since joining UTS in 2010, Jane was pivotal in establishing the world-class facilities at the Centre for Clean Energy Technology in University of Technology Sydney (CCET) and manages the laboratories tirelessly every day to ensure safe and reliable operations. Jane provides technical support and technical training workshops on specialised equipment and procedures for students. With over 17 years’ experience in the area of battery technology, she has supported over $5m of research projects.
Jane is central to human resources management in CCET; from recruitment of students and research fellows to administrative support during their time at UTS. Jane also maintains the Centre’s website and media presence and is proud to promote CCET’s activities and breakthrough publications on the world stage.
Wang, G, Yao, J, Liu, HK, Dou, SX & Ahn, J 2002, 'Nanosized tin microencapsulated graphite as the anode in lithium ion cells', METASTABLE, MECHANICALLY ALLOYED AND NANOCRYSTALLINE MATERIALS: 9th International Symposium on Metastable, Mechanically Alloyed and Nanocrystalline Materials (ISMANAM-2002), 9th International Symposium on Metastable, Mechanically Alloyed and Nanocrystalline Materials (ISMANAM-2002), Trans Tech Publications Ltd, Seoul, South Korea, pp. 739-744.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Microencapsulating nanosized Sn particles in graphite developed a series of new anode composite materials for lithium-ion batteries. The nanosized Sn particles are homogeneously dispersed in graphite matrix via in situ chemical reduction. The tin-graphite composite showed a great improvement in lithium storage capacity. Since Sn is an active element to lithium, Sn can react with lithium to form Li4.4Sn alloys, with an accompanying 400 % volume increase. The ductile graphite. matrix provides a perfect buffer layer to absorb such volume expansion. Therefore, the integrity of the composite electrode is preserved during lithium insertion and extraction. The reaction process of lithium insertion and extraction into the graphite structure, and lithium alloying with tin has been identified by cyclic voltammetry measurement. The new tin-graphite composites provide a new. type of anode materials for lithium-ion, batteries with increased capacity.