Yi Lin

Tel: +1 (757) 864-2219; FAX: +1 (757) 325-6701


Research Interests

  • Nanohybrids for energy storage, catalysis, sensing and composite applications
  • Synthesis and applications of 2D boron nitride nanomaterials
  • Exploiting full mechanical potential of carbon nanotubes
  • Nanowire arrays for aerospace and aeronautic applications


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina (2004)
  • M.S., Polymer Chemistry and Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Shanghai, China (1999)
  • B.S., Polymer Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, Shanghai, China (1996)

Current Research

Nanohybrids Synthesis in a Microwave Flash: metal and metal oxide nanoparticles are formed on the surface of another nanoscale support using microwave irradiation for a few minutes or even a few seconds. The image below shows (in clockwise order) a carbon nanotube yarn, each with embedded nanotubes decorated with TiO2 nanoparticles, hexagonal boron nitride with supported Ag nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes with supported Pd nanoparticles, and graphene with supported Pt nanoparticles. Lin’s team is exploring the applications of these nanohybrids materials in energy storage, catalysis, sensing, and multifunctional composites.

Published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces:

Boron Nitride Nanosheets as Substrate for Reusable Sensors: These devices are fabricated by preparing the boron nitride nanosheet (BNNS)-supported Ag nanohybrids material in aqueous dispersion followed by depositing and transferring onto quartz substrates. Ag nanoparticles are the sensing elements in surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopic (SERS) measurements. The robust Ag anchoring on the nanosheets and the thermal and oxidation resistivity of the nanosheets made the sensors robust against solvent washing, and recyclable, by simply heating in air to remove analyte residue in previous runs.

Published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces:


Recent Publications

  • Lin, Y.; Bunker, C. E.; Fernando, K. A. S.; Connell, J. W. “Aqueously Dispersed Silver Nanoparticle-Decorated Boron Nitride Nanosheets for Reusable, Thermal Oxidation-Resistant Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) Devices.” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2012, 4, 1110-1117.
  • Kim, J.-W.; Nunez, J. C.; Siochi, E. J.; Wise, K. E.; Lin, Y.; Connell, J. W.; Smith, M. W. “In-situ Mechanical Property Measurements of Amorphous Carbon – Boron Nitride Nanotube Nanostructures.” Nanotechnology 2011, 23, 035701.
  • Lin, Y.; Baggett, D. W.; Kim, J.-W.; Siochi, E. J.; Connell. J. W. “Instantaneous Formation of Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene via Solvent-Free Microwave Heating.” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2011, 3, 1652-1664.
  • Lin, Y.; Williams, T. V.; Xu, T.-B.; Cao, W.; Elsayed-Ali, H. E.; Connell, J. W. “Aqueous Dispersions of Few-Layered and Monolayered Hexagonal Boron Nitride Nanosheets from Sonication-Assisted Hydrolysis: Critical Role of Water.” J. Phys. Chem. C 2011, 115, 2679-2685.
  • Lin, Y.; Williams, T. V.; Cao, W.; Elsayed-Ali, H. E.; Connell, J. W. “Defect Functionalization of Hexagonal Boron Nitride Nanosheets.” J. Phys. Chem. C 2010, 114, 17434-17439.
  • Lin, Y.; Williams, T. V.; Connell, J. W. “Soluble, Exfoliated Hexagonal Boron Nitride.” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2010, 1, 277-283.
  • Luo, P. G.; Wang, H.; Gu, L.; Lu, F.; Lin, Y.; Christensen, K. A.; Yang, S-T.; Sun, Y.-P. “Selective Interactions of Sugar-Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes with Bacillus Spores.” ACS Nano 2009, 3, 3909-3916.
  • Lin, Y.; Watson, K. A.; Ghose, S.; Smith, J. G.; Williams, T. V.; Crooks, R. E.; Cao, W.; Connell, J. W. “Direct Mechanochemical Formation of Metal Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanotubes.” J. Phys. Chem. C 2009, 113, 14858-14862.
  • Lin, Y.; Watson, K. A.; Fallbach, M. J.; Ghose, S.; Smith, J. G.; Delozier, D. M.; Cao, W.; Crooks, R. E.; Connell, J. W. “Rapid, Solventless, Bulk Preparation of Metal Nanoparticle-Decorated Carbon Nanotubes.” ACS Nano 2009, 3, 871-884.
  • Lineberry, Q. J; Cao, Y.; Lin, Y.; Ghose, S.; Connell, J. W.; Pan, W.-P. “Mercury Capture from Flue Gas Using Palladium Nanoparticle-Decorated Substrates as Injected Sorbents.” Energy Fuels 2009, 23, 1512-1517.




100 Exploration Way
Hampton, VA 23666