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Peng Yang

Postdoctoral Fellow

Studying geochemical processes such as sorption of cations and anions at mineral-water interfaces at ambient and high T/P.


Peng Yang is a postdoctoral fellow in the Interfacial Processes Group, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division. His current research focus is the sorption behavior of cations and anions on naturally occurring barite crystal in aqueous solutions using X-ray reflectivity and atomic force microscopy. The effects of pH, concentration of ions, and temperature/pressure on the sorption are also research interest.


  • 2019        Ph.D. University of Wyoming, in Soil Science
  • 2012        M.S. Dalian University of Technology, in Chemical Engineering and Technology
  • 2009       B.S. Shenyang Agricultural University, in Plant Protection


  • Early Career Scientist Travel Award, American Chemical Society, April 2021
  • Impact Argonne Award for Extraordinary Effort, June 2020
  • NSF Student Travel Award, June 2018
  • ACS Student Travel Award, March 2018


  • P. Yang, K. Wen, K. A. Beyer, W. Xu, Q. Wang, D. Ma, J. Wu, M. Zhu. Inhibition of oxyanions on redox-driven transformation of layered manganese oxides. Environmental Science & Technology 2021, 55 (5), 3419-3429.
  • P. Yang, J. E. Post, Q. Wang, W. Xu, R. Geiss, P. R. McCurdy, M. Zhu. Metal adsorption controls stability of layered manganese oxides. Environmental Science & Technology, 2019, 53 (13), 7453-7462.
  • P. Yang, S. Lee, J. E. Post, H. Xu, Q. Wang, W. Xu, M. Zhu. Trivalent manganese on vacancies triggers rapid transformation of layered to tunneled manganese oxides (TMOs): Implications for occurrence of TMOs in low-temperature environment. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 2018, 240, 173-190.
  • P. Yang, K. Li, D. Xue. Anisotropic hardness estimations of some inorganic functional materials. Functional Materials Letters, 2012, 5 (1), 1250003.