Yu Yang

Title: Professor, Analytical Chemistry
SZ 584
Phone: (252)328-9811

Research Associate/Postdoctoral Fellow, Energy and Environmental Research Center, Grand Forks, ND (1993-1997)
Ph.D., Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Mainz, Germany (1993)
M.S./B.S., Changchun Institute of Geology (merged with Jilin University), Changchun, China (1986, 1982)

Research Overview

The main goal of my research programs is to eliminate or minimize the use of toxic organic solvents in extraction, chromatography, environmental remediation, and chemical processes. My current research interests include the following:

  • Green chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Subcritical water oxidation
  • Subcritical water extraction and chromatography
  • Supercritical fluid extraction and chromatography
  • Gas chromatography and liquid chromatography
  • Separation and analysis of species from environmental and herbal matrices
Selected Awards
  • 2005 University Five-Year Achievement for Excellence in Research/Creative Activity Award” from East Carolina University, 2005
  • "Sigma Xi Helms Research Award” from ECU Chapter of Sigma Xi, 2003
  • “Scholar-Teacher Award” from East Carolina University, 2003
  • “The UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award” from East Carolina University, 2001
  • Finalist for “Alumni Distinguished Professor for Teaching Awards” from East Carolina University, 2001
  • Two-time recipient of “College Research Award” from the College of Arts and Sciences, East Carolina University, 2004 and 1999
  • Two-time recipient of “Cottrell College Science Award” from Research Corporation, 2001 and 1998
  • “Starter Grant Award” from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, 1999 ECU nominee for “Achievement Award for New Scholars” from the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, 1999
Research Students/Scholars Directed
  • Undergraduate students: 45
  • Graduate students: 17
  • Visiting international students: 5
  • Visiting professors/scholars: 3