Publications (#co-first author; *corresponding author) Google Scholar (updated on Aug 2020)


1. Laser-induced Graphene Jenny Stanford Publishing, 1st Edition, November 30, New York <link>

Ruquan Ye, James M. Tour

2. Electrocatalysis In preparation <link>

Peer-reviewed Journal Publications


-- Artificial photocatalyst for CO2 reduction ... Submitted

Jia Tian*, Lili Du, Libei Huang, Jianjun Su, Yun Song, Jean-Charles Eloi, Robert Harniman, Minghui Zhu, Long Zhang, Xuhui Jin, Ufuk Borucu, Yifan Zhang, David Lee Phillips*, Ruquan Ye*, Ian Manners

-- Antimicrobial and antiviral PLIG ... Submitted

Meijia Gu#, Libei Huang#, Zhaoyu Wang, Weihua Guo, Le Cheng, Yuncong Yuan, Zhou Zhou, Sijie Chen, Chao Shen*, Ben Zhong Tang*, Ruquan Ye*

-- CoPc for CO2 reduction ... Submitted

Pengfei Tian,# Bo Zhang,# Zhaoyu Wang, Jing Zhang, Jianjun Su, Yun Song, Ruquan Ye,* Minghui Zhu*

-- LIG for environment ... In preparation (Invited Review)


51. Highly efficient and rapid inactivation of coronavirus on non-metal hydrophobic laser-induced graphene in mild conditions Advanced Functional Materials ASAP <link>

Libei Huang#, Meijia Gu#, Zhaoyu Wang, Tsz Wing Tang, Zonglong Zhu, Yuncong Yuan, Dong Wang, Chao Shen*, Ben Zhong Tang*, Ruquan Ye*

50. Recent Advances in Clusteroluminescence

Topics in Current Chemistry ASAP <link(Invited Review)

Zhaoyu Wang, Haoke Zhang, Siqi Li, Dangyuan Lei, Ben Zhong Tang*, Ruquan Ye*

49. Curvature-Induced Electronic Tuning of Molecular Catalysts for CO2 Reduction 

Catalysis Science & Technology ASAP DOI:10.1039/D0CY01589J <link>

Pengfei Tian,# Bo Zhang,# Jiacheng Chen, Jing Zhang, Libei Huang, Ruquan Ye, Bo Bao,* Minghui Zhu*

48. Building a stable cationic molecule/electrode interface for highly efficient and durable CO2 reduction at an industrial-relevance current 

Energy & Environmental Science 14, 483-492 <link>

Jianjun Su, Jun-Jie Zhang, Jiacheng Chen, Yun Song, Libei Huang, Minghui Zhu*, Boris I. Yakobson, Ben Zhong Tang, Ruquan Ye*

47. Zwitterionic ultrathin covalent organic polymers for high-performance electrocatalytic carbon dioxide reduction 

Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 284, 119750 <link>

Yun Song, Jun-Jie Zhang, Zhaohua Zhu, Xin Chen, Libei Huang, Jianjun Su, Zhengtao Xu, Thuc Hue Ly, Chun-Sing Lee, Boris I. Yakobson, Ben Zhong Tang, Ruquan Ye*


46. Laser-engineered graphene on wood enables efficient antibacterial, anti-salt-fouling and lipophilic-matter-rejection solar evaporation 

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 12, 51864–51872 <link>

Libei Huang, Li Ling, Jianjun Su, Yun Song, Zhaoyu Wang, Ben Zhong Tang, Paul Westerhoff, Ruquan Ye*

45. A nonconjugated radical polymer with stable red luminescence in the solid state <link> <Chemrxiv>

Zhaoyu Wang, Xinhui Zou, Yi Xie, Haoke Zhang, Christopher Chan, Ruoyao Zhang, Jing Guo, Ryan Tsz Kin Kwok, Jacky WY Lam, Zebing Zeng, Kam Sing Wong, Ruquan Ye*, Ben Zhong Tang*

44. MnO2-based Materials for environmental applications 

Advanced Materials 2004862 <link>

Ruijie Yang, Yingying Fan, Ruquan Ye, Yuxin Tang, Xiehong Cao*, Zongyou Yin*, Zhiyuan Zeng*

43. Self-Reporting and Photothermally Enhanced Rapid Bacterial Killing on a Laser-Induced Graphene Mask 

ACS Nano 14, 12045–12053  <link>

Libei Huang, Siyu Xu, Zhaoyu Wang, Ke Xue, Jianjun Su, Yun Song, Sijie Chen, Chunlei Zhu*, Ben Zhong Tang*, Ruquan Ye*

Press: 明報頭條日報星島日報大公報HK01東方日報商報信報, 晴報橙新聞X-mol,etc.

42. Transition metal dichalcogenide-based mixed-dimensional heterostructures for visible-light-driven photocatalysis: Dimensionality and interface engineering 

Nano Research ASAP <link>

Xiaorong Gan, Dangyuan Lei*, Ruquan Ye, Huimin Zhao, Kwok-Yin Wong 


41. Laser-induced Graphene: En Route to Smart Sensing 

Nano-Micro Letters 12:157 <link>

Libei Huang, Jianjun Su, Yun Song, Ruquan Ye*

40. Tailored self-assembled photocatalytic nanofibers for visible-light driven hydrogen production 

Nature Chemistry 12, 1150–1156 <link>

Jia Tian, Yifan Zhang, Lili Du, Yunxiang He, Xuhui Jin, Sam Pearce, Jean-Charles Eloi, Robert L. Harniman, Dominic Alibhai, Ruquan Ye, David Lee Phillips, Ian Manners*


39. Clusterization-triggered emission: Uncommon luminescence from common materials.

Materials Today 32, 275-292 <link>

Haoke Zhang, Zheng Zhao, Paul R. McGonigal, Ruquan Ye, Shunjie Liu, Jacky W.Y. Lam, Ryan T.K. Kwok, Wang Zhang Yuan, Jianping Xie, Andrey L. Rogach, Ben Zhong Tang*

38. Graphene at fifteen. 

ACS Nano, 13 10872-10878  <link>

Ruquan Ye*, James M. Tour*

37. Direct laser-assisted manufacturing and patterning of graphene from polymers.

HKIE Transactions, 4, 166-174 <linkSpecial issue: The HKIE Outstanding Paper Award for Young Engineers/Researchers 2019

Ruquan Ye*, Libei Huang


36. Robust serum albumin-responsive AIEgen enables latent bloodstain visualization in high resolution and reliability for crime scene investigation. 

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11, 17306-17312 <link>

Zhaoyu Wang, Pengfei Zhang, Haixiang Liu, Zheng Zhao, Ling-Hong Xiong, Wei He, Ryan T. K. Kwok, Jacky W. Y. Lam, Ruquan Ye*, Ben Zhong Tang*

35Highly oxidized graphene quantum dots from coal as efficient antioxidants. 

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11, 16815-16821 <link>

Lizanne Nilewski#, Kimberly Mendoza#, Almaz S. Jalilov#, Vladimir Berka, Gang Wu, William K.A. Sikkema, Andrew Metzger, Ruquan Ye, Rui Zhang, Duy Xuan Luong, Tuo Wang, Emily McHugh, Paul J. Derry, Errol Loïc Samuel, Thomas A Kent*, Ah-Lim Tsai*, and James M. Tour*


34. In-situ monitoring apoptosis process by a self-reporting photosensitizer. 

Journal of the American Chemical Society, 141, 5612–5616 <link>

Tianfu Zhang, Yuanyuan Li, Zheng Zheng, Ruquan Ye, Yiru Zhang, Ryan T.K. Kowk, Jacky W.Y. Lam, Ben Zhong Tang*


33. Electronic tuning of cobalt porphyrins immobilized on nitrogen-doped graphene for CO2 reduction.

ACS Applied Energy Materials, 2, 2435–2440 <link>

Minghui Zhu, Chenxi Cao, Jiacheng Chen, Yang Sun, Ruquan Ye*, Jing Xu, Yi-Fan Han*


32. Covalently grafting cobalt porphyrin on carbon nanotube for efficient CO2 electroreduction.

Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 58, 6595-6599 <link>

Minghui Zhu, Jiacheng Chen, Libei Huang, Ruquan Ye*, Jing Xu, Yi-Fan Han*


31. Inductive and electrostatic effects on cobalt porphyrins for heterogeneous electrocatalytic carbon dioxide reduction.

Catalysis Science & Technology. 9, 974-980 <link

Minghui Zhu#, Deng-Tao Yang#, Ruquan Ye, Joy Zeng, Nathan Corbin, Karthish Manthiram*


30. Laser-induced graphene. From discovery to translation.

Advanced Materials, 31, 1803621. <link

Ruquan Ye*, Dustin K. James, James M Tour*


2018 Prior to CityU

29. Laser-Induced Graphene from Wood Impregnated with Metal Salts and Use in Electrocatalysis. ACS Appl. Nano Mater., 1, 5053–5061 <link>

Xiao Han, Ruquan Ye, Yieu Chyan, Tuo Wang, Chenhao Zhang, Luolin Shi, Tong Zhang, Yan Zhao, James M Tour*


28. Laser-induced graphene. Accounts of Chemical Research, 51, 1609-1620. <link>

Ruquan Ye, Dustin K. James, James M Tour*


27. Elucidating reactivity and mechanism of CO2 electroreduction at highly dispersed cobalt phthalocyanine. ACS Energy Letters, 3, 1381-1386. <link>
Minghui Zhu#, Ruquan Ye#, Kyoungsuk Jin, Nikifar Lazouski, Karthish Manthiram*


26. Manganese deception on graphene and implications in catalysis. Carbon, 132, 623-631. <link>

Ruquan Ye, Juncai Dong, Luqing Wang, Rubén Mendoza-Cruz, Yilun Li, Peng-Fei An, Miguel José Yacamán, Boris I Yakobson, Dongliang Chen, James M Tour*


25. Laser-induced graphene by multiple lasing: toward electronics on cloth, paper, and food. ACS Nano, 12, 2176-2183. <link>
Yieu Chyan#, Ruquan Ye#, Yilun Li, Swatantra P Singh, Christopher J Arnusch, Jame M Tour*


24. Laser-induced conversion of Teflon into fluorinated nanodiamonds or fluorinated graphene. ACS Nano, 12, 1083-1088. <link>
Ruquan Ye#, Xiao Han#, Dmitry V Kosynkin, Yilun Li, Chenhao Zhang, Bo Jiang, Angel A Marti, James M Tour*


23. Surface‐modified porous carbon nitride composites as highly efficient electrocatalyst for Zn‐air batteries. Advanced Energy Materials, 8, 1701642. <link>
Wenhan Niu, Zhao Li, Kyle Marcus, Le Zhou, Yilun Li, Ruquan Ye, Kun Liang, Yang Yang*



22. Laser‐Induced Graphene Formation on Wood. Advanced Materials, 29, 1702211 <link>
Ruquan Ye#, Yieu Chyan#, Jibo Zhang, Yilun Li, Xiao Han, Carter Kittrell, James M Tour*


21. Strained W(SexS1–x)2 Nanoporous Films for Highly Efficient Hydrogen Evolution. ACS Energy Letters, 2, 1315-1320. <link>
Kun Liang, Yong Yan, Limin Guo, Kyle Marcus, Zhao Li, Le Zhou, Yilun Li, Ruquan Ye, Nina Orlovskaya, Yong-Ho Sohn, Yang Yang*


20. High performance electrocatalytic reaction of hydrogen and oxygen on ruthenium nanoclusters. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 9, 3785-3791. <link>

Ruquan Ye, Yuanyue Liu, Zhiwei Peng, Tuo Wang, Almaz S Jalilov, Boris I Yakobson,* Su-Huai Wei,* James M Tour*

19. Non-conventional fluorescent biogenic and synthetic polymers without aromatic rings. Polymer Chemistry, 8, 1722-1727.<link
Ruquan Ye, Yuanyue Liu, Haoke Zhang, Huifang Su, Yilin Zhang, Liguo Xu, Rongrong Hu, Ryan TK Kwok, Kam Sing Wong, Jacky WY Lam, William A Goddard, Ben Zhong Tang*



18. Carbon‐based composite as an efficient and stable metal‐free electrocatalyst. Advanced Functional Materials, 26, 3621-3629. <link

Xiujun Fan, Zhiwei Peng, Juanjuan Wang, Ruquan Ye, Haiqing Zhou, Xia Guo*


17. The synthesis of size-controlled 3C-SiC nanoflakes and their photoluminescent properties. Nanotechnology, 27, 255604. <link

Xiujun Fan, Ruquan Ye, Zhiwei Peng, Juanjuan Wang, Ailing Fan, Xia Guo*


16. Microwave heating of functionalized graphene nanoribbons in thermoset polymers for wellbore reinforcement. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 8, 12985-12991. <link

Nam Dong Kim, Andrew Metzger, Vahid Hejazi, Yilun Li, Anton Kovalchuk, Seoung-Ki Lee, Ruquan Ye, Jason A Mann, Carter Kittrell, Rouzbeh Shahsavari, James M Tour*


15. High‐performance hydrogen evolution from MoS2(1–x)Px Solid Solution. Advanced Materials, 28, 1427-1432. <link

Ruquan Ye, Paz del Angel‐Vicente, Yuanyue Liu, M Josefina Arellano‐Jimenez, Zhiwei Peng, Tuo Wang, Yilun Li, Boris I Yakobson, Su‐Huai Wei, Miguel Jose Yacaman, James M Tour*


14. High‐Performance Pseudocapacitive Microsupercapacitors from Laser‐Induced Graphene. Advanced Materials, 28, 838-845. <link

Lei Li, Jibo Zhang, Zhiwei Peng, Yilun Li, Caitian Gao, Yongsung Ji, Ruquan Ye, Nam Dong Kim, Qifeng Zhong, Yang Yang, Huilong Fei, Gedeng Ruan, James M Tour*



13. Intrinsic and extrinsic defects in a family of coal-derived graphene quantum dots. Applied Physics Letters, 107, 212402. <link

Srinivasa Rao Singamaneni, Johan van Tol, Ruquan Ye, James M Tour*


12.  Graphene quantum dots doping of MoS2 monolayers. Advanced Materials, 27, 5235-5240. <link

Ziwei Li, Ruquan Ye, Rui Feng, Yimin Kang, Xing Zhu, James M Tour,^ Zheyu Fang*


11. In situ formation of metal oxide nanocrystals embedded in laser-induced graphene. ACS Nano, 9, 9244-9251. <link

Ruquan Ye, Zhiwei Peng, Tuo Wang, Yunong Xu, Jibo Zhang, Yilun Li, Lizanne G Nilewski, Jian Lin, James M Tour*


10. M3C (M: Fe, Co, Ni) nanocrystals encased in graphene nanoribbons: an active and stable bifunctional electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction and hydrogen evolution reactions. ACS Nano, 9, 7407-7418. <link

Xiujun Fan, Zhiwei Peng, Ruquan Ye, Haiqing Zhou, Xia Guo*


9. Flexible boron-doped laser-induced graphene microsupercapacitors. ACS Nano, 9, 5868-5875. <link

 Zhiwei Peng, Ruquan Ye, Jason A Mann, Dante Zakhidov, Yilun Li, Preston R Smalley, Jian Lin, James M Tour*


8. Boron/nitrogen co-doped helically unzipped multiwalled carbon nanotubes as efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 7, 7786-7794. <link

Alireza Zehtab Yazdi, Huilong Fei, Ruquan Ye, Gunuk Wang, James Tour,^ Uttandaraman Sundararaj*


7. Bandgap engineering of coal-derived graphene quantum dots. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 7, 7041-7048. <link

Ruquan Ye, Zhiwei Peng, Andrew Metzger, Jian Lin, Jason A Mann, Kewei Huang, Changsheng Xiang, Xiujun Fan, Errol LG Samuel, Lawrence B Alemany, Angel A Martí, James M Tour*


6. Flexible and stackable laser-induced graphene supercapacitors. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 7, 3414-3419. <link

Zhiwei Peng, Jian Lin, Ruquan Ye, Errol LG Samuel, James M Tour*



5. Laser-induced porous graphene films from commercial polymers. Nature Communications, 5, 5714. <link

Jian Lin, Zhiwei Peng, Yuanyue Liu, Francisco Ruiz-Zepeda, Ruquan Ye, Errol LG Samuel, Miguel Jose Yacaman, Boris I Yakobson, James M Tour*


4. Boron-and nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots/graphene hybrid nanoplatelets as efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction. ACS Nano, 8, 10837-10843, 2014. <link

Huilong Fei, Ruquan Ye, Gonglan Ye, Yongji Gong, Zhiwei Peng, Xiujun Fan, Errol LG Samuel, Pulickel M Ajayan, James M Tour*



3. Coal as an abundant source of graphene quantum dots. Nature Communications, 4, 2943. <link

Ruquan Ye#, Changsheng Xiang#, Jian Lin, Zhiwei Peng, Kewei Huang, Zheng Yan, Nathan P. Cook, Errol L.G. Samuel, Chih-Chau Hwang, Gedeng Ruan, Gabriel Ceriotti, Abdul-Rahman O. Raji, Angel A. Martí, James M. Tour*


2. Conjugated polyelectrolytes with aggregation‐enhanced emission characteristics: synthesis and their biological applications. Chemistry–An Asian Journal, 8, 2436-2445. <link

Rongrong Hu, Ruquan Ye, Jacky WY Lam, Min Li, Chris WT Leung, Ben Zhong Tang*



1. Synthesis, solvatochromism, aggregation-induced emission and cell imaging of tetraphenylethene-containing BODIPY derivatives with large Stokes shifts. Chemical Communications, 48, 10099-10101.  <link

Rongrong Hu, CF Azael Gómez-Durán, Jacky WY Lam, José L Belmonte-Vázquez, Chunmei Deng, Sijie Chen, Ruquan Ye, Eduardo Peña-Cabrera, Yongchun Zhong, Kam Sing Wong, Ben Zhong Tang*



6. J. M. Tour, Y. Chyan, C. J. Arnusch, S. P. Singh, Y. Li, D. X. Luong, C. Kittrell, R. Ye, J. Miller.

Methods of fabricating laser-induced graphene and compositions thereof. World Patent WO2018085789A1, May 11, 2018


5. J. M. Tour, R. Ye, A. Metzger, M. Stavinha, Y. Zheng.

Bandgap engineering of carbon quantum dots. World Patent WO2016053411A1, April 4, 2016


4. J. M. Tour, A. Metzger, R. Ye, J. A. Mann.

Methods of making graphene quantum dots from various carbon sources. World Patent WO2016118214A2, July 28, 2016


3. J. M. Tour, H. Fei, R. Ye.

Graphene quantum dot-carbon material composites and their use as electrocatalyst. US Patent US20150280248, Oct 1. 2015


2. J. M. Tour, G. Ceriotti, A. Slesarev, R. Ye, K. Price-Hoelscher, C. Bovet, J. Friedheim, S. Young.

Carbon nanoparticle additives for wellbore fluid conductivity. World Patent WO2014089214, Sep 4, 2014


1. J. M. Tour, R. Ye, C, Xiang, J. Lin, Z. Peng.

Methods of producing graphene quantum dots from coal and coke. World Patent WO2014179708. Nov 6, 2014

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