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Yi Rao

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Analytical/Physical Chemistry

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: WIDT 024
DialPhone: (435) 797-0640
SendEmail: yi.rao@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Physical Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2003
MS, Physical Chemistry, Central China Normal University, 2000

Teaching Interests

Analytical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, and Physical Chemistry

Research Interests

Interfacial Chemistry relevant to environment and energy, heterogeneous catalysis, coherent transport of single crystals and thin films

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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        Publications - Curriculum

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          Publications - Journal Articles

            Academic Journal

          • Monahan, N.R, Sun, D., Tamura, H., Williams, K.W, Xu, B., Zhong, Y., Kumar, B., Nuckolls, C., Harutyunyan, A.R, Chen, G., Dai, H., Beljonne, D., Rao, Y., Zhu, X., (2017). Dynamics of the triplet-pair state reveals the likely coexistence of coherent and incoherent singlet fission in crystalline hexacene. Nature chemistry, 9:4, 341.
          • Fang, H., Xu, B., Li, X., Kuhn, D.L, Zachary, Z., Tian, G., Chen, V., Chu, R., DeLacy, B.G, Rao, Y., Dai, H., (2017). Effects of Molecular Structure and Solvent Polarity on Adsorption of Carboxylic Anchoring Dyes onto TiO2 Particles in Aprotic Solvents. Langmuir, 33:28, 7036–7042.
          • Zhang, Z., Xu, B., Xu, B., Jin, L., Dai, H., Rao, Y., Ren, S., (2017). External Stimuli Responsive 2D Charge Transfer Polymers. Advanced Materials Interfaces, 4:2
          • Tsui, W.G, Rao, Y., Dai, H., McNeill, V.F, (2017). Modeling Photosensitized Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation in Laboratory and Ambient Aerosols. Environmental Science & Technology
          • Wu, Y., Li, W., Xu, B., Li, X., Wang, H., McNeill, V.F, Rao, Y., Dai, H., (2016). Observation of Organic Molecules at the Aerosol Surface. The journal of physical chemistry letters, 7:12, 2294–2297.
          • Li, W., Li, X., Jockusch, S., Wang, H., Xu, B., Wu, Y., Tsui, W.G, Dai, H., McNeill, V.F, Rao, Y., (2016). Photoactivated Production of Secondary Organic Species from Isoprene in Aqueous Systems. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 120:45, 9042–9048.
          • Xu, B., Luo, Z., Gao, W., Wilson, A.J, He, C., Chen, X., Yuan, G., Dai, H., Rao, Y., Willets, K., others, , (2016). Solution-Processed Molecular Opto-Ferroic Crystals. Chemistry of Materials, 28:7, 2441–2448.
          • Jnawali, G., Rao, Y., Beck, J.H, Petrone, N., Kymissis, I., Hone, J., Heinz, T.F, (2015). Observation of ground-and excited-state charge transfer at the C60/graphene interface. ACS nano, 9:7, 7175–7185.
          • Hestand, N., Yamagata, H., Xu, B., Sun, D., Zhong, Y., Harutyunyan, A.R, Chen, G., Dai, H., Rao, Y., Spano, F., (2015). Polarized Absorption in Crystalline Pentacene: Theory vs Experiment. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119:38, 22137–22147.
          • Imler, G.H, Li, X., Xu, B., Dobereiner, G.E, Dai, H., Rao, Y., Wayland, B.B, (2015). Solid state transformation of the crystalline monohydrate (CH 3 NH 3) PbI 3 (H 2 O) to the (CH 3 NH 3) PbI 3 perovskite. Chemical Communications, 51:56, 11290–11292.
          • Xu, B., Wu, Y., Sun, D., Dai, H., Rao, Y., (2015). Stabilized phase detection of heterodyne sum frequency generation for interfacial studies. Optics letters, 40:19, 4472–4475.
          • Rao, Y., Kwok, S.J, Lombardi, J., Turro, N.J, Eisenthal, K.B, (2014). Label-free probe of HIV-1 TAT peptide binding to mimetic membranes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111:35, 12684–12688.
          • Sun, D., Rao, Y., Reider, G.A, Chen, G., You, Y., Brézin, Louis, , Harutyunyan, A.R, Heinz, T.F, (2014). Observation of rapid exciton–exciton annihilation in monolayer molybdenum disulfide. Nano letters, 14:10, 5625–5629.
          • Doughty, B., Rao, Y., Kazer, S.W, Kwok, S.J, Turro, N.J, Eisenthal, K.B, (2013). Binding of the anti-cancer drug daunomycin to DNA probed by second harmonic generation. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 117:49, 15285–15289.
          • Li, X., Li, Y., Rao, Y., Solomon, M.R, Paik, D.C, Turro, N.J, (2013). Mechanistic and catalytic studies of $β$-nitroalcohol crosslinking with polyamine. Journal of applied polymer science, 128:6, 3696–3701.
          • Jnawali, G., Rao, Y., Yan, H., Heinz, T.F, (2013). Observation of a transient decrease in terahertz conductivity of single-layer graphene induced by ultrafast optical excitation. Nano letters, 13:2, 524–530.
          • Li, Y., Rao, Y., Mak, K.F, You, Y., Wang, S., Dean, C.R, Heinz, T.F, (2013). Probing symmetry properties of few-layer MoS2 and h-BN by optical second-harmonic generation. Nano letters, 13:7, 3329–3333.
          • Doughty, B., Rao, Y., Kazer, S.W, Kwok, S.J, Turro, N.J, Eisenthal, K.B, (2013). Probing the relative orientation of molecules bound to DNA through controlled interference using second-harmonic generation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110:15, 5756–5758.
          • Rao, Y., Xu, M., Jockusch, S., Turro, N.J, Eisenthal, K.B, (2012). Dynamics of excited state electron transfer at a liquid interface using time-resolved sum frequency generation. Chemical Physics Letters, 544, 1–6.
          • Rao, Y., Hong, S., Turro, N.J, Eisenthal, K.B, (2011). Molecular orientational distribution at interfaces using second harmonic generation. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115:23, 11678–11683.
          • Rao, Y., Li, X., Lei, X., Jockusch, S., George, M.W, Turro, N.J, Eisenthal, K.B, (2011). Observations of interfacial population and organization of surfactants with sum frequency generation and surface tension. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115:24, 12064–12067.
          • Rao, Y., Turro, N.J, Eisenthal, K.B, (2010). Solvation dynamics at the air/water interface with time-resolved sum-frequency generation. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114:41, 17703–17708.
          • Xu, Y., Rao, Y., Zheng, D., Guo, Y., Liu, M., Wang, H., (2009). Inhomogeneous and spontaneous formation of chirality in the Langmuir monolayer of achiral molecules at the air/water interface probed by in situ surface second harmonic generation linear dichroism. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 113:10, 4088–4098.
          • Rao, Y., Subir, M., McArthur, E.A, Turro, N.J, Eisenthal, K.B, (2009). Organic ions at the air/water interface. Chemical Physics Letters, 477:4, 241–244.
          • Rao, Y., Turro, N.J, Eisenthal, K.B, (2009). Water structure at air/acetonitrile aqueous solution interfaces. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 113:32, 14384–14389.
          • Shang, X., Nguyen, K., Rao, Y., Eisenthal, K.B, (2008). In-plane molecular rotational dynamics at a negatively charged surfactant/aqueous interface. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112:51, 20375–20381.
          • Rao, Y., Song, D., Turro, N.J, Eisenthal, K.B, (2008). Orientational motions of vibrational chromophores in molecules at the air/water interface with time-resolved sum frequency generation. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 112:43, 13572–13576.
          • Bian, H., Rao, Y., Xu, Y., Liu, A., Guo, Y., Wang, H., (2007). A New Type of Two-photon Forward Radiation in Pure Liquids. arXiv preprint arXiv:0706.2408 *
          • Rao, Y., Comstock, M., Eisenthal, K.B, (2006). Absolute orientation of molecules at interfaces. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 110:4, 1727–1732.
          • Wang*, Hong-Fei, , Gan, W., Lu, R., Rao, Y., Wu, B., (2005). Quantitative spectral and orientational analysis in surface sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG-VS). International Reviews in Physical Chemistry, 24:2, 191–256.
          • Rao, Y., Guo, X., Tao, Y., Wang, H., (2004). Observation of the direct S 2→ S 0 two-photon fluorescence between 370 and 480 nm and the hyperpolarizability of crystal violet (CV) from spectrally resolved hyper-Rayleigh scattering measurement. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 108:39, 7977–7982.
          • Rao, Y., Tao, Y., Wang, H., (2003). Quantitative analysis of orientational order in the molecular monolayer by surface second harmonic generation. The Journal of chemical physics, 119:10, 5226–5236.

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          Publications - Literary Journal

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            Publications - MultiMedia

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              Publications - Technical Reports

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                Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                  Publications - Other

                    Other

                  • Rao, Y., Doughty, B., Turro, N.J, Eisenthal, K.B, (2013). Ultrafast Processes at Liquid Interfaces Investigated with Time-Resolved Sum Frequency Generation. Ultrafast Infrared Vibrational Spectroscopy *
                  • McAuthur, E., Rao, Y., Comstock, M., Eisenthal, K.B, (2006). Femtosecond VII, Second Harmonic and Sum Frequency of Molecules at Aqueous Interfaces. Publisher: Elsevier Science Ltd. *

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                  Scheduled Teaching

                  CHEM 7600 - Analytical Spectroscopy, Fall 2017


                  Graduate Students Mentored

                  Ashlie Kinross, Chemistry & Biochemistry, September 2017
                  Yuqin Qian, Chemistry & Biochemistry, August 2017