Dr Sihai Yang was born and raised in Tianjin, China. From 2003–2007, he studied Chemistry at Peking University, where he worked on inorganic materials under the supervision of Dr Guobao Li and Professor Jianhua Lin. His undergraduate research has led to 14 publications. In 2007, Dr Yang moved to the UK to carry out his PhD research in the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Professor Martin Schrӧder working on hydrogen storage in porous metal–organic frameworks. He gained his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry in 2011 and has been awarded an EPSRC PhD Plus Fellowship in 2011, a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship in 2011, and a Nottingham Research Fellowship in 2013 to conduct further independent research in porous materials.
In 2015, he joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Manchester. Dr Yang’s group currently works on the development of porous materials with nanosized cavities for applications in catalysis, biomass conversion, clean-air technology, energy storage, separation and conductivity, with a focus on the construction of “structure-activity” relationship by X-ray and neutron scattering techniques.