Low-cost, easy-to-process, highly-efficient and bandedge-tunable perovskite nanocrystals for organic synthesis


Low-cost, easy-to-process, highly-efficient and bandedge-tunable perovskite nanocrystals for organic synthesis

NJIT Case No. 18-009

Inventors: Yong Yan

Intellectual Property & Development status: Patent protection is pending.

NJIT is currently seeking commercial partners for the further development and commercialization of this opportunity.


Technology Brief:

Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology in the Department of Chemistry have invented a novel cost-effective, easy to process and extremely efficient redox potential tunable perovskite photocatalytic system to catalyze broader scope of organic synthesis. 


The hybrid perovskite materials have been widely used in the photovoltaics and other research fields, but its application in organic synthesis has not been explored. The invention is the use of low-cost, easy-to-process, highly-efficient and redox potential tunable perovskite nanoparticle in organic synthesis. Easy band-tuning of perovskites rendering broader excited-state redox potential allow broader scope of organic substrates photocatalytic activations.



•       Cost effective

•       Easy to process

•       Increased efficiency

•       Used in broader range of substrates



•       Organic Synthesis

•       Drug development

•       Pesticide development


Inventors Bio:

Yong Yan, researches in the fields of Inorganic, Materials and Organic Chemistry. His primary focus is on chemical approaches towards capture, storage and conversion sustainable and renewable energy for next generation. A particular emphasis of his research is on design and development of organometallic photoelectrocatalysts, semiconductor photoactive materials and chemical strategies to split water, to convert deleterious carbon dioxide into useful fuels or value-added industrial feedstock, and to construct new molecules via photocatalytic approaches. His research also explores catalytic reaction mechanism and charge transfer principles in these catalytic pathways.


Dr. Yan joins NJIT in 2016 from NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), the DOE’s primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. He has been a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University, where he developed several electrocatalytic and photoelectrochemical methods to reduce and convert CO2 into methanol and other fuels. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Tulane University. Dr. Yan has published his research in top journals such as Nature Materials, Nature Energy, Nature Communications, JACS, Chemical Reviews, and Inorganic Chemistry etc.



Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Simon Nynens
VP, Business Incubation
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Yong Yan
Patent Pending
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