Distinguished Fellow at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a chair professor and Dean of Science at the Southern University of Science and Technology, and an Adjunct Professor in Chemical Physics at the University of Science and Technology of China.
His main research interests are in the area of experimental chemical dynamics and spectroscopy in the gas phase and at the interfaces. He has developed a new generation of molecular beam instruments for quantum state resolved reaction dynamics studies, and his research works on quantum resonances in chemical reactions have garnered worldwide recognition. Prof. Yang is a Senior Editor for the Journal of Physical Chemistry A/B/C and also an Associate Editor for Science Advances.
A Fellow of the American Physical Society, and an elected member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, his many research honors include the Humboldt Research Award, Tan Kah Kee Science Award and National Natural Science Award. In 2015, he was awarded the Gauss Professorship of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences.