Zhigang received his PhD degree in chemical engineering (sustainable materials and separation processes) from National University of Singapore with Prof. Dan Zhao, focusing on developing green and sustainable solution-processing methods for synthesizing MOFs and derived materials for CO2 capture, hydrocarbon separation and biomass conversion. From July 2017, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Trinity College of the University of Cambridge, with Prof. Laura Torrente-Murciano focusing on developing heterogeneous ammonia decomposition catalysts and integrated membrane reactors for hydrogen fuel-based proton-exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) applications, and with Prof. Andrea Carlo Ferrari focusing on advanced electrochemical processing for the large-scale synthesis of single-layer/few-layer graphene, transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and MOF related materials and composites. From March 2020, he worked as a Lecturer (Tenured Assistant Professor) and led a research group on sustainable and green processing of porous materials for clean energy applications at Brunel University London. From November 2021, he works as an Associate Professor and Doctoral Supervisor at the Centre of Hydrogen Science, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His main research interests include advanced porous adsorbent materials, adsorptive & membrane separation, integrated devices for carbon capture and conversion, hydrogen energy, ammonia energy, process integration, and electrochemical nanofabrication.Research Direction
Porous materials, Electrochemical synthesis, Hydrogen energy, Ammonia energy
Scientific Research Achievements
Zhigang has authored more than 55 peer-reviewed papers (>25 as the first/corresponding author), with >4200 citations and h-index of 30. He served as an Independent Reviewer for world leading journals, such as Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, Chemical Science, AIChE Journal, Environmental Science & Technology, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, etc. He is the Early Career Researcher of UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) and Member of International Adsorption Society (IAS) and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). He is now an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Chemical Engineering (Frontiers), Guest Associate Editor for Frontiers in Chemistry (Frontiers, IF=5.2), Editorial Board Member for Membranes (MDPI, IF=4.1), and Advisory Board Member for Materials Today Sustainability (Elsevier, IF=4.5).
2018 Postdoctoral Membership of Trinity College Cambridge;
2017 Outstanding Postgraduate Researcher Award, AIChE Singapore Section.