Group Leader

Prof. Wang obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Queensland, Australia. He is now a Professor at School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, the University of Adelaide, Australia. His research interests focus on nanomaterial synthesis and application for adsorption and catalysis, fuel and energy conversion and environmental remediation. He has published more than 400 refereed journal papers with citation over 42,000 and h-index of 116. He was awarded 2012 Thomson Reuters Citation & Innovation Awards in Australia. He is also the Highly Cited Researcher in the divisions of Chemical/Environmental Engineering for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. He is an editorial board member of several international journals.

Prof. Hongqi SUN

Prof. Sun received his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at Nanjing University of Technology (China) in June 2008. He is now a Professor and Professional Research Fellow at School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University, Australia. His research focuses on synthesis of nanostructured catalyst materials for solar energy utilization and environmental remediation. So far he has published over 200 refereed journal papers and received over 14,000 citations and reached an h-index of 78. He is also the Highly Cited Researcher in the divisions of Chemical/Environmental Engineering for 2019.  He serves as Associate Editor of RSC Advances  and Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies.

Recent News and Research Outputs

Congratulations! Professor Shaobin Wang has featured on the updated Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers list of researchers whose papers have ranked among the top one per cent most cited for their subject field and year of publication.  Be proud of Prof Wang!

Mr Jiaquan Li, Mr Xinyuan Xu just started their Ph.D study at Curtin and ECU. Welcome  the new members to join our group!

Congratulations on Wenjie's rencent publication on Advanced Functional Materials (IF 12.1). In this study, Heteroatom (N or N-S)-Doping Induced Layered and Honeycomb Microstructures of Porous Carbons was synthesized for CO2 Capture and Energy Applications

Congratulations on Prof Wang's promotion to John Curtin Distinguished Professor!

February 17, 2019

Magnetic Ni-Co alloy encapsulated N-doped carbon nanotubes for catalytic membrane degradation of emerging contaminants

Jian Kang recently published a research article on Chemical Engineering Journal. Herein, Nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes encapsulated with Ni-Co alloy nanoparticles (NiCo@NCNTs) were readily synthesized by annealing Ni/Co salts with dicyandiamide. The magnetic nanocarbons were assembled as a flat membrane for heterogeneous degradation of organic toxins. The synergistic effect of nitrogen doping and metal alloy encapsulation significantly enhanced the catalytic activity and stability of NCNTs in catalytic activation of peroxymonosulfate (PMS) for purification of an emerging pollutant, ibuprofen.  The study provides a novel advanced oxidation system with catalytic membrane for wastewater remediation.

January 19, 2019

Nickel in hierarchically structured nitrogen-doped graphene for robust and promoted degradation of antibiotics

Jian Kang recently published a research article on Journal of Cleaner Production. In this study, Nickel nanoparticles encapsulated in nitrogen-doped porous graphene (Ni@NPG) were synthesized through a one-pot method as a novel material for catalytic activation of persulfate (PS). The Ni@NPG catalysts were evaluated for adsorptive and catalytic removals of antibiotic sulfachloropyridazine (SCP) as an emerging pollutant and were found to exhibit excellent adsorption and catalysis with 100% SCP removal from water in only 30 min. The synergistic effect of radical and nonradical pathways played crucial roles during the SCP oxidation process.

January 16, 2019

Catalytic degradation of antibiotics by metal-free catalysis over nitrogen-doped graphene

Jian Kang recently published a research article on Catalysis Today. Emerging pharmaceutical contaminants, for example antibiotics, have raised severe challenges to remediation technologies due to their resistance to biodegradation and the ineffectiveness in adsorptive removal or membrane separation. In this study, we observed the direct degradation of antibiotic sulfachlorpyridazine (SCP), one of sulfonamides, by peroxymonosulfate (PMS) with high efficiency. The findings show that the direct oxidation of SCP with PMS can be used to selectively convert the toxic antibiotics to less or non-toxic organic substances whereas the robust carbocatalysis would contribute to the practical wastewater remediation by metal-free advanced oxidation processes (AOPs).

January 08, 2019

Persulfate Activation on Crystallographic Manganese Oxides: Mechanism of Singlet Oxygen Evolution for Nonradical Selective Degradation of Aqueous Contaminants

Shishu Zhu recently published a research article on Environmental Science & Technology. Minerals and transitional metal oxides of earth-abundant elements are desirable catalysts for in situ chemical oxidation in environmental remediation. However, catalytic activation of peroxydisulfate (PDS) by manganese oxides was barely investigated. In this study, one-dimension manganese dioxides (α- and β-MnO2) were discovered as effective PDS activators among the diverse manganese oxides for selective degradation of organic contaminants. The study dedicates to the first mechanistic study into PDS activation over manganese oxides and provides a novel catalytic system for selective removal of organic contaminants in wastewater.

December 18, 2018

Quasi single cobalt sites in nanopores for superior catalytic oxidation of organic pollutants

Yu Yin recently published a research article on Environmental Science: Nano. Herein, by directly employing the as-synthesized SBA-15 before the template removal as the support, for the first time, we develop a strategy to fabricate the quasi single cobalt sites in the naosized pores of SBA-15 (QS-CoS) with no particle aggregation. Our findings indicate that the confined space as well as abundant silicon hydroxyl groups in the as-synthesized SBA-15 is responsible for the formation of the resultant quasi single cobalt sites in the form of Co–O–Si. Our synthesis strategy utilizing a confined space presents a wide range of possibilities for the further development of environmental or energy materials.

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