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Our vision is to approach the low-carbon future by developing new generation of materials, devices and systems for efficient carbon and energy conversion, making a significant impact in finding solutions to the trilemma of energy security, energy affordability and sustainable environment. Our international and intersectoral networks accelerate the innovations needed for the wider deployment of new energy and carbon conversion technologies. Our experiences in engineering design, modelling, characterization and manufacturing provide a unique set of expertise needed to achieve our vision. Supported by EPSRC, SFC, EU H2020, industrial sponsors and other funding bodies, we are working on the following research them es.

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Established in September 2014, we are a dynamic, multidisciplinary research team in Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University. We are the member of the Heriot-Watt Energy Academy and Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage. We are also in the supervisor team of EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis.


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• Adilet presented his research at Royal Society of Chemistry. Dec-2016



























































Micro & Nano-Engineering of Fuel Cells NEW BOOK!

A review on unitized regenerative fuel celltechnologies REVIEW 

Innovative benign-by-design flow chemistry protocols
INVITED PAPER! 


Scaling up microfluidic aluminum-air cell with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy assisted performance analysis 


A high specific capacity membraneless aluminum-air cell operated with an inorganic/organic hybrid electrolyte 


A pH-differential dual-electrolyte microfluidic electrochemical cells for CO2 utilization 


Boosting the performance of formic acid microfluidic fuel cell: oxygen annealing enhanced Pd@graphene electrocatalyst 

• Jin was awarded Outstanding Reviewer of Journal of Power Sources. Jan-2017


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News & Events2-1-2016
MSc student published in top energy journal

Work from Mr Haitham AL-Kalbani, MSc student in Oil & Gas during his dissertation project, has been published in the latest issue of a leading energy journal Applied Energy (2016, 165, 1-13). The work, supervised by Huizhi is a comparative energy and carbon emission assessment of different CO2 utilization routes. 
Applied Energy is an international journal publishing high quality energy research works. Its Impact Factor is 5.61, ranking in top 5% journal in the category of Chemical Engineering by ISI Web of Knowledge.

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1-1-2016
An insight into eTL technologies

Our work on emission-to-liquid (eTL) conversion has been highlighted in the Royal Society of Chemistry Newsletter of the Energy Sector. "
A partnership between Heriot Watt, Yale and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, one of 14-new partnerships created by the Global Innovation Initiative, a program funded by the U.S. and UK governments to foster multilateral research, will work together along with industrial partners, the Lu’an Group and Shell, to solve the problems with coupled approaches at multi-scales in a multidisciplinary way.’ 

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10-30-2015
Royal Society of Edinburgh exchange award

Dr. Manuel Ojeda was recently awarded the International Exchange Programme Grant from The Royal Society of Edinburgh. With the support from the Royal Society, Dr Ojeda will visit and conduct collaborative research in the National Institute of Chemistry Slovenia on October 2015 for two weeks. During his stay, he will work together with the host, Prof Nataša Zabukovec Logar, to synthesis and characterize a new family of functional mesoporous materials for carbon capture and utilization.
The Royal Society of Edinburgh International Exchange Programme aims to enhance the research capabilities of individual researchers, develop international collaborative links, and enable participation in international research programmes.  Dr Ojeda says “Starting collaboration with one of the strongest Research Institute in Slovenia gives us the opportunity to stablish a solid and fruitful network between both countries and, also to visit a beautiful city with magnificent buildings, such as the Dragon Bridge”.


10-20-2015
Low Carbon Energy International Workshop hosted by our group

Heriot-Watt Energy Academy has hosted The Low Carbon Energy International Workshop to celebrate recent innovation and successful collaborations in low carbon energy technologies between UK, China and Hong-Kong.  
The workshop. which attracted participants from different universities, societies and local companies, was supported by funds from the Scottish Funding Council under the Scotland-Hong Kong Strategic Research Partnership Program (H15009).  Latest innovations on electrochemical CO2 reduction, solar energy, fuel cell vehicles, UK-China collaboration on CCS and emission-to-liquid technologies were discussed by world leading scientists from China, Hong Kong and UK.  Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Director of the Energy Academy at Heriot Watt and Chair of the workshop said, "The event was a great opportunity to discuss current and future collaborations in the field of low carbon energy. We are very pleased with the opportunities identified through fruitful discussions held during the workshop." 


10-10-2015
New MOU for Enhancing Institutional Link with Chinese Academy of Sciences

On 8-9th October, a delegation of Shanghai Advanced Research Institute (SARI), Chinese Academy of Sciences, led by Vice-Principal Prof Yuhan Sun visited Heriot-Watt University. The main purpose of the visit was to identify opportunities for further enhancement of institutional links particularly in the areas of low-carbon solutions, systems integration and advanced reaction engineering. During the visit, The SARI delegation toured our lab and relevant HWU facilities, including the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS), Centre for Innovative Manufacturing (CIM) and 3D printing labs.  
The delegation also met Prof Richard Williams (Principal), Prof Duncan Hand (Deputy Principal) and Prof Steve McLaughlin (Head of School EPS). A MOU on strengthening institutional links between Heriot-Watt and SARI was signed by Prof Williams and Prof Yuhan Sun. As a result of that, an international partnership is formed and it will work collaboratively for research and innovation in the identified priority areas, including jointly applying for major international research funds in the near future.  



6-23-2015
Scottish Energy News Researchers of the Year Awards

Congratulations to Dr Jin Xuan who took the top spots in one out of six award categories at this year’s Heriot-Watt Scottish Energy News Researchers of the Year Awards.  
The researchers were presented with their awards – a glass trophy and a cheque for £500 – by Scotland’s Energy Minister, Mr Fergus Ewing, who highlighted in his speech the importance of early career researchers, such as the six winners, to the future of Scotland’s energy industries.  The Heriot-Watt Scottish Energy News Researchers of the Year Awards aim to celebrate the breadth of energy and energy-related research being undertaken by early career researchers and young companies across Scotland. 





News & Events11-25-2016
Adilet presented at RSC event

Adilet’s 3D printing research entitled ‘Micro-structured nano-materials for energy applications: Additive manufacturing with light’ is showcased at Royal Society of Chemistry Materials Chemistry Poster Symposium in 25 November 2016, at Burlington House--the headquarters of the Society--in London.  The RSC Materials Chemistry Division Poster Symposium is an opportunity for PhD students and researchers at the start of their career in industry to showcase their work to peers and leading researchers from academia and industry.
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10-30-2016
Adilet won EPS poster prize

The Annual EPS PGR Poster Event offers a platform for those students who have already completed or are approaching the end of the first year of study to showcase their research. It also provides an ideal opportunity for students and staff across the School to meet and discuss current projects.  A record number of 85 students presented their research at this year's event. Awards were presented to students for the best posters, as well as to students in their 2nd year for excellence in their research and an internal Thesis Prize.  Adilet’ s 3D printing research won a poster prize at the EPS Annual Postgraduate Research event. The 1st year Postgraduate Research Prizes were based on the research posters presented at the Annual Poster Event on 12 October. It was judged on the quality and presentation of the research work. Congrats, Adilet!   
10-20-2016
China trip

Dr Huizhi Wang and Dr Jin Xuan attended the 8th International Conference on Applied Energy (ICAE2016) in Beijing and visited several Chinese Universities including Tsinghua University, Tianjin University and East China University of Science and Technology.
7-10-2016
3D printing showcase at Scottish Parliament

The Fifth Session of the Scottish Parliament (2016-2021) was marked on 2 July in a ceremony and day of events that continued the Scottish tradition of bringing together the people, the Parliament and Her Majesty The Queen.  Our group is a part of team from Heriot Watt University hosting a 3D printing stand to display how 3D printing is used for Research across a number of disciplines in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and as a science outreach tool to engage schoolchildren. Stephen Mansell, Jin Xuan and Claire Lamb attended the opening of Scottish Parliament. The group delivered a demonstration of 3D printing and showcased its use in chemical research.
6-25-2016
Scottish carbon footprint calculator

Congrats to our Nuffield Research Placement project students for the success in developing a Scottish Carbon Footprint Calculator! 
The Nuffield Research Placements (previously Nuffield Science Bursaries) provide over 1,000 students each year with the opportunity to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. Students in the first year of a post-16 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) course are eligible to apply. Placements are available across the UK, in universities, commercial companies, voluntary organisations and research institutions. 

5-20-2016
GII workshop co-orgnised by our group

The 1st “Global Innovation Initiative (GII)” Low Carbon Energy Workshop co-organized by Yale University, Heriot-Watt University and Shanghai Advanced Research Institute Chinese Academy of Sciences took place in Shanghai on 17-18 May. Industry and academic experts from United States, United Kingdom and China joined the event.
  The GII is a joint effort of the United States and the United Kingdom to strengthen global multilateral collaboration through grants to university consortia focusing on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related issues of global significance that foster cutting-edge multinational research and strengthen institutional international partnerships. The multilateral university partnership of our group in Heriot-Watt University, Yale University, and SARI is one of the 14 awardees in 2015, and we are dedicated to increasing the efficiency of CO2 conversion to liquid fuels. The workshop is part of the project activities with the aim to facilitate idea exchange in low-carbon energy and to strengthen the industry-academia relations.

11-25-2016
Outstanding reviewer award

Dr Jin Xuan was awarded Outstanding Reviewer status of Journal of Power Sources by Elsevier. He recently received a certificate of “Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing” in recognition of his contribution to the quality of the journal.  The Journal of Power Sources is the top journal for researchers and technologists interested in all aspects of the science, technology and applications of sources of electrochemical power. Its Impact Factor is 6.33 and it ranks 6/89 in Energy & Fuels and 2/28 in Electrochemistry. 


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 Paweł Lisowski Meltiani Belekoukia Dr Huizhi Wang
Dr Huizhi Wang received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hong Kong in 2012. She worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Hong Kong during 2012-2014. Huizhi joined the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University as an assistant professor since 2014. Her research interest lies in electrochemistry for energy storage and carbon conversion. Specifically, she has been working on the electrochemistry and thermo-fluids in the electrochemical systems / processes such as fuel cells, batteries, and electrolysers. In the field, she has over 60 publications and 7 patents. Huizhi was awarded Young Scientist Award (Finalist in Engineering) by Hong Kong Institution of Science for her achievements in research. Her research is currently supported by UK Research Council, EU H2020, Scottish Funding Council and industrial sponsors.   RESEARCH INTEREST
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  • Carbon dioxide utilization

  • Electrochemical systems modelling
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  1. Lu X, Xuan J, Leung D Y C, Zou H Y, Li J T, Wang H L, Wang H*, A switchable pH-differential unitized regenerative fuel cell with high performance, Journal of Power Sources, 2016, 314, 76.

  2. Al-Kalbani H, Xuan J, García S, Wang H*, Comparative energetic assessment of methanol production from CO2: Chemical versus electrochemical process, Applied Energy, 2016, 165, 1.

  3. Luo Y, Jia B, Jiao K, Du Q, Yin Y, Wang H, Xuan, J. Catalytic hydrogen-oxygen reaction in anode and cathode for cold start of proton exchange membrane fuel cell, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2015, 40, 10293.

  4. Wang H, Luo X, Leung MKH, Leung DYC, Tang Z, Wang H, Luque R, Xuan J, In-situ photogalvanic acceleration of optofluidic kinetics: a new paradigm for advanced photocatalytic technologies, RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 791.

  5. Wang H, Gu S, Leung D Y C, Xu H, Leung M K H, Zhang L, Xuan J, Development and characteristics of a membraneless microfluidic fuel cell array, Electrochimica Acta, 2014, 135, 467.

Dr Huizhi Wang Assistant professor

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Manuel Ojeda received his BSc degree in Biochemistry in 2011 at Córdoba University, and obtained his MSc degree in Fine Chemistry in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Rafael Luque and finished his PhD in 2014. His work has focused on synthesis of nanoporous carbon-based materials and magnetically separable nanocomposites by using mechanochemical process for applications in heterogeneous catalysis. During his PhD, Manuel Ojeda did different short stays: University of Aalto, Finland (2012) at the department of Forest Products Technolo gy, and National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia (2013) at the department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology.  In February 2015, he joined the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences as research associate. His research interests include the development of metal nanoparticl es supported on mesoporous materials, mechanochemical synthesis and heterogeneous catalysis.

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XU, Chunping, DE, Sudipta, BALU, Alina Mariana, OJEDA, Manuel, LUQUE, Rafael. Mechanochemical synthesis of nanomaterials for advanced catalytic applications, Chem. Commun., 2015 Accepted Manuscript, DOI: 10.1039/C4CC09876E

GRAU-ATIENZA, Aida, CAMPOS, Rafael, SERRANO, Elena, OJEDA, Manuel, ROMERO, Antonio Ángel, GARCIA-MARTINEZ, Javier, LUQUE, Rafael. Insights on the active species of nanoparticle-functionalised hierarchical zeolites in alkylation reactions, ChemCatChem, 2014, vol. 6, pp. 3530-3539
OJEDA, Manuel, BALU, Alina Mariana, ROMERO, Antonio Ángel, ESQUINAZI, Pablo, RUOKOLAINEN, Janne, SIXTA, Herbert, LUQUE, Rafael. MAGBONS: novel magnetically separable carbonaceous nanohybrids from porous polysaccharides, ChemCatChem, (HIP), 2014, vol. 6, pp. 2847-2853
OJEDA, Manuel, PINEDA, Antonio, ROMERO, Antonio Ángel, BARRÓN, Vidal, LUQUE, Rafael. Mechanochemical synthesis of maghemite/silica nanocomposites: advanced materials for aqueous room-temperature catalysis, ChemSusChem, 2014, vol. 7, pp. 1876-1880
HOSSEINPOUR, Reza, PINEDA, Antonio, OJEDA, Manuel, GARCÍA, Ángel, ROMERO, Antonio Ángel, LUQUE, Rafael. Microwave-assisted oxidation of benzyl alcohols using supported cobalt based nanomaterials under mild reactions conditions, Green Process Synth. 2014, vol. 3, pp. 133-139
OJEDA, Manuel, BALU, Alina Mariana, PINEDA, Antonio, GARCÍA, Ángel, ROMERO, Antonio Ángel, LUQUE, Rafael. Solventless mechanochemical synthesis of magnetic functionalized catalytically active mesoporous SBA-15 nanocomposites, J. Mat. Chem. A, 2014, vol. 2, pp. 387-393
LUQUE, Rafael, OJEDA, Manuel, CAMPOS, Rafael, GARCÍA, Ángel, PINEDA, Antonio, ROMERO, Antonio Ángel, YÉPEZ, Alfonso. Evaluation of biomass-derived stabilizing agents for coloidal silver nanoparticles via Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA), RSC Adv., 2013, vol. 3, pp. 7119-7123
ITABAIANA, Ivaldo Jr, SUTILI, Felipe K., LEITE, Selma G.F., GONÇALVES, Karen M., CORDEIRO, Yraima, LEAL, Ivana C.R., MIRANDA, Leandro S.M., OJEDA, Manuel, LUQUE, Rafael, O.M.A. DE SOUZA, Rodrigo. Continuous flow valorization of fatty acid waste using silica-immobilized lipases, Green Chem., 2013, vol. 15, pp. 518-524
OJEDA, Manuel, BUDARIN, Vitaliy, SHUTTLEWORTH, Peter S., CLARK, James H., PINEDA, Antonio, BALU, Alina Mariana, ROMERO, Antonio Ángel, LUQUE, Rafael. Simple preparation of novel metal-containing mesoporous starches, Materials, 2013, vol. 6, pp. 1981-1902
GARCÍA-SUÁREZ, Eduardo J., LARA, Patricia, GARCÍA, Ana B., OJEDA, Manuel, LUQUE, Rafael, PHILIPPOT, Karine. Efficient and reciclable carbon-supported Pd nanocatalysts for the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction in aqueous-based media: Microwave vs conventional heating, Appl. Catal. A, 2013, vol. 468, pp. 59-67
PINEDA, Antonio, GÓMEZ, Leyre, BALU, Alina Mariana, SEBASTIAN, Víctor, OJEDA, Manuel, ARRUEBO, Manuel, ROMERO, Antonio Ángel, SANTAMARÍA, Jesús, LUQUE, Rafael. Laser-driven heterogeneous catalysis: efficient amide formation catalysed by Au/SIO2 systems, Green Chem., 2013, vol. 15, pp 2043-2049

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Our Edinburgh Campus is about 6 miles from the city centre. It’s well served by frequent local bus services and is also easy to access by car. Use our detailed Edinburgh Campus map to help you find your way around the buildings on campus. More information on the maps and directions to Heriot-Watt Edinburgh Campus can be found here.

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We offer PhD studentships to UK/EU and international students who have (or expect to obtain) a 1st or 2nd(1) class degree in a relevant subject. We also welcome students with their own funding sources (e.g., external scholarships, self-funded, etc.). Currently, the following studentships are open for application. Click the links for details, eligibility and deadlines .

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We offer PhD studentships to UK/EU and international students who have (or expect to obtain) a 1st or 2nd(1) class degree in a relevant subject. We also welcome students with their own funding sources (e.g., external scholarships, self-funded, etc.). Currently, the following studentships are open for application. Click the links for details, eligibility and deadlines .

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Every year, we provide individual projects to 4th year BEng and MEng students in Mechanical Engineering and MSc students in Energy related programs. The topics cover fuel cells, batteries, microreactors and microfluidics, with methodologies including literature review, numerical modelling, analytical study and experiments.

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Tianyu Zhao finished his undergraduate degree in China University of Petroleum (Beijing) in 2015, with his last year graduation dissertation project is efficiently preparation of organic acid from food waste and analysis of related microorganisms .Since he is interested in energy and renewable energy technology field, he came to Heriot-Watt University start his MSc Energy programme and received the degree in 2016. His master dissertation research project of is development in nanomaterials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), which is mainly focus on Nickel materials and Ball-milling technique. Then he continued his research in fuel cell field and start his PhD study in Heriot-Watt in November 2016, which the project is related to using 3D printing technique to produce fuel cell materials.
 
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Adilet Zhakeyev received his MEng degree in Chemical Engineering at the University College London (UCL) in 2015. His final year research project explored the development of modified organic Rankine cycle (ORC) for utilization of geothermal energy from depleted oil and gas wells .

His interest in renewable energy led him to undertake a PhD research project on microreactor for energy and carbon conversion and its advanced manufacturing at the Heriot-Watt University in 2016. Additive manufacturing (3D printing) presents a great potential for manufacturing of microreactors. It offers, not only a possibility of rapid microfabrication of complex 3D designs and structures, but also presents itself as a more sustainable alternative to traditional manufacturing techniques due to reduced material waste and minimal use of toxic chemicals.

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Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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Ev angelos Kalamaras received his BSc degree in Physics from the University of Patras, Greece in 2011. After that, he obtained his MSc in ''Energy and Environment'' investigating the effect of TiO2 loading on several electrocatalysts in oxidation of alcohols for utilization in direct alcohol fuel cells. Fascinated by TiO2 properties, he continued his research in the field of photoelectrochemistry working with light harvesting materials for the production of electricity and hydrogen. In 2015, his interest in photoelectrechemical systems for CO2 reduction brought him to the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) at Heriot-Watt University. His current research focus on nanostructured materials and photoelectrochemical reactors for CO2 conversion into fuels.

Evangelos Kalamaras
PhD student
Email  ek15@hw.ac.uk
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School of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Heriot Watt University
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
United Kingdom
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 Paweł Lisowski Meltiani Belekoukia Dr Huizhi Wang  Olusegun Koleola  Xiaojiao Luo  Tianyu Zhao  Roozbeh Kalatehr  Amy Bremner  Adilet Zhakeyev  Evangelos Kalamaras Dr Manuel Ojeda  Prof Li Zhang Dr Chi Him TsangAluminiUndergraduates Master studentsVisitors PhD students Dr Jin XuanResearch staffPrincipal investigators
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Meltiani received her BSc degree in Physics (2011) and her MSc in Energy and Environment (2015), both from Physics Department at University of Patras (Greece). Her research was focused on ''Semiconducting photoelectrodes and Pt-free based electrocatalysts for Photoelectrochemical applications''.

In March 2016, she joined the Centre for Innovation in Carbon capture and Storage at Heriot-Watt University as a PhD student. Currently, her research mainly focuses on microfluidic reactor design for photocatalytic carbon dioxide conversion into fuels.

PUBLICATIONS

Meltiani Belekoukia, Alexandros Ploumistos, Lamprini Sygellou, Esmaiel Nouri, Dimitrios Tasis, Panagiotis Lianos, Co-N doped reduced graphene oxide used as efficient electrocatalyst for dye-sensitized solar cells, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 2016 (157) 591-598. 

Meltiani Belekoukia, Madeshwaran Sekkarapatti Ramasamy, Sheng Yang, Xinliang Feng, Georgios Paterakis, Vassilios Dracopoulos, Costas Galiotis, Panagiotis Lianos, Electrochemically exfoliated graphene/poly (3,4 ethylenedioxythiopene) composite film as efficient Pt-free counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells, Electrochimica Acta, 2016 (194), 110-115. 
Meltiani Belekoukia
PhD student
Email  mb75@hw.ac.uk
Office  JN 303
Phone  +44 (0) 131 451 4737
School of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Heriot Watt University
Edinburgh EH14 4AS
United Kingdom
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 Paweł Lisowski  Meltiani Belekoukia Dr Huizhi Wang  Olusegun Koleola  Xiaojiao Luo  Tianyu Zhao  Roozbeh Kalatehr  Amy Bremner  Adilet Zhakeyev  Evangelos Kalamaras Dr Manuel Ojeda  Prof Li Zhang  Dr Chi Him Tsang AluminiUndergraduates Master students Visitors PhD students Dr Jin XuanResearch staff Principal investigators
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Cohort 2016 Aaron Wong, Calum Sloan, Stephen Graham, Daniel B Main, Burhan B Mohd Yusof,
Edward Rockett, Lewis Girvan, Jamie Simpson (absent)

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 Paweł Lisowski  Meltiani Belekoukia Dr Huizhi Wang  Olusegun Koleola  Xiaojiao Luo  Tianyu Zhao  Roozbeh Kalatehr  Amy Bremner  Adilet Zhakeyev  Evangelos Kalamaras Dr Manuel Ojeda  Prof Li Zhang Dr Chi Him TsangAluminiUndergraduates Master studentsVisitors PhD students Dr Jin XuanResearch staffPrincipal investigators
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Dr Huizhi Wang Olusegun Koleola
HONORS AND AWARDS

             2015 Researcher of the Year Award in Energy and Materials, Scottish Energy News
             2013 ENVR Certificate of Merit Award, American Chemical Society (Envir. Chem. Division)
             2012 Shanghai Pujiang Talent Award, Shanghai Municipal Government
             2012 Outstanding Young Faculty Supporting Program Award, ECUST
             2011 Outstanding Research Postgraduate Award, HKU (Mech. Eng. Dept.)
             2011 Excellence in Young Scientist Award, Hong Kong Institution of Science

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AND MEMBERSHIP

          2016-Present Academic member, The UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC)
          2016-Present Academic Member of Supervisor Team, EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis
          2016- Present Committee Member, Automotive & Road Transport Systems, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
          2014- Present Member, European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action FP1306
          2015- 2016 Editorial Board Member, SpringerPlus (Journal)
          2014- Present Associate Editor, Frontiers in Environmental Science (Journal)
          2012-2013 Guest Editor, Micro and Nanosystems, Bentham Science Publishers (Journal)
          2015-Present Panel Member, Newton Fund, Engineering and Physical Sciences Panel, British Council, for
                            • Institutional Links Grants
                            • Researcher Links Travel Grants
                            • Researcher Links Workshop Grants
                            • Newton-Al-Farabi Post-Doctoral Mobility Scheme
                           N ewton Bhabha PhD programme
                            • UK India Advanced Training Schools
          2016-Present College Member, UK EPSRC Associate Peer Review College
          2014-Present Reviewer for research/project proposals
                            • Newton Fund
                            • Qatar Research Networking Programme
                            • Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization, USA
                            • Engineers Without Borders UK
          2015-Present Invited External Expert Reviewer, Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, China        
          2015- Present Reviewer for new engineering book proposals, CRC Press - Taylor & Francis Group
          2012- Present Organizing Committee Member for
                        • EPSRC-CRITICAT Photocatalysis Advanced Workshop, Edinburgh, U.K. 2016
                        • Fluid & Aerodynamics Summit, London, U.K. 2016
                        • Energy Materials & Nanotechnology Meeting on Membranes, Dubai, UAE, 2016
                        • Energy Materials & Nanotechnology Meeting on Mesoporous Materials, Dubai, UAE, 2016
                        • Advanced material, reactor and system for CO2 utilization, 250th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Boston, USA, 2014
                        • International Conference on Water Resource and Environmental Protection, Hong Kong 2014
                        • Advanced Energy Technology Conference, Shanghai, China, 2012 and 2013

TEACHING

          2015-Present Course Leader, Automotive Technologies (B59AC) (Undergraduate Course)
          2015-Present Lecturer, Renewable Energy Technologies (B51GE) (Postgraduate Course)
          2014-2015 Lecturer, Engineering Design (B50DG1) (Undergraduate Design Project)
          2014-2015 Lecturer, Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (B57AU) (Undergraduate Course)
          2014-2015 Lecturer, Engineering Manufacture (B50DG) (Undergraduate Course)
          2014-2015 Lecturer, Automotive Technologies 1 (B59AA) (Undergraduate Course)
          2013 Course Leader, Professional Power Engineering (in English) (Postgraduate course)
          2013 Lecturer, Carbon Audit and Management (Postgraduate course)
          2012-2013 Lecturer, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Technologies (Postgraduate course)

PUBLICATIONS

          • 50+ journal papers
               1 Edited Book, 3 Invited book chapters
          • 6 Invited conference lectures
          • 40+ Conference papers and presentations
          • Citation > 500, H Index = 12 (from Google Scholar)

Dr Jin Xuan obtained his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Hong Kong in 2012. He was a Faculty member in East China University of Science and Technology and a visiti ng researcher in The University ofHong Kong and City University of Hong Kong during 2012-2014. In 2014, he moved his academic career to U.K., taking hi s current position in Heriot-Watt University as Assistant Profess or . Dr Xuan’s research interests include design, manufacturing and innovation in energy and carbon conversion devices, equipment and systems, such as CO2 utilization, fuel cells and renewable energy storage. He has published 1 edited book, 3 book chapters, 50+ journal papers and 40+ conference papers (a number of which in the list of ‘Top 25 Hottest Articles’, ‘ISI top 1% Highly Cited Paper’ and ‘Most Accessed Articles‘), and filed 10+ patents, delivered 6 invited / keynote speeches in conference. His research is currently supported by UK Research Council, EU H2020, Scottish Funding Council, British Council and industrial sponsors.

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 Paweł Lisowski Meltiani Belekoukia  Xiaojiao Luo  Tianyu Zhao  Roozbeh Kalatehr  Amy Bremner  Adilet Zhakeyev  Evangelos Kalamaras Dr Manuel Ojeda  Prof Li Zhang Dr Chi Him TsangAluminiUndergraduates Master studentsVisitors PhD students Dr Jin Xuan Research staffPrincipal investigators
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Wang B, Balu, AM, Xuan J, Gonzalez-Arellano C, Bai Z, Luque R, Innovative benign-by-design flow chemistry protocols: from bio(nano)materials synthesis to biomass/waste valorization, Chimica Oggi - Chemistry Today, 2016, 34: 52-57. (Link)


Chen B, Leung DYC, Xuan J, Wang H, A high specific capacity membraneless aluminum-air cell operated with an inorganic/organic hybrid electrolyte, Journal of Power Sources, 2016, 336, 19-26. (
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Wang Y, Leung DYC, Xuan J, Wang H, A review on unitized regenerative fuel cell technologies, part-A: unitized regenerative proton exchange membrane fuel cells, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2016, 65, 961-977. (
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Chen B, Leung DYC, Wang H, Xuan J, Scaling up microfluidic aluminum-air cell with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) assisted performance analysis, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 2016, 163, 9, F1-F6. (Link)


Li D, Xu H, Zhang L, Leung DYC, Vilela F, Wang H, Xuan J, Boosting the performance of formic acid microfluidic fuel cell: oxygen annealing enhanced Pd@graphene electrocatalyst, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2016, 41: 10249-10254. (
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Lu X, Leung DYC, Wang H, Maroto-Valer MM, Xuan J, A pH-differential dual-electrolyte microfluidic electrochemical cells for CO2 utilization,
Renewable Energy ,2016, 95, 277–285. (Link )


Lu X, Xuan J, Leung DYC, Zou H, Li J, Wang H, Wang H, A switchable pH-differential unitized regenerative fuel cell with high performance, Journal of Power Sources, 2016,314, 76-84. (
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    Patents (13)
    Conference papers (50)

 


Li L, Fan W, Xuan J, Leung MKH, Dimensionless parametric sensitivity analysis of microfluidic fuel cell with flow-through porous electrodes, Electrochemica Acta, 2016, 187, 636-645.(Link )


Al-Kalbani H, Xuan J, Garcia S, Wang H, Comparative energetic assessment of methanol production from CO2: Chemical versus electrochemical process, Applied Energy, 2016, 165, 1-13.( Link)

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Ying X, Zhang L, Xu H, Ren Y, Luo Q, Zhu H, Qu H, Xuan J, Efficient Fischer-Tropsch microreactor with innovative aluminizing pretreatment on stainless steel substrate for Co/Al2 O3 catalyst coating, Fuel Processing Technology, 2016, 143, 51-59. (Link)

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Lu X, Leung DYC, Wang H, Xuan J, A switchable pH-differential reactor with high reactivity and efficiency for CO2 utilization, Energy Procedia, 2016, 88, 634–641. (Link)


Zhang H, Wang H, Leung MKH, Xu H, Zhang L, Xuan J, Understanding the performance of optofluidic fuel cells: Experimental and theoretical analyses, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2016, 283, 1455–1464. (Link)

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We propose innovative and collaborative research at both catalyst and reactor levels to increase the efficiency of CO2 conversion to liquid fuels. Hydrogenation of CO2 is of paramount significance as it converts emitted CO2 to valuable products such as methanol which can be a direct fuel for fuel cells or further transformed into hydrocarbon fuels. Efficient CO2 to methanol conversion desires highly active and selective catalysts and effective reaction heat management. Our approach combines efforts at material and reactor levels. We will grow copper/zinc oxide nanocrystals on graphene or carbon nanotubes to synthesize novel hybrid catalysts with exceptional activity and selectivity as well as excellent thermal conductivity. Fundamental structure-property correlations of the hybrid materials will be investigated. Using the hybrid materials as catalysts, microfluidic reactors will be designed and built to manage heat transfer and increase reaction efficiency. Multiscale material-reactor interactions will be studied to reveal the synergetic mechanism. The goal of the project is to combine innovations of materials synthesis and reactor engineering to realize high-performance catalytic reaction systems that can recycle carbon emission and produce fuels. It will also facilitate intellectual communications and research collaborations among the three renowned institutions from three different countries.

RDC2MT is a unique four-year research exchanges and networking programme that aims to address new challenges of DC microgrids and to disseminate successful demonstrations of DC powered houses and DC distribution networks. Current research in this field has been fragmented, both disciplinarily and geographically. RDC2MT is a first-of-a-kind project bringing together unique and complementary expertise from 9 international leading research groups in the Europe (UK, Netherlands, and Switzerland), Asia (China) and North America (Canada). RDC2MT will build upon the experience, knowledge and facility gained from ongoing funded projects within the consortium, of an equivalent of 10 million Euros. RDC2MT will be the catalyst to enable the synergy and strong links among the major research and innovation investments that will allow the individual research projects to expand even further. This will be done by dealing with a unique set of challenges across multi-scales, going from fuel cell electrochemistry at molecular scale to microgrid optimizations at system level, through coherent multidisciplinary, inter-sectoral and international collaborations. It will enable knowledge transfer and sharing between project partners, establish long term collaborations, and maximize research impacts.


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Increasing the efficiency of CO2 conversion to liquid fuels
Funding scheme: Global Innovation Initiative
Period:
2015-2017
Partners:Yale University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lu’an, Shell
RDC2MT: Research, demonstration and commercialisation of DC microgrid technologies
Funding scheme: European Commission Horizon 2020-MSCA-RISE, 734796
Period: 2017-2020
Partners: Aston University (Co-ordinator), TU Delft, DCBV, CSEM, Zhejiang University, Xiamen University, Hefei University of Technology, University of Waterloo


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Partners: Oxford University, Aston University, University of Edinburgh

Low-carbon aviation fuels must be developed to help the UK to transition to a low carbon future, whilst meeting security of energy supply. This multidisciplinary proposal unites leading engineers and scientists from the Universities of Heriot-Watt, Aston, Oxford and University of Edinburgh to realise our vision of production of low carbon jet fuels through the integration of novel technologies for co-valorisation of carbon dioxide (CO2) and biomass. Our project aims to produce low carbon synthetic aviation jet fuel using renewable energy from waste agricultural and forestry biomass and captured CO2. An integrated chemistry (bottom-up method to develop novel catalysts and electrodes) and engineering (top-down method to tailor heat and mass transport parameters influencing reaction conditions) approach will be implemented towards high selective and efficient jet fuel production. Process integration and life cycle analysis will be performed by incorporating the newly developed process into a greater domain (e.g. various options of carbon sources), and to investigate the social/political/economic valuation of the biomass and CO2 to jet fuel value added chain.

MESO-ENERGY: Mesoscience for energy materials
Period: 2015-2016
Partners: City University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong

Porous materials are widely used in new energy technologies for carrying out the energy conversion and storage reactions, such as solar photovoltaics, fuel cell, battery, photocatalysis, etc. The microstructures and nanostructures largely govern the mass transport and electron transport in the porous media undergoing electrochemical/photoelectrochemical reactions. Presently, we well understand the quantum/molecular theories and continuous transport theories at micro(small)- and macro(large)-scale of the material architectures, respectively. However, for meso-scale phenomena and processes that fall between micro- and macro-scales, the interacting behaviours between the quantum and continuity mechanics are not yet comprehended. Importantly, the meso properties play an important role in new energy materials. Mesoscience, a new research area, is therefore established very recently to discover the largely unknown meso-world. The purpose of this project is to establish a platform, namely MESO-ENERGY, that initiates research collaboration between Heriot-Watt University and the City University of Hong Kong (CityU). The long-term targets of the project are to gain knowledge on mesoscience principles, explain the mesoscale phenomena interacting with both quantum- and continuity-scales of the energy materials, and enable continual improvement in functionality, efficiency and cost effectiveness of new energy materials. 

Additive manufacturing of energy materials and devices

Microfluidics & Microreactors

Numerical simulations

In-situ electrochemical characterisation

Process integration

Reacting flows in porous media

Light in reaction systems

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Breakthroughs in CO2-to-fuel conversion by material innovation will significantly contribute to the legal commitment to intensive carbon emission reduction by 2050 by both UK and HK governments. The low cost graphene electrode developed will also show a strong impact to industry such as battery/fuel cell, electronics and transport. The proposed project will study the electrochemical properties of foreign materials loaded 3D graphene and its applications in green energy production. Metal loaded 3D graphene will be synthesized through chemical reduction and the catalyst will be fabricated on the microporous supporting materials like nickel foam or ceramic honey comb structure as binder-free electrode.

This is an interdisciplinary project at the interface of material chemistry and microfluidics engineering. The objective is to develop novel nanostructured 3D conjugated polymer photocatalysts capable of performing a number of important reactions powered by visible light in the field of energy conversion and green chemistry, such as CO2 reduction and solvent-free selective oxidations. Novel microfluidic approaches will be developed to control the growth process of the polymer catalyst on the channel wall of the microfluidic reactor, targeting to a new enabling technique embedding catalyst into the device.  

The aim of this project is to initiate research collaboration between Alexandria University and Heriot-Watt University for long-term continuous multidisciplinary innovation in solar energy harvesting materials, particularly for photocatalytic environmental and solar fuel applications. The energy crisis is a global issue, which is especially serious in Egypt due to the shortage of non-renewable resources. On the other hand, Egypt is one of the countries with most abundant solar energy resources in the world. Therefore, renewable solar energy is a highly promising solution for Egypt’s sustainable development. Current solar energy utilization technology is still at high cost and low efficiency, mainly because of the lack of full understanding of light-matter interaction/chemical reactions. The main goal of this collaboration is to fill this research gap by designing novel photonic-crystal-based microstructures for super-enhanced light absorption to increase their solar-energy conversion.

Fossil fuel depletion and climate change are currently the two most pressing threats to human beings. There have been lots of studies on how to enhance energy security (mostly by renewable energy) and reduce ambient CO2 levels. Electrochemical conversion of CO2 to useful fuels can simultaneously tackle both the above two issues by providing a way of instant CO2 reduction and renewable fuel generation. This project represents the first phase of our collaborative research on CO2-to-fuel conversion. It aims at gaining a thorough understanding of the electrode processes and developing general principles of electrode design for high-performance CO2-to-CO conversion. A coupled experimental and modelling approach will be applied to achieve the insights into the transport and reactions within microstructured electrodes. The outputs of this study will serve as the support for our second phase research in which the well-designed high-performance electrode will be integrated into an optimized reactor for CO2 conversion at maximum performance.

Novel graphene aerogel electrocatalyst for fuel cell and CO2 utilization
Funding scheme: Hong Kong-Scotland Partners in Post Doctoral Research
Period:
2016
Partners: The University of Hong Kong
Optofluidic catalysis for energy conversion and green chemistry
Funding scheme: EPSRC CDT PhD Studentship from EPSRC-CRITICAT
Period:
2016-2020

Designing photonic-crystal nanostructures for solar-fuel applications
Period: 2016-2017
Partners: Alexandria University

Development of novel electrochemical cells for high-efficiency conversion of carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide fuel
Period: 2015-2016
Partners: The University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong

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Energy-Carbon Interface Research Group

An innovative, mutidisciplinary research team in School of Engineering & Physical Sciences,
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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Additive manufacturing of energy materials and devices

Microfluidics & Microreactors

Numerical simulations

In-situ electrochemical characterisation

Process integration

Reacting flows in porous media

Light in reaction systems

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Xuan J, Leung DYC, Leung MKH, Wang H, Ni M, Chaotic flow-based fuel cell built on counter-flow microfluidic network: predicting the over-limiting current behavior, Journal of Power Sources 2011; 196(22): 9391-9397. (Link)

Xuan J, Leung MKH, Leung DYC, Ni M, Wang H, Hydrodynamic focusing in microfluidic fuel cells: breaking the trade-off between fuel utilization and current density, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2011; 36, 11075-11084. (Link)

Xuan J, Leung DYC, Leung MKH, Ni M, Wang H, A computational study of bifunctional oxygen electrode in air-breathing reversible microfluidic fuel cells, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2011; 36(15): 9231-9241.( Link)

Xuan J, Leung MKH, Leung DYC, Ni M, Density-induced asymmetric pair of Dean vortices and its effects on mass transfer in a curved microchannel with two-layer laminar stream, Chemical Engineering Journal 2011; 171(1): 216-223. ( Link)

Wang H, Leung DYC, Leung MKH, Ni M, Chan KY, Modeling and analysis of an aluminum-water electrochemical generator for simultaneous production of electricity and hydrogen. International Journal of Energy Research 2011, 35(1), 44-51. ( Link

Wang H, Leung DYC, Leung MKH, Ni M, Modeling of parasitic hydrogen evolution effects in an aluminum-air cell. Energy and Fuels 2010, 24, 3748-3753. ( Link)

Xuan J, Leung MKH, Ni M, Coating-By-Parts method for experimental study of internal mechanisms of water gas shift fuel processor, International Journal of Energy Research 2010; 35(1): 31-39. ( Link)

Xuan J, Leung MKH, Leung DYC, Ni M, A review of biomass-derived fuel processors for fuel cell systems, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 2009; 13: 1301–1313. ( Link)

Xuan J, Leung MKH, Leung DYC, Ni M, Integrating Chemical kinetics with CFD modeling for autothermal reforming of biogas, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2009; 34: 9076–9086. ( Link)

Wang H, Leung DYC, Leung MKH, Ni M, A review on hydrogen production using aluminum and aluminum alloys. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 2009, 13(4), 845-853. ( Link)

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Dong Z, Xu H, Bai Z, Wang H, Zhang L, Luo X, Tang Z, Luque R, Xuan J, Microfluidic synthesis of high-performance monodispersed chitosan microparticles for methyl orange adsorption, RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 78352-78360. (Link)


Szeto W, Li J, Huang H, Xuan J, Leung DYC, Novel urchin-like Fe2O3@SiO2@TiO2 microparticles with magnetically separable and photocatalytic properties, RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 55363 – 55371. (Link)


Li L, Zheng K, Ni M, Leung, MKH, Xuan J, Partial modification of flow-through porous electrodes in microfluidic fuel cell, Energy, 2015, 88, 563-571. ( Link)


Luo Y, Jia B, Jiao K, Du Q, Wang H, Xuan J, Catalytic hydrogen-oxygen reaction in anode and cathode for cold start of proton exchange membrane fuel cell, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2015, 40; 32: 10293–10307. (Link)


Wang Y, Leung DYC, Xuan J, Wang H, A vapor feed methanol microfluidic fuel cell with high fuel and energy efficiency, Applied Energy, 2015, 147: 456–465. (Link)


Xu H, Zhang H, Wang H, Leung DYC, Zhang L, Cao J, Jiao K, Xuan J, Counter-flow formic acid microfluidic fuel cell with high fuel utilization exceeding 90%, Applied Energy, 2015, 160, 930–936. (Link)


Wang H, Luo X, Leung MKH, Leung DYC, Tang Z, Wang H, Luque R, Xuan J, In-situ photogalvanic acceleration of optofluidic kinetics: a new paradigm for advanced photocatalytic technologies, RSC Advances, 2015, 5, 791-796. (Link)


Karthikeyan R, Wang B, Xuan J, Wong JWC, Lee PKH, Leung MKH, Interfacial electron transfer and bioelectrocatalysis of carbonized plant material as effective anode of microbial fuel cell, Electrochimica Acta, 2015, 157: 314-323. (Link)


Zhang H, Xu H, Zhang L, Leung DYC, Wang H, Xuan J, A counter-flow microfluidic fuel cell achieving concentrated fuel operation, Energy Procedia, 2015, 75: 1990-1995. (Link)


Zhang L, Ren Y, Luo Q, Ying X, Xu H, Xuan J, A novel method to from well-adhered γ-Al2O3 coating in 316L stainless steel microchannels, Energy Procedia, 2015, 75: 2044-2048. (
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Chen B, Leung DYC, Xuan J, Wang H, A high performance dual electrolyte aluminium-air cell, Energy Procedia, 2015, 1983-1989. (Link)

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Lu X, Leung DYC, Wang H, Leung MKH, Xuan J, Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide to formic acid, ChemElectroChem, 2014, 1: 836-849. ( Link)


Wang H, Gu S, Leung DYC, Xu H, Leung MHK, Zhang L, Xuan J, Development and characteristics of a membraneless microfluidic fuel cell array, Electrochimica Acta, 2014, 135: 467-477. (Link)


Wang B, Zhang H, Lu X, Xuan J, Leung MKH, Solar photocatalytic fuel cell using CdS-TiO2 photoanode and air-breathing cathode for wastewater treatment and simultaneous electricity production, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2014, 253: 174-182. (Link)


Xu J, Zhang L, Xu H. Zhong J, Xuan J, Experimental investigation and visual observation of loop heat pipes with two-layer composite wicks, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2014, 72: 378-387. (Link)


Zhang H, Xuan J, Xu H, Zhang L, Leung MKH, Wang H, Leung DYC, A theoretical study on photocatalytic fuel cell, Energy Procedia, 2014, 61: 246-249. ( Link)


Zhang H, Xuan J, Xu H, Zhang L, Leung DYC, Leung MKH, Wang H, A numerical study on microfluidic fuel cell: Improving fuel utilization and fuel operation concentration, Energy Procedia, 2014, 61: 250-253
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Ying X, Zhang L, Xu H, Ren Y, Xuan J, An experimental study on a microchannel reactor for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, Energy Procedia, 2014, 61: 1394–1397. (Link)


Wang B, Lu X, Xuan J, Leung MKH, Facile synthesis and photocatalytic disinfection of boron self-doped TiO2 nanosheets, Materials Letter, 2014, 115: 1394-1397. (Link)

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Multicomponent droplets microfluidic chips and processing method, Chinese Patent, published, CN105363503A, 2016

A method for preparing micro-droplets based on microfluidic modification techniques, Chinese Patent, published, CN105233893A, 2016

A method for preparing cross-linked chitosan adsorbent for dye wastewater treatment, Chinese Patent, Filed, 2015100818700, 2015

Method and apparatus for treatment and reuse of waste water containing heavy metals, Chinese Patent, published, CN104478117A, 2015 

A system and applications of metal-air battery, Chinese Patent and USA patent, filed, 201510126054.7, 2015 

Screen-printed micro electrodes and circuits for microfluidic fuel cell applications, Chinese Patent, published, CN104527247A, 2014 

Auxiliary component for SOFC system capable of integrating heat exchange and catalytic reaction, Chinese Patent, Granted, CN103904350B, 2014 

Anodizing and plating combined preparation of Co/Al2O3/stainless steel monolithic catalyst method, Chinese Patent, Granted, CN103933996B, 2014 

A solar cell based on water-air system, Chinese Patent, published, CN104576068A, 2014 

High performance, scalable and stackable membraneless microfluidic fuel cell, United States Patent, Filed, 61886413, 2013 

A microfluidic air-breathing photocatalytic fuel cell, Chinese Patent, Granted, CN103199294A, 2013 

A flow distributor for microfluidic fuel cell stack, Chinese Patent, published, CN104577155A, 2013 

A pumpless membraneless microfluidic fuel cell, Chinese Patent, Granted, CN103066311B, 2012 

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Wang L, Liu D, Wang W, Yang G, Xuan J, Wang H, Leung MKH, Liu F, A hybrid aluminum/hydrogen/air cell system, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2013, 38(34): 14801-14809. ( Link)

Wang B, Karthikeyan R, Lu X, Xuan J, Leung MKH, Hollow carbon fibers derived from natural cotton as effective sorbents for oil spill cleanup, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2013, 52 (51), 18251–18261. (Link)

Wang B, Karthikeyan R, Lu X, Xuan J, Leung MKH, High photocatalytic activity of immobilized TiO2 nanorods on carbonized cotton fibers, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2013, 263(2): 659-669. ( Link)

Zhang H, Leung MKH, Xuan J, Xu H, Zhang L, Leung DYC, Wang H, Energy and exergy analysis of microfluidic fuel cell, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2013; 38: 6526-6536. ( Link)

Zhang H, Xuan J, Xu H, Leung MKH, Leung DYC, Zhang L, Wang H, Wang L, Enabling high-concentrated fuel operation of fuel cells with microfluidic principles: A feasibility study, Applied Energy 2013; 112, 1131–1137. ( Link)

Xuan J, Wang H, Leung DYC, Leung MKH, Xu H, Zhang L, Shen Y, Theoretical Graetz-Damköhler modeling of air-breathing microfluidic fuel cell, Journal of Power Sources 2013; 231: 1-5. ( Link)

Xuan J, Leung DYC, Wang H, Leung MKH, Wang B, Ni M, Air-breathing membraneless laminar flow-based fuel cells: Do they breathe enough oxygen? Applied Energy 2013; 104: 400-407. (Link)

Wang H, Leung DYC, Xuan J, Modeling of a microfluidic electrochemical cell for CO2 utilization and fuel production, Applied Energy 2013; 102: 1057–1062. (Link)

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Wang H, Leung DYC, Xuan J, Modeling of a micro auto-electrolytic cell for hydrogen production, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2012; 37(13): 10002-10009. ( Link)

Xuan J, Leung DYC, Leung MKH, Ni M, Wang H, Chemical and transport behaviours in a microfluidic reformer with catalytic-support membrane for efficient hydrogen production and purification, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2012; 37: 2614-2622.  ( Link)

Wang H, Leung DYC, Xuan J, Modeling of an air cathode for microfluidic fuel cells: transport and polarization behaviours, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2012; 36: 14704-14718.( Link)

Xuan J, Leung MKH, Leung DYC, Wang H, Laminar flow-based fuel cell working under critical conditions: the effect of parasitic current, Applied Energy 2012; 90: 87-93. ( Link)

Xuan J, Leung MKH, Leung DYC, Wang H, Towards orientation-independent performance of membraneless microfluidic fuel cell: understanding the gravity effects, Applied Energy 2012; 90: 80-86. ( Link)

Wang H, Leung DYC, Leung MKH, Energy analysis of hydrogen and electricity production from aluminum-based processes, Applied Energy 2012, 90, 100-105.(
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Lu X, Leung DYC, Leung MKH, Wang H, Xuan J, Microfluidic reversible fuel cell for carbon-neutral energy conversion cycle, In: Eds. Sharma UC, Sivakumar S, Energy Science and Technology, Vol. 10, Studium Press, USA, 2015, ISBN 1-62699-061-1.

Karthikeyan R, Xuan J, Leung MKH, Microbial fuel cell for biomass energy conversion, In: Ed. Yan J, Handbook of Clean Energy Systems, Wiley, USA, 2015, ISBN 9781118388587.

Wang H, Leung DYC, Chan KY, Xuan J, Zhang H, Mass transport and electrochemical reaction in micro-scale aluminum-air fuel cell, In: Eds. Leung DYC, Xuan J, Micro & Nano-Engineering of Fuel Cells, CRC Press Taylor & Francis, USA, 2014, ISBN 9780415644396.

Wang, H., & Leung, D. Y. C. (2011). Perspectives of aluminum as an energy carrier. In E. L. Persson (Ed.), Aluminum Alloys: Preparation, Properties and Applications. (Materials Science and Technologies). Nova Science Publishers.

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Wang B, Prinsen P, Wang H, Bai Z, Wang H, Luque R, Xuan J, Macroporous materials: microfluidic production, functionalization and application, Chemical Society Reviews, 2017, 46, 855-914. (Link)


Ojeda M, Kumar DK, Chen B, Xuan J, Maroto-Valer MM, Leung DYC, Wang H, Polymeric templating synthesis of anatase TiO2 nanoparticles from low-cost inorganic titanium sources, ChemistrySelect, 2017, 2, 702-706. (Link)


Lu X, Leung DYC, Wang H, Xuan J, Characterization of a microfluidic reactor for CO2 conversion with electrolyte recycling, Renewable Energy, 2017, 102(A), 15-20. (Link)


Ojeda M, Mazaj M, Garcia S, Xuan J, Maroto-Valer MM, Logar NZ, Novel amine-impregnated mesostructured silica materials for CO2 capture, Energy Procedia, 2017, in press.


Wang Y, Leung DYC, Xuan J, Wang H, A review on unitized regenerative fuel cell technologies, part B: unitized regenerative alkaline fuel cell, solid oxide fuel cell, and microfluidic fuel cell, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2017, 75, 775-795. (Link)


Li L, Fan W, Xuan J, Leung MKH, Zheng K, She Y, Design principles of current collectors in microfluidic fuel cell with flow-through porous electrodes, Energy Procedia, 2017, 105, 1557-1563. (Link)


Lu X, Leung DYC, Wang H, Xuan J, Numerical modelling of a dual electrolyte membraneless electrolytic cell for CO2 conversion, Energy Procedia, 2017, 105, 4053-4058. (Link)


Lu X, Leung DYC, Wang H, Xuan J, A high performance dual electrolyte microfluidic reactor for the utilization of CO2, Applied Energy, 2017, 194, 549-559. (Link)


Chen B, Xuan J, Wang H, Leung DYC, Microfluidic aluminum-air cell with methanol-based anolyte, Energy Procedia, 2017, 105, 4691-4697. (Link)


Ojeda M, Chen B, Leung DYC, Xuan J, Wang H, A hydrogel template synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticles for aluminium-ion batteries, Energy Procedia, 2017, 105, 3997-4002. (Link)


Chen B, Leung DYC, Xuan J, Wang H, A mixed-pH dual-electrolyte microfluidic aluminium-air cell with high performance, Applied Energy, 2017, 185, 1303–1308. (Link)

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PhD student, Catalysis for Sustainable Energy Production and Environmental Protection Group
Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Dr Chi Him Alpha Tsang
Hong Kong-Scotland Partners of Postdoctoral Research Fellow, July 2016-Sep 2016
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong

Prof Li Zhang
Visiting Scholar, Aug 2016
Professor, School of Mechanical and Power Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology

Xiaojiao Luo
PhD student
Joint supervision with Prof M. Maroto-Valer
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Olusegun Koleola
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Amy Bremner
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Roozbeh Kalatehr
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Evangelos Kalamaras
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