Dr Xiangkang Zeng

Research Fellow, ARC

Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Overview

Dr. Xiangkang Zeng is an ARC DECRA Research Fellow at the UQ Dow Centre within the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Monash University, Australia, in 2017. Prior to that, he pursued his studies at Jiangnan University in China, attaining a Master's Degree in Fermentation Engineering in 2012 and a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Engineering in 2010.

Following his doctoral studies, Dr. Zeng conducted postdoctoral research training at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) from 2017 to 2018. Subsequently, he held the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Monash University, Australia, from November 2018 to July 2022.

Dr. Zeng's current research endeavors center around the development of two-dimensional functional photocatalysts, such as graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4), metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), and covalent-organic frameworks (COFs). His primary focus lies in exploring their applications in solar-to-chemical energy conversion, water treatment, and antibacterial purposes.

As a testament to his contributions, Dr. Zeng has authored over 35 papers in prestigious journals, including Advanced Functional Materials, ACS Catalysis, Angewandte Chemie, Applied Catalysis B, Water Research, Chemical Engineering Journal, and Green Chemistry, both as the first author and co-author.

Research Impacts

Dr. Zeng has recently pioneered the creation of an efficient catalyst designed for disinfecting bacteria in water using sunlight irradiation. This groundbreaking research has garnered significant attention from national and international media outlets, including prominent platforms such as EcoVoice, Phys.org, Scimex, and more.

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • A project on hydrogen peroxide production by electrocatalysts is available in our group. Potential PhD candidates are welcome to apply for UQ GSS or CSC-UQ scholarships. Please get in touch for more detailed information.

    Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a commodity chemical applied in diverse products and industries. Nevertheless, its current industrial production process is not sustainable. Electrochemical process is an alternative and green process for the synthesis of hydrogen peroxide, as H2O2 can be prepared by water oxidation on anode or oxygen reduction on cathode, with renewable (e.g., solar or wind) energy as the energy input. Progress has been made in this research topic in the last decade; however, the efficiency still needs improvement through designing efficient electrodes and reactors. To address these challenges, this PhD project aims to develop a new type of catalysts that can be used for H2O2 production from water oxidation reaction and/or oxygen reduction. It is expected the developed catalysts would be integrated as membrane electrodes and used for H2O2 production in a designed flow cell device.

    A working knowledge of electrochemistry, chemical engineering and water splitting processes would be of benefit to someone working on this project. A background or knowledge of either materials engineering or chemical engineering, is highly desirable. You will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of materials engineering, chemical engineering and electrochemistry, and the potential for scholastic success.

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Publications

Journal Article

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • A project on hydrogen peroxide production by electrocatalysts is available in our group. Potential PhD candidates are welcome to apply for UQ GSS or CSC-UQ scholarships. Please get in touch for more detailed information.

    Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a commodity chemical applied in diverse products and industries. Nevertheless, its current industrial production process is not sustainable. Electrochemical process is an alternative and green process for the synthesis of hydrogen peroxide, as H2O2 can be prepared by water oxidation on anode or oxygen reduction on cathode, with renewable (e.g., solar or wind) energy as the energy input. Progress has been made in this research topic in the last decade; however, the efficiency still needs improvement through designing efficient electrodes and reactors. To address these challenges, this PhD project aims to develop a new type of catalysts that can be used for H2O2 production from water oxidation reaction and/or oxygen reduction. It is expected the developed catalysts would be integrated as membrane electrodes and used for H2O2 production in a designed flow cell device.

    A working knowledge of electrochemistry, chemical engineering and water splitting processes would be of benefit to someone working on this project. A background or knowledge of either materials engineering or chemical engineering, is highly desirable. You will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of materials engineering, chemical engineering and electrochemistry, and the potential for scholastic success.