Professor George Zhao

Professor

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
george.zhao@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69997

Overview

Professor George Zhao is a Professor with the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland and was recently awarded an ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship. Professor Zhao has previously been an ARC Future Fellow (2010–2014) and a UQ Vice-Chancellor’s Research and Teaching Fellow. Professor Zhao’s research focuses on nanoporous materials for energy and environmental applications. The overall objective of his research program is to develop tailor-designed advanced porous materials with prescribed structural, surface, and morphological properties for emerging applications. Professor Zhao’s research has been recognised by honours and awards, such as 2016 Thomson Reuters highly cited researcher, Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), and the Thousand Talent Professorship of the Chinese Government.

Research:

George’s research focuses on novel porous materials for energy storage, photocatalytic water purification, and photonics. His current research projects include carbon-based materials as supercapacitor and Li-ion battery electrodes, porous photocatalysts for water disinfection and detoxification, self-assembly of microspheres for fabricating 3D colloidal photonic crystals and macroporous structures as sensors and waveguides. The overall objective of his research program is to develop tailor-designed nanoporous materials with prescribed structural, surface, and morphological properties for emerging applications and to update current technologies. While new materials have been of the main research activity, theoretical work has also been carried out to help understand experimental observations and phenomena. George specialises in designing advanced porous structures for electrochemical energy storage and conversion, heterogeneous catalysis, adsorption and separation of gas and liquid, immobilization of enzymes, and photonics.

Teaching and Learning:

George has taught the following courses: Colloids and Surfaces, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Applied Heterogeneous Catalysis, and Materials Science and Engineering.

Projects:

  1. Carbon-based materials for electrochemical energy storage and desalination, 2010-2014, funded by Australian Research Council (ARC).
  2. Advanced porous materials for emerging applications, 2011-2015, funded by The University of Queensland.
  3. Charge storage mechanism and transport behaviour in nanoporous carbons: implications on developing next-generation electric double-layer capacitors, 2013-2015. Funded by ARC.

Research Interests

  • Nanoporous materials and applications
    Porous materials such as zeolites and activated carbon have been used in many technological fields, such as petroleum refining, gas separation and purification, wastewater treatment, and so on. Emerging applications require a high level of control over porous materials with well-defined physical and chemical properties. Our research interests focus on design and preparatino of nanoporous materials for electrochemical energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors), water purification, electrocapacitive desalination, natural gas conversion, and photonics. Currently we work on porous carbon-based materials as supercapacitor and Li-ion battery electrodes, graphene and titanium dioxide materials for water disinfection and detoxification, self-assembly of microspheres for fabricating 3D colloidal photonic crystals, hierarchical zeolite materials as heterogeneous catalysts, and immobilization of enzymes on porous solids. The overall objective of his research program is to develop tailor-designed novel porous materials with prescribed structural, interfacial, and morphological properties for emerging applications. While new materials have been of our main research them, computational work has also been carried out in our lab to simulate and model important physical phenomena that would not be easy to observe experimentally or those cannot be completely understood experimentally.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science, Shangdong University
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Zhang, Luhong, Xiong, Zhigang and Zhao, George (2016). Hierarchical nanoheterostructures: layered double hydroxide-based photocatalysts. In Green photo-active nanomaterials : sustainable energy and environmental remediation (pp. 309-338) London, United Kingdom: Royal Society of Chemistry. doi:10.1039/9781782622642-00309

  • Zhang, J. and Zhao, X. S. (2014). Graphene-based materials for electrochemical energy storage. In Wu Yihong, Shen Zexiang and Yu Ting (Ed.), Two-dimensional carbon: fundamental properties, synthesis, characterisation and applications (pp. 183-246) Boca Raton, FL, United States: Pan Stanford Publishing.

  • Yan, Qingfeng, Yu, Jie, Cai, Zhongyu and Zhao, X. S. (2012). Colloidal photonic crystals: fabrication and applications. In Bao-Lian Su, Clément Sanchez and Xiao-Yu Yang (Ed.), Hierarchically structured porous materials: from nanoscience to catalysis, biomedicine, optics and energy (pp. 531-576) Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH. doi:10.1002/9783527639588.ch18

  • Zhang, Li Li, Lei, Zhibin, Zhang, Jintao, Tian, Xiaoning and Zhao, Xiu Song (2011). Supercapacitors: electrode materials aspects. In Encyclopedia of inorganic chemistry (pp. 341-363) United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/0470862106.ia816

  • Yu, Jianqiang, Zhang, Yan, Yu, Deshuang, Zhou, Xiaochen and Zhao, X. S. (2010). Photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical properties of visible-light driven aurivillius structured materials. In Geri K Castello (Ed.), Handbook of photocatalysts: Preparation, structure and applications (pp. 385-408) New York United States: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Zhou, Jinkai and Zhao, X. S. (2010). Visible-light-responsive titanium dioxide photocatalysts. In Masakazu Anpo and Prashant V Kamat (Ed.), Environmentally benign photocatalysts: Applications of titanium oxide-based materials (pp. 235-251) New York United States: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-48444-0_10

  • Su, Fabing, Zhou, Zuocheng, Guo, Wanping, Liu, Jiajia, Tian, Xiao Ning and Zhao, X.S. (2008). Template approaches to the synthesis of porous carbon. In Ljubisa R. Radovic (Ed.), Chemistry and Physics of Carbon (pp. 63-128) U. S. A.: CRC Press.

  • Zhou, Z. C. and Zhao, X. S. (2004). 3D macroporous photonic materials templated by self assembled colloidal spheres. In G. Q. Lu and X. S. Zhao (Ed.), Nanoporous Materials: Science and Engineering (pp. 206-236) Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom: Imperial College Press.

  • Zheng, J., Song, C., Xu, X., Turaga, U. T. and Zhao, X. S. (2004). Acidity measurement of nanoporous aluminosilicates: zeolites and MCM-41. In G. Q. Lu and X. S. Zhao (Ed.), Nanoporous Materials: Science and Engineering (pp. 464-486) Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom: Imperial College Press.

  • Lu, G. Q. and Zhao, X. S. (2004). Nanoporous materials: an overview. In G. Q. Lu and X. S. Zhao (Ed.), Nanoporous Materials: Science and Engineering (pp. 1-13) Covent Garden, London, United Kingdom: Imperial College Press.

  • Zhao, X. S., Chong, A. S. Maria and Lu, M. G. (2004). Surface Functionalization of Ordered Nanoporous Silicates. In G Q Lu and X S Zhao (Ed.), Nanoporous Materials Science and Engineering 4 ed. (pp. 393-426) United Kingdom: Imperial College Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Cui, Yuqian, Guo, Peizhi, Zhang, Guoliang, Li, Hongliang, Yu, Jianqiang, Li, Yue and Zhao, X.S. (2013). Synthesis and characterization of ferrous tungstate nanoparticles. In: Advances in Applied Science, Engineering and Technology. 2013 International Conference on Applied Science, Engineering and Technology, ICASET 2013, Qingdao, China, (15-18). 19 - 21 May 2013. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.709.15

  • Lu, Hailong, Ye, Wanneng, Guo, Peizhi, Wang, Qinchao, Lu, Chaojing and Zhao, X.S. (2013). Template synthesis and electrocatalytic properties of palladium hollow spheres. In: Advances in Applied Science, Engineering and Technology. 2013 International Conference on Applied Science, Engineering and Technology (ICASET 2013), Qingdao, China, (11-14). 19 -21 May 2013. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.709.11

  • Liu, Hui, Li, Hongliang, Wang, Mengxue, Sang, Jingjing and Zhao, Xiu Song (2012). Effects of surface properties and solvent pH values on the adsorption/desorption abilities of mesoporous SBA-15 to Methylene blue molecules. In: Advances in Environmental Science and Engineering, Pts 1-6. 1st International Conference on Energy and Environmental Protection (ICEEP 2012), Hohhot Peoples R China, (352-355). Jun 23-24, 2012. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.518-523.352

  • Tian, Xiaoning, Jiang, Zhongqing, Zhang, Li Li, Luo, Lijuan and Zhao, X. S. (2012). The control of attached acid groups on sulfonated polystyrene nanospheres through the design of material structure. In: Huang Xianghong, Huang Xinyou, Mao Hongkui and Yin Zhixi, Applied Mechanics and Mechatronics Automation. 2012 International Applied Mechanics, Mechatronics Automation Symposium, IAMMAS 2012, Shenyang, Liaoning, (222-231). 7 - 9 September 2012. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.182-183.222

  • Ma, Jizhen, Xiong, Zhigang, Waite, T. David, Ng, Wun Jern and Zhao, X. S. (2011). Enhanced inactivation of bacteria with silver-modified mesoporous TiO2 under weak ultraviolet irradiation. In: Paper(s) presented at the 16th IZC - 7th IMMS Conference. 116th International Zeolite Conference joint with the 7th International Mesostructured Materials Symposium (IZC-IMMS 2010), Sorrento, Italy, (97-104). 4-9 July 2010. doi:10.1016/j.micromeso.2011.03.040

  • Zhao, George (2011). Graphene-based electrode materials for supercapacitors applications. In: Advanced Electrochemical Energy Symposium, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, (). 28-30 December 2011.

  • X S Zhao (2010). Advanced materials for energy and environmental applications. In: The 9th China International Conference of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Xi'an, China, (). 15-19 November 2010.

  • Li, Hongliang, Li, Kexun, Zhang, Lin, Fu, Aiping, Zhu, Yingchun, Wan, Yong and Zhao, Xiusong (2010). Effect of surfactants on the synthesis of monodisperse silica spheres. In: Optoelectronic Materials. International Conference on Optical, Electronic and Electrical Materials, Kunming, China, (721-724). 1-4 August 2010. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.663-665.721

  • Liu, Jiajia, Tian, Xiao Ning and Zhao, Xiu Song (2009). Hydrogenation of glucose over Ru nanoparticles embedded in templated porous carbon. In: Research fronts: 1. UQ-NUS; 2. Supramolecular Magnetic Materials. University of Queensland–National University of Singapore (NUS) joint symposium (SAuCCCS-2), Singapore, (1020-1026). 15-16 December 2008. doi:10.1071/CH09132

  • Li, Kexun, Li, Hongliang, Zhao, Junhua, Zhu, Yingchun and Zhao, Xiu-Song (2009). TiO(2) hollow spheres obtained under autogenic pressure at elevated temperature. In: Multi-Functional Materials and Structures II. 2nd International Conference on Multi-Functional Materials and Structures, Qingdao, China, (525-528). 9-12 October 2009. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.79-82.525

  • Nalaparaju, Anjaiah, Zhao, George X. S. and Jiang, Jianwen (2008). Cation redistribution upon water adsorption in titanosilicate ETS-10. In: Qing Li, S. Y. Chen, Anping Xu and Ming Li, Recent advance in systems, communications and computers: Selected Papers from the WSEAS Conferences 2008. 7th WSEAS International Conference on Applied Computer and Applied Computational Science (ACACOS '08), Hangzhou, Peoples Republic of China, (204-208). 6 - 8 April 2008.

  • Liu, Jiajia and Zhao, X. S. (2008). Glucose hydrogenation over Ru nanoparticles embedded in templated porous carbon. In: Antoine Gedeon, Pascale Massiani and Florence Babonneau, Zeolites and related materials: Trends, targets and challenges: Proceedings of the 4th International Feza Conference. 4th Conference of the Federation of European Zeolite Associations (FEZA), Paris, France, (1315-1318). 2-6 September 2008. doi:10.1016/S0167-2991(08)80131-0

  • Lee, Fang Yin, Lv, Lu, Sow, Chorng Haur and Zhao, X. S. (2008). Incorporation of titanium into polymorph C of zeolite beta. In: Antoine Gedeon, Pascale Massiani and Florence Babonneau, Zeolites and related materials: Trends, targets and challenges: Proceedings of the 4 International FEZA Conference. 4th Conference of the Federation of European Zeolite Associations (FEZA), Paris, France, (305-308). 2-6 September 2008. doi:10.1016/S0167-2991(08)80203-0

  • Tian, Xiao Ning and Zhao, X. S. (2008). Sulfonated mesoporous carbons as a solid sulfonic acid catalyst. In: Antoine Gedeon, Pascale Massiani and Florence Babonneau, Zeolites and related materials: Trends, targets and challenges: Proceedings of the 4th International Feza Conference. 4th Conference of the Federation of European Zeolite Associations (FEZA), Paris, France, (1347-1350). 2-6 September 2008. doi:10.1016/S0167-2991(08)80139-5

  • Yan, Q. F., Zhou, Z. C., Su, F. B. and Zhao, X. S. (2007). Defect engineering in self-assembled 3D photonic crystals. In: Nanoscience and technology. China International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology (ChinaNANO 2005), Beijing, People's Republic of China, (377-380). 09-11 June 2005.

  • Yan, Qingfeng, Zhou, Zuocheng, Su, Fabing and Zhao, X. S. (2007). Defect engineering in self-assembled 3D photonic crystals. In: China International Conference on Nanoscience and Technology, ChinaNANO 2005, Beijing, People's Republic of China, (57-60). 9-11 June 2005. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/SSP.121-123.57

  • Yan, Qingfeng, Zhao, X. S. and Zhou, Zuocheng (2006). Fabrication of colloidal crystal heterostructures using a horizontal deposition method. In: 3rd International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT-2005)/9th International Conference on Advanced Materials (ICAM 2005), Singapore, (205-208). 3-8 July 2005. doi:10.1016/j.jcrysgro.2005.12.028

  • Zhou, Zuocheng, Yan, Qingfeng, Zhao, X. S., Tade, Moses O. and Li, Qin (2006). Fabrication of non-close-packed colloidal crystals by using a sequential growth method. In: Proceedings of International Symposium on Biophotonics, Nanophotonics, and Metamaterials. International Symposium on Biophotonics, Nanophotonics and Metamaterials, Hangzhou, China, (298-301). 16-18 October 2006. doi:10.1109/METAMAT.2006.335066

  • Su, Lu Lv Fabing and Zhao, X. S. (2006). Synthesis and characterization of microporous titanosilicate ETS-10 with different titanium precursors. In: (George) X. S. Zhao, Special issue on novel porous materials for emerging applications. 3rd International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT-2005)/9th International Conference on Advanced Materials (ICAM 2005), Singapore, (263-267). 3-8 July 2005. doi:10.1007/s10934-006-8014-5

  • Su, Fabing, Lv, Lu and Zhao, (George) X. S. (2005). Carbonization of sucrose in the presence of zeolite: Control over pore structure and morphology. In: Abdelhamid Sayari and Mietek Jaroniec, Nanoporous Materials IV: Proceedings of the 4 International Symposium on Nanoporous Materials. 4th International Symposium on Nanoporous Materials, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, (557-564). 7-10 June 2005. doi:10.1016/S0167-2991(05)80256-3

  • Lv, Lu, Su, Fabing and Zhao, (George) X. S. (2005). Microporous titanosilicate ETS-10 for the removal of divalent heavy metals. In: Abdelhamid Sayari and Mietek Jaroniec, Nanoporous Materials IV: Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Nanoporous Materials. 4th International Symposium on Nanoporous Materials, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, (933-940). 7-10 June 2005. doi:10.1016/S0167-2991(05)80306-4

  • Zhou, Zuocheng, Zhao, X. S. and Zeng, X. T. (2005). Surface patterning with carbon thin films by nanosphere lithography. In: Sam Zhang and Vasco Teixeira, 2nd International Conference on Advances of Thin Films and Coating Technology, Singapore, (178-183). 13-17 July 2004. doi:10.1016/j.surfcoat.2004.10.039

  • Su, Fabing, Lv, Lu and Zhao, X. S. (2005). Synthesis of nanostructured porous carbon. In: A. T. S. Wee, S. Ramakrishna, C. T. Lim and K. K. Cheah, Special issue on the 1st Nanoengineering and Nanoscience Congress 2004. 1st Nanoengineering and Nanoscience Congress 2004, Singapore, (261-268). 7-9 July 2004. doi:10.1142/S0219581X05003127

  • Zhao, X. S., Zhou, Z. C., Chong, M., Bao, X. Y., Su, F. B., Guo, W. P., Yan, Q. F. and Lu, L. (2005). Template approaches to fabrication of novel porous materials for emerging applications. In: Australia-China Materials Science Symposium, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (20-24). 22 - 25 October 2004.

  • Guo, Wanping and Zhao, George X. S. (2005). Well-ordered cubic mesoporous carbon with Im3m symmetry. In: Abdelhamid Sayari and Mietek Jaroniec, Nanoporous Materials IV: Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Nanoporous Materials. 4th International Symposium on Nanoporous Materials, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, (551-556). 7-10 June 2005. doi:10.1016/S0167-2991(05)80255-1

  • Gu, CW, Chia, PA and Zhao, XS (2004). Doping of europium in the pores of surface-modified SBA-15. In: Applied Surface Science. 7th International Symposium on Atomically Controlled Surfaces, Interfaces and Nanostructures, Nara Japan, (387-392). Nov 16-20, 2003. doi:10.1016/j.apsusc.2004.06.077

  • Chong, Asm and Zhao, XS (2004). Functionalized nanoporous silicas for the immobilization of penicillin acylase. In: Applied Surface Science. 7th International Symposium on Atomically Controlled Surfaces, Interfaces and Nanostructures, Nara Japan, (398-404). Nov 16-20, 2003. doi:10.1016/j.apsusc.2004.06.080

  • Bao, XY, Zhao, XS, Li, X and Li, J (2004). Pore structure characterization of large-pore periodic mesoporous organosilicas synthesized with varying SiO2/template ratios. In: Applied Surface Science. 7th International Symposium on Atomically Controlled Surfaces, Interfaces and Nanostructures, Nara Japan, (380-386). Nov 16-20, 2003. doi:10.1016/j.apsusc.2004.06.072

  • Chong, Asm and Zhao, XS (2004). Design of large-pore mesoporous materials for immobilization of penicillin G acylase biocatalyst. In: Catalysis Today. 3rd Asia-Pacific Congress on Catalysis, Dalian Peoples R China, (293-299). Oct 12-15, 2003. doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2004.06.064

  • Zhao, XS, Lu, GQ and Hu, X (2000). Chemical modification and characterization of MCM-41 and adsorption study. In: Adsorption Science and Technology. 2nd Pacific Basin Conference on Adsorption Science and Technology, Brisbane Australia, (386-390). May 14-18, 2000. doi:10.1142/9789812793331_0077

  • Zhao, X. S., Lu, G. and Hu, X. (1999). Adsorption study on modified MCM-41 materials. In: The Fifth IUMRS International Conference on Advanced Materials. IUMRS-ICAM '99, Beijing, China, (II51). 13-18 June.

  • Zhao, X. S. and Lu, G. (1999). Pore-month engineering of MCM-41 materials: a preliminary study. In: 5th International Symposium on the Characterisation of Porous Solids. COPS-V, Heidelbery, Germany, (218-218). 30 May - 2 Jun 1999.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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