Professor John Zhu

Professor

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
z.zhu@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 53528

Overview

Biography:

John Zhu is currently a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, UQ. He is also the inaugural Director of Carbon Energy Research Centre. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering, UQ in 2002, then worked as a lecturer in Curtin University of Technology from 2002 to 2004. He moved back to UQ at the end of 2004 and has been working in the same school until present. He is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including RK Murphy Medal 2013, Freehills Award IChemE 2011, runner up of Innovator of the Year Award International IChemE 2011, the University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award 2007, an ARC Future Fellowship from 2013 to 2016, an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship from 2008 to 2012, an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2003 – 2005. In May 2012, John Zhu’s long term collaborative research with Eden Energy was recognised by Thomson Reuters Innovation Award for Innovative Collaboration between the University of Queensland and Eden Energy.

Research:

John Zhu’s research interests and expertise exist in advanced catalysis, gas adsorption and separation, direct carbon fuel cells and solid oxide fuel cells with strong application focus on clean energy and environment. His current projects include research into scale up of direct carbon fuel cells, next generation solid oxide fuel cells, hierarchically-structured bulk materials for gas storage and catalytic reaction, carbon nanotubes/MOFs composite membranes, carbon nanotube reinforced polymer composites for automotive applications, advanced plasma-assisted catalytic processes for clean energy production and air pollution control.

Teaching and Learning:

John has taught several engineering courses including Research Methods (CHEE7200), Heat and mass transfer (CHEE3002), and Engineering investigation and analysis (CHEE3010). He is currently lecturing a third year course, Reaction Engineering (CHEE3005).

Projects:

1. Transport Processes in Flexible Porous Materials for Gas Separation and Storage, ARC DP

2. Prototype test of Direct Carbon Fuel Cells, QLD Research Partnership Program

3. Carbon nanotube reinforced polymer composites for automotive applications, ARC LP

4. Development of a Novel One Step Process for Gas Conversion to Liquid, ARC LP

5. Fundamentals and practical applications of hierarchically-structured bulk materials, ARC Future Fellowship

6. Development of novel cathodes for next generation solid oxide fuel cells, ARC DP

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Engineering, Xi'an IMCE
  • Master of Engineering, Xi'an UAT
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Wang, Li, Ge, Lei, Rufford, Thomas and Zhu, Zhonghua (2015). Functionalization of carbon nanotubes for catalytic applications. In Ying (Ian) Chen (Ed.), Nanotubes and nanosheets: functionalization and applications of boron nitride and other nanomaterials (pp. 409-439) Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi:10.1201/b18073-20

  • Rufford, Thomas E., Fiset, Erika, Hulicova-Jurcakova, Denisa and Zhu, Zhonghua (2014). Biomass-derived carbon electrodes for electrochemical double-layer capacitors. In Thomas E. Rufford, Denisa Hulicova-Jurcakova and John Zhu (Ed.), Green Carbon Materials: Advances and Applications (pp. 93-113) Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing. doi:10.1201/b15651-5

  • Li, Zhen, Lu, Gaoqing (Max), Sun, Qiao, Smith, Sean C. and Zhu, Zhonghua (2013). Colloidal Semiconductor Nanowires. In Tianyou Zhai and Jiannian Yao (Ed.), One-dimensional nanostructures: principles and applications (pp. 65-104) Hoboken, NJ United States: John Wiley and Sons Inc.. doi:10.1002/9781118310342.ch4

  • Wang, F.Y., Zhu, Z. H., Massarotto, P. and Rudolph, V. (2009). Advances in Integrated Modeling of Mass Transfer and Geo-mechanics in Coal Seams for CO2 Sequestration. In Columbus, F. (Ed.), Progress in Porous Media Research (pp. 263-339) Hauppauge, NY, USA: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

  • Zhu, Z. (2009). Molecular simulations applied to adsorption on and reaction with carbon. In Philippe Serp and José Luis Figueiredo (Ed.), Carbon materials for catalysis (pp. 93-129) Hoboken, USA: Wiley. doi:10.1002/9780470403709.ch3

  • Wang, F. Y., Rudolph, V. and Zhu, Z. H. (2008). Sewage sludge technologies. In Sven Erik Jorgensen and Brian Fath (Ed.), Encyclopedia of ecology (pp. 3227-3242) Oxford, England: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-008045405-4.00078-1

  • Ding, R. G., Finnerty, J. J., Zhu, Z. H., Yan, Z. F. and Lu, M. G. (2004). Hydrogen Storage by Carbon Nanotubes. In H. S. Nalwa (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 5 ed. (pp. 13-33) USA: American Scientific Publishers.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Gao, Shuai, Ge, Lei, Rufford, Thomas E. and Zhu, Zhonghua (2017). The preparation of activated carbon discs from tar pitch and coal powder for adsorption of CO2, CH4 and N-2. In: 9th International Mesostructured Materials Symposium (IMMS), Brisbane Australia, (19-26). Aug, 2015. doi:10.1016/j.micromeso.2016.08.004

  • Arash Arami Niya, Zhu, Zhonghua and Rufford, Thomas (2016). CO2 adsorption on banana-peel derived hierarchical porous carbon foams. In: Carbon 2016, Penn State University, (). 10-15 July 2016.

  • Gao, Shuai, Villacorta Hernandez, Byron, Ge, Lei, Rufford, Thomas and Zhu, Zhonghua (2016). Effect of hydrogen peroxide oxidation of carbon nanotube additives on the microstructure of pitch-derived activated carbon foam. In: Carbon 2016, Penn State University, (). 10-15 July 2016.

  • Niya, Arash Arami, Rufford, Thomas, Birkett, Greg and Zhu, Zhonghua (2016). Equilibrium capacity of He, N2 and CO2 on Ga-rich PST-1 zeolite at 303 K and pressures up to 5000 kPa. In: 12th International Conference on the Fundamentals of Adsorption (FOA12), Friedrichshafen, Germany, (). 29 May-3 June 2016.

  • Patel, Archana, Shukla, Pradeep, Chen, Jiuling, Rufford, Thomas E., Wang, Shaobin, Rudolph, Victor and Zhu, Zhonghua (2015). Structural sensitivity of mesoporous alumina for copper catalyst loading used for NO reduction in presence of CO. In: Chemeca 2014, Perth Australia, (27-43). Sep 28-Oct 01, 2014. doi:10.1016/j.cherd.2015.03.027

  • Arash Arami, Niya, Rufford, Thomas, Birkett, Greg and Zhu, Zhonghua (2015). High pressure adsorption measurement of helium and other gases on the type 4A zeolite. In: Proceedings of the 7th Pacific Basin Conference on Adsorption Science and Technology. 7th Pacific Basin Conference on Adsorption Science and Technology, Xiamen, China, (). 24-27 September 2015.

  • Patel, Archana, Shukla, Pradeep, Chen, Jiuling, Rufford, Thomas E., Rudolph, Vincent and Zhu, Zhonghua (2013). Activity of mesoporous-MnOx (m-MnOx) and CuO/m-MnOx for catalytic reduction of NO with CO. In: Special Issue on Selected Contributions of the 4th International Symposium on New Catalytic Materials. 4th International Symposium on New Catalytic Materials, Cancun, Mexico, (38-44). 14-19 August 2011. doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2012.08.030

  • Shao, Zongping, Zhou, Wei, Ran, Ran and Zhu, Zhonghua (2012). High-performance nano cathodes for solid-oxide fuel cells. In: Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society. 11th International Biorelated Polymer Symposium / 243rd National Spring Meeting of the American-Chemical-Society (ACS), San Diego Ca, (). Mar 25-29, 2012.

  • Jiao, Yan, Du, Aijun, Zhu, Zhonghua, Rudolph, Victor, Lu, Gao Qing (Max) and Smith, Sean C. (2011). A density functional theory study on CO2 capture and activation by graphene-like boron nitride with boron vacancy. In: Can Li and Hong He, The 6th International Conference on Environmental Catalysis (6th ICEC). 6th International Conference on Environmental Catalysis (ICEC6 2010), Beijing, China, (271-275). 12-15 September 2010. doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2011.02.043

  • Wang, Li, Zhu, John and Rudolph, Victor (2011). Nanotubular structured material supported Ru nanoparticles for preferential CO oxidation in H2 - rich stream. In: Chemeca 2011 Proceedings. Chemeca 2011: Australasian Conference on Chemical Engineering, Sydney, Australia, (1-10). 18-21 September 2011.

  • Patel, Archana, Rufford, Thomas E., Rudolph, Victor and Zhu, Zhonghua (2011). Selective catalytic reduction of NO by CO over CuO supported on SBA-15: Effect of CuO loading on the activity of catalysts. In: Special Issue on Selected Contributions of the Second International Symposium on New Catalytic Materials. 2nd International Symposium on New Catalytic Materials, Cancun, Mexico, (188-193). 16-20 August 2009. doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2010.05.040

  • Patel, Archana, Shukla, Pradeep, Rufford, Thomas, Rudolph, Victor and Zhu, Zhonghua (2011). Study of nitric oxide (NO) reduction with carbon monoxide (CO) as reducing agent over copper oxide supported on mesoporous alumina and manganese oxide. In: Chemeca 2011 Proceedings. Chemeca 2011: Australasian, Sydney, Australia, (1-10). 18-21 September 2011.

  • Sitprasert, C., Zhu, Z. H., F.Y. Wang and Rudolph, V. (2011). Study on multi-component adsorption and poresizedistribution in carbonaceous porous media using molecular simulation. In: Chemeca 2011 Proceedings. Chemeca 2011: Australasian Conference on Chemical Engineering, Sydney, Australia, (1-8). 18-21 September 2011.

  • Ding, R. G., Lu, G. Q., Yan, Z. F., Yao, X. D. and Zhu, Z. H. (2010). Hydrogen adsorption on metal-carbon nanocomposite. In: 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Sustainable energy and Environment Technologies, Qingdao, China, (). 15-18 October 2009.

  • Lu, Gaoqing, Rufford, Thomas and Zhu, Zhonghua (2009). Mesoporous carbon from popcorn. In: Journal of physics. Condensed matter: Proceedings of the International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. ICONN 2008: International Conference On Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, (). 25-29 February 2008.

  • Patel, Archana, Rufford, Thomas, Chen, Jiuling, Rudolph, Victor and Zhu, Zhonghua (2009). Mesoporous supported catalysts for NOx reduction. In: Engineering our future: Are we up to the challenge. CHEMECA 2009, Perth, Western Australia, (1-10). 27-30 September.

  • Rufford, Thomas, Jurcakova, Denisa, Cheng, Ching-Yuan, Zhu, Zhonghua and Lu, Gaoqing (2009). Supercapacitor electrodes of carbon derived from waste materials. In: International Green Energy NanoCarbon Conference 2009, Jeonju, South Korea, (). 3-6 November, 2009.

  • Rufford, T., Jurcakova, D., Fiset, E., Zhu, Z. and Lu, G. Q. (2009). Waste materials as precursors for supercapacitor electrodes. In: Engineering our future: Are we up to the challenge. CHEMECA 2009, Perth, Australia, (1-11). 27-30 September.

  • Yao, X., Zhu, Z. H., Lu, G. Q., Wu, C. Z., Wang, P. and Cheng, H. M. (2008). Effect of Mn And Zr on hydrogen absorption in Mg-based nanocomposites. In: B. Baranowski, S. Yu. Zaginaichenko, D. V. Schur, V. V. Skorokhod and A. Veziroglu, Carbon Nanomaterials in Clean Energy Hydrogen Systems: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Using Carbon Nanomaterials in Clean-Energy Hydrogen Systems. NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Using Carbon Nanomaterials in Clean-Energy Hydrogen Systems, Sudak, Crimea, Ukraine, (497-502). 22–28 September 2007. doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-8898-8

  • Yao, X., Wu, C. Z., Zhu, Z. H., He, Y., Cheng, H. M. and Lu, G. Q. (2008). Effect of Mn and Zr on hydrogen absorption in Mg-based nanocomposites. In: D. V. Schur, S. Yu Zaginaichenko, T. N. Veziroglu and V. V. Skorokhod, Hydrogen materials science and chemistry of carbon nanomaterials: ICHMS'2007, X International Conference. ICHMS'2007: X International Conference, Sudak, Crimea, Ukraine, (104-105). 22-28 September, 2007.

  • Ding, R. G., Yao, X. D., Zhu, Z. H., Lu, G. Q. and Yan, Z. F. (2008). Effect of pore structure of activated carbon fibers on hydrogen adsorption. In: B. Baranowski, S. Yu. Zaginaichenko, D. V. Schur, V. V. Skorokhod and A. Veziroglu, Carbon Nanomaterials in Clean Energy Hydrogen Systems: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Using Carbon Nanomaterials in Clean-Energy Hydrogen Systems. NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Using Carbon Nanomaterials in Clean-Energy Hydrogen Systems, Sudak, Crimea, Ukraine, (233-240). 22–28 September 2007. doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-8898-8

  • Thomas Rufford, Denisa Hulicova-Jurcakova, Zhu, Zhonghua and Lu, Gaoqing (2008). Electrochemical energy storage in carbon from waste coffee grounds. In: ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials Annual Conference 2008, Gold Coast, Australia, (14-14). 5-7 November 2008.

  • Giraudet ,S., Zhu, Z. H. and Lu, G. Q. (2008). Hydrogen storage in chemically modified mesoporous carbons. In: 17th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2008, WHEC 2008: monograph. 17th World Hydrogen Energy Conference 2008, WHEC 2008, Brisbane, QLD, (595-598). 15 - 19 June 2008.

  • Hulicova-Jurcakova, D., Kodama, M., Zhu, Z. and Lu, G.Q. (2008). Preparation and characterization of high-performance nitrogen-enriched carbons for supercapacitors. In: Abstracts CD ROM : International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. ICONN 2008: International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Melbourne, Vic, Australia, (). 25-29 February, 2008.

  • Ding, R. G., Zhu, Z. H., Yao, X. D., Lu, G. Q. and Yan, Z. F. (2008). Spillover-enhanced hydrogen adsorption on NiNaY composites at cryogenic temperature. In: 17th World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC2008), Brisbane, Australia, (586-589). 15-19 June 2008.

  • Ding, R. G., Zhu, Z. H., Yao, X. D., Lu, G. Q. and Yan, Z. F. (2008). Tailoring of pores of activated carbon fibers for H2 adsorption. In: ICONN 2008: International Conference On Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Melbourne, Australia, (). 23-29 February 2008.

  • Ding, R. G., Yao, X. D., Zhu, Z. H., Lu, G. Q. and Yan, Z. F. (2007). Effect of pore structure of activated carbon fibers on H2 adsorption. In: D. V. Schur, S. Yu Zaginaichenko, T. N. Veziroglu and V. V. Skorokhod, Hydrogen materials science and chemistry of carbon nanomaterials: ICHMS'2007, X International Conference. ICHMS'2007: X International Conference, Sudak, Crimea, Ukraine, (698-699). 22-28 September, 2007.

  • Rufford, Thomas, Takagi, Hideyuki, Zhu, Zhonghua, Hatori, Hiraoki and Lu, Gaoqing (2007). Magnesium loaded carbon for hydrogen adsorption. In: Nanostructures for Electronics Energy and Environment (NanoE3), Couran Cove, Qld, Australia, (). 23-28 September, 2007.

  • Qiao, Shizhang, Wang, Lianzhou, Hu, Qiuhong, Zhu, Zhonghua and Lu, G. Q. (Gao Qing Max) (2007). Synthesis of highly ordered large-pore periodic mesoporous organosilica rods. In: Chunli Bai, Sishen Xie and Xing Zhu, Solid State Phenomena: Nanoscience and Technology. ChinaNANO'2005: China International Conference on Nanoscience & Technology, 2005, Beijing, China, (381-384). 9-11 June 2005. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/SSP.121-123.381

  • Hulicova Jurcakova, Denisa, Kodama, Masaya, Hatori, Hiroaki, Zhu, Zonghua and Lu, Gao Qing (2007). The role of nitrogen in capacitive performance of nitrogen-enriched carbons in aqueous and non-aqueous supercapacitors. In: Proceedings of: Carbon for Energy Storage and Environment Protection. Carbon for Energy Storage and Environment Protection, Krakow, Poland, (). 2-6 September 2007.

  • Rufford, Thomas, Zhu, Zhonghua and Lu, Gaoqing (2006). Mesoporous carbon fabricated with an alumina template. In: Australian National Science Graduate Conference Abstract and Paper Book. Australian National Science Graduates Conference, Manly, NSW, Australia, (). 26-28 May, 2006.

  • Ding, R. G., Lu, G. Q., Zhu, Z. H. and Yan, Z. F. (2005). Effect of micropore structure of activated carbon fibers on hydrogen storage. In: 2005 ARC Centre for Functional Materials Annual Conference, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, (). 1-3 December, 2005.

  • Lu, G. Q., Diniz Da Costa, J., Zhu, Z. H., Yao, X., Duke, M., Ding, R. G. and Meredy, R. (2005). Functional nanomaterials as adsorbents and membranes for clean energy technologies. In: 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Technologies (APCSEET), Wellington, New Zealand, (). 9-11 May 2005.

  • Lu, G., Zhu, Z., Xiangdong, Y., Hui-Ming, and Hartori, (2005). Metal-carbon Interactions in Adsorption and Catalysis. In: Carbon 2005 International Conference on Carbon. Carbon 2005 International Conference on Carbon, Gyeongju, Korea, (). 3-7 July, 2005.

  • Zhu, Z., Li, L., De Marco, and Lu, G. (2005). Synthesis of turbostratic carbon black from pyrolysis of hydrocarbons. In: Carbon 2005 International Conference on Carbon, Gyeongju, Korea, (355-355). 3-7 July, 2005.

  • Zhu, Z. H. and Lu, M.G. (2003). Why is H2 released at a higher temperature than CH4 during H2O-carbon reaction? An ab Initio Study. In: 31st Australasian Chemical Engineering Conference CHEMECA 2003. 31st Australasian Chemical Engineering Conference CHEMECA 2003, Adelaide, Australia, (1-7). 28 September - 1 October 2003.

  • Zhu, Z. and Lu, M.G. (2002). Molecular Engineered Porous Nanocomposites of Metal Oxide and Clay Using Surfactants. In: S. Komarnens, J. C. Parker, R. A. Vala, G. Q. Lu and J. Matshushita, Nanophase and Nanocomposite Materials IV. Symposium V: Nanophase and Nanocomposite Materials IV, Boston, Massachusetts, (9-18). 26-29 November 2001.

  • Zhu, ZH, Wang, S, Lu, GQ and Zhang, DK (1999). The role of carbon surface chemistry in N2O conversion to N-2 over Ni catalyst supported on activated carbon. In: 2nd World Congress on Environmental Catalysis, Miami Florida, (669-681). Nov 15-20, 1998. doi:10.1016/S0920-5861(99)00154-6

  • Zhu, Z. and Lu, G. (1999). Activated carbon-supported catalysts for N2O reduction. In: Chemeca' 99. Chemeca 99, Newcastle, (1085-1091). 26-29 September.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision