【Academic Lecture】Synthesis of nanostructured photocatalysts and water treatment
Time: 15:00, January12, 2015
Venue: Meeting Room E-118
Energy crisis and water shortage are two key global challenges. Utilizing solar light as driving force, semiconductor photocatalysis, a green and environmental-friendly process, has promising applications in water treatment, disinfection, air purification, hydrogen production and carbon dioxide conversion. However, the efficiencies of current photocatalysts are still not high enough for practical water treatment due to several challenges, photocatalyst separation, photoabsorption in visible range, and recombination of photogenerated holes and electrons. To address these challenges, Dr Zhang has made significant progress in development of high performance photocatalysts via controlling photocatalyst morphologies, tuning band gaps, which advance the application of photocatalysis in water treatment.
Brief Bio of A/P Xiwang Zhang
After obtaining his Ph.D degree from Research Centre of Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006, Dr Zhang joined Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as Research fellow and was then promoted to a Senior Research Fellow in 2009. In 2010, Dr Zhang joined Keppel, a multinational corporation in Singapore, as R&D Manager in Keppel’s research centre, leading a research team for water treatment. Dr Zhang was awarded a prestigious ARC Australian Research Fellowship in 2010 and commenced his ARC fellowship at University of Queensland in 2011. He was then granted another prestigious Larkins Fellowship in 2012 by Monash University, which allowed him to join Monash University at associate professor level in end of 2012. Dr Zhang’s research interests focus on high performance membranes and functional materials for water and wastewater treatment. He has authored and co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal papers, such as Advanced Materials (IF:15.4), Journal of the American Chemical Society (IF:11.4), Advanced Functional Materials (IF:10.2)，small (IF:7.5)，Chemical Communication (IF:6.7)，Applied Catalysis B: environmental (IF:6.0)，Environmental Science & Technology (IF:5.5)，Water Research (IF:5.1)，Journal of Membrane Sciences (IF:4.9).