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Dr. Zhigang Hu

Dr. Zhigang Hu

Research Associate


Dr. Zhigang Hu obtained his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from National University of Singapore in 2016 and conducted one-year postdoc research under the supervision of Dr. Dan Zhao. He was working on novel hydrothermal synthesis of functional metal-organic framework and its derived composite materials for adsorption-based gas separation and heterogeneous catalysis. He joined the Process Integration and Catalysis Group under the supervision of Dr. Laura Torrente in July 2017, working on catalytic ammonia decomposition project in collaboration with Liverpool and Bath.

Research Interests

Process Integration Group



  • Process Systems Engineering
  • nanoparticle synthesis
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • carbon capture
  • material characterisation

Key Publications

Hu, Z.; Sun, Y.; Zeng, K.; Zhao, D. Structural-failure resistance of metal-organic frameworks toward multiple-cycle CO2 sorption. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53, 8653-8656.

Hu, Z.; Wang, Y.; Farooq, S.; Zhao, D. A Highly Stable Metal-Organic Framework with Optimum Aperture Size for CO2 Capture. AIChE J. 2017, 63, 4103-4114.

Hu, Z.; Mahdi, E. M.; Peng, Y.; Qian, Y.; Zhang, B.; Yan, N.; Yuan, D.; Tan, J.-C.; Zhao, D. Kinetically controlled synthesis of two-dimensional Zr/Hf metal-organic framework nanosheets via a modulated hydrothermal approach. J. Mater. Chem. A 2017, 5, 8954-8963.

Hu, Z.; Peng, Y.; Gao, Y.; Qian, Y.; Ying, S.; Yuan, D.; Horike, S.; Ogiwara, N.; Babarao, R.; Wang, Y.; Yan, N.; Zhao, D. Direct Synthesis of Hierarchically Porous Metal–Organic Frameworks with High Stability and Strong Brønsted Acidity: The Decisive Role of Hafnium in Efficient and Selective Fructose Dehydration. Chem. Mater. 2016, 28, 2659-2667.

Hu, Z.; Nalaparaju, A.; Peng, Y.; Jiang, J.; Zhao, D. Modulated Hydrothermal Synthesis of UiO-66(Hf)-Type Metal–Organic Frameworks for Optimal Carbon Dioxide Separation. Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 1134–1141.

Hu, Z.; Zhao, D. De facto methodologies toward the synthesis and scale-up production of UiO-66-type metal-organic frameworks and membrane materials. Dalton Trans. 2015, 44, 19018-19040.

Hu, Z.; Peng, Y.; Kang, Z.; Qian, Y.; Zhao, D. A Modulated Hydrothermal (MHT) Approach for the Facile Synthesis of UiO-66-Type MOFs. Inorg. Chem. 2015, 54, 4862-4868.

Hu, Z.; Khurana, M.; Seah, Y. H.; Zhang, M.; Guo, Z.; Zhao, D. Ionized Zr-MOFs for highly efficient post-combustion CO2 capture. Chem. Eng. Sci. 2015, 124, 61-69.

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