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Dr. Zhigang Hu

Dr. Zhigang Hu

Research Associate


2017-Present: PDRA in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

2016-2017: PDRA in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

2012-2016: Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

2009-2012: M.Sc. in Polymer Chemistry and Physics, Zhejiang University (ZJU)

2005-2009: B.E. in Polymer Materials and Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology (WHUT)

Research Interests

Process Integration Group



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

Key Publications

Hu, Z.; Wang, Y.; Wang, X.; Zhai, L.; Zhao, D. Solution-Reprocessable Microporous Polymeric Adsorbents for Carbon Dioxide Capture, AIChE Journal, 2018, 64, 3376-3389.

Hu, Z.; Gami, A.; Wang, Y.; Zhao, D. A Triphasic Modulated Hydrothermal Approach for the Synthesis of Multivariate Metal–Organic Frameworks with Hydrophobic Moieties for Highly Efficient Moisture-Resistant CO2 Capture, Adv. Sustainable Syst. 2017, 1, 1700092. (Inside Front Cover)

Hu, Z.; Zhao, D. Metal-organic frameworks with Lewis acidity: synthesis, characterization, and catalytic applications, CrystEngComm, 2017, 19, 4066-4081. (Invited highlight, Inside Back Cover) 

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. (HOT article, Inside Back Cover)

Wang, Y.; Hu, Z.; Cheng, Y.; Zhao, D. Silver-Decorated Hafnium Metal-Organic Framework for Ethylene/Ethane Separation, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2017, 56, 4508-4516.

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. (Inside Back Cover)

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.; Kang, Z.; Qian, Y.; Peng, Y.; Wang, X.; Chi, C.; Zhao, D. Mixed Matrix Membranes Containing UiO-66(Hf)-(OH)2 Metal–Organic Framework Nanoparticles for Efficient H2/CO2 Separation, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2016, 55, 7933-7940.

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. (Invited perspective, Inside Front Cover)

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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