Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Zhuxian Yang is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Functional Materials Group led by Professor Yanqiu Zhu.
Zhuxian obtained her PhD from University of Nottingham under the supervision of Prof. Robert Mokaya. Her PhD study was on the synthesis, characterisation and application of meso/microporous carbon materials, especially for hydrogen storage. She worked as a research fellow on hydrogen storage of multi-component metal hydrides and confined hydrides in the University of Nottingham in 2009-2010 after graduation. Since 2012, most of the time, she has been working in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter on several projects including two EU projects (porous materials and membranes for methane adsorption and separation from ventilated air methane and the recycling of graphene-based supercapacitors) and one industry sponsored research project on nanocomposite fabrication for various applications. Currently she is working on the conversion of carbon dioxide to dimethyl carbonate.
Her expertise is in the preparation and characterisation of porous materials and nanocomposite, including zeolites, carbons, MOFs and metal oxides for gas storage and electrochemical catalysis, metal or polymer nanocomposites for various applications.
Her research interests include applications of porous materials in gas storage and separation, as electrocatalysts in hydrogen production and energy storage, and property modification of nanocomposites.