• 2019-present: Ph.D student, School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney
• 2014-2016: Master of Chemical Engineering, University of Melbourne
• 2009-2013: Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology
Project: Nanostructured electrochemical systems for conversion of nitrogen to ammonia
Ammonia is essential for plant growth and food production, but its synthesis is energy intensive, eco-destructive and costly. Its energy density by volume is nearly double that of liquid hydrogen and it is easier to ship and distribute. Developing a sustainable yet cost-effective and efficient systems for generating ammonia from atmospheric nitrogen and water under ambient conditions would represent a major socio-economic and environmental breakthrough. This could provide an alternative to the major commercial synthesis methods and allow ammonia to be used as a green energy carrier with no CO2 emission.
This project aims to achieve a highly selective electrochemical catalytic system for ammonia (NH3) production from atmospheric nitrogen (N2) under mild conditions.
Awards and achievements:
• Australian Government Research Training Program Ph.D. scholarship,2019
• The university’s second-class scholarship, Wuhan University of Technology,2012
• Honoured as “Outstanding Student Leader” by Wuhan University of 2011.
Sun, J., So, S. and da Silva, G., 2017. The gas phase aldose‐ketone isomerization mechanism: Direct interconversion of the model hydroxycarbonyls 2‐hydroxypropanal and hydroxyacetone. International Journal of Quantum Chemistry, 117(20), p.e25434.