Ming Zhang

Ming Zhang

Academic Qualifications
2020-present: PhD candidate, Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2015-2018: Master Degree in Inorganic Chemistry, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan, China
2011-2015: Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, Hubei University of Arts and Science, Xiangyang, China

Project Title: Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for CO2 Reduction
CO2 conversion by photo-/electrocatalytic reduction is a promising strategy to turn CO2 into valuable fuels to mitigate energy crisis and global warming. However, traditional catalysts experience unsatisfactory efficiency and low production selectivity during CO2 reduction. MOFs, as crystalline materials constructed by coordinating metal moieties to organic ligands, have showed great potential in CO2 reduction, and provided sufficient active sites due to the inherent high porosity, large surface area, and adjustable chemical components. Moreover, tunability of MOFs by molecular regulation can be realized to promote catalytic performance due to enhanced CO2 adsorption and activation. In this project, the roles of MOFs or MOF-based derivations as catalysts in CO2 reduction will be studied to achieve higher efficiency and production selectivity.

Awards and Achievements
2020: UNSW Tuition Fee Scholarship

1. M. Zhang, Q. Shang, Y. Wan, Q. Cheng, G. Liao, Z. Pan, Self-template synthesis of double-shell TiO2@ZIF-8 hollow nanospheres via sonocrystallization with enhanced photocatalytic activities in hydrogen generation, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2019, 241, 149-158.
2. M. Zhang, L. Wang, T. Zeng, Q. Shang. H. Zhou, Z Pan, Q. Cheng, Two pure MOF-photocatalysts readily prepared for the degradation of methylene blue dye under visible light, Dalton Transactions, 2018, 47, 4251-4258.
3. M. Zhang, C. Yang, L. Wang, H. Zhou, Z. Pan, Q. Cheng, Synthesis, crystal structure, and fluorescence properties of two 1-D chain polymers extended by a semi-rigid bis(triazole) ligand; Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 2017, 70, 2785-2795.

Prof. Rose Amal
Dr. Jeffery Pan