Shujie Zhou

TETB 364WS16

Academic Qualifications

  • 2019-2023, Ph.D. School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney
  • 2015-2018, M.Sc. Material Chemistry, Shandong University, China
  • 2011-2015, B.Sc., Polymer Materials, Shandong University, China


Title: Cu2ZnSnS4 thin films for photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction

The reported photocatalysts for CO2 reduction have been mainly wide band gap metal oxides and extended to relatively narrower bandgap metal sulifides (such as CdS, CuIn2, and CuGaS2) in past years.  For wide bandgap metal oxides, only limited high energy photons can be utilised, whilst the latter metal sulphides are unstable under photon irradiation in aqueous media and are composed of toxic and/or rare elements such as Cd, In and Ga. For practice use, non-toxic and stable metal sulphide are required. CZTS with abundant and non-toxic constituent is such a promising alternative, which has been demonstrated high-performance in PV application while with only limited study on CO2 reduction.

This research project is to explore the use of earth-abundant, non-/low- toxic kesterite (CZTS) quaternary compound semiconductor as the visible-light-active photocatalyst for selective CO2 reduction. On a basis of the developed high-quality CZTS absorber, and associated buffer and window functional layers which resulted in 10% efficiency CZTS solar cells, this project will design CZTS and co-catalyst for enhanced performance and stability in selective CO2 reduction.

Supervisor: Prof Rose Amal, A/Prof Xiaojing Hao

Awards and achievements:

  • UNSW Tuition Fee Scholarships 2019
  • Excellent student of Shandong Province, 2018
  • Excellent graduate of Shandong Province & Excellent graduate of Shandong University, 2018
  • Graduate National Scholarship & First Academic Scholarship of Shandong University, 2017
  • First Academic Scholarship & Merit Student of Shandong University, 2017
  • First Academic Scholarship & Merit Student of Shandong University, 2016 


1. Shujie Zhou, Rui Tang, Longwei Yin. “Slow-Photon-Effect-Induced Photo-Electrical Conversion Efficiency Enhancement for Carbon Quantum Dot Sensitized Inorganic CsPbBr3 Inverse Opal Perovskite Solar Cells” Advanced Materials 2017, 1703682

2. Shujie Zhou, Rui Tang, Luyuan Zhang, Longwei Yin. “Au Nanoparticles Coupled Three-dimensional Macroporous BiVO4/SnO2 Inverse Opal Heterostructure For Efficient Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting” Electrochimica Acta 2017, 248,593-602

3. Shujie Zhou, Longwei Yin. "CdS Quantum Dots Sensitized Mesoporous BiVO4 Heterostructures For Solar Cells with Enhanced Photo-electrical Conversion Efficiency." Journal of Alloys and Compounds 2017, 691, 1040-1048

4. Rui Tang, Shujie Zhou, Luyuan Zhang, Longwei Yin*. “Metal-Organic Framework Derived Narrow Bandgap Cobalt Carbide Sensitized Titanium Dioxide Nanocage for Superior Photo-Electrochemical Water Oxidation Performance”Advanced Functional Materials 2018, 28, 1706154

5. Rui Tang, Shujie Zhou, Zhimin Yuan, Longwei Yin. “Metal organic framework derived Co3O4/TiO2/Silicon heterostructured nanorod array photoanodes for efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation” Advanced Functional Materials 2017, 27, 1701102

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