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Professor Hongqi Sun

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5067, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO5.226
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5067
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO5.226  


Hongqi is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Research Fellow in the School of Engineering. He is a Deputy Chair of the ECU Radiation, Biosafety and Hazardous Substances Committee (RBHSC).

Current Teaching

ENS5161 Environmental and Process Risk Management

ENS3113 Reaction Engineering

ENS6171 Reaction Engineering


Dr Sun became a Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at ECU in November 2017. Before he joined ECU in 2016 as an Associate Professor through the campaign of Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Research Fellowship, he had worked at Curtin University for over seven years, beginning with a Research Fellow position (2009) to Curtin Research Fellow (2013) and then to Senior Research Fellow (2015). He remains an Adjunct Professor of Curtin University.

His research focuses on synthesis of nanostructured catalyst materials, such as shape-controlled metals or oxides, nanocarbons, arrays and quantum dots for solar energy utilization and environmental remediation. So far he has published over 130 refereed journal papers and received over 5600 citations and achieved an h-index of 45 (Data from Google Scholar in November 2017). He has also secured over three million dollars funding including three ARC discovery projects, four CRC projects and two fellowships. He serves as an Associate Editor of RSC Advances and Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies, assessor of ARC, committee member of international conferences, and referee of international journals.

A number of exciting research projects (PhD scholarships) are available at the moment. He welcomes others to join his group to make a difference in solar energy utilization and environmental nanotechnology..

Professional Associations

  • Associate Member, Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

Awards and Recognition

National and International Research Positions

  • 2017– Guest Editor, Frontiers in Chemistry
  • 2016 – Associate Editor, Journal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies
  • 2016 – 2017 Lead Guest Editor, Nanomaterials
  • 2016 – Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Research Fellowship
  • 2016 – Adjunct Professor, Curtin University
  • 2015 – Associate Editor, RSC Advances
  • 2015 – 2019 Academic board, 19th International Zeolite Conference
  • 2013 – 2016 Curtin Research Fellowship
  • 2013 – 2013 Visiting Professor, University of Hyogo (Japan)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Solar energy conversion and utilization
  • Novel Catalysis
  • Nanomaterials and nanotechnologies
  • Advanced oxidation processes
  • Fossil fuels upgrading


  • Degree of Doctor of Engineering, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan), 2008.


Recent Research Grants

  • Comparative Study on Development of Novel Catalytic Oxidation for Removing Emerging Contaminants,  The Higher Education Commission,Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,  HEC Scholarship,  2018 - 2022,  $76,000.
  • Prussian blue sensitized carbon nitride for hydrogen evolution reaction,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Collaboration Enhancement Scheme - 2018 Round 1,  2018 - 2019,  $10,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Book Chapters

  • Sun, H., Wang, S., (2015), Catalytic oxidation of organic pollutants in aqueous solution using sulfate radicals. Catalysis: Specialist Periodical Reports, 27(6), 209-247, United Kingdom, Royal Society of Chemistry, DOI: 10.1039/9781782622697-00209.

Journal Articles

  • Ye, H., Kang, J., Ma, G., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2019), High-speed graphene@ Ag-MnO2 micromotors at low peroxide levels. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 528(1), 271-280.
  • Shi, L., Yin, Y., Zhang, L., Wang, S., Mika, S., Sun, H., (2019), Design and engineering heterojunctions for the photoelectrochemical monitoring of environmental pollutants: A review. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 248(5), 405-422.
  • Qin, P., Chen, Y., Liu, Y., Zhang, J., Chen, L., Li, Y., Zhang, X., Cao, C., Sun, H., Zhang, L., (2019), Resemblance in Corrosion Behavior of Selective Laser Melted and Traditional Monolithic β Ti-24Nb-4Zr-8Sn Alloy. ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 5(2), 1141-1149, DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.8b01341.
  • Rada, ZH., Abid, HR., Sun, H., Shang, J., Li, J., He, Y., Liu, S., Wang, S., (2018), Effects of -NO2 and -NH2 functional groups in mixed-linker Zr-based MOFs on gas adsorption of CO2 and CH4. Progress in Natural Science: communication of state key laboratories of China, 28(2), 160-167, DOI: 10.1016/j.pnsc.2018.01.016.
  • Tian, W., Zhang, H., Qian, Z., Ouyang, T., Sun, H., Qin, J., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2018), Bread-making synthesis of hierarchically Co@ C nanoarchitecture in heteroatom doped porous carbons for oxidative degradation of emerging contaminants. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 225(5 June 2018), 76-83, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.11.056.
  • Tian, W., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2018), One-step synthesis of flour-derived functional nanocarbons with hierarchical pores for versatile environmental applications. Chemical Engineering Journal, 347(1 September 2018), 432-439, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.04.139.
  • Wang, Y., Cao, H., Chen, L., Chen, C., Duan, X., Xie, Y., Song, W., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2018), Tailored synthesis of active reduced graphene oxides from waste graphite: Structural defects and pollutant-dependent reactive radicals in aqueous organics decontamination. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 229(5 August 2018), 71-80, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.02.010.
  • Wu, M., Lv, H., Wang, T., Ao, Z., Sun, H., Wang, C., An, T., Wang, S., (2018), Ag2MoO4 nanoparticles encapsulated in g-C3N4 for sunlight photodegradation of pollutants. Catalysis Today, 315(1 October 2018), 205-212, DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2018.01.019.
  • Ye, H., Ma, G., Kang, J., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2018), Pt-Free microengines at extremely low peroxide levels. Chemical Communications, 54(37), 4653-4656, DOI: 10.1039/c8cc01548a.
  • Zhang, H., Tian, W., Li, Y., Sun, H., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2018), A comparative study of metal (Ni, Co, or Mn)-borate catalysts and their photodeposition on rGO/ZnO nanoarrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6(47), 24149-24156, DOI: 10.1039/c8ta06921b.
  • Zhang, H., Tian, W., Li, Y., Sun, H., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2018), Heterostructured WO3@CoWO4 bilayer nanosheets for enhanced visible-light photo, electro and photoelectro-chemical oxidation of water. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6(15), 6265-6272, DOI: 10.1039/c8ta00555a.
  • Zhang, H., Tian, W., Qian, Z., Ouyang, T., Saunders, M., Qin, J., Wang, S., Tade, MO., Sun, H., (2018), Co@C/CoOx coupled with N-doped layer-structured carbons for excellent CO2 capture and oxygen reduction reaction. Carbon, 133(July 2018), 306-315, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2018.03.044.
  • Rabadia, C., Liu, Y., Cao, G., Li, Y., Zhang, C., Sercombe, T., Sun, H., Zhang, L., (2018), High-strength β stabilized Ti-Nb-Fe-Cr alloys with large plasticity. Materials Science and Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, 732(8 August 2018), 368-377, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2018.07.031.
  • Yin, Y., Wu, H., Shi, L., Zhang, J., Xu, X., Zhang, H., Wang, S., Sillanpää, M., Sun, H., (2018), Quasi single cobalt sites in nanopores for superior catalytic oxidation of organic pollutants. Environmental Science: Nano, 5(12), 2842-2852, DOI: 10.1039/c8en01047a.
  • Azhar, MR., Abid, HR., Tade, MO., Periasamy, V., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2018), Cascade applications of robust MIL-96 metal organic frameworks in environmental remediation: Proof of concept. Chemical Engineering Journal, 341(1 June 2018), 262-271, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.02.030.
  • Azhar, MR., Periasamy, V., Tade, MO., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2018), Submicron sized water-stable metal organic framework (bio-MOF-11) for catalytic degradation of pharmaceuticals and personal care products. Chemosphere, 196(1), 105-114, United Kingdom, Pergamon, DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.12.164.
  • Duan, X., Ao, Z., Zhang, H., Saunders, M., Sun, H., Shao, Z., Wang, S., (2018), Nanodiamonds in sp2/sp3 configuration for radical to nonradical oxidation: Core-shell layer dependence. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 222(March 2018), 176-181, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.10.007.
  • Duan, X., Indrawirawan, S., Kang, J., Tian, W., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2018), Temperature-dependent evolution of hydroxyl radicals from peroxymonosulfate activation over nitrogen-modified carbon nanotubes. Sustainable Materials and Technologies, 18(1), article no. e00082, DOI: 10.1016/j.susmat.2018.e00082.
  • Duan, X., Su, C., Miao, J., Zhong, Y., Shao, Z., Wang, S., Sun, H., (2018), Insights into perovskite-catalyzed peroxymonosulfate activation: Maneuverable cobalt sites for promoted evolution of sulfate radicals. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 220(January 2018), 626-634, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.08.088.
  • Duan, X., Sun, H., Shao, Z., Wang, S., (2018), Nonradical reactions in environmental remediation processes: uncertainty and challenges. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 224(1), 973-982, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.11.051.
  • Duan, X., Sun, H., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2018), Metal-free activation of persulfate by cubic mesoporous carbons for catalytic oxidation via radical and nonradical processes. Catalysis Today, 307(1 June 2018), 140-146, DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2017.04.038.
  • Duan, X., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2018), Metal-free carbocatalysis in advanced oxidation reactions. Accounts of Chemical Research, 51(3), 678-687, DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.7b00535.
  • Han, E., Hu, F., Zhang, S., Luan, B., Li, P., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2018), Worm-like FeS2/TiO2 Nanotubes for Photoelectrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to Methanol under Visible Light. Energy and Fuels, 32(4), 4357-4363, DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b03234.
  • Kang, J., Duan, X., Wang, C., Sun, H., Tan, X., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2018), Nitrogen-doped bamboo-like carbon nanotubes with Ni encapsulation for persulfate activation to remove emerging contaminants with excellent catalytic stability. Chemical Engineering Journal, 332(1), 398-408, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.09.102.
  • Liang, P., Wang, Q., Kang, J., Tian, W., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2018), Dual-metal zeolitic imidazolate frameworks and their derived nanoporous carbons for multiple environmental and electrochemical applications. Chemical Engineering Journal, 351(1), 641-649, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.06.140.
  • Liu, H., Li, D., Li, R., Sun, H., Zhang, Y., Zhang, L., Zhao, P., (2018), Synthesis of pentaerythritol stearate ester‐based zinc alkoxide and its synergistic effect with calcium stearate and zinc stearate on PVC thermal stability. Journal of Vinyl and Additive Technology, 24(4), 314-323, DOI: 10.1002/vnl.21602.
  • Liu, Y., Xu, X., Zhang, J., Zhang, H., Tian, W., Li, X., Tade, MO., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2018), Flower-like MoS2 on graphitic carbon nitride for enhanced photocatalytic and electrochemical hydrogen evolutions. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 239(30 December 2018), 334-344, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.08.028.
  • Liu, Y., Zhang, H., Ke, J., Zhang, J., Tian, W., Xu, X., Duan, X., Sun, H., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2018), 0D (MoS2)/2D (g-C3N4) heterojunctions in Z-scheme for enhanced photocatalytic and electrochemical hydrogen evolution. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 228(15 July 2018), 64-74, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.01.067.
  • Rabadia, C., Liu, Y., Wang, L., Sun, H., Zhang, L., (2018), Laves phase precipitation in Ti-Zr-Fe-Cr alloys with high strength and large plasticity. Materials and Design, 154(15 September 2018), 228-238, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2018.05.035.
  • Qin, P., Liu, Y., Sercombe, TB., Li, Y., Zhang, C., Cao, C., Sun, H., Zhang, L., (2018), Improved Corrosion Resistance on Selective Laser Melting Produced Ti-5Cu Alloy after Heat Treatment. ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, 4(7), 2633-2642, DOI: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.8b00319.
  • Meng, F., Liu, Y., Wang, J., Tan, X., Sun, H., Liu, S., Wang, S., (2018), Temperature dependent photocatalysis of g-C3N4, TiO2 and ZnO: Differences in photoactive mechanism. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 532(1), 321-330, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2018.07.131.
  • Zhang, H., Tian, W., Zhou, L., Sun, H., Tade, M., Wang, S., (2018), Monodisperse Co3O4 quantum dots on porous carbon nitride nanosheets for enhanced visible-light-driven water oxidation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 223(April 2018), 2-9, Elsevier B.V., DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.03.028.
  • Rabadia, C., Liu, Y., Jawed, S., Wang, L., Li, Y., Zhang, X., Sercombe, T., Sun, H., Zhang, L., (2018), Improved deformation behavior in Ti-Zr-Fe-Mn alloys comprising the C14 type Laves and β phases. Materials and Design, 160(15 December 2018), 1059-1070, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2018.10.049.
  • Chen, D., Zhang, H., Li, Y., Pang, Y., Yin, Z., Sun, H., Zhang, L., Wang, S., Saunders, M., Barker, E., Jia, G., (2018), Spontaneous formation of noble‐ and heavy‐metal‐free alloyed semiconductor quantum rods for efficient photocatalysis. Advanced Materials, 30(39), article no.1803351, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201803351.
  • Abid, HR., Rada, ZH., Duan, X., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2018), Enhanced CO2 Adsorption and Selectivity of CO2/N2 on Amino-MIL-53(Al) Synthesized by Polar Co-solvents. Energy and Fuels, 32(4), 4502–4510, DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b03240.
  • Jia, Z., Kang, J., Zhang, W., Wang, W., Yang, C., Sun, H., Habibi, D., Zhang, L., (2017), Surface aging behaviour of Fe-based amorphous alloys as catalysts during heterogeneous photo Fenton-like process for water treatment. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 204(December 2016), 537-547, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2016.12.001.
  • Ye, H., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2017), Electrochemical synthesis of graphene/MnO2 in an architecture of bilayer microtubes as micromotors. Chemical Engineering Journal, 324(1), 251-258, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2017.05.036.
  • Liu, Y., Ding, S., Xu, J., Zhang, H., Yang, S., Duan, X., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2017), Preparation of a p-n heterojunction BiFeO3@TiO2 photocatalyst with a core–shell structure for visible-light photocatalytic degradation. Chinese Journal of Catalysis, 38(6), 1052-1062, DOI: 10.1016/S1872‐2067(17)62845‐6.
  • Azhar, MR., Abid, HR., Periasamy, V., Sun, H., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2017), Adsorptive removal of antibiotic sulfonamide by UiO-66 and ZIF-67 for wastewater treatment. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 500(15 August 2017), 88-95, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.04.001.
  • Liu, J., Ke, J., Li, D., Sun, H., Liang, P., Duan, X., Tian, W., Tade, MO., Liu, S., Wang, S., (2017), Oxygen vacancies in shape controlled Cu2O/reduced graphene oxide/In2O3 hybrid for promoted photocatalytic water oxidation and degradation of environmental pollutants. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9(13), 11678–11688, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b01605.
  • Liu, Y., Xu, J., Wang, L., Zhang, H., Xu, P., Duan, X., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2017), Three-Dimensional BiOI/BiOX (X = Cl or Br)Nanohybrids for Enhanced Visible-LightPhotocatalytic Activity. Nanomaterials, 7(3), Article Number: 64, DOI: 10.3390/nano7030064.
  • Tian, W., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2017), Template-free synthesis of N-doped carbon with pillared-layered pores as bifunctional materials for supercapacitor and environmental applications. Carbon, 118(1), 98-105, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2017.03.027.
  • Liang, P., Zhang, C., Duan, X., Sun, H., Liu, S., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2017), N-Doped Graphene from Metal–Organic Frameworks for Catalytic Oxidation of p-Hydroxylbenzoic Acid: N-Functionality and Mechanism. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 5(3), 2693–2701, DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b03035.
  • Ke, J., Duan, X., Luo, S., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Liu, J., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2017), UV-assisted construction of 3D hierarchical rGO/Bi2MoO6 composites for enhanced photocatalytic water oxidation. Chemical Engineering Journal, 313(1),  1447–1453, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2016.11.048.
  • Jia, Z., Duan, X., Qin, P., Zhang, W., Wang, W., Yang, C., Sun, H., Wang, S., Zhang, L., (2017), Disordered Atomic Packing Structure of Metallic Glass: Toward Ultrafast Hydroxyl Radicals Production Rate and Strong Electron Transfer Ability in Catalytic Performance. Advanced Functional Materials, 27(38), article no.1702258, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201702258.
  • Liang, P., Zhang, C., Duan, X., Sun, H., Liu, S., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2017), An insight into metal organic framework derived N-doped graphene for the oxidative degradation of persistent contaminants: formation mechanism and generation of singlet oxygen from peroxymonosulfate. Environmental Science: Nano, 4(2), 315-324 , DOI: 10.1039/c6en00633g.
  • Li, D., Duan, X., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Kang, J., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2017), Facile synthesis of nitrogen-doped graphene via low-temperature pyrolysis: The effects of precursors and annealing ambience on metal-free catalytic oxidation. Carbon, 115(1), 649–658, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2017.01.058.
  • Guo, X., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2017), Green Synthesis of Carbon Quantum Dots for Sensitized Solar Cells. ChemPhotoChem, 1(4), 116–119, DOI: 10.1002/cptc.201600038.
  • Zhou, L., Zhang, H., Guo, X., Sun, H., Liu, S., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2017), Metal-free hybrids of graphitic carbon nitride and nanodiamonds for photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic applications. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 493(1 May 2017), 275–280, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.01.038.
  • Wang, C., Kang, J., Liang, P., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2017), Ferric carbide nanocrystals encapsulated in nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as an outstanding environmental catalyst. Environmental Science: Nano, 4(1), 170-179 , DOI: 10.1039/c6en00397d.
  • Liang, P., Zhang, C., Sun, H., Liu, S., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2017), Solar Photocatalytic Water Oxidation and Purification on ZIF-8-Derived C–N–ZnO Composites. Energy and Fuels, 31(3), 2138–2143, DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b02057.
  • Liu, S., Ke, J., Sun, H., Liu, J., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2017), Size dependence of uniformed carbon spheres in promoting graphitic carbon nitride toward enhanced photocatalysis. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 204(1), 358–364, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2016.11.048.
  • Azhar, MR., Abid, HR., Sun, H., Periasamy, V., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2017), One-pot synthesis of binary metal organic frameworks (HKUST-1 and UiO-66) for enhanced adsorptive removal of water contaminants. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 490(1), 685–694, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2016.11.100.
  • Wang, Y., Xie, Y., Chen, C., Duan, X., Sun, H., Wang, S., (2017), Synthesis of Magnetic Carbon Supported Manganese Catalysts for Phenol Oxidation by Activation of Peroxymonosulfate. Catalysts, 7(1), article no.3, DOI: 10.3390/catal7010003.
  • Ke, J., Liu, J., Sun, H., Zhang, H., Duan, X., Liang, P., Li, X., Tade, MO., Liu, S., Wang, S., (2017), Facile assembly of Bi2O3/Bi2S3/MoS2n-p heterojunction with layered n-Bi2O3 and p-MoS2 for enhanced photocatalytic water oxidation and pollutant degradation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 200(January), 47–55.
  • Boyjoo, Y., Sun, H., Liu, J., Pareek, V., Wang, S., (2017), A review on photocatalysis for air treatment: From catalyst development to reactor design. Chemical Engineering Journal, 310(2), 537-559, Elsevier B.V., DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2016.06.090.
  • Wang, Y., Xie, Y., Sun, H., Xiao, J., Cao, H., Wang, S., (2016), Hierarchical shape-controlled mixed-valence calcium manganites for catalytic ozonation of aqueous phenolic compounds. Catalysis Science & Technology, 6(9), 2918-2929, Cambridge, UK, Royal Society of Chemistry, DOI: 10.1039/c5cy01967b.
  • Liu, S., Sun, H., Ang, HM., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2016), Integrated oxygen-doping and dye sensitization of graphitic carbon nitride for enhanced visible light photodegradation. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 476(2016), 193-199, Academic Press Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2016.05.026.
  • Liu, S., Li, D., Sun, H., Ang, HM., Tade, M., Wang, S., (2016), Oxygen functional groups in graphitic carbon nitride for enhanced photocatalysis. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 468(2016), 176-182, Maryland Heights, USA, Academic Press Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2016.01.051.
  • Duan, X., Ao, Z., Zhou, L., Sun, H., Wang, G., Wang, S., (2016), Occurrence of radical and nonradical pathways from carbocatalysts for aqueous and nonaqueous catalytic oxidation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 188(2016), 98-105, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier BV, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2016.01.059.
  • Kang, J., Duan, X., Zhou, L., Sun, H., Tade, M., Wang, S., (2016), Carbocatalytic activation of persulfate for removal of antibiotics in water solutions. Chemical Engineering Journal, 288(2016), 399-405, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier BV, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2015.12.040.
  • Jia, Z., Duan, X., Zhang, W., Wang, W., Sun, H., Wang, S., Zhang, L., (2016), Ultra-sustainable Fe78Si9B13 metallic glass as a catalyst for activation of persulfate on methylene blue degradation under UV-Vis light. Scientific Reports, 6(6 Dec. 2016), article no. 38520, DOI: 10.1038/srep38520.
  • Rada, ZH., Abid, HR., Shang, J., Sun, H., He, Y., Webley, P., Liu, S., Wang, S., (2016), Functionalized UiO-66 by single and binary (OH)2 and NO2 groups for uptake of CO2 and CH4. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 55(29), 7924-7932, American Chemical Society, DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.5b04061.
  • Wang, Y., Xie, Y., Sun, H., Xiao, J., Cao, H., Wang, S., (2016), 2D/2D nano-hybrids of y-MnO2 on reduced graphene oxide for catalytic ozonation and coupling peroxymonosulfate activation. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 301(2016), 56-64, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.08.031.
  • Wang, C., Kang, J., Sun, H., Ang, HM., Tade, M., Wang, S., (2016), One-pot synthesis of N-doped graphene for metal-free advanced oxidation processes. Carbon, 102(2016), 279-287, Oxford, UK, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2016.02.048.
  • Tian, W., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Suvorova, A., Saunders, M., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2016), Heteroatom (N or N-S)-doping induced layered and honeycomb microstructures of porous carbons for CO2 capture and energy applications. Advanced Functional Materials, 26(47), 8651-8661, Wiley - VCH - Verlag, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201603937.
  • Azhar, MR., Abid, HR., Sun, H., Periasamy, V., Tade, M., Wang, S., (2016), Excellent performance of copper based metal organic framework in adsorptive removal of toxic sulfonamide antibiotics from wastewater. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 478(2016), 344-352, Academic Press Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2016.06.032.
  • Li, X., Ao, Z., Liu, J., Sun, H., Rykov, AI., Wang, J., (2016), Topotactic Transformation of Metal-Organic Frameworks to Graphene-Encapsulated Transition-Metal Nitrides as Efficient Fenton-like Catalysts. ACS Nano, 10(12), 11532-11540, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.6b07522.
  • Zhang, H., Tian, W., Guo, X., Zhou, L., Sun, H., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2016), Flower-like Cobalt Hydroxide/Oxide on Graphitic Carbon Nitride for Visible-Light-Driven Water Oxidation. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces,  8(51),  35203-35212, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b10918.
  • Duan, X., Su, C., Zhou, L., Sun, H., Suvorova, A., Odedairo, T., Zhu, Z., Shao, Z., Wang, S., (2016), Surface controlled generation of reactive radicals from persulfate by carbocatalysis on nanodiamonds. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 194(2016), 7-15, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2016.04.043.
  • Duan, X., Ao, Z., Li, D., Sun, H., Zhou, L., Suvorova, A., Saunders, M., Wang, G., Wang, S., (2016), Surface-tailored nanodiamonds as excellent metal-free catalysts for organic oxidation. Carbon, 103(2016), 404-411, Elsevier Ltd, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2016.03.034.
  • Liu, Q., Duan, X., Sun, H., Wang, Y., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2016), Size-tailored porous spheres of manganese oxides for catalytic oxidation via peroxymonosulfate activation. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C: Energy Conversion and Storage, Optical and Electronic Devices, Interfaces, Nanomaterials, and Hard Matter, 120(30), 16871-16878, American Chemical Society, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b05934.
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  • Liang, P., Zhang, C., Sun, H., Liu, S., Tade, MO., Wang, S., (2016), Photocatalysis of C, N-doped ZnO derived from ZIF-8 for dye degradation and water oxidation. RSC Advances, 6(98), 95903-95909, Royal Society of Chemistry, DOI: 10.1039/c6ra20667k.
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Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • PhD, Catalytic oxidative degradation of hydrocarbons using novel metal-free nanocarbon catalysts.
  • Master by Research, Magnetic nanocatalysts for oxidative decomposition of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in contaminated water.
  • PhD, Metal-based nanocatalysts for oxidative degradation of aqueous organic pollutants in contaminated water

Associate Supervisor

  • Master by Research, Preparation and photocatalysis of graphite carbon nitride based photocatalysts.
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