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Ruqiang Zou
Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Energy and Resources Engineering
College of Engineering, Peking University
  • Office Add: Room 403, Integrated Science Research Center, Peking University
  • Office Tel: (86) 10-62760532
  • Lab Add: Room 404, Integrated Science Research Center, Peking University
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•Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Kobe University & National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan (2008)

•M.S., Chemistry, Nankai University, Tianjin, China (2004)

Research Areas

Nanoporous materials, Thermal energy storage, Fuel cell catalysts, Lithium-ion battery materials, CO2 capture and separation, Clathrate hydrates

Research Profile

Dr. Zou’s research work focuses on developing both theoretical and experimental approaches to understand the specific interactions between various guest molecules (such as energy gases, greenhouse gases, toxics, phase change materials, environmental contaminations, and metal clusters) and the active sites within the nanoporous structures based on a series of novel porous framework materials, including aerogel, zeolites, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), covalent-organic frameworks (COFs) and clathrate hydates. These porous framework materials have potential applications in energy utilization and environmental remediation, especially for gas storage and separation, electrochemical energy conversion and storage, clean coal technology, contamination sensing and degradation, carbon dioxide capture, etc.. It is clear is that these advanced materials have the potential and ability to meet many of the stated needs, and their successful development, especially of materials with desired properties can yield a high return in investment, while still meeting the energy-saving and environmental protection requirements. To bring these properties to maturity, Dr. Zou’s current research includes the optimization of specific selectivity, interpretation of the host-guest interaction mechanism, as well as, the development of their industrial applications

Professional Honors and Awards

  • The Excellent Youth Scientist Foundation of NSFC (2013)
  • BEST POSTER AWARD of International on Nanoscience & Technology, China (2013)
  • The New Star Program of Beijing Committee of Science and Technology (2012)
  • The Ministry of education program for New Century Excellent Talents of China (2011)
  • 2011 Top 10 Article of CrystEngComm
  • LANL Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow (2008)
  • The Top 50 Articles Contributing to the 2008 ChemComm Impact Factor (2009)
  • JSPS Research Fellow (2006)
  • Marubun Research Promotion Foundation Award, Japan (2006)
  • Marubun Research Promotion Foundation Award, Japan (2005)
  • Japanese Government Honor Scholarship (2005)

Professional Activities

•Associate Director, Beijing Key Lab of Advanced Battery Materials (2011-)

PI, Singapore-Peking University Low Carbon Research Center, CREATE campous, Singapore (2012-)

•Guest Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, U.S.A (2010- 2014)

•Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory (2008 - 2010)

•JSPS Fellow, Kobe University (2006 - 2008)

Selected Recent Publications (>100 SCI papers)

1. Li, P.; Wang, X? Yan, S.; Ang, C.; Chen, H.; Liu, J.; Zou,* R.; Zhao,* Y. "Triazole-Containing Isoreticular Metal-Organic Frameworks and Their High Performance on Selective Capture and Separation of Large Organic Molecules", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., in press.

2. Xia, W.; Mahmood, A.; Liang, Z.; Zou,* R. Guo,* S. “Earth-Abundant Nanomaterials for Oxygen Reduction”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., accepted.

3. Xia, W.; Mahmood, A.; Zou,* R.; Xu,* Q. “Metal-Organic Frameworks and their derived nanostructures for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion”, Energ. Environ. Sci., 2015, 1837-1866.

4. Zhang, H.; Zou,* R.; Zhao,* Y. “Macrocycle-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks”, Coordin. Chem. Rev., 2015, 292, 74-90.

5. Wang, Q.; Zou,* R.; Xia, W.; Ma, J.; Qiu, B.; Mahmood, A.; Zhao, R.; Yang, Q.; Xia D.; Xu, Q. “Facile Synthesis of Ultrasmall CoS2 Nanoparticles within Thin N-Doped Porous Carbon Shell for High Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries”, Small, 2015, 21, 2511-2517.

6. Zeng, Y.; Zou, R.; Zhong Luo, Z.; Zhang, H.; Yao, X.; Ma, X.; Yan, H.; Zou,* R.; Zhao,* Y.; “Covalent Organic Frameworks Formed with Two Types of Covalent Bonds Based on Orthogonal Reactions”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137 (3), 1020–1023.

7. Xia, W.; Zou,* R An, L.; Xia, D.; Guo, S. “Metal-Organic Framework Route to In-Situ Encapsulation of Co@Co3O4@C Core@Bishell Nanoparticles into Porous Carbon Matrix for Oxygen Reduction”, Energ. Environ. Sci., 2015, 8, 568-576.

8. Liu, Z.; Zou,* R. ; Lin, Z.; Gui, X.; Chen, R.; Lin, J.; Shang, Y.; Cao, A. “Tailoring Carbon Nanotube Density for Modulating Electro-to-Heat Conversion in Phase Change Composites”, Nano Lett., 2013, 13, 4028-4035.

9. Chen, L.; Zou,* R.; Xia, W.; Liu, Z.; Shang, Y.; Zhu, J.; Wang, Y.; Lin, J.; Xia, D.; Cao, A. “Electro- and Photodriven Phase Change Composites Based on Wax-Infiltrated Carbon Nanotube Sponges”, ACS Nano, 2012, 6, 10884-10892.

10. Zou,* R. Q.; Zhong, R. Q.; Han, S. B.; Xu, H. W.; Burrell, A. K.; Henson, N.; Cape, J. L.; Hickmott, D. D.; Timofeeva, T. V.; Larson, T. E.; Zhao, Y. S. “A Porous Metal-Organic Replica of alpha-PbO(2) for Capture of Nerve Agent Surrogate”, J. Am. Chem. Soc, 2010, 132, 17996-17999.