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Prof. Jian Zhang

Group leader
Nanocarbon, H2 Production and Environmental Catalysis

Personal data
Name: Jian Zhang
Date and place of birth: Oct 28, 1979, Anhui
Present position: Professor
Team leader of Clean Energy and Catalysis Materials
Contact information: C-409, 519 Zhuangshi Road, 315201 Ningbo, China

Professional experience
Jian Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in 2006 with Professor Hengyong Xu and Professor Wenzhao Li at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). During this period of time, he worked on the reaction kinetics on nickel nanoparticles for ammonia decomposition and synthesis of ultrathin palladium member for hydrogen production. From 2006 to 2009, he conducted a postdoctoral stay at Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society with Professor Robert Schlögl and Professor Dangsheng Su. The research topics mainly focused on reaction mechanism of carbon-catalyzed hydrocarbon conversion, and included synthesis of novel carbon nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes encapsulated carbon nanofibers), in-situ characterization of catalysis processes, high-resolution transmission electron microscope with electron energy-loss spectroscopy, etc. In 2009 he worked as a professor at Institute of Metal Research, CAS to construct the Energy Catalysis & In-situ Characterization group. From 2012, Jian Zhang has joined Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology & Engineering, CAS.
Jian Zhang's research interests include large-scale production and application of low-price carbon nanotubes, novel routes to synthesize new carbon nanomaterials, scalable technologies for catalytic production of hydrogen, new porous nanomaterials as the catalyst support.

Representative publication
1. J. Zhang, X. Liu, R. Blume, A. Zhang, R. Schlögl, D.S. Su, Surface-modified carbon nanotubes catalyze oxidative dehydrogenation of n-butane. Science 322 (2008) 73
2. J. Zhang, R. Wang, E. Liu, X. Gao, Z. Sun, F.-S. Xiao, F. Girgsdies, D.S. Su, Spherical multi-walled carbon-nanotube architectures: formation mechanism and catalytic performance. Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2012) Accepted
3. J. Zhang, D.S. Su, R. Blume, R. Schlögl, R. Wang, X. Yang, A. Gajović, Surface chemistry and catalytic reactivity of nanodiamond for the steam-free dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 49 (2010) 8640
4. J. Zhang, D.S. Su, A. Zhang, D. Wang, R. Schlögl, C. Hébert, Nanocarbon as robust catalyst: novel mechanistic insight into carbon-mediated catalysis, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 46 (2007) 7319
5. B. Frank, J. Zhang, R. Blume, R. Schlögl, D.S. Su, Heteroatoms increase the high selectivity in ODH reactions on nanocarbons, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 48 (2009) 6913
6. J. Zhang, X. Wang, Q. Su, L. Zhi, A. Thomas, X. Feng, D.S. Su, R. Schlögl, K. Müllen, Metal-free phenanthrenequinone cyclotrimer as an effective heterogeneous catalyst. Journal of the American Chemical Society 131 (2009) 11296
7. J. Zhang, Y.-S. Hu, J.-P. Tessonnier, G. Weinberg, J. Maier, R. Schlögl, D.S. Su, CNFs@CNTs: Superior carbon for electrochemical energy storage. Advanced Materials 20 (2008) 1450
8. J.P. Paraknowitsch, J. Zhang, D.S. Su, A. Thomas, M. Antonietti, Ionic liquids as precursors for nitrogen-doped graphitic carbon. Advanced Materials 22 (2009) 87
9. J. Zhang, J.-O. Müller, W. Zheng, D. Wang, D.S. Su, R. Schlögl, Individual Fe-Co alloy nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes: structural and catalytic properties. Nano Letters 8 (2008) 2738
10. J. Zhang, M. Comotti, F. Schüth, R. Schlögl, D.S. Su, Commercial Fe- or Co-containing carbon nanotubes as catalysts for NH3 decomposition. Chemical Communications (2007) 1916
11. A. Rinaldi, J. Zhang, J. Mizera, F. Girgsdies, N. Wang, S.B.A. Hamid, R. Schlögl, D.S. Su, Facile synthesis of carbon nanotube/natural bentonite composites as a stable catalyst for styrene synthesis. Chemical Communications (2008) 6528
12. L.F. Wang, J. Zhang, D.S. Su, Y.Y. Ji, X.J. Cao, F.S. Xiao, Novel and template-free synthesis of honeycomb-like macrostructured carbon materials with uniformed micropores from microwave popping and thermal carbonization of maize. Chemistry of Materials 19 (2007) 2894
13. D.S. Su, J. Zhang, B. Frank, A. Thomas, X.C. Wang, J. Paraknowitsch, R. Schlögl, Metal-free heterogonous catalysis for sustainable chemistry. ChemSusChem 3 (2010) 169
14. W.Q. Zheng, J. Zhang, B. Zhu, R. Blume, Y.L. Zhang, K. Schlichte, R. Schlögl, D.S. Su, Structure-function correlations for Ru/CNT in the catalytic decomposition of ammonia. ChemSusChem 3 (2010) 226
15. A. Rinaldi, J. Zhang, B. Frank, D.S. Su, S.B.A. Hamid, R. Schlögl, Oxidative purification of carbon nanotubes and its impact on catalytic performance in oxidative dehydrogenation reactions. ChemSusChem 3 (2010) 254
16. M. Plodinec, I. Friščić, D. Iveković, N. Tomašić, D.S. Su, J. Zhang, A. Gajović, The mechanochemical stability of hydrogen titanate nanostructures. Journal of Alloys and Compounds 499 (2010) 113
17. J. Zhang, D.S. Su, R. Schlögl, Commercial carbon nanotubes as heterogeneous catalysts in energy related application. Physica Status Solidi (b) 246 (2009) 2610
18. W.Q. Zheng, J. Zhang, Q.J. Ge, H.Y. Xu, W.Z. Li, Effects of CeO2 addition on Ni/Al2O3 catalysts for the reaction of ammonia decomposition to hydrogen. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 80 (2008) 98
19. W.Q. Zheng, J. Zhang, H.Y. Xu, W.Z. Li, NH3 decomposition kinetics on supported Ru clusters: morphology and particle size effect. Catalysis Letters 119 (2007) 311
20. J. Zhang, H.Y. Xu, W.Z. Li, Highly efficient Ru/MgO catalysts for NH3 decomposition: synthesis, characterization and promoter effect. Catalysis Communications 7 (2006) 148
21. J. Zhang, D.Y. Liu, M.F. He, H.Y. Xu, W.Z. Li, Experimental and simulation studies on concentration polarization in H2 enrichment by highly permeable and selective Pd membranes. Journal of Membrane Science 274 (2006) 83
22. J. Zhang, H.Y. Xu, W.Z. Li, High–purity COx–free H2 generation from NH3 via the ultra permeable and highly selective Pd membranes. Journal of Membrane Science 277 (2006) 85
23. J. Zhang, H.Y. Xu, X.L. Jin, Q.J. Ge, W.Z. Li, Characterizations and activities of the nano-sized Ni/Al2O3 and Ni/La–Al2O3 catalysts for NH3 decomposition, Applied Catalysis A: General 290 (2005) 87
24. J. Zhang, H.Y. Xu, W.Z. Li, Kinetic study of NH3 decomposition over Ni nanoparticles: The role of La promoter, structure sensitivity and compensation effect. Applied Catalysis A: General 296 (2005) 257