Nanoengineering hollow structured carbon spheres as nanoreactors for sustainable energy applications
Dr. Jian Liu is a Professor at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, China, he also held an adjunct Reader position in Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Surrey, UK. As of November 2019, has published more than 170 peer reviewed journal articles including top ranking journals such as Nature Mater., Nature Commun., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Adv. Mater., JACS, Chem. Sci., Chem. Soc. Rev., et al. 1 book, 8 book chapters. A recent search (November 2019) of ISI Web of Science shows his entire publications have been cited for over 13000 times. He has an H-index of 55 and his research has been featured on 21 Cover pages of scientific journals. He was listed as 2018, 2019 Highly Cited Researchers from Clarivate Analytics in Cross-Field. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Materials Today Sustainability (Elsevier), Chief Editor of Frontiers in Nanotechnology. As recognition of his achievements in research, he was honoured with a prestigious UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award, Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (APD), JSPS Invitation Fellowships, UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, President Award (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and a Young Scientists Award of the 14th International Congress on Catalysis.
Colloidal carbon sphere nanoreactors have been explored extensively as a class of versatile materials for various applications in energy storage, electrochemical conversion, and catalysis, due to their unique properties such as excellent electrical conductivity, high specific surface area, controlled porosity and permeability, and surface functionality. This talk aims to summarize the latest updated research on colloidal carbon sphere nanoreactor, in terms of both their synthesis and applications. Various synthetic strategies are first discussed, including the hard template method, the soft template method, hydrothermal carbonization, the microemulsion polymerization method and extension of the Stöber method. In the following section, the functionalization of hollow structured carbon sphere nanoreactors, including the nanoengineering of compositions and the surface features is then discussed. Afterward, I will present the recent progress in the major applications of hollow structured carbon sphere nanoreactors, in the areas of energy storage, electrochemical conversion and catalysis. Finally, the perspectives and challenges are discussed for future developments in terms of controlled synthesis and functionalization of the hollow structured carbon sphere nanoreactors with tuneable structure, and the composition and properties that are desirable for practical applications.