Huayang Zhang

Dr Huayang Zhang

Research Fellow

School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr Zhang’s research focuses on the rational design, synthesis and investigation of nanostructured photo- and photo- electrocatalysts for solar energy conversion, including photocatalytic H2 production and photo-electrocatalytic water splitting. Using his advanced knowledge on crystallography and surface chemistry and with expertise in advanced in situ characterisations and computations, he has helped pioneer low-dimensional nanomaterials, ranging from zero- dimensional quantum dots to three-dimensional porous carbons. He has made notable contributions to the large-scale production of biomass-derived functionalized carbon by introducing the innovative idea of utilizing the cheap sodium bicarbonate as the pore-forming reagent. In particular, Dr Zhang has shown great skill in conducting interdisciplinary research. He was one of the first to combine diverse artificial materials with bio-enzymes for photoelectrochemical application, which forms the basis of the research in his DECRA fellowship.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Research Fellow University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    Curtin University Australia PhD
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2022 Tian, W., Lin, J., Zhang, H., Duan, X., Wang, H., Sun, H., & Wang, S. (2022). Kinetics and mechanism of synergistic adsorption and persulfate activation by N-doped porous carbon for antibiotics removals in single and binary solutions. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 423(Pt A), 127083.
    2021 Li, X., Lin, J., Li, J., Zhang, H., Duan, X., Sun, H., . . . Wang, S. (2021). Temperature-induced variations in photocatalyst properties and photocatalytic hydrogen evolution: differences in UV, visible, and infrared radiation. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 9(21), 7244-7285.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS3
    2021 Tian, W., Zhang, H., Sibbons, J., Sun, H., Wang, H., & Wang, S. (2021). Photoelectrochemical water oxidation and longevous photoelectric conversion by a photosystem II electrode. Advanced Energy Materials, 11(30), 2100911-1-2100911-13.
    2021 Li, X., Zhang, P., Zhang, H., Tian, W., Yang, Y., Hu, K., . . . Wang, S. (2021). van der Waals type II carbon nitride homojunctions for visible light photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. Nano Research, 9 pages.
    DOI WoS1
    2021 Chen, D., Zhang, H., Miyazawa, K., Kojima, R., Zhang, P., Yang, L., . . . Li, Q. (2021). Quasi-solid-state self-assembly of 1D-branched ZnSe/ZnS quantum rods into parallel monorail-like continuous films for solar devices. Nano Energy, 89, 1-10.
    2021 Li, X., Zhao, S., Duan, X., Zhang, H., Yang, S. Z., Zhang, P., . . . Wang, S. (2021). Coupling hydrothermal and photothermal single-atom catalysis toward excellent water splitting to hydrogen. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 283, 119660-1-119660-9.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS11
    2021 Lin, J., Tian, W., Zhang, H., Duan, X., Sun, H., & Wang, S. (2021). Graphitic carbon nitride-based Z-scheme structure for photocatalytic CO2 reduction. Energy & Fuels, 35(1), 7-24.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS10
    2020 Tian, W., Lin, J., Zhang, H., Duan, X., Sun, H., Wang, H., & Wang, S. (2020). Enhanced removals of micropollutants in binary organic systems by biomass derived porous carbon/peroxymonosulfate. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 408, 1-10.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS1
    2020 Zhang, J., Li, Y., Zhao, X., Zhang, H., Wang, L., Chen, H., . . . Sun, H. (2020). A hydrogen-initiated chemical epitaxial growth strategy for in-plane heterostructured photocatalyst. ACS nano, 14(12), 17505-17514.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS5
    2020 Uddin, N., Zhang, H., Du, Y., Jia, G., wang, S., & Yin, Z. (2020). Structural-phase catalytic redox reactions in energy and environmental applications. Advanced Materials, 32(9), e1905739-1-e1905739-54.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS15
    2020 Tian, W., Zhang, H., Duan, X., Sun, H., Shao, G., & Wang, S. (2020). Porous carbons: structure-oriented design and versatile applications. Advanced Functional Materials, 30(17), 1909265-1-1909265-41.
    DOI Scopus61 WoS36
    2020 Zhang, H., Tian, W., Duan, X., Sun, H., Shen, Y., Shao, G., & wang, S. (2020). Functional carbon nitride materials for water oxidation: from heteroatom doping to interface engineering. Nanoscale, 12(12), 6937-6952.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS8
    2020 Li, X., Zhang, H., Liu, Y., Duan, X., Xu, X., Liu, S., . . . Wang, S. (2020). Synergy of NiO quantum dots and temperature on enhanced photocatalytic and thermophoto hydrogen evolution. Chemical Engineering Journal, 390, 124634-1-124634-9.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS7
    2020 Duan, X., Indrawirawan, S., Kang, J., Tian, W., Zhang, H., Duan, X., . . . Wang, S. (2020). Synergy of carbocatalytic and heat activation of persulfate for evolution of reactive radicals toward metal-free oxidation. Catalysis Today, 355, 319-324.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS8
    2020 Zhang, H., Tian, W., Duan, X., Sun, H., Liu, S., & Wang, S. (2020). Catalysis of a single transition metal site for water oxidation: from mononuclear molecules to single atoms. Advanced Materials, 32(18), 1904037-1-1904037-15.
    DOI Scopus24 WoS21
    2019 Tian, W., Sun, H., Duan, X., Zhang, H., Ren, Y., & Wang, S. (2019). Biomass-derived functional porous carbons for adsorption and catalytic degradation of binary micropollutants in water. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 389, 121881-1-121881-9.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS22
    2019 Kang, J., Zhang, H., Duan, X., Sun, H., Tan, X., Liu, S., & wang, S. (2019). Magnetic Ni-Co alloy encapsulated N-doped carbon nanotubes for catalytic membrane degradation of emerging contaminants. Chemical Engineering Journal, 362, 251-261.
    DOI Scopus68 WoS60
    2019 Kang, J., Zhang, H., Duan, X., Sun, H., Tan, X., & wang, S. (2019). Nickel in hierarchically structured nitrogen-doped graphene for robust and promoted degradation of antibiotics. Journal of Cleaner Production, 218, 202-211.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS16
    2019 Duan, X., Kang, J., Tian, W., Zhang, H., Ho, S., Zhu, Y., . . . Wang, S. (2019). Interfacial-engineered cobalt@carbon hybrids for synergistically boosted evolution of sulfate radicals toward green oxidation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 256, 117795-1-117795-7.
    DOI Scopus37 WoS31
    2019 Duan, X., Tian, W., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Ao, Z., Shao, Z., & Wang, S. (2019). Sp²/sp³ framework from diamond nanocrystals: a key bridge of carbonaceous structure to carbocatalysis. ACS Catalysis, 9(8), 7494-7519.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS26
    2019 Duan, X., Li, W., Ao, Z., Kang, J., Tian, W., Zhang, H., . . . Wang, S. (2019). Origins of boron catalysis in peroxymonosulfate activation and advanced oxidation. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 7(41), 23904-23913.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS18
    2019 Zhai, L. F., Kong, S. Y., Zhang, H., Tian, W., Sun, M., Sun, H., & Wang, S. (2019). Facile synthesis of Co-N-rGO composites as an excellent electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction. Chemical Engineering Science, 194, 45-53.
    DOI Scopus16 WoS14
    2019 Yao, S., Zhang, H., Chen, Z., Lin, H., Han, S., Wu, X., . . . Nozaki, T. (2019). Promotion of graphitic carbon oxidation via stimulating CO₂ desorption by calcium carbonate. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 363, 10-15.
    DOI Scopus1
    2018 Tian, W., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Tadé, M., & Wang, S. (2018). One-step synthesis of flour-derived functional nanocarbons with hierarchical pores for versatile environmental applications. Chemical Engineering Journal, 347, 432-439.
    DOI Scopus29 WoS29
    2018 Zhang, H., Tian, W., Qian, Z., Ouyang, T., Saunders, M., Qin, J., . . . Sun, H. (2018). Co@C/CoOx coupled with N-doped layer-structured carbons for excellent CO₂ capture and oxygen reduction reaction. Carbon, 133, 306-315.
    DOI Scopus20 WoS19
    2018 Zhang, H., Tian, W., Li, Y., Sun, H., Tadé, M., & 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 Scopus38 WoS36
    2018 Tian, W., Zhang, H., Qian, Z., Ouyang, T., Sun, H., Qin, J., . . . 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, 76-83.
    DOI Scopus107 WoS100
    2018 Chen, D., Zhang, H., Li, Y., Pang, Y., Yin, Z., Sun, H., . . . Jia, G. (2018). Spontaneous formation of noble- and heavy-metal-free alloyed semiconductor quantum rods for efficient photocatalysis. Advanced Materials, 30(39), 1803351-1-1803351-10.
    DOI Scopus37 WoS29 Europe PMC2
    2018 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, e00082-1-e00082-8.
    DOI Scopus12 WoS10
    2018 Liu, Y., Xu, X., Zhang, J., Zhang, H., Tian, W., Li, X., . . . Wang, S. (2018). Flower-like MoS₂ on graphitic carbon nitride for enhanced photocatalytic and electrochemical hydrogen evolutions. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 239, 334-344.
    DOI Scopus85 WoS79
    2018 Yin, Y., Wu, H., Shi, L., Zhang, J., Xu, X., Zhang, H., . . . Sun, H. (2018). Quasi single cobalt sites in nanopores for superior catalytic oxidation of organic pollutants. Environmental Science: Nano, 5(12), 2842-2852.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS22
    2018 Zhang, H., Tian, W., Li, Y., Sun, H., Tadé, M., & 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 Scopus21 WoS14
    2018 Liu, Y., Zhang, H., Ke, J., Zhang, J., Tian, W., Xu, X., . . . Wang, S. (2018). 0D (MoS₂)/2D (g-C₃N₄) heterojunctions in Z-scheme for enhancedphotocatalytic and electrochemical hydrogen evolution. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 228, 64-74.
    DOI Scopus202 WoS183
    2018 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, 176-181.
    DOI Scopus128 WoS118
    2018 Ke, J., Zhou, H., Liu, J., Duan, X., Zhang, H., Liu, S., & Wang, S. (2018). Crystal transformation of 2D tungstic acid H₂WO₄ to WO₃ for enhanced photocatalytic water oxidation. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 514, 576-583.
    DOI Scopus29 WoS29 Europe PMC4
    2018 Song, F., Zhang, H., Wang, S., Liu, L., Tan, X., & Liu, S. (2018). Atomic-level design of CoOH⁺-hydroxyapatite@C catalysts for superfast degradation of organics via peroxymonosulfate activation. Chemical Communications, 54(39), 4919-4922.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS16
    2018 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, 2-9.
    DOI Scopus80 WoS70
    2017 Tian, W., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Tadé, M., & Wang, S. (2017). Template-free synthesis of N-doped carbon with pillared-layered pores as bifunctional materials for supercapacitor and environmental applications. Carbon, 118, 98-105.
    DOI Scopus72 WoS71
    2017 Wang, C., Kang, J., Liang, P., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Tadé, M., & 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 Scopus121 WoS118
    2017 Zhou, L., Zhang, H., Guo, X., Sun, H., Liu, S., Tade, M., & Wang, S. (2017). Metal-free hybrids of graphitic carbon nitride and nanodiamonds for photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic applications. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 493, 275-280.
    DOI Scopus23 WoS19 Europe PMC1
    2017 Liu, R., Li, C., Zhang, H., Xiao, Z., Zhang, A., & Chen, J. (2017). Pilot-scale study of esterification of waste oil for biodiesel production. Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization and Environmental Effects, 39(1), 29-35.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2017 Liu, Y., Xu, J., Wang, L., Zhang, H., Xu, P., Duan, X., . . . Wang, S. (2017). Three-dimensional BiOI/BiOX (X = Cl or Br) nanohybrids for enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity. Nanomaterials, 7(3), 64-1-64-19.
    DOI Scopus36 WoS30 Europe PMC5
    2017 Li, D., Duan, X., Sun, H., Kang, J., Zhang, H., Tade, M., & 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, 649-658.
    DOI Scopus167 WoS159
    2017 Ke, J., Liu, J., Sun, H., Zhang, H., Duan, X., Liang, P., . . . Wang, S. (2017). Facile assembly of Bi₂O₃/Bi₂S₃/MoS₂ n-p heterojunction with layered n-Bi₂O₃ and p-MoS₂ for enhanced photocatalytic water oxidation and pollutant degradation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 200, 47-55.
    DOI Scopus207 WoS208
    2017 Liu, Y., Ding, S., Xu, J., Zhang, H., Yang, S., Duan, X., . . . 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 Scopus40 WoS35
    2017 Ke, J., Duan, X., Luo, S., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Liu, J., . . . Wang, S. (2017). UV-assisted construction of 3D hierarchical rGO/Bi₂MoO₆ composites for enhanced photocatalytic water oxidation. Chemical Engineering Journal, 313, 1447-1453.
    DOI Scopus82 WoS81
    2017 Zhang, S., Zhang, H., Wang, S., Liu, L., & Liu, S. (2017). Singlet oxygen formation in bio-inspired synthesis of a hollow Ag@AgBr photocatalyst for microbial and chemical decontamination. Catalysis Science and Technology, 7(19), 4355-4360.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS10
    2017 Guo, X., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Tade, M. O., & Wang, S. (2017). Green synthesis of carbon quantum dots for sensitized solar cells. Chemphotochem, 1(4), 116-119.
    DOI Scopus31 WoS30
    2016 Tian, W., Zhang, H., Duan, X., Sun, H., Tade, M., Ang, H., & Wang, S. (2016). Nitrogen- and sulfur-codoped hierarchically porous carbon for adsorptive and oxidative removal of pharmaceutical contaminants. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8(11), 7184-7193.
    DOI Scopus139 WoS164 Europe PMC8
    2016 Zhang, H., Tian, W., Guo, X., Zhou, L., Sun, H., Tadé, M., & Wang, S. (2016). Flower-like cobalt hydroxide/oxide on graphitic carbon nitride for visible-light-driven water oxidation. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8(51), 35203-35212.
    DOI Scopus56 WoS53 Europe PMC4
    2016 Tian, W., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Suvorova, A., Saunders, M., Tade, M., & 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.
    DOI Scopus119 WoS116
    2016 Zhou, L., Zhang, H., Sun, H., Liu, S., Tade, M., Wang, S., & Jin, W. (2016). Recent advances in non-metal modification of graphitic carbon nitride for photocatalysis: a historic review. Catalysis Science and Technology, 6(19), 7002-7023.
    DOI Scopus242 WoS224
    2016 Saputra, E., Zhang, H., Liu, Q., Sun, H., & Wang, S. (2016). Egg-shaped core/shell α-Mn₂O₃@α-MnO₂ as heterogeneous catalysts for decomposition of phenolics in aqueous solutions. Chemosphere, 159, 351-358.
    DOI Scopus43 WoS40 Europe PMC6

Dr Huayang Zhang, Prof Shaobin Wang, Prof San Ping Jiang, Shiyong Zhao, Xiaojie Li; Australian Synchrotron Beamtime; Project title: Ex-situ NEXAFS studies of novel electrocatalysts using the high- throughput NEXAFS chamber Source of support: ANSTO/Australian Synchrotron; Round:
2020/1; ID numbers: 15900

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