Dr Tian-Yi Ma

Tian-Yi Ma
Research Fellow
School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

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Dr Tian-Yi Ma

Working in the past 9 years on the rational design, synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials composed of a large variety of components from carbons, metals, metal oxides, organic polymers, metal-organic frameworks to their corresponding composites. Especially aiming at the energy and environment related applications of these nanostructured materials including catalysis, adsorption&separation, and energy conversion&storage. Detailedly investigating several electrocatalytic reactions including oxygen evolution reaction, oxygen reduction reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction, as well as their practical applications in realistic energy devices, with recent effect focused on the design of gas cathode electrocatalysts for metal-O2 batteries and metal-CO2 rechargeable batteries.


Date Citation
2017 Du,X, Zhao,C, Zhou,M, Ma,T, Huang,H, Jaroniec,M, Zhang,X, Qiao,S, 2017, Hollow carbon nanospheres with tunable hierarchical pores for drug, gene, and photothermal synergistic treatment, Small, 13, 6, 1602592-1-1602592-11 10.1002/smll.201602592
2017 Ye,M, Zhao,Z, Hu,Z, Liu,L, Ji,H, Shen,Z, Ma,T, 2017, 0D/2D Heterojunctions of Vanadate Quantum Dots/Graphitic Carbon Nitride Nanosheets for Enhanced Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalysis, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 56, 29, 8407-8411 10.1002/anie.201611127
2017 Su,C, Cheng,H, Li,W, Liu,Z, Li,N, Hou,Z, Bai,F, Zhang,H, Ma,T, 2017, Atomic Modulation of FeCo-Nitrogen-Carbon Bifunctional Oxygen Electrodes for Rechargeable and Flexible All-Solid-State Zinc-Air Battery, Advanced Energy Materials, 7, 13, - 10.1002/aenm.201602420
2017 Ran,J, Gao,G, Li,F, Ma,T, Du,A, Qiao,S, 2017, Ti₃C₂ MXene co-catalyst on metal sulfide photo-absorbers for enhanced visible-light photocatalytic hydrogen production, Nature Communications, 8, 13907-1-13907-10 10.1038/ncomms13907
2017 Meng,C, Ling,T, Ma,T, Wang,H, Hu,Z, Zhou,Y, Mao,J, Du,X, Jaroniec,M, Qiao,S et al, 2017, Atomically and electronically coupled Pt and CoO hybrid nanocatalysts for enhanced electrocatalytic performance, Advanced Materials, 29, 9, 1604607 -1-1604607 -7 10.1002/adma.201604607
2017 Zhu,Y, Ma,T, Jaroniec,M, Qiao,S, 2017, Self-templating synthesis of hollow Co₃O₄ microtube arrays for highly efficient water electrolysis, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 56, 5, 1324-1328 10.1002/anie.201610413
2016 Kuang,P, Zheng,P, Liu,Z, Lei,J, Wu,H, Li,N, Ma,T, 2016, Embedding Au quantum dots in rimous cadmium sulfide nanospheres for enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen evolution, Small, 12, 48, 6735-6744 10.1002/smll.201602870
2016 Liu,Z, Cheng,H, Li,N, Ma,T, Su,Y, 2016, ZnCo₂O₄ quantum dots anchored on nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as reversible oxygen reduction/evolution electrocatalysts, Advanced Materials, 28, 19, 3777-3784 10.1002/adma.201506197
2016 Chen,G, Li,X, Zhang,L, Li,N, Ma,T, Liu,Z, 2016, A porous perchlorate-doped polypyrrole nanocoating on nickel nanotube arrays for stable wide-potential-window supercapacitors, Advanced Materials, 28, 35, 7680-7687 10.1002/adma.201601781
2016 Hassan,H, Jin,B, Dai,S, Ma,T, Saint,C, 2016, Chemical impact of catholytes on Bacillus subtilis-catalysed microbial fuel cell performance for degrading 2,4-dichlorophenol, Chemical Engineering Journal, 301, 103-114 10.1016/j.cej.2016.04.077
2016 Chen,G, Ma,T, Liu,Z, Li,N, Su,Y, Davey,K, Qiao,S, 2016, Efficient and stable bifunctional electrocatalysts Ni/NiᵪMᵧ (M = P, S) for overall water splitting, Advanced Functional Materials, 26, 19, 3314-3323 10.1002/adfm.201505626
2016 Ma,T, Cao,J, Jaroniec,M, Qiao,S, 2016, Interacting carbon nitride and titanium carbide nanosheets for high-performance oxygen evolution, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 55, 3, 1138-1142 10.1002/anie.201509758
2016 Wang,W, Chen,X, Zhang,Y, Yu,J, Ma,T, Lv,Z, Zhang,J, Zeng,F, Zou,H, 2016, Nanodeserts: A Conjecture in Nanotechnology to Enhance Quasi-Photosynthetic CO2 Absorption, International Journal of Polymer Science, 2016, - 10.1155/2016/5027879
2016 Ge,H, Cui,L, Zhang,B, Ma,T, Song,X, 2016, Ag quantum dots promoted Li4Ti5O12/TiO2 nanosheets with ultrahigh reversible capacity and super rate performance for power lithium-ion batteries, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 4, 43, 16886-16895 10.1039/c6ta06874j
2016 Ma,TY, Dai,S, Qiao,SZ, 2016, Self-supported electrocatalysts for advanced energy conversion processes, Materials Today, 19, 5, 265-273 10.1016/j.mattod.2015.10.012
2015 Ran,J, Ma,T, Gao,G, Du,X, Qiao,S, 2015, Porous P-doped graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets for synergistically enhanced visible-light photocatalytic H₂ production, Energy and Environmental Science, 8, 12, 3708-3717 10.1039/c5ee02650d
2015 Ma,T, Ran,J, Dai,S, Jaroniec,M, Qiao,S, 2015, Phosphorus-doped graphitic carbon nitrides grown In situ on carbon-fiber paper: flexible and reversible oxygen electrodes, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 54, 15, 4646-4650 10.1002/anie.201411125
2014 Zhu,Y, Ma,T, Liu,Y, Ren,T, Yuan,Z, 2014, Metal phosphonate hybrid materials: From densely layered to hierarchically nanoporous structures, Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers, 1, 5, 360-383 10.1039/c4qi00011k
2014 Ma,T, Zheng,Y, Dai,S, Jaroniec,M, Qiao,S, 2014, Mesoporous MnCo₂O₄ with abundant oxygen vacancy defects as high-performance oxygen reduction catalysts, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2, 23, 8676-8682 10.1039/c4ta01672f
2014 Zhu,Y, Ma,T, Ren,T, Li,J, Du,G, Yuan,Z, 2014, Highly dispersed photoactive zinc oxide nanoparticles on mesoporous phosphonated titania hybrid, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 156-157, 44-52 10.1016/j.apcatb.2014.03.001
2014 Ma,TY, Zhang,ZY, Cao,JL, Andronic,L, Ma,Y, Liu,L, 2014, Structurally and elementally promoted nanomaterials for photocatalysis, International Journal of Photoenergy, 2014, 356864-1-356864-2 10.1155/2014/356864
2014 Zhu,Y, Ma,T, Ren,T, Yuan,Z, 2014, Mesoporous cerium phosphonate nanostructured hybrid spheres as label-free Hg²⁺ fluorescent probes, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 6, 18, 16344-16351 10.1021/am504554h
2014 Ma,T, Dai,S, Jaroniec,M, Qiao,S, 2014, Graphitic carbon nitride nanosheet-carbon nanotube three-dimensional porous composites as high-performance oxygen evolution electrocatalysts, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 53, 28, 7281-7285 10.1002/anie.201403946
2014 Zhu,Y, Li,J, Ma,T, Liu,Y, Du,G, Yuan,Z, 2014, Sonochemistry-assisted synthesis and optical properties of mesoporous ZnS nanomaterials, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2, 4, 1093-1101 10.1039/c3ta13636a
2014 Ma,T, Dai,S, Jaroniec,M, Qiao,S, 2014, Synthesis of highly active and stable spinel-type oxygen evolution electrocatalysts by a rapid inorganic self-templating method, Chemistry - A European Journal, 20, 39, 12669-12676 10.1002/chem.201403946
2014 Zhu,YP, Ren,TZ, Ma,TY, Yuan,ZY, 2014, Hierarchical structures from inorganic nanocrystal self-assembly for photoenergy utilization, International Journal of Photoenergy, 2014, 498540-1-498540-15 10.1155/2014/498540
2014 Ma,TY, Qiao,SZ, 2014, Acid-base bifunctional periodic mesoporous metal phosphonates for synergistically and heterogeneously catalyzing CO₂ conversion, ACS Catalysis, 4, 11, 3847-3855 10.1021/cs501124d
2014 Ma,T, Tang,Y, Dai,S, Qiao,S, 2014, Proton-functionalized two-dimensional graphitic carbon nitride nanosheet: an excellent metal-/label-free biosensing platform, Small, 10, 12, 2382-2389 10.1002/smll.201303827
2014 Ma,T, Dai,S, Jaroniec,M, Qiao,S, 2014, Metal–organic framework derived hybrid Co₃O₄-carbon porous nanowire arrays as reversible oxygen evolution electrodes, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136, 39, 13925-13931 10.1021/ja5082553
2013 Ren,TZ, Zhu,XH, Ma,TY, Yuan,ZY, 2013, Adsorption of methylene blue from aqueous solution by periodic mesoporous titanium phosphonate materials, Adsorption Science and Technology, 31, 6, 535-548 10.1260/0263-6174.31.6.535
2013 Li,H, Ma,T, De-Ming,K, Zhong-Yong,Y, 2013, Mesoporous phosphonate-TiO₂ nanoparticles for simultaneous bioresponsive sensing and controlled drug release, Analyst, 138, 4, 1084-1090 10.1039/c2an36631b
2013 Ma,T, Liu,L, Yuan,Z, 2013, Direct synthesis of ordered mesoporous carbons, Chemical Society Reviews, 42, 9, 3977-4003 10.1039/c2cs35301f
2012 Ma,TY, Li,H, Ren,TZ, Yuan,ZY, 2012, Mesoporous SrTiO₃ nanowires from a template-free hydrothermal process, RSC Advances, 2, 7, 2790-2796 10.1039/c2ra00823h
2012 Ma,TY, Li,H, Deng,QF, Liu,L, Ren,TZ, Yuan,ZY, 2012, Ordered mesoporous metal-organic frameworks consisting of metal disulfonates, Chemistry of Materials, 24, 12, 2253-2255 10.1021/cm301256r
2011 Zhang,S, Ma,T, Ren,T, Yuan,Z, 2011, Zirconium ribonucleotide surface-functionalized mesoporous SBA-15 materials with high capacity of CO2 capture, Chemical Engineering Journal, 171, 1, 368-372 10.1016/j.cej.2011.04.021
2011 Lin,XZ, Ma,TY, Yuan,ZY, 2011, Titania-silica-phosphonate triconstituent hybrid mesoporous materials as adsorbents in gas and liquid phases, Chemical Engineering Journal, 166, 3, 1144-1151 10.1016/j.cej.2010.11.086
2011 Ma,T, Yuan,Z, 2011, Metal phosphonate hybrid mesostructures: Environmentally friendly multifunctional materials for clean energy and other applications, ChemSusChem, 4, 10, 1407-1419 10.1002/cssc.201100050
2011 Shao,G, Liu,L, Ma,T, Yuan,Z, 2011, Exotemplating synthesis of nitrogen-doped carbon materials with hierarchically porous structure and their application for lysozyme adsorption, Chemical Engineering Journal, 174, 1, 452-460 10.1016/j.cej.2011.08.076
2011 Cao,J, Wang,Y, Ma,T, Liu,Y, Yuan,Z, 2011, Synthesis of porous hematite nanorods loaded with CuO nanocrystals as catalysts for CO oxidation, Journal of Natural Gas Chemistry, 20, 6, 669-676 10.1016/S1003-9953(10)60238-1
2011 Liu,L, Ma,T, Yuan,Z, 2011, Hierarchical meso-macroporous materials and their practical applications, Shiyou Huagong/Petrochemical Technology, 40, 3, 237-246
2011 Liu,L, Deng,Q, Ma,T, Lin,X, Hou,X, Liu,Y, Yuan,Z, 2011, Ordered mesoporous carbons: Citric acid-catalyzed synthesis, nitrogen doping and CO2 capture, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21, 40, 16001-16009 10.1039/c1jm12887f
2011 Ma,T, Liu,L, Deng,Q, Lin,X, Yuan,Z, 2011, Increasing the H+ exchange capacity of porous titanium phosphonate materials by protecting defective P-OH groups, Chemical Communications, 47, 21, 6015-6017 10.1039/c1cc11583a
2011 Ma,T, Lin,X, Zhang,X, Yuan,Z, 2011, Hierarchical mesostructured titanium phosphonates with unusual uniform lines of macropores, Nanoscale, 3, 4, 1690-1696 10.1039/c0nr00841a
2011 Ma,T, Li,H, Tang,A, Yuan,Z, 2011, Ordered, mesoporous metal phosphonate materials with microporous crystalline walls for selective separation techniques, Small, 7, 13, 1827-1837 10.1002/smll.201100389
2010 Ma,T, Ren,T, Yuan,Z, 2010, Synthesis and photocatalytic performance of hierarchical porous titanium phosphonate hybrid materials, Advanced Materials Research, 132, 87-95 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.132.87
2010 Ma,T, Yuan,Z, 2010, Periodic mesoporous titanium phosphonate spheres for high dispersion of CuO nanoparticles, Dalton Transactions, 39, 40, 9570-9578 10.1039/c0dt00179a
2010 Tian-Yi,M, Lin,X, Yuan,Z, 2010, Cubic mesoporous titanium phosphonates with multifunctionality, Chemistry - A European Journal, 16, 28, 8487-8494 10.1002/chem.201000364
2010 Ma,T, Lin,X, Yuan,Z, 2010, Periodic mesoporous titanium phosphonate hybrid materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 20, 35, 7406-7415 10.1039/c0jm01442g
2010 Ma,T, Yuan,Z, 2010, Functionalized periodic mesoporous titanium phosphonate monoliths with large ion exchange capacity, Chemical Communications, 46, 13, 2325-2327 10.1039/b920964f
2010 Shao,G, Liu,L, Ma,T, Wang,F, Ren,T, Yuan,Z, 2010, Synthesis and characterization of carbon-modified titania photocatalysts with a hierarchical meso-/macroporous structure, Chemical Engineering Journal, 160, 1, 370-377 10.1016/j.cej.2010.03.011
2010 Liu,L, Wang,F, Shao,G, Ma,T, Yuan,Z, 2010, Synthesis of ultra-large mesoporous carbons from triblock copolymers and phloroglucinol/formaldehyde polymer, Carbon, 48, 9, 2660-2664 10.1016/j.carbon.2010.03.035
2010 Ma,T, Wei,Y, Ren,T, Liu,L, Guo,Q, Yuan,Z, 2010, Hexagonal mesoporous titanium tetrasulfonates with large conjugated hybrid framework for photoelectric conversion, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2, 12, 3563-3571 10.1021/am100741u
2010 Ma,T, Yuan,Z, 2010, Organic-additive-assisted synthesis of hierarchically meso-/macroporous titanium phosphonates, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2010, 19, 2941-2948 10.1002/ejic.201000204
2010 Ma,T, Lin,X, Zhang,X, Yuan,Z, 2010, High surface area titanium phosphonate materials with hierarchical porosity for multi-phase adsorption, New Journal of Chemistry, 34, 6, 1209-1216 10.1039/b9nj00775j
2010 Ma,TY, Yuan,ZY, Cao,QJL, 2010, Hydrangea-like meso-/macroporous ZnO-CeO₂ binary oxide materials: synthesis, photocatalysis and CO oxidation, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2010, 5, 716-724 10.1002/ejic.200900991
2009 Ma,T, Cao,J, Shao,G, Zhang,X, Yuan,Z, 2009, Hierarchically structured squama-like cerium-doped titania: Synthesis, photoactivity, and catalytic CO oxidation, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 113, 38, 16658-16667 10.1021/jp906187g
2009 Ma,T, Zhang,X, Yuan,Z, 2009, Hierarchically meso-/macroporous titanium tetraphosphonate materials: Synthesis, photocatalytic activity and heavy metal ion adsorption, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 123, 1-3, 234-242 10.1016/j.micromeso.2009.04.009
2009 Cao,J-L, Shao,G-S, Ma,T-Y, Wang,Y, Ren,T-Z, Wu,S-H, Yuan,Z-Y, 2009, Hierarchical meso-macroporous titania-supported CuO nanocatalysts: preparation, characterization and catalytic CO oxidation, Journal of Materials Science, 44, 24, 6717-6726 10.1007/s10853-009-3583-8
2009 Ma,T, Zhang,X, Yuan,Z, 2009, Hierarchical meso-/macroporous aluminum phosphonate hybrid materials as multifunctional adsorbents, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 113, 29, 12854-12862 10.1021/jp903412m
2008 Zhang,XJ, Ma,TY, Yuan,ZY, 2008, Nanostructured titania-diphosphonate hybrid materials with a porous hierarchy, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 2008, 17, 2721-2726 10.1002/ejic.200701368
2008 Zhang,X, Ma,T, Yuan,Z, 2008, Titania-phosphonate hybrid porous materials: Preparation, photocatalytic activity and heavy metal ion adsorption, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 18, 17, 2003-2010 10.1039/b717060b
2008 Ma,T-Y, Zhang,X-J, Shao,G-S, Cao,J-L, Yuan,Z-Y, 2008, Ordered macroporous titanium phosphonate materials: Synthesis, photocatalytic activity, and heavy metal ion adsorption, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112, 8, 3090-3096 10.1021/jp710636x
2008 Zhang,X, Ma,T, Yuan,Z, 2008, Synthesis of hierarchically meso-/macroporous titanium tetraphosphonate materials with large adsorption capacity of heavy metal ions, Chemistry Letters, 37, 7, 746-747 10.1246/cl.2008.746

Conference Papers

Date Citation
2010 Ma,T, Yuan,Z, 2010, Gold and CuO nanocatalysts supported on hierarchical structured Ce-doped titanias for low temperature CO oxidation, 10th International Symposium on the Scientific Bases for the Preparation of Heterogeneous Catalysts, Univ Catholique Louvain (UCL), Louvain la Neuve, BELGIUM 10.1016/S0167-2991(10)75112-0
2010 Ma,T, Lin,X, Yuan,Z, 2010, Hierarchical meso-/macroporous phosphated and phosphonated titania nanocomposite materials with high photocatalytic activity, 10th International Symposium on the Scientific Bases for the Preparation of Heterogeneous Catalysts, Univ Catholique Louvain (UCL), Louvain la Neuve, BELGIUM 10.1016/S0167-2991(10)75111-9
2009 Shao,G, Ma,T, Zhang,X, Ren,T, Yuan,Z, 2009, Phosphorus and nitrogen co-doped titania photocatalysts with a hierarchical meso-/macroporous structure, 6th International Mesostructured Materials Symposium, Namur, BELGIUM 10.1007/s10853-009-3628-z
2009 Ma,T, Zhang,X, Yuan,Z, 2009, High selectivity for metal ion adsorption: From mesoporous phosphonated titanias to meso-/macroporous titanium phosphonates, 6th International Mesostructured Materials Symposium, Namur, BELGIUM 10.1007/s10853-009-3576-7

2015 – 2017   ARC DECRA project, DE150101306, Porous Metal Phosphonate Ion Exchange Membranes for Redox Flow Batteries, $365,000 AUD, sole chief investigator (CI). Complemented by $35,000 AUD from the University of Adelaide.

2016 – 2018   ARC Linkage project, LP160100927, Reinforcement of Rubber Products using Nanostructured Carbon Materials, $700,000 AUD ($300,000 AUD from ARC and $400,000 AUD from industrial partner ), second CI (2 CIs in all).

Topic lecturer in Research Practice, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Australia.

Supervising 2-3 undergraduate students each year for their research projects, with 4 completion up to now; co-supervising 1 master student and 4 PhD students.

Research Fellow
North Terrace
Engineering North
Room Number
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Org Unit
School of Chemical Engineering