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Dr Xiaoguang Duan

Xiaoguang Duan
Research Fellow
School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Dr. Duan obtained his PhD from Curtin University in 2016 and he is currently a Research Fellow at School of Chemical Engineering, ECMS of UoA. His research areas focus on environmental science and technology, green catalysis, and nanomaterials.

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Dr Xiaoguang Duan

Dr. Duan obtained his PhD from Curtin University in 2016 and he is currently a Research Fellow at School of Chemical Engineering, ECMS of UoA. His research areas focus on environmental science and technology, green catalysis, and nanomaterials.

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

Dr. Duan has been dedicated to seeking feasible applications of nanomaterials in environmental remediation and facilitating mechanistic insights into carbocatalysis with advanced protocols

His research areas include:
• Heterogeneous and green catalysis
• Environmental remediation and advanced oxidation
• Development of functional materials and nanotechnology
• Solar-energy utilization
• Theoretical calculations


Date Position Institution name
2018 Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
2016 - 2018 Postdoctoral Research Associate Curtin University

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
2018 Award ACS Catalysis Early Career Researcher Award American Chemical Society United States
2018 Award The Australian Research Early Career Leaderboard The Australian (Press) Australia
2016 Recognition Materials Horizons Community Board The Royal Society of Chemistry United Kingdom
2016 Award Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad Chinese Scholarship Council China
2016 Award Chancellor‘’s Commendation for Outstanding Graduates Curtin University Australia


Date Institution name Country Title
2013 - 2016 Curtin University Australia PhD
2008 - 2012 China University of Petroluem China Bachelor

Research Interests


Year Citation
2019 Wang, Y., Cao, H., Chen, C., Xie, Y., Sun, H., Duan, X., & Wang, S. (2019). Metal-free catalytic ozonation on surface-engineered graphene: Microwave reduction and heteroatom doping. Chemical Engineering Journal, 355, 118-129.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2019 Miao, J., Duan, X., Li, J., Dai, J., Liu, B., Wang, S., . . . Shao, Z. (2019). Boosting performance of lanthanide magnetism perovskite for advanced oxidation through lattice doping with catalytically inert element. Chemical Engineering Journal, 355, 721-730.
DOI Scopus1
2019 Shao, P., Tian, J., Duan, X., Yang, Y., Shi, W., Luo, X., . . . Wang, S. (2019). Cobalt silicate hydroxide nanosheets in hierarchical hollow architecture with maximized cobalt active site for catalytic oxidation. Chemical Engineering Journal, 359, 79-87.
2019 Zhou, H., Wen, Z., Liu, J., Ke, J., Duan, X., & Wang, S. (2019). Z-scheme plasmonic Ag decorated WO₃/Bi₂WO₆ hybrids for enhanced photocatalytic abatement of chlorinated-VOCs under solar light irradiation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 242, 76-84.
DOI Scopus1
2018 Zhu, M., Miao, J., Duan, X., Guan, D., Zhong, Y., Wang, S., . . . Shao, Z. (2018). Postsynthesis Growth of CoOOH Nanostructure on SrCo₀·₆Ti₀·₄O₃⁻δ Perovskite Surface for Enhanced Degradation of Aqueous Organic Contaminants. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 6(11), 15737-15748.
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.
2018 Zhu, M., Miao, J., Duan, X., Guan, D., Zhong, Y., Wang, S., . . . Shao, Z. (2018). Postsynthesis Growth of CoOOH Nanostructure on SrCo0.6Ti0.4O3-delta Perovskite Surface for Enhanced Degradation of Aqueous Organic Contaminants. ACS SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY & ENGINEERING, 6(11), 15737-15748.
2018 Kang, J., Zhou, L., Duan, X., Sun, H., & Wang, S. (2018). Catalytic degradation of antibiotics by metal-free catalysis over nitrogen-doped graphene. Catalysis Today.
2018 Li, J., Miao, J., Duan, X., Dai, J., Liu, Q., Wang, S., . . . Shao, Z. (2018). Fine-Tuning Surface Properties of Perovskites via Nanocompositing with Inert Oxide toward Developing Superior Catalysts for Advanced Oxidation. Advanced Functional Materials, 28(44).
2018 Li, H., Tian, J., Zhu, Z., Cui, F., Zhu, Y., Duan, X., & Wang, S. (2018). Magnetic nitrogen-doped nanocarbons for enhanced metal-free catalytic oxidation: Integrated experimental and theoretical investigations for mechanism and application. Chemical Engineering Journal, 354, 507-516.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1
2018 Duan, X., Sun, H., Tade, M., & Wang, S. (2018). Metal-free activation of persulfate by cubic mesoporous carbons for catalytic oxidation via radical and nonradical processes. Catalysis Today, 307, 140-146.
DOI Scopus12 WoS11
2018 Duan, X., Su, C., Miao, J., Zhong, Y., Shao, Z., Wang, S., & Sun, H. (2018). Insights into perovskite-catalyzed peroxymonosulfate activation: Maneuverable cobalt sites for promoted evolution of sulfate radicals. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 220, 626-634.
DOI Scopus26 WoS15
2018 Zhu, S., Huang, X., Ma, F., Wang, L., Duan, X., & Wang, S. (2018). Catalytic removal of aqueous contaminants on N-doped graphitic biochars: inherent roles of adsorption and nonradical mechanism. Environmental Science and Technology, 52(15), 8649-8658.
DOI Scopus6 WoS3
2018 Nie, C., Ao, Z., Duan, X., Wang, C., Wang, S., & An, T. (2018). Degradation of aniline by electrochemical activation of peroxydisulfate at MWCNT cathode: The proofed concept of nonradical oxidation process. Chemosphere, 206, 432-438.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
2018 Chu, Y., Tan, X., Shen, Z., Liu, P., Han, N., Kang, J., . . . Liu, S. (2018). Efficient removal of organic and bacterial pollutants by Ag-La0.8Ca0.2Fe0.94O3-delta perovskite via catalytic peroxymonosulfate activation. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 356, 53-60.
DOI Scopus2 WoS1
2018 Abid, H., Rada, Z., Duan, X., Sun, H., & Wang, S. (2018). Enhanced CO₂ adsorption and selectivity of CO₂ /N₂ on amino-MIL-53(Al) synthesized by polar co-solvents. Energy and Fuels, 32(4), 4502-4510.
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2018 Duan, X., Sun, H., & Wang, S. (2018). Metal-free carbocatalysis in advanced oxidation reactions. Accounts of Chemical Research, 51(3), 678-687.
DOI Scopus27 WoS18
2018 Wang, Y., Cao, H., Chen, L., Chen, C., Duan, X., Xie, Y., . . . Wang, S. (2018). Tailored synthesis of active reduced graphene oxides from waste graphite: Structural defects and pollutant-dependent reactive radicals in aqueous organics decontamination. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 229, 71-80.
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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 Scopus26 WoS20
2018 Miao, J., Sunarso, J., Duan, X., Zhou, W., Wang, S., & Shao, Z. (2018). Nanostructured Co-Mn containing perovskites for degradation of pollutants: Insight into the activity and stability. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 349, 177-185.
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2018 Shao, P., Tian, J., Yang, F., Duan, X., Gao, S., Shi, W., . . . Wang, S. (2018). Identification and Regulation of Active Sites on Nanodiamonds: Establishing a Highly Efficient Catalytic System for Oxidation of Organic Contaminants. Advanced Functional Materials, 28(13), 8 pages.
DOI Scopus17 WoS9
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 Scopus11 WoS10
2018 Ke, J., Zhou, H., Liu, J., Duan, X., Zhang, H., Liu, S., & Wang, S. (2018). Crystal transformation of 2D tungstic acid H<inf>2</inf>WO<inf>4</inf>to WO<inf>3</inf>for enhanced photocatalytic water oxidation. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 514, 576-583.
DOI Scopus7 WoS4
2018 Duan, X., Sun, H., Shao, Z., & Wang, S. (2018). Nonradical reactions in environmental remediation processes: uncertainty and challenges. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 224, 973-982.
DOI Scopus29 WoS23
2018 Kang, J., Duan, X., Wang, C., Sun, H., Tan, X., Tade, M., & Wang, S. (2018). Nitrogen-doped bamboo-like carbon nanotubes with Ni encapsulation for persulfate activation to remove emerging contaminants with excellent catalytic stability. Chemical Engineering Journal, 332, 398-408.
DOI Scopus17 WoS17
2017 Duan, X., & Wang, S. (2017). Heterogeneous catalysis for environmental remediation. Catalysts, 7(8), 3 pages.
2017 Jia, Z., Duan, X., Qin, P., Zhang, W., Wang, W., Yang, C., . . . Zhang, L. (2017). Disordered atomic packing structure of metallic glass: toward ultrafast hydroxyl radicals production rate and strong electron transfer ability in catalytic performance. Advanced Functional Materials, 27(38), 1702258-1-1702258-9.
DOI Scopus27 WoS18
2017 Duan, X., Sun, H., & Wang, S. (2017). Comment on "activation of Persulfate by Graphitized Nanodiamonds for Removal of Organic Compounds". Environmental Science and Technology, 51(9), 5351-5352.
DOI Scopus7 WoS6 Europe PMC1
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 Scopus8 WoS6 Europe PMC3
2017 Liang, P., Zhang, C., Duan, X., Sun, H., Liu, S., Tade, M., & Wang, S. (2017). N-doped graphene from metal-organic frameworks for catalytic oxidation of p-hydroxylbenzoic acid: N-functionality and mechanism. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 5(3), 2693-2701.
DOI Scopus28 WoS23
2017 Liang, P., Zhang, C., Duan, X., Sun, H., Liu, S., Tade, M., & Wang, S. (2017). An insight into metal organic framework derived N-doped graphene for the oxidative degradation of persistent contaminants: formation mechanism and generation of singlet oxygen from peroxymonosulfate. Environmental Science: Nano, 4(2), 315-324.
DOI Scopus44 WoS40
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 Scopus40 WoS33
2017 Shao, P., Duan, X., Xu, J., Tian, J., Shi, W., Gao, S., . . . Wang, S. (2017). Heterogeneous activation of peroxymonosulfate by amorphous boron for degradation of bisphenol S. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 322(B), 532-539.
DOI Scopus28 WoS25 Europe PMC2
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 Scopus77 WoS69
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.
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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 Scopus28 WoS23
2017 Saputra, E., Duan, X., Armedi Pinem, J., Bahri, S., & Wang, S. (2017). Shape-controlled Co3O4 catalysts for advanced oxidation of phenoliccontaminants in aqueous solutions. Separation and Purification Technology, 186, 213-217.
DOI Scopus5 WoS4
2017 Liu, J., Ke, J., Li, D., Sun, H., Liang, P., Duan, X., . . . Wang, S. (2017). Oxygen vacancies in shape controlled Cu₂O/reduced graphene oxide/In₂O₃ hybrid for promoted photocatalytic water oxidation and degradation of environmental pollutants. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9(13), 11678-11688.
DOI Scopus26 WoS24 Europe PMC3
2017 Su, C., Duan, X., Miao, J., Zhong, Y., Zhou, W., Wang, S., & Shao, Z. (2017). Mixed conducting perovskite materials as superior catalysts for fast aqueous-phase advanced oxidation: a mechanistic study. ACS Catalysis, 7(1), 388-397.
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2017 Wang, Y., Xie, Y., Chen, C., Duan, X., Sun, H., & Wang, S. (2017). Synthesis of magnetic carbon supported manganese catalysts for phenol oxidation by activation of peroxymonosulfate. Catalysts, 7(1), 17 pages.
DOI Scopus1 WoS2
2016 Wang, Y., Ao, Z., Sun, H., Duan, X., & Wang, S. (2016). Activation of peroxymonosulfate by carbonaceous oxygen groups: experimental and density functional theory calculations. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 198, 295-302.
DOI Scopus44 WoS38
2016 Duan, X., Ao, Z., Zhou, L., Sun, H., Wang, G., & Wang, S. (2016). Occurrence of radical and nonradical pathways from carbocatalysts for aqueous and nonaqueous catalytic oxidation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 188, 98-105.
DOI Scopus83 WoS77
2016 Kang, J., Duan, X., Zhou, L., Sun, H., Tadé, M., & Wang, S. (2016). Carbocatalytic activation of persulfate for removal of antibiotics in water solutions. Chemical Engineering Journal, 288, 399-405.
DOI Scopus48 WoS43
2016 Jia, Z., Duan, X., Zhang, W., Wang, W., Sun, H., Wang, S., & Zhang, L. (2016). Ultra-sustainable Fe₇₈Si₉B₁₃ metallic glass as a catalyst for activation of persulfate on methylene blue degradation under UV-Vis light. Scientific Reports, 6(1), 38520-1-38520-10.
DOI Scopus25 WoS17 Europe PMC1
2016 Liu, Q., Duan, X., Sun, H., Wang, Y., Tade, M., & Wang, S. (2016). Size-tailored porous spheres of manganese oxides for catalytic oxidation via peroxymonosulfate activation. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 120(30), 16871-16878.
DOI Scopus20 WoS17
2016 Duan, X., Sun, H., Ao, Z., Zhou, L., Wang, G., & Wang, S. (2016). Unveiling the active sites of graphene-catalyzed peroxymonosulfate activation. Carbon, 107, 371-378.
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2016 Duan, X., Su, C., Zhou, L., Sun, H., Suvorova, A., Odedairo, T., . . . Wang, S. (2016). Surface controlled generation of reactive radicals from persulfate by carbocatalysis on nanodiamonds. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 194, 7-15.
DOI Scopus67 WoS64
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 Scopus52 WoS47 Europe PMC2
2016 Duan, X., Ao, Z., Li, D., Sun, H., Zhou, L., Suvorova, A., . . . Wang, S. (2016). Surface-tailored nanodiamonds as excellent metal-free catalysts for organic oxidation. Carbon, 103, 404-411.
DOI Scopus39 WoS38
2016 Su, C., Tandiana, R., Tian, B., Sengupta, A., Tang, W., Su, J., & Loh, K. P. (2016). Visible-Light Photocatalysis of Aerobic Oxidation Reactions Using Carbazolic Conjugated Microporous Polymers. ACS CATALYSIS, 6(6), 3594-3599.
2015 Duan, X., Ao, Z., Sun, H., Zhou, L., Wang, G., & Wang, S. (2015). Insights into N-doping in single-walled carbon nanotubes for enhanced activation of superoxides: a mechanistic study. Chemical Communications, 51(83), 15249-15252.
DOI Scopus69 WoS66 Europe PMC5
2015 Duan, X., Indrawirawan, S., Sun, H., & Wang, S. (2015). Effects of nitrogen-, boron-, and phosphorus-doping or codoping on metal-free graphene catalysis. Catalysis Today, 249, 184-191.
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2015 Duan, X., Sun, H., Kang, J., Wang, Y., Indrawirawan, S., & Wang, S. (2015). Insights into heterogeneous catalysis of persulfate activation on dimensional-structured nanocarbons. ACS Catalysis, 5(8), 4629-4636.
DOI Scopus127 WoS114
2015 Wang, Y., Sun, H., Duan, X., Ang, H., Tadé, M., & Wang, S. (2015). A new magnetic nano zero-valent iron encapsulated in carbon spheres for oxidative degradation of phenol. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 172-173, 73-81.
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2015 Duan, X., O'Donnell, K., Sun, H., Wang, Y., & Wang, S. (2015). Sulfur and nitrogen co-doped graphene for metal-free catalytic oxidation reactions. Small, 11(25), 3036-3044.
DOI Scopus143 WoS134 Europe PMC15
2015 Wang, Y., Zhou, L., Duan, X., Sun, H., Tin, E., Jin, W., & Wang, S. (2015). Photochemical degradation of phenol solutions on Co3O4 nanorods with sulfate radicals. Catalysis Today, 258, 576-584.
DOI Scopus27 WoS25
2015 Ai, B., Duan, X., Sun, H., Qiu, X., & Wang, S. (2015). Metal-free graphene-carbon nitride hybrids for photodegradation of organic pollutants in water. Catalysis Today, 258(2), 668-675.
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2015 He, J., Sun, H., Indrawirawan, S., Duan, X., Tade, M., & Wang, S. (2015). Novel polyoxometalate@g-C₃N₄ hybrid photocatalysts for degradation of dyes and phenolics. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 456, 15-21.
DOI Scopus25 WoS24 Europe PMC6
2015 Indrawirawan, S., Sun, H., Duan, X., & Wang, S. (2015). Nanocarbons in different structural dimensions (0-3D) for phenol adsorption and metal-free catalytic oxidation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 179, 352-362.
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2015 Duan, X., Ao, Z., Sun, H., Indrawirawan, S., Wang, Y., Kang, J., . . . Wang, S. (2015). Nitrogen-doped graphene for generation and evolution of reactive radicals by metal-free catalysis. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 7(7), 4169-4178.
DOI Scopus157 WoS153 Europe PMC20
2015 Indrawirawan, S., Sun, H., Duan, X., & Wang, S. (2015). Low temperature combustion synthesis of nitrogen-doped graphene for metal-free catalytic oxidation. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3(7), 3432-3440.
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2015 Duan, X., Sun, H., Wang, Y., Kang, J., & Wang, S. (2015). N-doping-induced nonradical reaction on single-walled carbon nanotubes for catalytic phenol oxidation. ACS Catalysis, 5(2), 553-559.
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2015 Wang, Y., Indrawirawan, S., Duan, X., Sun, H., Ang, H., Tadé, M., & Wang, S. (2015). New insights into heterogeneous generation and evolution processes of sulfate radicals for phenol degradation over one-dimensional α-MnO₂ nanostructures. Chemical Engineering Journal, 266, 12-20.
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