Yao Zheng

Associate Professor Yao Zheng

Associate Professor

School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


oxygen reduction reaction, hydrogen evolution reaction, electrocatalysis

My research focuses on fundamental studies of some key electrocatalysis processes by combining experiments and theoretical computations. I am also developing advanced electrocatalysts for energy conversion processes like hydrogen evolution reaction, CO2 reduction reaction, and nitrogen reduction reaction at ambient conditions.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2021 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2021 - 2024 ARC Future Fellowship University of Adelaide
    2020 - 2021 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2019 Senior Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2018 DECRA Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2014 - 2015 Postdoc Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 University of Queensland Australia PhD in Chemical Engineering
    2009 Nanjing University of Technology China ME in in Chemical Engineering
    2006 Nanjing University of Technology China BE in in Chemical Engineering

ARC Future Fellowship, FT200100062, Yao Zheng, Electrocatalytic Refinery for Fuels and Chemicals, $800,000.

ARC Discovery Project, DP190103472, Yan Jiao, Yao Zheng, Shaojun Guo, Egill Skulason, Yihan Zhu, Catalysts for Hydrogen-free Ammonia Production by Electrochemical Method. $350,000.

ARC DECRA Fellowship, DE160101163, Yao Zheng, Design of Nanostructured Electrocatalysts for Water Splitting, $365,000.

ARC Discovery Project, DP170104464, Yao Zheng, Jiaguo Yu, Design of Photocatalysts for Solar Hydrogen Production, $410,500.

ARC LIEF, LE210100153, Integrated In situ Characterisation Facilities for Energy Studies, $497,264.

ARC LIEF, LE210100109, Raman Spectroscopic System for In-Operando Electrochemical Studies, $240,000.

2016 Semester 1, Lecture Research Practice_3610_CHEM_ENG_4056

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Principal Supervisor Design New Materials and Novel Adjusting Strategies for High-Performance Aqueous Sodium and Potassium Ion Batteries Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Yunling Jiang
    2021 Co-Supervisor Design of Nanostructured Electrocatalysts for Facile C-N Coupling by Molecular Modeling Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ling Chen
    2020 Principal Supervisor Nanostructured Electrocatalysts for Overall Water Splitting/CO2 reduction reaction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Min Zheng
    2018 Principal Supervisor Nano materials for catalysts Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xianlong Zhou
    2017 Co-Supervisor Carbon / Transition Metal Sulfides for Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Laiquan Li
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Noble Metal Catalysts for Electrocatalytic Water Splitting in Acidic Environments Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Jieqiong Shan
    2017 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Reinforcement of Natural Rubber using Nanostructured Carbon Materials Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Yang Shi
    2017 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Design and Mechanism Study of Electrocatalysts for Alkaline Hydrogen Evolution Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Xuesi Wang
    2017 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Directing Selectivity of Carbon Dioxide Reduction Reaction via Heteroatom Doping Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Xing Zhi
    2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Designing Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials for Electrocatalytic Clean Energy Conversion Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Huanyu Jin
    2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Copper and Copper Alloy Electrocatalysts for the Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Fuels Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Anthony Joseph Vasileff
    2015 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Fabrication of Carbon-based Nanomaterial for Energy Conversion Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Bita Bayatsarmadi
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83135981
  • Email: yao.zheng01@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering Annex, floor 2
  • Room: 2 03
  • Org Unit: School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

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