Role in the Centre
The core of Jingsan Xu’s research lies in developing new materials based on chemistry principles and techniques like self-assembly and coordination chemistry. These materials are used for harvesting solar energy and other environmental applications. Jingsan is particularly interested in developing efficient and low-cost photocatalysts, such as the unique metal-free semiconductor carbon nitride, for converting carbon dioxide to chemical fuels such as methane and ethanol, which are easier for storage and transport compared to solar energy. Jingsan’s team is focused on: researching and designing new photocatalysts based on the principles of materials chemistry; modifying these photocatalysts by a variety of chemical approaches such as changing the nanostructures; and optimising the efficiency and selectivity of the solar-to-fuel conversion, producing the right chemicals at a higher rate. Jingsan’s team has developed a deep understanding of photochemical processes, including how carbon dioxide molecules move and are absorbed, how light illumination impacts electron transfer, and how exact catalytic sites create photochemical reactions.
Jingsan obtained his Bachelor of Science from Jilin University China in 2008 and his PhD from Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2013. He spent one year at University of California Berkley as a visiting student in the group of Professor Ali Javey for semiconductors growth and solar cells fabrication. He then moved to Germany as a postdoctoral researcher working under the supervision of Professor Markus Antonietti at Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, where Jingsan’s research focused on the growth of graphitic carbon nitride thin films and fabrication of optoelectronic devices. Jingsan joined QUT as a Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow in March 2016. He is now an Associate Professor at QUT’s School of Chemistry and Physics and his current research interest focuses on materials chemistry and interface, photocatalysis and energy conversion, as well as fluorescent materials.
“Crystal Transformation from the Incorporation of Coordinate Bonds into a Hydrogen-Bonded Network Yields Robust Free-Standing Supramolecular Membranes” Meng, P.; Brock, A.; Xu, Y.; Han, C.; Chen, S.; Yan, C.; McMurtrie, J.; Xu, J. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142(1), 479-486.
“Palladium/Graphitic Carbon Nitride Stabilized Emulsion Microreactor as a Store for Hydrogen from Ammonia Borane for Use in Alkene Hydrogenation” Han, C.; Meng, P.; Waclawik, E. R.; Zhang, C.; Li, X.H.; Yang, H.; Antonietti, M.; Xu, J. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 14857-14861.
“The Performance of Nanoparticulate Graphitic Carbon Nitride as an Amphiphile” Xu, J.; Antonietti, M. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139(17), 6026-6029.
“From Millimeter to Subnanometer: Vapor-Solid Deposition of Carbon Nitride Hierarchical Nanostructures Directed by Supramolecular Assembly” Xu, J.; Wang, H; Zhang, C.; Cao, S.; Yu, J.; Shalom, M. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56(29), 8426-8430.
“Liquid-based growth of polymeric carbon nitride layers and their use in a mesostructured polymer solar cell with Voc exceeding 1 V” Xu, J.; Brenner, T.; Neher, D.; Antonietti, M.; Shalom, M. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136(39), 13486-13489.