Role in the Centre
Associate Professor Yunfei Xi’s expertise and experience are predominantly in structures and properties of minerals, particularly clays and clay minerals. He has benefited significantly from his multidisciplinary education background and experience (e.g., B.E. – polymers; M.E. – applied chemistry, with organic chemistry training; PhD – clay minerals and materials chemistry; and Postdoc–environmental remediation, IR and Raman spectroscopy). This unique experience has helped build his exceptional understanding of closely related disciplines and to link closely with collaborators in different fields through the Centre for Materials Science and Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices at QUT. While his major research activity has been fundamentally focused on clay minerals and materials science, he has directed this know-how towards application to global issues such as environmental remediation (heavy metals and organic molecules in water, gases-volatile organic compounds), effective building materials and energy efficiency, as well as hydrogen storage and water vapour capture. He also leads an international collaborative team in a Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences Collaborative Project.
A/Prof. Yunfei Xi received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1998 at Tianjin University, Master’s degree in Applied Chemistry at Nankai University in 2002 and PhD degree at the Queensland University of Technology in 2007. He is a guest professor at the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
His research focus has been on minerals, particularly clay minerals’ structure and properties, development of their functionality and applications of mineral-based new materials. This research area is important and promising as we are able to provide practical and environmentally benign solutions to hot issues in environmental science and materials science. While these areas continue to be his interest, in recent years, he has also extended his focus towards building products, energy and agriculture, while developing consumer products at an affordable cost. His expertise is mainly on industrial minerals, clay minerals, functional materials, environmental contaminants remediation and spectroscopy. He also works as a committee member/the QLD representative at the Australian Clay Minerals Society. Since 2004, he has published/co-published more than 200 international journal articles, which has been highly cited for more than 7960 times. According to Google Scholar, he has an H-index of 44, i10-index of 126.
“Adsorption of phenol and Cu(II) onto cationic and zwitterionic surfactant modified montmorillonite in single and binary system” Ma, L.; Chen, Q.; Zhu, J.; Xi, Y.; He, H.; Zhu, R.; Tao, Q.; Ayoko, G.A. Chem. Eng. J. 2016, 283, 880-888.
“Heterogeneous photo-Fenton degradation of bisphenol A over Ag/AgCl/ferrihydrite catalysts under visible light” Zhu, Y.; Zhu, R.; Xi, Y.; Xu, T.; Yan, L.; Zhu, J.; Zhu G.; He, H. Chem. Eng. J. 2018, 346, 567–577.
“Visible-light Ag/AgBr/ferrihydrite catalyst with enhanced heterogeneous photo-Fenton reactivity via electron transfer from Ag/AgBr to ferrihydrite” Zhu, Y.; Zhu, R.; Yan, L.; Fu, H.; Xi, Y.; Zhou, H.; Zhu, G.; Zhu, J.; He, H. Appl. Cata. B. 2018, 239, 280–289.
“Highly stable hierarchical porous nanosheet composite phase change materials for thermal energy storage” Zuo, X.; Yan, Z.; Hou, K.; Yang, H.; Xi, Y. Appl. Therm. Eng. 2019, 163, 114417.
“Diatomite-Metal-Organic Framework Composite with Hierarchical Pore Structures for Adsorption/Desorption of Hydrogen, Carbon Dioxide and Water Vapor” Wang, G.; Graham, E.; Zheng S.; Zhu, J.; Zhu, R.; He, H.; Sun, Z.; Mackinnon, I.D.R.; Xi, Y. Materials 2020, 13, 4700.