• Room LG.439 - David Keir Building

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

1991 …2023

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Research Interests

We are interested in developing innovative functional materials and technologies for energy conversion and utilisation, environmental protection and healthcare. In particular, these activities include the Synthesis or functionalisation of materials such as MOFs, activated carbon, zeolites, metal oxides, porous organic polymers, and none- metal/metal catalysts; Characterisation of material structures and properties; Removal of aqueous heavy metal cations, VOC organic pollutants, and gas pollutants  (NOx and SOx etc); Hydrogen and methane storage; Carbon dioxide capture/conversion; Pharmaceutical active ingrdients (API) delivery for therapies (bioactive molecules such as nitric oxide); Gas adsorption/separation/purification; Antimicrobial function of biomaterials; Pickering emulsification; Multiple phase reaction; FT catalyst and syngas conversion; coal and coke processing; development of novel technologies for GHG (methane) removal from the atmosphere through photolysis.    

We are interested in establishing extensive national/international research partnerships with academic individuals, research groups/institutes or industries. We love to discuss ideas or concepts that you have related to our research or initiating new research, which includes funding co-application, any research support through collaboration, and technical consulting services. 


Our research has been supported by EPSRC etc. Research findings have been published in high impact journals such as Science, Nature Chemistry, Journal of the Amercian Chemical Society, ACS Catalysis, Chemistry of Materials, Applied Energy, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Chemical Communications, LangmuirPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, Chemical Engineering Journal. (h-index: 23 and citation: 5778,  https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=-XRISTAAAAAJ&hl=en). We have been invited to disseminate our results at national/international conferences, workshops, and academic seminars. Students won the prizes at national conferences.



If you are interested in studying for the PhD/MPhil degree in my group or working as a visiting researcher/PhD supported by the CSC or other funding bodies, looking for collaboration for research and research grant application or other supports, or you expect to know more details about our research, please directly discuss with me by sending an email to b.xiao@qub.ac.uk or come to my office (DKB/LG 439).

In recent years we have attracted national/international researchers coming from different academic and culture backgrounds working in my group as MEng/MPhil/PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and visiting professors.    



I have been teaching/taught modules as below,

  • Mathematics for Chemist and Engineer
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Mass and Heat Transfer (module coordinator)
  • Reaction Engineering
  • biochemical engineering
  • Chemical Engineering Design
  • Research Project for MEng degree in Chemical Engineering (module coordinator) 

also, engage in the UCS open days and various recruitement events, act as year head, advisor of studies, and personal tutor.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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