• Room LG.439 - David Keir Building David Keir

    United Kingdom

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1991 …2019
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Research Interests

We are interested in developing innovative funational materials and exploring the material applications for energy utilisation, environmental protection and healthcare. In particular, these include synthesis or functionalisation of materials such as MOFs, activated carbon, zeolites, metal oxides, porous organic polymers and metal catalysts; characterisation of material structures and properties; removal of aqueous heavy metal cations and organic pollutants; hydrogen and mechane storage; carbon dioxide adsorption; medicine storge and release for therapies (bioactive molecules such as nitric oxide); gas adsorption/separation; antimicrobial function of biomaterials; Pickering emulsification; multiple phase reactuion; FT catalyst and syngas conversion; coal and coke processing.     


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. h-index: 19 and citation:4280 (Google Scholar: 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 contact me by sending an email to b.xiao@qub.ac.uk or come to my office (DKB/LG 439) to have a discussion.

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


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Nitric Oxide Chemical Compounds
Metals Chemical Compounds
Zeolites Chemical Compounds
Organic polymers Chemical Compounds
Adsorption Engineering & Materials Science
Carbon Dioxide Chemical Compounds
Gas adsorption Chemical Compounds
Carbon dioxide Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2015 2017

Research Output 1991 2019

Effect of swing on removing CO2 from offshore natural gas by adsorption

Chen, S., Tian, M., Tao, Z., Fu, Y., Wang, Y., Liu, Y. & Xiao, B., 21 Sep 2019, In : Chemical Engineering Journal.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Natural gas
Gas mixtures

Porous Polymeric Materials for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) Delivery

Chen, H-J. & Xiao, B., 20 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

UV-Light Triggering Bioactive Nitric Oxide Release from Amine-Functionalised Polymers

Qiu, Y., Xie, T. & Xiao, B., 20 Jun 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Antimicrobial Nitric Oxide (NO) Delivery by Porous Organic Polymers

Fu, W., He, S. & Xiao, B., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

5 Citations (Scopus)

Ethyne Reducing Metal-Organic Frameworks to Control Fabrications of Core/shell Nanoparticles as Catalysts

Zhang, C., Guo, X., Yuan, Q., Zhang, R., Chang, Q., Li, K., Xiao, B., Liu, S., Ma, C., Liu, X., Xu, Y., Wen, X., Yang, Y. & Li, Y., 20 Jun 2018, In : ACS Catalysis. 8, 8, p. 7120-7130 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


1st Best Poster

Su He (Recipient), Rene-Ponce Nze (Recipient), Aida, Binti Yuhaznel Aida (Recipient) & Bo Xiao (Recipient), 24 Jun 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Nitric Oxide
Ultraviolet Rays

Enterprise Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Bo Xiao (Recipient), 2008

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

Bo Xiao (Recipient), 24 Jun 2015

Prize: National/international honour

Scholarship of China Scholarship Council

Bo Xiao (Recipient), 1998

Prize: National/international honour

The Derek Ezra Award 2004

Bo Xiao (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

House of Lords

Activities 1997 2019

Review of NUI Travelling Studentships

Bo Xiao (Examiner)
09 May 2019

Activity: Examination typesOther examination

Nigel Patterson

Bo Xiao (Host)
18 Jun 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Advanced Functional Materials (Journal)

Bo Xiao (Peer reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

External Examination of Manchester University

Bo Xiao (Examiner)
29 May 201917 Jun 2019

Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

Sustainable Cities and Society (Journal)

Bo Xiao (Peer reviewer)
2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity