• Room LG.439 - David Keir Building

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

1991 …2020

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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.   

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 you have that may connect to our research or initiate new research, which includes funding co-application, sharing experimental results 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. h-index: 19 and citation:4498 (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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Research Output

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., 15 Feb 2020, In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 382, 11 p., 122932.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Polypyrrole decorated metal-organic frameworks for supercapacitor devices

    Patterson, N., Xiao, B. & Ignaszak, A., 27 May 2020, In : RSC Advances. 10, 34, p. 20162-20172 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 8 Downloads (Pure)

    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


    1st Best Poster

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

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Enterprise Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

    Xiao, Bo (Recipient), 2008

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

    Xiao, Bo (Recipient), 24 Jun 2015

    Prize: National/international honour

    Scholarship of China Scholarship Council

    Xiao, Bo (Recipient), 1998

    Prize: National/international honour

    The Derek Ezra Award 2004

    Xiao, Bo (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Special Postgraduate Session of 2019 Science and Technology Annual Conference of the Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences

    Bo Xiao (Chair)

    25 Aug 2019

    Activity: Consultancy typesContribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

    Nigel Patterson

    Bo Xiao (Host)

    18 Jun 2019Oct 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    National University of Ireland (External organisation)

    Bo Xiao (Reviewer)

    May 2019 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

    External Examination of postgraduate student from Manchester University

    Bo Xiao (Examiner)

    29 May 201917 Jun 2019

    Activity: Examination typesPhD external examination

    2019 Science and Technology Annual Meeting of the Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences

    Bo Xiao (Invited speaker)

    23 Aug 201925 Aug 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


    Design and synthesis of chemically-modified biosorbents for the removal of anionic metals and dye: Kinetic and thermodynamic studies

    Author: Huang, Z., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Mangwandi, C. (Supervisor) & Xiao, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Masters ThesisMasters

    Development of teawaste based bio-sorbent materials for removal of Cr(VI) from wastewater

    Author: Wu, J., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Mangwandi, C. (Supervisor) & Xiao, B. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Masters ThesisMasters