• Room LG.439 - David Keir Building

    United Kingdom

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1991 …2023

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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: 20 and citation:4670 (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.    



The modules below have been taught,

  • Mathematics for Chemist and Engineer
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Transport Phenomena
  • Mass and Heat Transfer
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering Design
  • Research Project for MEng degree in Chemical Engineering 

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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