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Membrane synthesis, Membrane process design and optimisation,


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Prof. Xiwang Zhang is a Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Monash University, and the Director of ARC Research Hub for Energy-efficient Separation. After obtaining his Ph.D degree from Research Centre of Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006, he joined Nanyang Technological University, Singapore as Research fellow and then promoted to a Senior Research Fellow in 2009. In 2010, Prof. Zhang joined Keppel as an R&D Manager in Keppel Environmental Technology Centre. Prof. Zhang was awarded the prestigious ARC Australian Research Fellowship in 2010 and commenced his ARC fellowship at the University of Queensland in the end of 2011. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Larkins Fellowship, which brought him to Monash University at associate professor level. He was promoted to a full professor in 2017. Prof. Zhang’s research interests focus on membrane and advanced oxidation technologies for water and wastewater treatment. He has authored and co-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed journal papers, including Energy & Environmental Sciences, Advanced Materials, J. Am. Chem. Soc, Advanced functional materials, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Applied Catalysis B, Water Research, Chemical Communications, Environmental Science & Technology, Journal of Membrane science, etc.

Research area keywords

  • Membrane Technologies
  • Water Treatment
  • Nanomaterials
  • Catalytic oxidation
  • Photocatalysis
  • Desalination
  • Disinfection
  • Functional (Nano) Materials

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Research Output

2D water-stable zinc-benzimidazole framework nanosheets for ultrafast and selective removal of heavy metals

Xu, R., Jian, M., Ji, Q., Hu, C., Tang, C., Liu, R., Zhang, X. & Qu, J., 15 Feb 2020, In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 382, 11 p., 122658.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

A layered aluminum-based metal-organic framework as a superior trap for nitrobenzene capture: via an intercalation role

Zhang, Q., Jian, M., Zhao, P., Hu, C., Qu, J., Li, X., Hu, J., Liu, R. & Zhang, X., 14 Mar 2020, In : Nanoscale. 12, 10, p. 6012-6019 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

An in situ assembled WO3-TiO2 vertical heterojunction for enhanced Z-scheme photocatalytic activity

Liu, Y., Zeng, X., Easton, C. D., Li, Q., Xia, Y., Yin, Y., Hu, X., Hu, J., Xia, D., McCarthy, D. T., Deletic, A., Sun, C., Yu, J. & Zhang, X., 28 Apr 2020, In : Nanoscale. 12, 16, p. 8775-8784 10 p.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

Efficient metal ion sieving in rectifying subnanochannels enabled by metal–organic frameworks

Lu, J., Zhang, H., Hou, J., Li, X., Hu, X., Hu, Y., Easton, C. D., Li, Q., Sun, C., Thornton, A. W., Hill, M. R., Zhang, X., Jiang, G., Liu, J. Z., Hill, A. J., Freeman, B. D., Jiang, L. & Wang, H., 9 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Nature Materials. 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and MOF-derived porous carbon materials for sustainable adsorptive wastewater treatment

Abbasi, Z., Cseri, L., Zhang, X., Ladewig, B. P. & Wang, H., 2020, Sustainable Nanoscale Engineering: From Materials Design to Chemical Processing. Szekely, G. & Livingston, A. (eds.). 1st ed. Amsterdam Netherlands: Elsevier, p. 163-194 32 p.

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