Emerging Investigator: Yu Zhou at Nanjing Tech University

Emerging Investigator: Yu Zhou

Position               Professor

Visiting Scholar   2016  National University of Singapore

Education            2009–2012  Nanjing University                         Ph.D.

                            2006–2009  Nanjing University                         M.Sc.

Group Website    http://www.groupwangjun.com/

ORCID                 0000-0003-1757-3705

Read Yu Zhou’s Emerging Investigator Series article in Materials Chemistry Frontiers and learn more about him.

  Ionic polyamide boosting Ru efficiency in reductive amination of carbonyl compounds  


Ionic polyamide-stabilized ruthenium nanoparticles for ultra-efficient reductive amination of carbonyl compounds to primary amines with NH3 and H2.


  From the themed collection: Frontiers Emerging Investigator Series  
  The article was first published on 19 Mar 2023  
  Mater. Chem. Front., 2023, 7, 2266-2276  

My research interests

Key words: zeolite molecular sieves, ionic liquid-derived materials, heterogeneous catalysis, adsorption and separation, CO2 capture and conversion
Our research interests focus on the development of functional zeolite molecular sieves and their application in adsorption, separation and catalysis. We developed a unique acid co-hydrolysis route for the synthesis of metal-doped zeolites with varied topology, Si/Al molar ratio and different kinds of metal species such as single atoms, clusters, and nanoparticles. We developed various new synthetic routes for the construction of porous poly(ionic liquid)s, ionic metal–organic frameworks (MOFs), and ionic covalent organic frameworks (COFs). In addition, we evaluated the performance of these molecular sieves in CO2 capture and conversion, gas separation, biomass conversion, acid-base catalysis, oxidation and hydrogenation reactions, and photo-electrocatalysis.

10 Facts about me

I published my first academic article in Chem. Eur. J. in 2009. 

The most important academic article that I published was in Science in 2021.

I received the first funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2013.

My favourite sport is swimming.

I enjoy thinking freely.

One of my favourite activities is playing with my kids.

One of my hidden talents is my patience.

One thing I cannot live without is hope.

An accomplishment I’m particularly proud of is that I have two daughters.

I am most passionate about my work in exploring a new research field because it is full of unknowns, fulfilling my curiosity.

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