The study on the design and structure regulation of high efficiency oxidation catalyst was awarded the first prize of 2021 Natural science of Henan Province.

Based on dynamic in-situ Operando spectroscopy, this project revealed the mechanism of continuously generating catalyst active centers in the process of multiphase oxidation reaction, and established the active center structure regulation of high-performance oxidation reaction catalyst and the theory of controlled generation of reactive oxygen species. A new method to study the dynamic structure of oxidation catalyst was established. The formation mechanism and regulation mechanism of active center of oxidation catalyst were revealed. The regulation technology of reactive oxygen species for oxidation catalyst in industrial reactor has been broken through.

Prof. Minghui Zhu's latest Nature Catalysis:Induced activation of the commercial Cu/ZnO/ Al2O3 catalyst for the steam reforming of methanol

In summary, we propose a catalyst activation method, referred to as induced activation, to control the surface reconstruction process by tuning the composition of reducing agents. Exposing the commercial Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst to a H2/H2O/CH3OH/N2 mixture during activation accelerates the migration of ZnOx species onto the surface of metallic Cu nanoparticles. Furthermore, a proper degree of encapsulation can be achieved by tuning the exposure time, improving both the catalyst stability and activity. The activity enhancement relates to the abundant Cu–ZnOx interfacial sites that exhibit faster kinetics for the *CH3O dehydrogenation and H2O dissociation. This study represents a conceptual advance to not only create an active phase but also modify the active surface sites at the atomic level during catalyst activation. Compared to designing catalytic materials with new compositions or synthesis protocols, optimizing the activation procedures is an additional alternative to yield more reactive and stable active sites that potentially enable broader industrial applications.highlights

  • Didi Li, Fang Xu, Xuan Tang, Sheng Dai, Tiancheng Pu, Xianglin Liu, Pengfei Tian, Fuzhen Xuan, Zhi Xu, Israel E. Wachs, Minghui Zhu. Induced activation of the commercial Cu/ZnO/Al2O3 catalyst for the steam reforming of methanol[J]. Nature Catalysis, 2022.
  • Prof. Yifan Han was invited to discuss about green transformation in Henan

  • The journey from black to green to interpret the green and low-carbon transformation strategy

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    Prof. Yifan Han was invited to report in the 8th Shanxi Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Forum


    The latest report of Prof. Yifan Han's group on the electronic effect of Zn in Fe5C2-ZnO catalyst

    Professor Han Yifan's group used in-situ XPS characterization to study the chemical state change of Zn and the electronic interaction between ZnOx and Fe, revealing the structural change of the catalyst during the reaction process.

  • Chao Zhang, Minjie Xu, Zixu Yang, Minghui Zhu, Jian Gao, Yi-Fan Han[J].Applied Catalysis B: Environmental,2021.
  • Prof. Yifan Han's report on the application of BP-BT in photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to CH4

    Recently, Prof. Yifan Han reported that nanocomposites (BP-BT) with enhanced wide-spectrum solar absorption and excellent electron mobility had been used for effective photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to CH4 in «Applied Catalysis B: Environmental».

  • Qingyuan Bi, Keyan Hu, Jiacheng Chen, Yaru Zhang, Muhammad Sohail Riaz, Jing Xu, Yifan Han, Fuqiang Huang[J].Applied Catalysis B: Environmental,2021.

  • Yifan Han's team were invited to review in «Chemical Industry and Engineering Progress» loading

    Yifan Han's team were invited to review in «Chemical Industry and Engineering Progress»(2021, Volume 40 Issue 2) about the catalytic hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol, CO2 as a carbon source hydrogenation to olefins (CTO), synthesis gas catalytic conversion to olefins.

  • Minjie XU, Minghui ZHU, Tianyuan CHEN, Jing XU, Zixu YANG, Yifan HAN. High value utilization of CO2: research progress of catalyst for hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol[J].Chemical Industry and Engineering Progress, 2021, 40(2): 565-576.

  • Chao ZHANG, Yulong ZHANG, Minghui ZHU, Bo MENG, Weifeng TU, Yifan HAN. New pathway for CO2 high-valued utilization: Fe-based catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation to low olefins[J].Chemical Industry and Engineering Progress, 2021, 40(2): 577-593.

  • Yitao LIU, Minghui ZHU, Zixu YANG, Bo MENG, Weifeng TU, Yifan HAN. Advances of catalysts for direct synthesis of lower olefins from syngas[J]. Chemical Industry and Engineering Progress, 2021, 40(2): 594-604.

  • Prof. Jing Xu won the 2020 Debang Hou Chemical Science and Technology Award


    On July 30, 2020, The Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China (CIESC) announced the results of this year's Debang Hou Chemical Science and Technology Award. Prof. Xu won the innovation award.

    Yifan Han's team won the second prize of the 2020 CIESC Basic Research Achievement Award


    On July 29, 2020, The Chemical Industry and Engineering Society of China (CIESC) announced the results of this year's Science and Technology Award of the Chinese Society of Chemical Industry. "Operando Technology Aided High Performance VOC Catalysts Development" hosted by Yifan Han's research group won the second prize of Basic Research Achievement Award.

    Prof. Han was invited to make a report at the 19th NCC

    On October 15, 2019, professor han yifan was invited to attend the 19th national catalytic conference and gave an academic report.The topic of the report is "industrial catalyst design, preparation science"

    CCTV13 reported our lab


    Our lab (energy and environmental catalysis laboratory) has advanced equipment, excellent scientific research, which is reported on CCTV13 as the representative of the school.

    UOP visited our lab


    On March 28th, James E. Rekoske, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in UOP Corporation, Danhua Wei, Director of China Honeywell Technology Division Characteristics of Materials and Technology China R & D Center, Technical Engineer Benjing Xu came to visit our lab. Professor Yi-fan Han and Professor Jing Xu accompanied the UOP guests to visit the facilities in the lab. In addition, an extension of cooperation agreement was discussed as well. loading

    Prof. Bert M. Weckhuysen from Utrecht University visited our lab


    May 17th, 2016, invited by prof. Yifan Han, Prof. Bert M. Weckhuysen from Utrecht University visited our group. He gave a lecture titled "Catalytic materials studied at the level of single particles, molecules and atoms". loading

    The 8th Sino-US Joint Conference of Chemical Engineering


    Chemical industry, which provides basic necessities of life for us, is the pillar of our national economy. On October 13th, 2015, the 8th Sino-US Joint Conference of Chemical Engineering, with “new era of chemical engineering” as the topic, was held in ECUST. The keyword of this conference is "green development". During the conference, 500 experts and scholars came together to have deep academic communication. Prof. Yifan Han from ECUST, one of the organizers of the conference, said: "In situations of challenges from energy, resources, environments and other aspects, this conference mainly stressed that chemical engineering played a key role not only in implementing clean production and achieving sustainable development but also in exploring the frontier theories."

    In this conference, the graduate students from Prof. Han’ group prepared conference proceedings and participated in organization work. During the conference, Prof. Varma Arvind from Purdue University and Prof. Kate Alex from UC Berkeley visited the "985" platform, and exchanged ideas with Prof. Han, Prof. Xu and Zhang Yulong. After the conference, the president of ECUST spoke highly of the volunteers and conference chair, Xuhong Qian, took photos with the volunteers in our group. In addition, the PhD. Student, Tuo yongxiao was awarded the best poster prize.

    So far, nearly 20 media including "People's Daily", "China Science News", "China Chemical Engineering News", "China News", "ScienceNet" and so on reported the conference. About ten media including Xinhuanet, NetEase and so on reproduced it. loading

    Prof. Yi-Fan Han visited Ben-Gurion University


    At the invitation of Prof. Moti Herskowitz, the former vice president of Ben-Gurion University and dean of Blechner Center for Industrial Catalysis and Process Development, Prof. Yifan Han and Prof. Jing Xu visited Ben-Gurion University to discuss a joint international cooperation project titled “CO2 hydrogenation to higher hydrocarbons on zeolite-supported Fe-based catalysts” from August 9th to 13th. During the visit, the two sides had deep discussions for the research project and preliminary progress. Then they determined the research plan for next period and explored possible research areas for further studies. Besides, Prof. Han and Prof. Xu also met Ms. Rivka Carmi, the president of Ben-Gurion University, and then visited Prof. Micha Asscher’s group at the College of Chemistry of Hebrew University of Jerusalem on August 12th. loading

    Prof. Rafiqul Gani visited our lab


    April 25th, Prof. Rafiqul Gani from Technical University of Denmark came to visit our lab. During the visit, Prof. Gani gave two lectures titled “Models, modelling and Process Systems Engineering - What Next?” and “A Process Systems Engineering approach for managing the complexity in product-process design”. loading

    Exxon Mobil visited our lab


    February 2nd, Kenneth J Del Rossi, the Process Technology Manager of Exxon Mobil, came to visit our lab, accompanied by Xuejun Xiao, who is the General Manager of the SEG Technology Division of Sinopec.

    BASF company visited our lab


    January 7th, 2015, Dr. Ulrich Mueller, the Senior Vice President of Heterogeneous Catalysis in BASF SE, came to visit our lab, accompanied by Dr. Lian Ma, the Head of Science Relations & Innovation Management in BASF China, and his colleagues.

    Prof. Yifan Han attended IAP 2014 in Netherland


    May 26th to 28th, Prof. Yifan Han was invited to Leeuwarden, Netherland to attend the 8th International Conference on Interfaces against Pollution (IAP). The topic of the conference is “Interfaces in Water and Environmental Science”. During the conference, Prof. Han gave a keynote lecture titled “Free Radicals Generation from Catalytic Decomposition of H2O2: New Strategies and Applications”, and acted as the chair of the branch venue with the topic of “Adsorption in environmental processes: analytical methods & organic chemistry”.

    Western University visited our lab


    May 23rd, Dr. Julie McMulin, associate vice president of Western University, came to visit our lab, accompanied by Prof. Jesse Zhu, who is the Canada Research Chair in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering as well as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

    Eastman Chemical Company visited our lab


    May 12th, at the invitation of state key laboratory of chemical engineering (SKLoChE), Mr. Mike Humby, vice president & general manager of Eastman Chemical Company, came to visit our lab, accompanied by Mr. Mingluo Li, business director (Asia Pacific) and Mr. Bill Woo, commercial manager of Eastman Chemical Company (Shanghai).

    Prof. Rui Si visited our lab


    April 17th, at the invitation of Prof. Yi-fan Han, Prof. Rui Si, from Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, made an academic visit to SKLOCHE. During the visit, he gave a lecture entitled" in situ XRD characterization technology and research for structure-performance relationships in catalysts".

    Phillip R. Westmoreland visited our lab


    Oct. 9th, Prof. Phillip R. Westmoreland, president of AIChE, came to visit our group.

    T David Waite visited our lab


    Oct. 1st, Prof. T David Waite, the head of School of Civil & Environmental Engineering of the University of New South Wales, came to visit our group.

    Prof. Raphael Semiat from the Israel Institute of Technology visited our lab


    At the invitation of Prof. Yifan Han from the State Key Laboratory of Chemical Engineering (SKLOCHE), Prof. Raphael Semiat, the Dean of the Wolfson Department of Chemical Engineering of Technion, made an academic visit to ECUST during September 10th to 13th. loading

    NTU visited our lab


    March 27th, Assoc. Prof. Wang Dongan, Assoc. Prof. Yang Yanhui, Asst. Prof. Lau Wai Man, Raymond and Asst. Prof. Liu Bing from Nanyang Technological University were invited to visit our laboratory. Asst. Prof. Song Hao. Dr. Song Hao and Dr. Liu Bing made two excellent reports: "Engineering extracellular electron transfer pathways and electroactive biofilms: synthetic biology meets environments and energy" and "Titanium dioxide nanostructures for solar energy harvesting".

    Chief editor of AIChE Journal visited our lab


    January 14th, Michael P. Harold - the chief editor of AIChE Journal and department chairman of chemical engineering of University of Huston was invited to visit our laboratory. He made two excellent reports:“ Catalytic Solutions to Reduce Emissions of Nitrogen Oxides”?“How to publish in AIChE Journal: A Editor-in-Chief Perspective” loading loading

    Prof.R.J.Behm visited our lab

    Behm came to visit

    During Nov.20th to Nov.25th, Prof.R.J.Behm, a professor from Ulm University (Universität Ulm), was invited by Pro.Han to East China university of science and technology and gave some excellent lectures:
    1 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Low-temperature Fuel Cell Research
    2 Surface Analysis of Bimetallic Surfaces and Electrodes – A Key for the Understanding of their (Electro-) Chemical Functionality
    3 Oxidation reactions on oxide supported Au catalysts - The crucial role of reaction conditions and catalyst support
    4 Surface Species and Product Distribution in the Electrooxidation of Small Organic Molecules

    The lectures attracted students and teachers from different schools of ECUST. After the lectures, people presented expressed that their understanding about heterogeneous catalysis had been improved greatly.
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    E. Ehrenberger visited our lab

    Ehrenberger came to visit

    October 31, E. Ehrenberger, the vice-president of Technical University of Munich (Technische Universität München), visit our lab.

    Springborg visited our lab

    Springborg came to visit

    September 19, Prof.Dr.Michael Springborg and Dr. Yi Dong who work on physical and theoretical chemistry from UNIVERSITAT DES SAARLANDES, visit our lab.

    DSM came to visit

    DSM came to visit

    June 8, 2012, the Competence Manager of Process Intensification Raf Reintjens from DSM came to visit.

    TJU came to visit

    tju came to visit

    On March 21st, with the company of Yang Xianjin (Secretary of East China University of Science and Technology), Liu Jianping-Secretary of Tianjin University came to our lab for inspection and instruction.

    Celanese came to visit


    Mar.9th, the global R&D director Dr.Ralph D.Gillespie from Celanese came to visit.

    Bayer came to visit


    Feb.27th, the Vice President Prof.Dr. Leslaw Mleczko and the head of Process Technology, Hans-Joachim Leimkuehler from Bayer Technology Service came to our lab for a visit.

    Prof. Hans J. W. Niemantsverdriet came to visit


    During Feb.23th to Feb 24th, Prof. Hans Niemantsverdriet, a professor from Eindhoven University of Technology, was invited to ECUST. He gave 4 excellent lectures to students and staff of ECUST :
    1.Fundamentals of heterogeneous catalysis;
    2.Characterization of catalysts;
    3.Kinetics and reaction rate theory of surface reactions;
    4.How to get your paper published in the Journal of Catalysis.
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    Hans Hans Niemantsverdriet is Professor Physical Chemistry of Surfaces, Director of the Schuit Institute of Catalysis and Dean of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. Education: Master of Physics at the Free University of Amsterdam (1978) and Ph.D. Technical Sciences from Delft University of Technology (1983) on a project on iron and iron-alloy Fischer Tropsch catalysts.

    Hans Niemantsverdriet is (co)author of about 185 scientific papers and of the books Spectroscopy in Catalysis, which appeared in 1993 and 2000 (VCH-Wiley), Chemical Kinetics and Catalysis (Plenum, New York, 1995), together with Rutger van Santen. A new book, Modern Concepts in Kinetics and Catalysis together with Ib Chorkendorff appeared with Wiley-VCH in October 2003 (see also Hans has been Editor of the Journal of Catalysis since 1996, and served as Managing Editor of CaTTech between 1996 and 2001. He is member of the Editorial Boards of Applied Surface Science, and Physical Chemistry - Chemical Physics. Hans served as Chairman of the Netherlands Vacuum Society NEVAC (1997-2000) and as President of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies, EFCATS (1999-2001).

    BASF came to visit


    Senior Vice President of Heterogeneous catalysis in BASF SE, Dr. Friedbert Nees, President of Process Reserch & Chemical Engineering in BASF SE, Dr. Friedrich Seitz and Vice President of Environmental Catalysis Research, Dr. Klaus Harth came to visit our laboratory.

    Dr.Chen Wei came to visit

    From Nov.7th to Nov.8th , Dr. Chen wei, a professor from Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, was invited by Pro.Han to East China university of science and technology and gave two excellent lectures:
    1. Molecular-scale interface engineering for organic and graphene electronics ;
    2. Rational Design of Two-Dimensional Molecular Nanostructure arrays with Superior Multi-Functionalities.

    The students in the lab exchanged ideas on research with Dr. Chen Wei , thus attaining great help with our work.

    Asso. Prof. Yanhui YANG came to visit


    From Oct.30th to Oct.31th , Asso. Prof. Yanhui YANG who came from School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, was invited by Prof.Han to East China university of science and technology and gave a excellent lectures: Supported noble metallic nanoparticles as efficient catalysts for organic transformation.

    Students came for the lecture discussed with Asso. Prof. Yanhui YANG on his work, he also introduce Nanyang Technological University and Singapore briefly to us.

    Professor Han was invited to the 6th Asia Pacific Chemical Reaction Engineering Symposium

    During September 18-21, 2011, the 6th Asia Pacific Chemical Reaction Engineering Symposium was held in Beijing. The scientific theme of APCRE encompasses a wide spectrum of topics, including not only the traditional areas but also the emerging fields of chemical reaction engineering.

    Professor Han, Qian-qian Song, Like-Ouyang took part in the meeting , and exchanged ideas with experts in the area of chemical engineering.

    Prof. Dr. Jerry Spivey came to visit


    During June.19th to June 17th of 2011,Prof. James Spivey, a professor from Cain department of chemical engineering of Louisiana State University, was invited by Pro.Han to East China university of science and technology and gave three excellent lectures:
    1.CO hydrogenation to higher oxygenates;
    2.Catalytic reforming of liquid fuels for hydrogen production;
    3. Synthesis of Au nanocluster catalysts using microfluidic techniques.

    Prof. Spivey has worked on the research of catalytic hydrogenation for the synthesis of C2+ oxygenate for a long time, which is the study area of Zhen Yang, during the days, they had great discussion on the device as well as catalysts in the reaction.

    Prof. Tim White came to visit

    Tim White

    During Jan.7th to Jan.13th,Prof. Tim White, a professor from Australia's national university, was invited by Pro.Han to East China university of science and technology and gave some excellent lectures:
    1.Crystallography for Electron Microscopy;
    2.Crystal Chemistry in Electron Microscopy;
    3.Electron Diffraction;
    4.High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy;
    5.Case studies in TEM;
    6.Analytical Transmission Electron Microscopy.

    The lectures attracted students and teachers from different schools of ECUST. After the lectures, people presented expressed that their understanding about TEM had been improved greatly.
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