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QMUL-NPU JRI PhD Summer Workshop 


We are pleased to announce that the 2nd QMUL-NPU Summer School and Workshop - Energy Nanomaterials will take place from the 11th to 15th June 2018.

This event will host 15 PhD students and 9 academic researchers from Northwestern Polytechnical University, NPU, one of China's top universities with which QMUL has formed a partnership and established a Joint Educational Institute. They will share their research with QMUL researchers through presentations from students and staff from both institutions. The event is expected to create new collaborations between NPU and QMUL and strengthen existing ones, so participation from QMUL researchers is strongly encouraged.

If you are interested in contributing to this summer school / workshop, please contact Ana Jorge Sobrido ( 

Final Programme

Monday 11th June 2018

09.45am-10.00am Welcome
10.00am-10.30am Prof. Feng Gao (NPU, Microstructure and Properties of SrTiO3-based Thermoelectric Ceramics)
10.30am-10.45am COFFEE BREAK
10.45am-11.15am Dr. Haixue Yan (QMUL, Size Effect in Ferroelectrics)
11.15am-11.30am Zongmo Shi (NPU, Fabrication and Properties of Textured-Ca3Co4O9 Thermoelectric Ceramics)
11.30am-11.45am Thibault Degousée (QMUL, Thermal Conductivity in Ordered/Disordered Polymer)
11.45am-12.15pm Dr. Oliver Fenwick (QMUL,Thermal Transport in Hybrid Thin Films)
12.15pm-01.15pm LUNCH BREAK
01.15pm-02.15pm COMPOSITES - Prof Mike Reece chairing
01.15pm-01.45pm Dr Han Zhang (QMUL, Hierarchical Composites with Multifunctionalities - an Overview of Multifunctional Composites Research at QMUL)
01.45pm-02.15pm Dr. Emiliano Bilotti (QMUL, Functional Polymer Nanocomposites)
02.15pm-02.45pm LAB TOUR for students

Tuesday 12th June 2018

09.30am-12.15pm PHOTOELECTROCHEMISTRY - Dr Heather Au chairing
09.30am-09.45am Pengfei Guo (NPU, Preparation of Perovskite Solar Cells: from Anti-Solvent to Anti-Solution and Anti-Colloid Solution)
Hui Luo (QMUL, Plasmonic Carbon Dots Hybridised with TiO2 for Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalysis)
Yurong An (NPU, The Design of Nanopolygons of Monolayer MS2 for HER Catalysis)
10.15am-10.45am Prof. Xuanhua Li (NPU, Plasmon-Enhanced MoS2 for Water Splitting)
10.45am-11.15am COFFEE BREAK
11.15am-11.30am Shaohui Guo (NPU, Design and Synthesis of MoS2 for Photocatalysis)
11.30am-11.45am Qian Guo (QMUL, Synthesis of Hierarchical Nanostructured Hematite Photoelectrodes for Solar Water Splitting)
11.45am-12.00pm Han Meng (QMUL, Synthesis and Characterisation of Carbon Nitride Quantum Dots for Photocatalytic Water Splitting)
12.00pm-01.15pm LUNCH BREAK
01.15pm-03.00pm ENERGY STORAGE - Dr Ana Jorge chairing
01.15pm-01.45pm Dr. Edo Boek (QMUL, Pore Scale Imaging and Simulation of Flow in Porous Materials for Energy Applications)
01.45pm-02.00pm Nan Li (NPU, Dendrites-free Lithium Metal Anode for Rechargeable Battery)
02.00pm-02.30pm Prof. Yue Ma (NPU, Flexible Lithium Battery Designs and Multidimensional in-situ Characterisations)
02.30pm-02.45pm Dr. Heather Au (QMUL, Hard Carbon Anodes for Sodium-ion Batteries)
02.45pm-03.00pm Philipp Schlee (QMUL, Free-standing and Flexible Supercapacitors Based on Kraft Lignin Derived Carbon Fibres)
03.00pm-03.15pm COFFEE BREAK
03.15pm-04.15pm AEROSPACE ENGINEERING - Prof Mike Reece chairing
03.15pm-03.45pm Prof. Vassili Toropov (QMUL, Large-scale Multidisciplinary Design and Optimisation for Aerospace Applications)
03.45pm-04.15pm Prof. Jihong Zhu (NPU, Smart Morphing Structure Optimisation Design)

Wednesday 13th June 2018

10.00am-12.00pm ENERGY MATERIALS - Prof. Xuanhua Li chairing
10.00am-10.30am Prof. Magda Titirici (QMUL, Biomass-Derived Carbons for Energy Applications)
10.30am-10.45am Sabina Nicolae (QMUL, Biomass Derived Carbon Materials as Potential Catalysts for CO2 Electrochemical Reduction)
10.45am-11.00am COFFEE BREAK
11.00am-11.15am Jingyu Feng (QMUL, Biomass Derived Freestanding Electrode for Energy Conversion Devices)
11.15am-11.45am Prof. Bingqing Wei (NPU, Suppressing Dendritic Lithium Formation in Lithium Metal Batteries)
11.45am-12.00pm Szymon Doszczeczko (QMUL, Electrospinning of N-doped Carbon / Perovskite Composites for OER and ORR)
12.00pm-01.00pm LUNCH BREAK
01.00pm-03.00pm BRAINSTORMING SESSION NPU and QMUL academics
01.00pm-06.00pm SCIENCE MUSEUM and NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM for students

Thursday 14th June 2018

09.30am-12.15pm ENERGY MATERIALS - Prof Magda Titirici chairing
09.30am-10.00am Dr. Joe Briscoe (QMUL, Nanostructured Materials for Sustainable Energy Applications)
10.00am-10.15am Dr. Maria Crespo (QMUL, Sustainable Free-standing Carbon Electrodes for Advanced Flow Batteries and Supercapacitors)
10.15am-10.45am Prof. Li Shang (NPU, Novel Fluorescent Nanomaterials for Biological Applications)
10.45am-11.00am COFFEE BREAK
11.00am-11.30am Prof. Gleb Sukhorukov (QMUL, Micropackaging of (bio)-chemicals and their Remote Controlled Delivery and Release)
11.30am-11.45am Ting Bai (NPU, The Fluorescence of Maleimide-based Polymers and their Bioimaging Application)
11.45am-12.15pm Prof. Yuzhang Du (NPU, Silicon-based Hybrid Elastomers for Bone Tissue Repair)
12.15pm-01.00pm LUNCH BREAK
01.00pm-05.00pm SOFT SKILLS WORKSHOP
07.00pm-10.00pm Summer School / Workshop DINNER

Friday 15th June 2018