Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Xu Rong

Research Director for Engineering and Physical Sciences
Professor, School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Director, Singapore Energy Centre, Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N)
Professor, Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise

Email: rxu@ntu.edu.sg
Prof Xu Rong

Biography
XU Rong received her Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from National University of Singapore. She joined Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as an Assistant Professor in 2004 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and Professor in 2017. Her lab has actively worked in the field of catalysis for energy and environmental applications. To date, she have published over 160 papers in top tier journals including Journal of the American Chemical Society, Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, Energy & Environmental Sciences, Science Advances, ACS Nano, Chemical Society Review and so on. Her citation and H-index are >11000 and 61 (Web of Science). She received Top-Cited Papers Award (2010 and 2011) from Elsevier for her paper published in Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. Her work on metal sulfide photocatalyst was featured in a themed collection 'Celebrating excellence in Dalton Transactions – women of inorganic chemistry’ (2018), Royal Society of Chemistry. She is currently an Associate Editor of EnergyChem, a journal of Elsevier. She is also an Editorial Board Member of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. She has served as the Associate Chair Research (2011-2014) and Interim Chair (2017-2019) of the School of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, NTU. She is currently the Research Director of Engineering and Physical Sciences in Senior Vice President Research’s office. She is also the Director of Singapore Energy Centre (SgEC), an industrial consortium with its mission to develop innovative solutions to meet the growing energy demand through research and education.
Research Interests
- Photocatalysis for reduction of carbon dioxide and hydrogen production by splitting water using visible light.
- Heterogeneous catalysis for environmental applications.
- Organic-inorganic layered materials (LDHs) for pharmaceutical applications.
- Development of artificial cornea (nanoparticle/polymer composite).
- Antimicrobial membrane for water treatment (Silver in microfiltration membrane).
- Immobilization of enzymes on inorganic solid support as scalable and reusable biocatalysts.
Current Projects
  • A table top chemical factory for the reduction of CO2 to value added chemicals
  • Cambridge Centre For Carbon Reduction In Chemical Technologies Phase 2 (C4T2)
  • Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology (C4T) - Carbon Abatement in the Petroleum Refining Industry: A Control and Optimisation Research Network (CAPRICON) (IRP3.3)
  • Core Research Projects
  • Member-Directed Research Projects
  • Novel silver nanoparticle/Multi-walled carbon nanotube nanohybrid coating for disinfection and biofouling control in drinking water treatment
  • Operations
  • Oxygen defects and metal dispersion on flame-made metal oxides
Selected Publications
  • Zhang, W., Wang, Y. B., Wang, Z., Zhong, Z. Y., Xu, R.*. (2010). Highly Efficient and Noble Metal-Free NiS/CdS Photocatalysts for Hydrogen Evolution from Lactic Acid Sacrificial Solution under Visible Light. Chemical Communications, 46, 7631-7633.
  • Zhang, W., Tay, H. L., Lim, S. S., Wang, Y. S., Zhong, Z. Y., Xu, R.*. (2010). Supported cobalt oxide on MgO: highly efficient catalysts for degradation of organic dyes in dilute solutions. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 95, 93-99.
  • Gunawan, P. and Xu, R.*. (2009). Direct Assembly of Anisotropic Layered Double Hydroxide (LDH) Nanocrystals on Spherical Template for Fabrication of Drug-LDH Hollow Nanospheres. Chemistry of Materials, 21, 781-783.
  • Xu Rong.(2009). Development of nanoceramic oxides and their applications in heterogeneous catalysis. In Tseng, T.Y. and Nalwa, H.S.(Ed), Handbook of nanoceramics and their based devices(301-344). American Scientific Publishers.
  • Zhang, W., and Xu, R.*. (2009). Surface Engineered Active Photocatalysts without Noble Metals: CuS-ZnxCd1-xS Nanospheres by One-Step Synthesis. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34, 8495-8503.

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