Academic Profile : Faculty

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Prof Jason Xu Zhichuan
Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering
President's Chair in Materials Science and Engineering
Assistant Chair (Research), School of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
Director, Centre of Excellence in Maritime Energy & Sustainable Development (MESD)
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Zhichuan is a President's Chair Professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electroanalytical Chemistry in 2008 and a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 2002 from Lanzhou University, China. His Ph.D. training was received at Lanzhou University (2002-2004), the Institute of Physics, CAS (2004-2005), and Brown University (2005-2007). Since 2007, he worked at the State University of New York at Binghamton as a Research Associate and from 2009 he worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral Researcher. He was shortlisted as the finalist for the 2012 NRF Fellowship.

Dr. Xu has received several awards such as the Chun-Tsung Endowment Outstanding Contribution Award - Excellent Scholar in 2018 and the Zhaowu Tian Prize for Energy Electrochemistry by the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) in 2019. Dr. Xu is a member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), The Electrochemistry Society (ECS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was awarded a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in Nov. 2017.

He served as guest editors for Electrochimica Acta and Chemistry -- A European Journal, and an associate editor for EES Catalysis. He is also the development editor for Current Opinion in Electrochemistry and the president of the ECS Singapore Section. Dr. Xu has published more than 200 research papers on Nature Catalysis, Nature Energy, Nature Sustainability, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, etc. and he is selected as a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science since 2018. More research information can be found at
• Electrocatalysis
• Electrochemical energy storage
• Electrochemical interfaces
• Electrochemical sensors
• Magnetic nanomaterials
• Chemistry for materials recycle
  • Advanced cell design incorporating battery interlayers for improved safety of Li-ion batteries during charging
  • An integrated decentralized on-demand on-site hydrogen peroxide production technology
  • Catalytic Active Catalyst Support Using Incineration Ash
  • Dehydrogenation of lignin in a CO2 electrolyzer for anodevalorization
  • Design and Synthesis of dual site atomic catalyst on MXene for electrocatalyzing carbon dioxide to multicarbon products
  • Development of decentralized, on-demand ammonia-to-hydrogen e-cracking chemical mini-plant using decoupled split pH fuel cell
  • Development of on-site, on-demand ammonia-to-hydrogen e-cracking bench-top chemical mini-factory
  • Efficient hydrogen production with electrochemical glycerol oxidation at industrial level current density
  • Electrochemical ammonia synthesis by nitrogen reduction coupled with hydrogen oxidation
  • HE2: Efficient and Stable Water Electrolysis and Fuel Cell Catalysts with Reduced Noble Metal Usage (IAF-ICP) - 01/11/2023 to 31/10/2027
  • On-Site Production of Key Chemicals for Climate-neutral Water Treatment
  • Optimizing spin channel in spinel oxides for efficient oxygen electrocatalysis
  • Towards energy efficient electrochemical conversion of CO2 to synthetic chemicals in collaboration with NTU
  • Tuning perovskite pre-catalysts toward advanced multinary catalysts for water oxidation in acid
  • WP1: Develop Advanced Ammonia Oxidation Reaction Anode Catalysts
  • WP2: Characterization, integration, and assembly & WP3: Physics-informed multiscale model and sensitivity analyses
Courses Taught
MS743M Electronic Materials & Devices

MS741M Nanomaterials