PhD in Chemical Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia, Member of International Adsorption Society, Associate Member of IChemE

Assistant Professor (School of Energy and Environment)

Dr. Jin Shang

Contact Information

Office: AC1-B5424
Phone: +(852)-3442-7714
Fax: +(852)-3442-0688
Email: jinshang@cityu.edu.hk
Time slots for consultation

Research Interests

  • CO2 capture
  • Nature gas/biogas purification
  • Sour gas (SO2, NOx, and H2S) removal
  • VOCs (volatile Organic Compounds), Semi-VOCs, and POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) removal
  • Energy storage
  • Chemical sensing

Dr. Jin Shang obtained his Bachelor (2007) and Master (2009) degrees both in Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University in China. He completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in 2013. His PhD thesis was on the separation of carbon dioxide from flue gas and natural gas streams using porous adsorbent materials. The study discovered a new separation mechanism (i.e., molecular trapdoor mechanism) which changed the conventional understanding of how these adsorbents discriminate between molecules in gases. After his PhD, he worked as research fellow on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project focusing on developing advanced adsorbents in Paul Webley Group at the University of Melbourne. Since 2015, as Co-chief Investigator of Australian Research Council Training Centre for Liquefied Natural Gas Futures, he has been actively participated in research along with major industry partners in oil and gas field. He then moved to Georgia Institute of Technology and worked as a postdoctoral fellow funded by ExxonMobil focusing on restricted gas diffusion in zeolites by advanced molecular simulation in David Sholl Group, prior to joining the City University of Hong Kong as an assistant professor in the School of Energy and Environment in September 2016.

Research Interests:

Molecular separation plays a key role in energy and environmental technologies. Notable examples are H2 and CH4 purifications, CO2 capture, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) removal, CO removal for fuel cell technology, flue-gas purification, desulfurization from natural gas and transported fuels etc. Molecular separation is an important unit operation in chemical industry, accounting for more than 60% of the total cost in some processes. Of the adsorption-based molecular separations, molecular sieving is the most desirable separation mechanism because it affords unparalleled high-selectivity.

Dr. Shang’s research focus is on investigating and understanding the fundamental physical chemistry of gas adsorption and diffusion behaviour, using combined experimental and computational approaches to rationally design and synthesize “active” porous materials for gas separation and storage in environmental and energy applications. Some advanced experimental techniques applied include multiple component breakthrough and in situ synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction/neutron powder diffraction of adsorption; some advanced computational techniques include ab initio density functional theory (DFT) and force field molecular simulations. Dr. Shang has broad interests in materials design and synthesis, particularly the study and design of stimuli responsive porous adsorbents to achieve controlled selective guest admission into host adsorbents through “smart” pore apertures. The stimuli can be guest molecules, temperature, pressure, light, electric field, etc. Targeted applications of interests include:

  • CO2 capture
  • Nature gas/biogas purification
  • Sour gas (SO2, NOx, and H2S) removal
  • VOCs (volatile Organic Compounds), Semi-VOCs, and POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) removal
  • Energy storage
  • Chemical sensing

Position(s) available

1. Research Assistant in the field of gas adsorption and separation at the School of Energy and Environment

  • Duties
    The appointee will conduct advanced adsorbent materials synthesis and characterization, adsorption and separation study, and adsorption apparatus development.

  • • Requirements
    The candidate should hold a MPhil degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering or other related engineering and science fields. Applicants with synthesis and characterization of porous materials such as MOFs, zeolites, and mesoporous materials background are practically encouraged to apply. Strong oral and written communication skills in English and the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team are essential.

  • Application
    To apply, please submit your CV to Dr. Jin Shang at jinshang@cityu.edu.hk. Review of applications will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Salary offered will be highly competitive, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Contract duration is for 6 months and can be renewed subject to performance. For more information, please email Dr. Jin Shang. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

2. Potential graduate students interested in studying gas adsorption and separation are welcomed to contact Dr. Jin Shang. Multiple PhD positions are available. Applicants will have to go through a centralized admission process through the City University of Hong Kong. The successful applicants will receive generous scholarships and have access to ample opportunities to attend international conferences and visit Dr. Shang’s collaborators overseas for experiments and/or training. The next intake of graduate student will be for the academic year starting from September 2017.

City University of Hong Kong is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, especially applicants who will enhance the diversity of our staff.

Selected Awards and Honours

  • Finalist of 2015 Win-in-Suzhou Start-up Competition Oceania, Australia
  • Finalist of UNSW Energy Future Collaborative Innovation Award 2014, Australia
  • The Chancellor's Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis, The University of Melbourne, Australia, in 2013
  • The Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant for 2nd Euro-Asia Zeolite Conference, Nice, France, in 2015
  • John Melvin Memorial Prize for Best PhD Thesis in the School of Engineering 2013, The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad in 2013
  • AOFSRR travel grant for The 7th Asia Oceania Forum for Synchrotron Radiation Research and Cheiron School 2013, SPring-8, Hyogo, Japan
  • AINSE travel grant for Synchrotron and Neutron New Users Symposium, Sydney, Australia, in 2010 and 2013
  • Melbourne International Research Scholarship, Australia
  • Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship, Australia
  • CO2CRC Postgraduate Scholarship, Australia
  • Monash University Postgraduate Travel Grant Award for ACS annual meeting, San Diego, US, in 2012
  • Monash e-Research Centre travel grant for Supercomputing 11, Seattle, US, in 2011
  • CAGS CCS Summer School travel grant, Wuhan, China, in 2010
  • Monash University travel grant for CHEMECA 2010, Adelaide, Australia
  • Monash Graduate Scholarship, Australia
  • Monash International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Australia

Journal Publications

  • J. Shang, G. Li, R. Singh, Q. Gu, K. Nairn, T. Bastow, N. Medhekar, C. Doherty, A. Hill, J.Z. Liu, and P.A. Webley “Discriminative Separation of Gases by a ‘Molecular Trapdoor’ Mechanism in Chabazite Zeolites”, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2012, 134, 19246-19253.
    ** Wide media coverage, including news/reports by: Nature Chemistry doi:10.1038/nchem.1560; JACS spotlight doi:10.1021/ja311409q; RSC head news; Eurekalert; Materials Today; Cell Press online; Science Daily; Discovery News; TG Daily; Futurity; YaleEnvironmental360; Phys.org; Carbon Capture Journal; Global CCS Institute; Australian Synchrotron Lightspeed e-newsletter; Chemical Engineering; ABC Science Show (radio) and other 2000 search results on Google with “Molecular Trapdoor” + “CO2”.
  • J. Shang,† G. Li, Q. Gu, R. Singh, P. Xiao, J.Z. Liu,† and P.A. Webley† “Temperature Controlled Invertible Selectivity of Adsorption of N2 and CH4 by Molecular Trapdoor Chabazites”, Chemical Communications2014, 50 (35), 4544-4546.
    †corresponding author
    **Journal front cover
    Paper 1
  • G. Li,† J. Shang,† Q. Gu, A. Grant, N. Jensen, X. Zhang, J.Z. Liu, P.A. Webley, and E. May “Temperature-Regulated Guest Admission and Release in Microporous Materials”, submitted to Nature Chemistry 2016, in review.
    †equal contribution
  • A. Cao, W. Zhu, J. Shang, J.H. Klootwijk, E.J.R. Sudhölter, J. Huskens, and L.C.P.M. de Smet “Metal-Organic Polyhedra-Coated Si Nanowires for Sensitive Detection of Trace Explosives”, submitted to Nano Letters 2016, in review.
  • Z.H. Rada, H. Abid, H. Sun, J. Shang, J. Li, Y. He, P.A. Webley, S. Liu, and S. Wang “Effects of -NO2 and -NH2 functional groups in mixed-linker Zr-based MOFs on gas adsorption of CO2 and CH4”, submitted to Energy & Fuels 2016, in review.
  • H. Abid, Z.H. Rada, J. Shang,† and S. Wang† “Synthesis, Characterization, and CO2 Adsorption Study of three Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs): MIL-53, MIL-96, and Amino-MIL-53”, submitted to Polyhedron 2016, accepted.
    †corresponding author
  • Y. He, J. Shang,† Q. Zhao, Q. Gu,† K. Xie, G. Li, R.K. Singh, P. Xiao, and P.A. Webley† “A Comparative Study on Conversion of Porous and Non-porous Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) into Carbon-based Composites for Carbon Dioxide Capture”, submitted to Polyhedron 2016, accepted.
    †corresponding author
  • J. Shang, G. Li, P.A. Webley, and J.Z. Liu “A Density Functional Theory Study for the Adsorption of Various Gases on a Caesium Exchanged Trapdoor Chabazite, submitted to Computational Materials Science 2016, 122, 307-313.
  • Y. He, J. Shang,† Q. Gu,† Q. Zhao, K. Xie, G. Li, R.K. Singh, P. Xiao, and P.A. Webley† “A Synthetic Strategy for Metal-Organic Frameworks: Acid-Solvent Synergistic Ligand Exchange Based on a Typical Pillar-layered Parent Structure”, European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2016, 1466-1469.
    †corresponding author
  • D. Xu, L. Sun, G. Li, J. Shang, R. Yang, and W. Deng “Methyllithium-Doped Naphthyl-Containing Conjugated Microporous Polymer with Enhanced Hydrogen Storage Performance”, Chemistry - A European Journal 2016, 22, 7944-7949.
  • Z.H. Rada, H. Abid, J. Shang, H. Sun, Y. He, P.A. Webley, S. Liu, and S. Wang “Functionalised UiO-66 by single and binary (OH)2 and NO2 groups for uptake of CO2 and CH4”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (accepted and in print).
  • A.J.W. Physick, D.J. Wales, S.H.R. Owens, J. Shang, P.A. Webley, T.J. Mays, and V.P. Ting “Novel low energy hydrogen-deuterium isotope breakthrough separation using a trapdoor zeolite”, Chemical Engineering Journal 2016, 288, 161-168.
  • J. Shang, G. Li, J. Li, L. Li, P.A. Webley, and J.Z. Liu “A Density Functional Theory Computational Study of Alkali Cation-Exchanged sod-ZMOF for CO2, N2, and CH4 Adsorption”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2015, 119, 27449-27456.
  • Y. He, J. Shang,† Q. Gu, G. Li, J. Li, R.K. Singh, P. Xiao, and P.A. Webley† “Converting 3D Rigid Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) to 2D Flexible Networks via Linker Exchange for Enhanced CO2/N2 and CH4/N2 Separation”, Chemical Communications 2015, 51 (79), 14716-14719.
    †corresponding author
    **Journal inside back cover
    Paper 2
  • C. Wang,† J. Shang,† Y. Lan, T.Tian, H. Wang, X. Chen, J. Gu, J.Z. Liu, L. Wan, W. Zhu, and G. Li “Metal-Organic Polyhedra Cages Immobilized on a Plasmonic Substrate for Sensitive Detection of Trace Explosives ”, Advanced Functional Materials 2015, 25 (37), 6009-6017.
    †equal contribution
  • Z.H. Rada, H. Abid, J. Shang, Y. He, P.A. Webley, S. Liu, H. Sun, and S. Wang “Effect of amino functionality on uptake of CO2, CH4 and selectivity of CO2/CH4 on titanium based MOFs”, Fuel 2015, 160, 318-327.
  • G. Chandrakumara, J. Shang, L. Qiu, X. Fang, F. Antolasic, D. Li, T. Alan, and J.Z. Liu “Tuning the oxygen functional groups in reduced graphene oxide papers to enhance the electromechanical actuation”, RSC Advances 2015, 5,68052.
  • T. Remy, E. Gobechiya, D. Danaci, S.A. Peter, P. Xiao, L.V. Tendeloo, S. Couck, J. Shang, C.E.A. Kirschhock, R.K. Singh, J.A. Martens, G.V. Baron, P.A. Webley, and J.F.M. Denayer “Kinetic upgrade of biogas with Rb- and Cs-ZK-5”, RSC Advances 2014, 4,62511.
  • Z. Chang, W. Yan, J. Shang, and J.Z. Liu, “Piezoelectric properties of graphene oxide: a first-principles computational study”, Applied Physics Letters2014, 105, 023103.
  • J. Shang, G. Li, R. Singh, P. Xiao, D. Danaci, J.Z. Liu, and P.A. Webley “Adsorption of CO2, N2, and CH4 in Cs-exchanged chabazite: A combination of van der Waals density functional theory calculations and experiment study”, The Journal of Chemical Physics2014, 140, 084705.
  • L. Li, J. Yao, P. Xiao, J. Shang, Y. Feng, P.A. Webley, and H. Wang “One-step fabrication of ZIF-8/polymer composite spheres by a phase inversion method for gas adsorption”, Colloid and Polymer Science2013, 291, 2711-2717.
  • J. Shang, G. Li, R. Singh, P. Xiao, J.Z. Liu, and P.A. Webley “Determination of Composition Range for Molecular Trapdoor Effect in Chabazite Zeolite”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C2013, 117, 12841-12847.
  • H. Abid, J. Shang, H. Ang, and S. Wang “Amino-Functionalised Zr-MOF Nanoparticle for Adsorption of CO2 and CH4”, International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials 2013, 4, 72-82.
  • J. Shang, G. Li, R. Singh, P. Xiao, J.Z. Liu, and P.A. Webley “Potassium Chabazite – A Nano-Container for Gas Encapsulation”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C2010, 114, 22025-22031.
  • Y. Dong, X. Hu, J. Shang, L. Li, Z. Feng, and Z. Jiang “On the Ultraviolet Mutation of O-chlorophenol Degrading Photosynthetic Bacteria” (in Chinese), Journal of Safety and Environment 2009, 5, 55-59.
  • X. Hu, M. Jin, Y. Dong, L. Li, and J. Shang “Starch Wastewater Treatment by Mildew” (in Chinese) Environmental Science and Technology 2009, 8, 24-26.
  • M. Zhu, J. Shang, X. Hu, L. Cui, and Z. Fu “New Way for Treating Oilfield Thrice-Circulated Sewage by Means of Coagulation-Electrocoagulation” (in Chinese), Journal of Safety and Environment2008, 3, 44-47.


  • J. Shang, R. Singh, G. Li, and P.A. Webley “An Improved Chabazite Adsorbent for Gas Separation” Australian Provisional Patent No. 20829846, 23 August, 2011.
  • X. Hu, Y. Dong, L. Li, B. Jiang, Z. Fu, S. Ye, M. Zhu, and J. Shang “A Technique of Preparing Bio-Flocculants” Chinese Patent No. CN 101327975, 24 December, 2008.