PhD in Chemical Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia, Member of International Adsorption Society, Member of International Zeolite Association
Staff title
Associate Professor

Dr. Jin Shang obtained his Bachelor‘s (2007) and Master‘s (2009) degrees both in Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University in China and Ph.D. (2013) in Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. His Ph.D. thesis on carbon dioxide capture from flue gas and natural gas streams discovered a new gas separation mechanism, i.e., molecular trapdoor mechanism, which has been recognized as the 4th mechanism for adsorptive gas separation. After his Ph.D., he worked as a research fellow on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project focusing on developing advanced gas adsorbents 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, prior to joining the City University of Hong Kong as Assistant Professor in the School of Energy and Environment in 2016.

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Research Interest

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 of 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.

Our 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/X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy of adsorption; some advanced computational techniques include ab initio density functional theory (DFT) and force field molecular simulations. We have 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:

  • Adsorptive gas separation
  • Adsorption-enhanced (photo)catalytic conversion
  • Porous materials
  • CO2 capture
  • natural gas/biogas/landfill gas purification
  • low temperature NOx removal
  • VOCs (volatile organic compounds) removal
  • NH3 removal
  • paraffin/olefin separation
  • gas storage
  • gas sensing

Position(s) available

We are always looking for excellent students and postdoctoral researchers to join our team. 

PhD students:

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a four-year postgraduate research degree. Prospective students should follow the CityU application instructions. Scholarships are available via Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS), University Grants Committee (UGC) Teaching Assistant (TA) Scheme, University Grants Committee (UGC) Research Assistant (RA) Scheme, or by self-finance. Before proceeding to application, please express your interest to Dr. Jin Shang and provide supporting documents including CV and/or published works.


We are more than happy to support excellent candidates for Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme and other relevant fellowship schemes to conduct research in our group. Occasionally, postdoctoral openings will be advertised.

Visiting Professor/Researchers/Students:

We welcome collaborative research visits. Potential sources of financial support include prestigious Hong Kong Scholars Program and other short-term visiting schemes. Please kindly contact Dr. Jin Shang.

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

  • Young Researcher Award by AIChE and Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), 2020.
  • 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

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  1. “Progress, barriers, and prospects for achieving a hydrogen society and opportunities for biochar technology”, ACS ES&T Engineering 2022 (accepted).
  2. “Direct Decomposition of NO over 8MR in High Silica Cu-LTA Zeolite: A DFT Study on Reaction Mechanisms, Thermodynamics and Kinetics”, Molecular Catalysis 2022 (accepted).
  3. Fang, L., Gou, G., Shang, J., Liu, M., Gu, Q., Li, L.* “Regulating the Spin State of Single-Atom Doped Covalent Triazine Frameworks for Efficient Nitrogen Fixation”, Journal of Colloid And Interface Science 2022, 627, 931.
  4. Tang, Z., Ma, D., Chen, Q., Wang, Y., Sun, M., Lian, Q., Shang, J., Wong, P.K., He, C., Xia, D., Wang, T.* “Nanomaterial-Enabled Photothermal-Based Solar Water Disinfection Processes: Fundamentals, Recent Advances, and Mechanisms”, Journal of Hazardous Materials 2022, 437, 129373.
  5. Sun, M., Zhu, X., Wu, C., Masek, O., Wang, C.-H., Shang, J., Ok, Y.S., Tsang, D.C.W.* “Customizing high-performance molten salt induced biochar from biomass waste for CO2/N2 separation”, Fuel Processing Technology 2022, 234, 107319.
  6. Wu, H., Utomo, W.P., Tian, Y., Mak, C.H., Chung, H.Y., Hsu, H.Y., Shang, J., Ng, Y.H.* “Enhanced Visible-light-driven Heterogeneous Photocatalytic CO2 Methanation by Cu2O@Cu-MOF-74 Thin Film”, ChemPhysMater 2022 (accepted).
  7. Xia D., Chen Q., Jiao Y., Lian Q., Sun M., He C., Shang J.*, Wang T. “A Modified Flower Pollen-based Photothermocatalytic Process for Enhanced Solar Water Disinfection: Photoelectric effect and Bactericidal Mechanisms”, Water Research 2022, 217, 118423.
  8. Yang, C., Shang, S.,a Gu, Q., Shang, J., Li, X.* “Metal-organic framework-derived carbon nanotubes with multi-active Fe-N/Fe sites as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for zinc-air battery”, Journal of Energy Chemistry 2022, 66, 306.
  9. Shang, S., Wen, C., Yang, C., Tian, Y., Wang, C., Shang, J.* “The low-temperature NO2 removal by tailoring metal node in porphyrin-based metal-organic frameworks”, Science of The Total Environment 2021, 801, 149710.
  10. Shang, S., Xiong, W., Yang, C., Johannessen, B., Liu, R., Hsu, H., Gu, Q., Leung, M., Shang, J.* “Atomically Dispersed Iron Metal Site in a Porphyrin-Based Metal-Organic Framework for Photocatalytic Nitrogen Fixation”, ACS Nano 2021, 15(6), 9670. (https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/WA7UNMTf2UMfLkDqngMQwQ)
  11. Shang, S., Yang, C., Tian, Y., Tao, Z., Hanif, A., Sun, M., Wong, S., Wang, C., Shang, J.* “NO2 Removal by Adsorption on Transition-Metal-Based Layered Double Hydroxides”, ACS ES&T Engineering 2021, 1(3), 375.
  12. Hanif, A., Sun, M., Wang, T., Shang, S., Tsang, D.C.W., Shang, J.* “Ambient NO2 Adsorption Removal by Mg-Al Layered Double Hydroxides and Derived Mixed Metal Oxides”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2021, 313, 127956.
  13. Sun, M.,a Hanif, A.,c Wang, T.,c Yang, C., Tsang, D.C.W., Shang, J.* “Chrysanthemum flower like silica with highly dispersed Cu nanoparticles as a high-performance NO2 adsorbent”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2021, 418, 126400.
  14. Wang, T., Dissanayake, P., Sun, M., Tao, Z., Han, W., An, N., Gu, Q., Xia, D., Tian, B., OK, Y., Shang, J.* “Adsorption and visible-light photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants by functionalized biochar: Role of iodine doping and reactive species”, Environmental Research 2021, 197, 111026.
  15. Wang, C.,# Shang, J.,# Tian, L., Zhao, H., Wang, P., Feng, K., He, G., Liu, J.Z., Zhu, W., Li, *“Direct Identification of HMX via Guest-induced Fluorescence Turn-on of Molecular Cage”, Chinese Chemical Letters, 2021, in press.
  16. Wang, T., Tian, B., Han, B., Ma, D., Sun, M.,a Hanif,c, Xia, D. and Shang, J.* “Recent advances on porous materials for synergetic adsorption and photocatalysis”, Energy & Environmental Materials, 2021, in press.
  17. Yang, C., Shang, S., Gu, Q., Shang, J., Li, X.* “Metal-organic framework-derived carbon nanotubes with multi-active Fe-N/Fe sites as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for zinc-air battery”, Journal of Energy Chemistry, 2022, 66, 306.
  18. Li, Y., Shang, S., Shang, J., Wang, W.* “Toxicity assessment and underlying mechanisms of multiple metal organic frameworks using the green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii model”, Environmental Pollution, 2021, accepted.
  19. He, J., Mousavi, S. H., Li, G., Li, Z., Mokarizadeh, A. H., Shang, J., May, E. F., Li, G. “The rational design of Li-doped nitrogen adsorbents for natural gas purification”, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2021, 23, 971.
  20. Peng, Y., Sun, Y., Hanif, A., Shang, J., Shen, Z., Hou, D., Zhou, Y., Chen, Q., Ok, Y., Tsang, D. C.W. “Design and fabrication of exfoliated Mg/Al layered double hydroxides on biochar support”, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2021, 289, 125142.
  21. Zhu, X., Wan, Z., Tsang, D. C. W., He, M., Hou, D., Su, Z., Shang, J. “Machine learning for the selection of carbon-based materials for tetracycline and sulfamethoxazole adsorption”, Chemical Engineering Journal 2021, 406, 126782.
  22. Yang, Z., Gu, Y., Yuan, B., Tian, Y., Shang, J., Tsang, D.C.W., Liu, M., Gan, L., Mao, S., Li L. “Thio-groups decorated covalent triazine frameworks for selective mercury removal”, Journal of Hazardous Materials 2021, 403, 123702.
  23. Guo, J., Hanif, A., Shang, J.,* Deka, B., Ning, Z., An, A., “PAA@ZIF-8 incorporated nanofibrous membrane for high-efficiency PM2.5 capture”, Chemical Engineering Journal 2021, 405, 126584.
  24. Shang, S., Yang, C., Wang, C., Qin, J., Li, Y., Gu, Q. and Shang, J.* “Transition Metal Inserted Porphyrin Metal‐Organic Frameworks as π‐backbonding Adsorbents for NO2 Removal”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2020, 59 (44), 19680. (https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/Sf4cMKV3hL7HiMVq9aIDXw)
  25. Zhao, Z., Ling, C., Wang, D., Wang, J.‐X., Saczek, J., Pramana, S., Sridhar, S., Shang, J., Xu, B. B., Tsang, D. C. W., Chen, J.‐F., Wang, S.“Liquid Marbles in Liquid”, Small 2020, 16, 2002802.
  26. Zhu, X., Tsang, D. C. W.,* Wang, L., Su, Z., Hou, D., Li, L., Shang, J.* “Machine learning exploration of the critical factors for CO2 adsorption capacity on porous carbon materials at different pressures”, Journal of Cleaner Production 2020, 273, 122915.
  27. Igalavithana, A. D., Choi, S. W., Shang, J., Hanif, A., Dissanayake, P. D., Tsang, D. C. W., Kwon, J.-H., Lee, K. B., Ok, Y.S. “Carbon dioxide capture in biochar produced from pine sawdust and paper mill sludge: Effect of porous structure and surface chemistry”, Science of The Total Environment 2020, 739, 139845.
  28. Wang, Z., Goyal, N., Liu, L., Tsang, D.C.W., Shang J., Liu, W., Li, G. “N-doped porous carbon derived from polypyrrole for CO2 capture from humid flue gases”, Chemical Engineering Journal 2020, 396, 125376.
  29. Li, J., Zhang, H., Wang, B., Yu, X., Shang, J., Yu, J. “Carbon Dots in Porous Materials: Host‐Guest Synergy for Enhanced Performance”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2020, 59 (44), 19390.
  30. Wang, T., Wang, Y., Sun, M., Hanif, A., Wu, H., Gu, Q., Ok, Y.S., Tsang, D. C. W., Li, J., Yu, J., Shang, J.* “Thermally Treated Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework-8 (ZIF-8) for Visible Light Photocatalytic Degradation of Gaseous Formaldehyde”, Chemical Science 2020, 11, 6670-6681Journal back cover
  31. Chen, S. S., Cao, Y., Tsang, D. C. W., Tessonnier, J.-P., Shang, J., Hou, D., Shen, Z., Zhang, S., Ok, Y.S., Wu, K. C. W. “Effective Dispersion of MgO Nanostructure on Biochar Support as a Basic Catalyst for Glucose Isomerization”, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2020, 8 (18), 6990-7001.
  32. Cao, L., Yu, I. K. M., Xiong, X., Tsang, D. C. W., Zhang, S., Clark, J. H., Hu, C., Ng, Y. H., Shang, J., Ok, Y.S. “Biorenewable hydrogen production through biomass gasification: A review and future prospects”, Environmental Research 2020, 186, 109547.
  33. Shang, J.,* Hanif, A., Li, G., Xiao, G., Liu, J. Z., Xiao, P., Webley, P. A. “Separation of CO2 and CH4 by Pressure Swing Adsorption Using a Molecular Trapdoor Chabazite Adsorbent for Natural Gas Purification”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2020, 59 (16), 7857-7865.
  34. Shang, S., Tao, Z., Yang, C., Hanif, A., Li, L., Tsang, D. C. W., Gu, Q., Shang, J.* “Facile synthesis of CuBTC and its graphene oxide composites as efficient adsorbents for CO2 capture”, Chemical Engineering Journal 2020, 393, 124666.
  35. Tian, M., Liu, S. J., Wang, L., Ding, H.,* Zhao, D., Wang, Y., Cui, J., Fu, J., Shang, J.,* Li, G. K.,* “Complete Degradation of Gaseous Methanol over Pt/FeOx Catalysts by Normal Temperature Catalytic Ozonation (NTCO)”, Environmental Science & Technology 2020, 54(3) 1938-1945.
  36. Xiao, K.M., Wang, T.Q., Sun, M.Z., Hanif, A., Gu, Q.F., Tian, B.B., Jiang, Z.F., Wang. B., Sun, H.L., Shang, J.,* Wong, P.K.,* “Photocatalytic Bacterial Inactivation by a Rape Pollen-MoS2 Biohybrid Catalyst: Synergetic Effects and Inactivation Mechanisms”, Environmental Science & Technology 2020, 54(1) 537-549.
  37. Li, B., Zheng, T., Ran, S., Sun, M., Shang, J., Hu, H., Lee, P.-H., Boles, S. T., “Performance recovery in degraded carbon-based electrodes for capacitive deionization”, Environmental Science & Technology 2020, 54(3), 1848-1856.
  38. Kumar, P., Kim, K.H., Lee, J., Shang, J., Khazi, M.I., Kumar, N., Lisak, G., “Metal-organic framework for sorptive/catalytic removal and sensing applications against nitroaromatic compounds”, Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry 2020, 84, 87-95.
  39. Yu, I.K.M., Hanif, A., Tsang, D.C.W.,* Yip, A.C.K., Lin, K.Y.A., Gao, B., Ok, Y.S., Poon, C.S., Shang, J.,* “Tailoring Acidity and Porosity of Alumina Catalysts via Transition Metal Doping for Glucose Conversion in Biorefinery”, Science of The Total Environment 2020, 704, 135414.
  40. Yu, I.K.M., Hanif, A., Tsang, D.C.W.*, Shang, J.*, Su, Z.; Song, H., Ok, Y.S., Poon, C.S., “Tuneable functionalities in layered double hydroxide catalysts for thermochemical conversion of biomass-derived glucose to fructose”, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2020, 383, 122914.
  41. Igalavithana, A. D., Wan Choi, S., Dissanayake, P. D., Shang, J., Wang, C.-H., Yang, X., Kim, S., Tsang, D. C. W., Lee, K. B., Ok, Y.S., “Gasification biochar from biowaste (food waste and wood waste) for effective CO2 adsorption”, Journal of Hazardous Materials 2020, 39,121147.
  42. Vikrant, K., Kim, K.H.,* Szulejko, J. E., Boukhvalov, D., Shang J., Rinklebe, J., “Evidence of inter-species swing adsorption between aromatic hydrocarbons”, Environmental Research 2020, 181, 108814.
  43. Xiang, H., Ameen, A., Shang, J., Jiao, Y., Gorgojo, P., Siperstein, F. R., Fan, X., “Synthesis and modification of moisture-stable coordination pillared-layer metal-organic framework (CPL-MOF) CPL-2 for ethylene/ethane separation”, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2019, 293, 109784.
  44. Hanif, A., Sun, M., Tao, Z., Liu, L., Tsang, D. C. W., Gu, Q.,* Shang, J.,* “Silica Supported MgO as An Adsorbent for Pre-combustion CO2 Capture”, ACS Applied Nano Materials 2019, 2(10), 6565-6574.
  45. Tian, Y., Liang, G., Fan, T., Shang, J., Shang, S., Ma, Y., Matsuda, R., Liu, M., Wang, M., Li, L., Kitagawa, S., “Grafting free carboxylic acid groups onto pore surface of 3D porous coordination polymers for high proton conductivity”, Chemistry of Materials 2019, 31(20), 8494-8503.
  46. Iacomi, P., Formalik, F., Marreiros, J., Shang, J., Rogacka, J., Mohmeyer, A., Behrens, P., Ameloot, R., Kuchta, B., Llewellyn, P. L., “Role of structural defects in the adsorption and separation of C3 hydrocarbons in Zr-fumarate-MOF (MOF-801)”, Chemistry of Materials 2019, 31(20), 8413-8423.
  47. He, Y., Sun, M., Zhao, Q., Shang, J.,* Tian, Y., Xiao, P., Gu, Q.,* Li, L., Webley, P. A., “Effective Gas Separation Performance Enhancement Obtained by Constructing Polymorphous Core-Shell Metal-Organic Frameworks”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2019, 11(33), 30234-30239.
  48. Buruga, K., Song, H., Shang, J., Bolan, N., Jagannathan, T. K., Kim, K.-H., “A review on functional polymer-clay based nanocomposite membranes for treatment of water”, Journal of Hazardous Materials 2019, 379, 120584.
  49. Wang, S., Bai, P., Sun, M., Liu, W., Li, D., Wu, W., Yan, W., Shang, J.,* Yu, J.*, “Fabricating Mechanically Robust Binder-Free Structured Zeolites by 3D Printing Coupled with Zeolite Soldering: A Superior Configuration for CO2 Capture”, Advanced Science, 2019, 6(17), 1901317.
  50. Zhu, W., Guo, J., Agola, J. O., Croissant, J. G., Wang, Z., Shang, J., Coker, E. N., Motevalli, B., Zimpel, A., Wuttke, S., Brinker, C.J., “Metal-Organic Framework Nanoparticle-Assisted Cryopreservation of Red Blood Cells”, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2019, 141, 19, 7789-7796.
  51. Zhu, W., Guo, J., Amini, S., Ju, Y., Agola, J. O., Zimpel, A., Shang, J., Noureddine, A., Caruso, F., Wuttke, S., Croissant, J.G., Brinker, C.J., “SupraCells: Living Mammalian Cells Protected within Functional Modular Nanoparticle-Based Exoskeletons”, Advanced Materials 2019, 31(25), 1900545Journal cover
  52. Hanif, A., Sun, M., Shang, S., Tian, Y., Yip, A. C. K., Ok, Y.S., Yu, I. K. M., Tsang, D. C. W., Gu, Q., Shang, J.,* “Exfoliated Ni-Al LDH 2D nanosheets for intermediate temperature CO2 capture”, Journal of Hazardous Materials 2019, 374, 365-371.
  53. Sun, M., Gu, Q., Hanif, A., Wang, T., Shang, J.,* “Transition metal cation-exchanged SSZ-13 zeolites for CO2 capture and separation from N2”, Chemical Engineering Journal 2019, 370, 1450.
  54. Shang, S., Hanif, A., Sun, M., Tian, Y., Ok, Y.S., Yu, I. K. M., Tsang, D. C. W., Gu, Q., Shang, J.,* “Novel M (Mg/Ni/Cu)-Al-CO3 layered double hydroxides synthesized by aqueous miscible organic solvent treatment (AMOST) method for CO2 capture”, Journal of Hazardous Materials 2019, 373, 285-293.
  55. Yin, H., Shang, J., Choi, J.K., Yip, A.C.K., “Generation and extraction of hydrogen from low-temperature water-gas-shift reaction by a ZIF-8-based membrane reactor”, Microporous & Mesoporous Materials 2019, 280, 347-356.
  56. Yang, X., Yu, I.K.M., Cho, D.W., Chen, S.S., Tsang, D.C.W., Shang, J., Yip, A.C.K., Wang, L., Ok, Y.S., “Tin-functionalized Wood Biochar as a Sustainable Solid Catalyst for Glucose Isomerization in Biorefinery”, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2019, (5), 4851-4860.
  57. Lv, X., Hu, C., Shang, J., Sit, P. H. L., Lam, F. L. Y., Teoh, W. Y, “Enhanced photoelectrochemical charge transfer on Mn-doped CdS/TiO2 nanotube arrays: The roles of organic substrates”, Catalysis Today 2019, 355, 468-476.
  58. Zhu, W., Guo, J., Croissant, J.G., Shang, J., Agola, J.O., Ping, Y., Brinker, C.J., “Modular Metal-Organic Polyhedra Super-Assembly: from Molecular-Level Design to Targeted Drug Delivery”, Advanced Materials 2019, 31 (12), 1806774.
  59. Vellingiri, K., Deng, Y.-X., Kim, K.-H., Jiang, J.-J., Kim, T., Shang, J., Ahn, W.-S., Kukkar, D., Boukhvalov, D. W., “Amine-Functionalized Metal–Organic Frameworks and Covalent Organic Polymers as Potential Sorbents for Removal of Formaldehyde in Aqueous Phase: Experimental Versus Theoretical Study”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2019, 11 (1), 1426-1439.
  60. Lv, X., Rodriguez, I., Hu, C., Shang, J., Sit, P. H. L., Ye, C., Oskam, G., Teoh, W. Y., “Modulated anodization synthesis of Sn-doped iron oxide with enhanced solar water splitting performance”, Materials Today Chemistry 2019, 12, 7-15.
  61. Wang, T., Sun, M., Sun, H., Shang, J.,* Wong P. K.,*, “Efficient Z-Scheme Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Bacterial Inactivation by Hierarchical MoS2-Encapsulated Hydrothermal Carbonation Carbon Core-Shell Nanospheres”, Applied Surface Science 2019, 464, 43-52.
  62. Gu, Q., Shang, J.,* Hanif A., Li, G., and Shirazian, S., “Theoretical Study of Moisture-Pretreated Lithium as Potential Materials for Natural Gas Upgrading”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2018, 57 (45), 15512–15521.
  63. Yu, I.K.M., Tsang, D.C.W., Su, Z.S, Yip, A.C.K., Shang, J., Ok, Y.S., Kim, K.H., and Poon, C.S., “Contrasting Roles of Maleic Acid in Controlling Kinetics and Selectivity of Sn(IV)- and Cr(III)-catalyzed Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) Synthesis”, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2018, 6 (11), 14264–14274.
  64. Yu, I.K.M., Xiong, X.N., Tsang, D.C.W., Wang, L., Hunt, A.J., Song, H. C., Shang, J., Ok, Y.S., and Poon, C.S., “Aluminium-Biochar Composites as Sustainable Heterogeneous Catalysts for Glucose Isomerisation in a Biorefinery", Green Chemistry 2019, 21, 1267-1281. Journal cover
  65. Shang, J.,* Shirazian, S., “Facilitated Dissociation of Water in the Presence of Lithium Metal at Ambient Temperature as a Requisite for Lithium-Gas Reactions”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2018, 122, 16016-16022.
  66. Yu, I. K. M., Tsang, D. C. W., Yip, A., Hunt, A. J., Sherwood, J., Shang, J., Song, H. C., Ok, Y.S. and Poon, C. S., “Propylene Carbonate and [gamma]-Valerolactone as Green Solvents Enhance Sn(IV)-Catalysed Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) Production from Bread Waste.” Green Chemistry 2018, 20, 2064-2074.
  67. Rada, Z.H., Abid, H.R., Sun, H., Shang, J., Li, J., He, Y., Liu, S., Wang, S., “Effects of -NO2 and -NH2 functional groups in mixed-linker Zr-based MOFs on gas adsorption of CO2 and CH4”, Progress in Natural Science: Materials International 2018, 28, 160-167.
  68. Du, T., Fang, X., Liu, L., Shang, J., Zhang, B., Wei, Y., Gong, H., Rahman, S., May, E.F., Webley, P.A., Li, G., “An optimal trapdoor zeolite for exclusive admission of CO2 at industrial carbon capture operating temperatures”, Chemical Communications 2018, 54 (25), 3134-3137.
  69. Zhu, W., Xiang, G., Shang, J., Guo, J., Motevalli, B., Durfee, P., Agola, J.O., Coker, E.N., Brinker, C.J., “Versatile Surface Functionalization of Metal–Organic Frameworks through Direct Metal Coordination with a Phenolic Lipid Enables Diverse Applications”, Advanced Functional Materials 2018, 28 (16), 1705274.
  70. Jooshani, S., Khansary, M.A., Marjani, A., Shirazian, S., Shang, J., “Contaminant uptake by polymeric passive samplers: A modeling study with experimental validation”, Chemical Engineering Research and Design 2018, 129, 231-236.
  71. Perre, S.V.D., Gelin, P., Claessens, B., Calvo, A.M., Cousin, J., Remi, S., Duerinck, , Baron, G.V., Palomino, M., Sánchez, L.Y., Valencia, S., ShangJ., Singh, R., Webley, P., Rey, F., Denayera, J.F.M., “Intensified biobutanol recovery using zeolites with complementary selectivity”, ChemSusChem 2017, 10, 2968-2977.
  72. Li, G.,# Shang, J.,# Gu, Q., Awati, R.V., Grant, A., Jensen, N., Zhang, X., Sholl, D.S., Liu, J.Z., Webley, P.A., May, E. “Temperature-Regulated Guest Admission and Release in Microporous Materials”, Nature Communications 2017, (8), 15777#Joint first authors
  73. Xie, K., He, Y., Zhao, Q., Shang, J., Gu, Q., Qiao, G., Webley P.A., “Pd(0) loaded Zn2(AzoBDC)2(Dabco) as heterogeneous catalyst”, CrystEngComm 2017, 19, 4182-4186.
  74. Cao, A., Zhu, W., Shang, J., Klootwijk, J.H., Sudhölter, E.J.R., Huskens, J., de Smet, L.C.P.M., “Metal-Organic Polyhedra-Coated Si Nanowires for Sensitive Detection of Trace Explosives”, Nano Letters 2017, 17, 1-7. Journal front cover
  75. Du, T., Fang, X., Wei, Y., Shang, J.Zhang, B., Liu, L., “Synthesis of Nanocontainer Chabazites from Fly Ash with a Template- and Fluoride-Free Process for Cesium Ion Adsorption” Energy & Fuels 2017, 31 (4), 4301-4307.
  76. He, Y., Shang, J.,* Zhao, Q., Gu, Q.,* Xie, K., Li, G., Singh, R.K., Xiao, P., Webley, P.A.,* “A Comparative Study on Conversion of Porous and Non-porous Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) into Carbon-based Composites for Carbon Dioxide Capture”, Polyhedron 2016, 120, 30-35.
  77. Abid, H., Rada, Z.H., Shang, J.,* Wang, ,* “Synthesis, Characterization, and CO2 Adsorption Study of three Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs): MIL-53, MIL-96, and Amino-MIL-53”, Polyhedron 2016, 120, 103-111.
  78. Shang, J.,* Li, G., Webley, P.A.,* Liu, J.Z.,* “A Density Functional Theory Study for the Adsorption of Various Gases on a Caesium Exchanged Trapdoor Chabazite”, Computational Materials Science 2016, 122, 307.
  79. He, Y., Shang, J.,* Gu, Q.,* Zhao, Q., Xie, K., Li, G., Singh, R.K., Xiao, P., Webley, P.A.,* “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.
  80. Xu, D., Sun, L., Li, G., Shang, J., Yang, R., Deng, W., “Methyllithium-Doped Naphthyl-Containing Conjugated Microporous Polymer with Enhanced Hydrogen Storage Performance”, Chemistry - A European Journal 2016, 22, 7944.
  81. Physick, A.J.W., Wales, D.J., Owens, S.H.R., Shang, J., Webley, P.A., Mays, T.J., Ting, V.P., “Novel low energy hydrogen-deuterium isotope breakthrough separation using a trapdoor zeolite”, Chemical Engineering Journal 2016, 288, 161.
  82. Rada, Z.H., Abid, H., Shang, J., Sun, H., He, Y., Webley, P.A., Liu, S., and Wang, S. “Functionalised UiO-66 by single and binary (OH)2 and NO2 groups for uptake of CO2 and CH4”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2016, 55 (29), 7924.
  83. Wang, C.,# Shang, J.,Lan, Y., Tian, , Wang, H., Chen, X., Gu, J., Liu, J.Z., Wan, L., Zhu, W., Li, G., “Metal-Organic Polyhedra Cages Immobilized on a Plasmonic Substrate for Sensitive Detection of Trace Explosives”, Advanced Functional Materials 2015, 25 (37), 6009#Joint first authors
  84. Shang, J., Li, G., Li, J., Li, L., Webley, P.A., Liu, J.Z., “Density Functional Theory Computational Study of Alkali Cation-Exchanged sod-ZMOF for CO2, N2, and CH4 Adsorption”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2015119, 27449.
  85. He, Y., Shang, J.,* Gu, Q., Li, G., Li, J., Singh, R.K., Xiao, P., Webley, P.A.,* “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), 14716Journal inside back cover
  86. Rada, Z.H., Abid, H., Shang, J., He, Y., Webley, P.A., Liu, S., Sun, H., and Wang, S. “Effect of amino functionality on uptake of CO2, CH4 and selectivity of CO2/CH4 on titanium based MOFs”, Fuel 2015, 160, 318.
  87. Chandrakumara, G., Shang, J., Qiu, L., Fang, X., Antolasic, F., Li, D., Alan, T., and Liu, J.Z. “Tuning the oxygen functional groups in reduced graphene oxide papers to enhance the electromechanical actuation”, RSC Advances 2015, 5, 68052.
  88. Remy, T., Gobechiya, E., Danaci, D., Peter, S. A., Xiao, P., Tendeloo, L. V., Couck, S., Shang, J., Kirschhock, C. E. A., Singh, R., Martens, J. A., Baron, G. V., Webley, P. A., Denayer, J. F. M., “Kinetic upgrade of biogas with Rb- and Cs-ZK-5”, RSC Advances 2014, 4, 62511.
  89. Chang, Z., Yan, W., Shang, J., Liu, J. Z., “Piezoelectric properties of graphene oxide: a first-principles computational study”, Applied Physics Letters 2014, 105, 023103.
  90. Shang, J., Li, G., Gu, Q., Singh, R., Xiao, P., Liu, J. Z., Webley, P. A., “Temperature Controlled Invertible Selectivity of Adsorption of N2 and CH4 by Molecular Trapdoor Chabazites”. Chemical Communications 2014, 50 (35), 4544-4546Journal front cover
  91. Shang, J., Li, G., Singh, R., Xiao, P., Danaci, D., Liu, J. Z., Webley, P. A., “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 Physics 2014, 140, 084705.
  92. Li, L., Yao, J., Xiao, P., Shang, J., Feng, Y., Webley, P. A., Wang, H., “One-step fabrication of ZIF-8/polymer composite spheres by a phase inversion method for gas adsorption”, Colloid and Polymer Science 2013, 291, 2711-2717.
  93. Shang, J., Li, G., Singh, R., Xiao, P., Liu, J. Z., Webley, P.A., “Determination of Composition Range for Molecular Trapdoor Effect in Chabazite Zeolite”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2013, 117, 12841-12847.
  94. Abid, H., Shang, J., Ang, H., Wang, S., “Amino-Functionalised Zr-MOF Nanoparticle for Adsorption of CO2 and CH4”, International Journal of Smart and Nano Materials 2013, 4, 72-82.
  95. Shang, J., Li, , Singh, R., Gu, Q., Nairn, K., Bastow, T., Medhekar, N., Doherty, C., Hill, A., Liu, J. Z., Webley, P. A., “Discriminative Separation of Gases by a “Molecular Trapdoor” Mechanism in Chabazite Zeolites”, Journal of the American Chemical Society 2012, 134, 19246-19253Spotlight Article
  96. Shang, J., Li, G., Singh, R., Xiao, P., Liu, J. Z., Webley, P. A., “Potassium Chabazite – A Nano-Container for Gas Encapsulation”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2010, 114, 22025-22031.


  • Shang, , Sun, M., and Wang, T., “Self-cleaning fabric and article” US Patent Filing NO. 17/843,143, June 17, 2022.
  • Shang, , Sun, M., and Wang, T., “A carbon nanowire, a fabric, a manufacturing method therefor, and an additive for a fabric” US Patent Filing NO. 17/835,392, June 8, 2022.
  • Shang, , Sun, M., and Wang, T., “便攜式一氧化氮發生器及其使用方法和其在吸入一氧化氮治療中的應用” Chinese Patent Filing NO. 202210563060.9, May 23, 2022.
  • Shang, and Tao, Z., “一種吸附劑及其製備方法與應用” Chinese Patent Filing NO. 202210484970.8, May 6, 2022.
  • Shang, , Sun, M., and Wang, T., “一種選擇性捕集CO2的吸附劑及其製備與應用(An adsorbent for CO2 capture from N2 or CH4)” Chinese Patent Filing NO. 202111352460.7, November 16, 2021.
  • Shang, , Li, G., Wang, T., and Gu, Q., “一種氦氣純化的方法及其裝置(A method for helium purification)” Chinese Patent Filing No. 201910433137.9, May 03, 2019.
  • Shang, , Singh, R., Li, G., and Webley, P.A. “An Improved Chabazite Adsorbent for Gas Separation” Australian Provisional Patent No. 20829846, August 23, 2011.
  • Hu, X., Dong, Y., Li, L., Jiang, B., Fu, Z., Ye, S., Zhu, M., and Shang, J. “A Technique of Preparing Bio-Flocculants” Chinese Patent No. CN 101327975, December 14, 2008.
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Research Interests
  • Adsorptive gas separation
  • Adsorption-enhanced (photo)catalytic conversion
  • Porous materials
  • CO2 capture
  • natural gas/biogas/landfill gas purification
  • low temperature NOx removal
  • VOCs (volatile organic compounds) removal
  • NH3 removal
  • paraffin/olefin separation
  • gas storage
  • gas sensing