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lic. K. Zhu MSc (Kaijian)

PhD Candidate

About Me

I obtained a master degree in chemical engineering in 2018. During that period, my research focuses on the (photo)electrochemical water splitting by film-based semiconductor materials. Currently, I am Ph.D. student in the PhotoCatalytic Synthesis Group, working on carbon dioxide reduction and ultrafast spectroscopy.

Expertise

Engineering & Materials Science
Catalysis
Nanostructures
Photocathodes
Plasmonic Nanoparticles
Plasmonics
Precious Metals
Transition Metals
Physics & Astronomy
Metal Nitrides

Research

Solar energy is an inexhaustible and clean energy source, and it has great potential to replace fossil fuels. Dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cells are attractive due to their ability to convert solar energy into H2 via water splitting, or into hydrocarbons by CO2 reduction. My research focuses on the development of novel functionalized p-type materials. By optimizing the structure, nanomorphology, surface and functionalization of the materials, I aim to improve the solar conversion efficiency of the photocathodes. In conjunction with performance evaluation, I do time-resolved spectroscopic (femtosecond transient absorption, time-resolved photoluminescence, time-resolved microwave conductivity) to study the photodynamics, which is important for fundamental understanding and further improvement of the performance.

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Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst - Meander (building no. 27), room 147
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst - Meander  147
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands