Professor John Zhu

ARC Future Fellow
+61 7 336 53528

School of Chemical Engineering
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, 4072


John Zhu is currently a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, UQ. He is also the inaugural Director of Carbon Energy Research Centre. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering, UQ in 2002, then worked as a lecturer in Curtin University of Technology from 2002 to 2004. He moved back to UQ at the end of 2004 and has been working in the same school until present.  He is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including Freehills Award IChemE 2011, runner up of Innovator of the Year Award International IChemE 2011, the University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award 2007, an ARC Future Fellowship from 2013 to 2016, an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship from 2008 to 2012, an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2003 – 2005. In May 2012, John Zhu’s long term collaborative research with Eden Energy was recognised by Thomson Reuters Innovation Award for Innovative Collaboration between the University of Queensland and Eden Energy.


John Zhu’s research interests and expertise exist in advanced catalysis, gas adsorption and separation, direct carbon fuel cells and solid oxide fuel cells with strong application focus on clean energy and environment.  His current projects include research into scale up of direct carbon fuel cells, next generation solid oxide fuel cells, hierarchically-structured bulk materials for gas storage and catalytic reaction, carbon nanotubes/MOFs composite membranes, advanced plasma-assisted catalytic processes for clean energy production and air pollution control.

Teaching and Learning: 

John has taught several engineering courses including Research Methods (CHEE7200), Heat and mass transfer (CHEE3002), and Engineering investigation and analysis (CHEE3010). He is currently lecturing a third year course, Reaction Engineering (CHEE3005).

  1. Transport Processes in Flexible Porous Materials for Gas Separation and Storage, ARC DP.
  2. Scale up of Direct Carbon Fuel Cells, ARC LP
  3. Development of Superflux Carbon Nanotube Membranes for Gas Separation, ARC DP
  4. Development of  a Novel One Step Process for Gas Conversion to Liquid, ARC LP
  5. Fundamentals and practical applications of hierarchically-structured bulk materials, ARC Future Fellowship
  6. Development of novel cathodes for next generation solid oxide fuel cells, ARC DP


Key Publications: 
  1. Zhu, ZH. Molecular Simulations applied to adsorption on and reaction with carbon, Carbon Materials for Catalysis, Philippe Serp and José Luis Figueiredo (Eds), J. Wiley & Sons, Hoboken (NJ) 2009, pp 93-129.
  2. Zhu, Z.H.; Lu, G.Q. A Comparative Study of Alkali Metal Adsorptions on Graphite Using Quantum Mechanical Calculations. Langmuir, 20, 10751-10755(2004).
  3. Ge L; Du AJ; Hou L; Rudolph, V; Zhu ZH. Enhanced hydrogen separation by vertically-aligned carbon nanotube membrane with zeolite imidazolate frameworks as selective layer, RSC Advances, 2, 11793-11800 (2012).
  4. Li, X; Zhu ZH; Chen, JL; De Marco R; Dicks A; Bradley J; Lu GQ Surface modification of carbon fuels for direct carbon fuel cells, Journal of Power Sources, 186, 1-9 (2009).
  5. Zhu, Z.H; Lu,. G.Q. Catalytic Conversion of N2O to N2 over Potassium Catalyst supported on Activated Carbon, J. Catal. 187, 262 (1999).