UCL Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering


Linlin Xu

PhD Student
Linlin Xu

Office: Roberts Building, UCL

Email: linlin.xu.20@ucl.ac.uk


Our work in the CNIE on tree-inspired, hierarchically structured catalysts and fluid distributors, and on lung-inspired hydrogen fuel cells, has demonstrated the tremendous opportunities to intensify catalytic and electrochemical processes. Furthermore, fluctuating fluid flow in a nature-inspired way, rather than using constant flowrates, can make processes more structured and resilient.

Linlin’s research is to explore nature-inspired methodologies for sustainable, intensified production of electrocatalytic devices. Hitherto, most research focuses at one level, often the nanoscale; an integrated engineering approach that embraces the multiscale spatial and dynamic domains, which nature uses to “intensify” its processes and make them scalable and robust, should significantly impact sustainable production at useful scales. Therefore, Linlin's research objective is to combine the advantages of controlled nano-confinement effects in catalysis, hierarchical structuring of the catalyst pore network and reactor flow paths so as to increase overall device efficiency and reliability.


PhD, Chemical Engineering, University College London, London, UK (2020-Present)

MSc, Materialogy, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (2019)

BEng, Chemical Engineering and Technology, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China (2016)


  1. X. Zhang, Z. Chen, L. Cheng, L. Xu, X. Bi and Q. Liu, Valorization of fluid petroleum coke for efficient catalytic destruction of biomass gasification tar, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2022. [link]
  2. L. Xu, D. Liu, D. Chen, H. Liu and J. Yang, Size and shape controlled synthesis of rhodium nanoparticles, Heliyon, 2019. [link]
  3. D. Liu, L. Xu, J. Xie and J. Yang, A perspective of chalcogenide semiconductor-noble metal nanocomposites through structural transformations, Nano Materials Science, 2019. [link]
  4. D. Chen, L. Xu, H. Liu and J. Yang, Rough-surfaced bimetallic copper–palladium alloy multicubes as highly bifunctional electrocatalysts for formic acid oxidation and oxygen reduction, Green Energy & Environment, 2019. [link]
  5. L. Xu, J. Zhang, L. Xu and J. Yang, Immobilizing Ultrafine PtNi Nanoparticles within Graphitic Carbon Nanosheets toward High-Performance Hydrogenation Reaction, ACS Omega, 2018. [link]
  6. L. Xu and J. Yang, Size and shape-controlled synthesis of Ru nanocrystals, Physical Sciences Reviews, 2018. [link]
  7. L. Xu, D. Chen, J. Qu, L. Wang, J. Tang, H. Liu and J. Yang, Replacement reaction-based synthesis of supported palladium catalysts with atomic dispersion for catalytic removal of benzene, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2018. [link]
  8. L. Xu, D. Chen, H. Liu and J. Yang, Understanding the formation of nanocomposites consisting of silver sulfide and platinum hollow nanostructures, Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 2018. [link]