Solar Energy & Advanced Materials Research Group


Qiushi Ruan

Qiushi Ruan

Qiushi Ruan received his BSc degree in Materials Science and Engineering in Shanghai Jiaotong University (China) in 2014. After one year studying in MSc Materials for Energy and Environment at UCL, he became a PhD research student founded by UCL-CSC joint scholarship in Solar Energy Group at UCL Chemical Engineering in 2015. His current research focuses on the photoelectrodes design for photoelectrochemical water splitting.

Research project

Title:  Solar Driven Polymer electrode for Water Splitting

Depletion of fossil fuels and linked environmental issues such as pollution and greenhouse gases emission is a big concern in the world. Solar energy, the most abundant,  renewable and clean energy source can be a promising alternative energy supply. Solar water splitting is a feasible way to convert solar energy to hydrogen (H2), which can be used as a clean chemical fuel with high energy density. This project mainly focuses on thin film fabrication of novel semiconductor materials for sustainable solar energy conversion to hydrogen. 


BSc in Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, 2014
MSc in Materials for Energy and Environment, UCL, 2015

Publication list

  1. Ruan Q, Luo W, Xie J, et al. A nanojunction polymer photoelectrode for efficient charge transport and separation[J]. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2017, 56(28): 8221-8225.
  2. Xie J, Ruan Q, et al. Highly Selective Oxidation of Methane to Methanol at Ambient Condition by Fe2O3 Clusters Decorated TiO2 [J]. Nature Catalysis, 2018, Accepted.
  3. Wang Y, Bayazit M K, Moniz S J A, et al. Linker-controlled polymeric photocatalyst for highly efficient hydrogen evolution from water[J]. Energy & Environmental Science, 2017, 10(7): 1643-1651.
  4. Jiang C, Lee K Y, Parlett C M A, et al. Size-controlled TiO2 nanoparticles on porous hosts for enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production[J]. Applied Catalysis A: General, 2016, 521: 133-139.
  5. Fu Q, Ruan Q, McKenzie T G, et al. Development of a Robust PET-RAFT Polymerization Using Graphitic Carbon Nitride (g-C3N4)[J]. Macromolecules, 2017, 50(19): 7509-7516.
  6. Xie J, Shevlin S A, Ruan Q, et al. Efficient visible light-driven water oxidation and proton reduction by an ordered covalent triazine-based framework[J]. Energy & Environmental Science, 2018, 11(6): 1617-1624.
  7. Jiang W, Ruan Q, Xie J, et al. Oxygen-doped carbon nitride aerogel: A self-supported photocatalyst for solar-to-chemical energy conversion[J]. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2018, 236: 428-435.
  8. Wang Y, Silveri F, Bayazit M K, et al. Bandgap Engineering of Organic Semiconductors for Highly Efficient Photocatalytic Water Splitting[J]. Advanced Energy Materials, 2018, 8(24): 1801084.