Research Interests and Projects 研究与项目

   

 

      

General Area 研究领域 

Biomass Energy, Micro-nano Materials, Hydrogen Storage and Supercritical Fluid Engineering
生物质能、微纳米材料、化学液态储氢、超临界流体
 
Interests and Projects 具体方向与项目 
1. Processing of natural materials  天然产物精制过程
► Refining essential oil with countercurrent supercritical CO2 fractionation 
(in cooperation with Shiono Flavor Co. Ltd., Osaka Japan)
 
超临界CO2逆流萃取分馏精制高附加值生物活性组分
(合作方:日本大阪盐野香精株式会社)
 
► Producing Natural Tocopherols (vitamin E) and Sterols by supercritical CO2 fractionation 
(in cooperation with Prof. Xiaolin Ding, Jiangnan Univ., China; Prof. Motonobu Goto, Kumamoto Univ., Japan; and Wuhan Kaidi Fine Chemical Co. Ltd., China)
 
基于超临界流体的生物柴油、天然生育酚(维生素E)与甾醇制备工艺及其产业化示范
(合作方:武汉凯迪精细化工有限公司、江南大学、熊本大学)
 
2. Biomass updating technology 生物质能 
► Producing biodiesel (fatty acid methyl esters) with supercritical methanol
(Cooperator: Prof. Motonobu Goto, Nagoya Univ. Japan)
 
利用超临界甲醇制备生物柴油(脂肪酸甲酯)
(合作方:名古屋大学化工系後藤元信教授)
 
3. Supercritical fluids in combination with high electric field 超临界流体与高压电场的复合技术 
► High Pressure gases - assisted Electrospinning for Producing Polymer Nanofibers 
(supported by Alexander von Humboldt foundation, Germany, Cooperator: Prof. Wolfgang Arlt, Erlangen-Nuremberg Univ., Germany)
 
高压流体辅助静电纺丝制备拓扑结构的微纳米纤维
(资助方:德国洪堡基金会;合作方:德国埃尔兰根-纽伦堡大学,Wolfgang Arlt 教授)
 
 ► Generation and Application of Non-thermal Plasma in Supercritical CO
(supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and 21st century Center of Excellence (COE) project of ‘Pulse Power Science and Its Application’, Japan)
 
在超临界CO2中非热等离子体的制备与应用
(资助方:日本学术振兴会(JSPS)、21世纪COE项目“脉冲科学与应用”)
  
4. Fundamental research on phase equilibrium 流体相平衡基础研究  
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Binary and ternary phase behavior of biodiesel and tocopherols in supercritical methanol 
(Cooperators: Prof. Motonobu Goto, Nagoya Univ.; Dr. Yusuke Shimoyama and Prof. Yoshio Iwai, Kyushu Univ. Japan)
 
生物柴油、生育酚在超临界甲醇中的二元、三元相平衡
(合作方:日本名古屋大学後藤元信教授、九州大学岩井芳夫教授)
 
► Binary and ternary phase behavior of methyl oleate and tocopherols in supercritical CO2 
(Cooperators: Prof. Xiaolin Ding, Jiangnan Univ., China; Prof. Zhi Yun, Nanjing Univ. of Tech., China; and Prof. Motonobu Goto, Nagoya Univ. Japan)
 
18碳生物柴油、生育酚与超临界CO2的二元、三元相平衡
(合作方:江南大学丁霄霖教授、南京工业大学云志教授、名古屋大学後藤元信教授)
 
 ► Measurement and calculation for the breakdown voltage under supercritical fluids
(Cooperators: Prof. Motonobu Goto, Nagoya Univ., Japan; Prof. Chaohai Zhang, Harbin Inst. of Tech., China)
 
超临界流体中击穿电压的测量与模拟计算  
 
5. Novel hydrogen storage technology with new organic liquid
 
新型液态储氢技术
 
 Insight into the adsorption and decomposition mechanism of hydrogen-rich molecules on the transition metal surfaces and investigation on hydrogen storage technology with new organic liquid.
Among the new energy resources, hydrogen energy has been considered the ideal energy due to its advantages, such as being rich in quantity, pollution-free, renewable, higher energy density and so on. As hydrogen-rich compounds (CH4, NH3, H2O, H2S, CH3OH, CH3CH2OH), the higher hydrogen carrying capacity has made them more attractive to the development of hydrogen economy. Direct catalytic decomposition is a promising process for production of carbon monoxide-free hydrogen. However, many basic questions such as the adsorption geometries and dissociation pathways are not completely clarified experimentally. The difficulty in experiments may be attributed to the generally fast kinetics of dissociation on metal surfaces. Consequently, this impedes detailed structural and mechanistic elucidation of the adsorption and dissociation process. Recently, theoretical computation methods have become a powerful research tool for understanding the chemical reactions at the molecular level. Armed with these new tools, many researchers have refocused on the transition metal surfaces as a catalyst for dehydrogenation. Especially, periodic DFT calculations using the slab model have become a powerful approach to study the adsorption of atoms and small molecules on the metal surfaces. The objective of my work is to present first-principles density functional theory calculations of the adsorption and decomposition pathway on the metal surfaces. In addition, all elementary reactions that comprise the process of the conversion of reactants to products and intervening transition states and reaction energies are determined.
 N-ethylcarbazole is found to be particularly interesting with a hydrogen storage density of 5.8 wt%, also, the melting point is 69 and the boiling point is higher than 300. It could be fully hydrogenated catalytically under mild ambient conditions, besides, the reaction of dehydrogenation could occur at lower temperature, with the enthalpy of 53 kJ/ mol per mole H2. My research target is as follows:
(1) To design the new catalysts for the hydrogenation and dehydrogenation reactions with the performance of high activity, selectivity and stability.
(2) To apply the ionic liquid in the hydrogenation/dehydrogenation process of N-ethylcarbazole as co-catalyst or “green” solvent.
(3) To simulate and calculate the geometric configuration and energy of molecule, the transition state, activation energy and the reaction mechanism.
 
6. The upgrading of heavy oils and the key technology based on supercritical fluid 
 
超临界流体应用于重质油轻质化反应
 
World crude oil is becoming heavy seriously. The viscosity is increasing and the content of heteroatoms is higher. The heavy oils are putting forward higher requirements for the conventional processing technology. Supercritical methanol has excellent transport property and reactivity.  Supercritical methanol has a good solubility to the macromolecular organics, as polymers and has been widely applied in the extraction, materials processing and plastic degradation, etc. In the chemical reaction study, supercritical methanol is used for organic synthesis and biomass processing. In the supercritical methanol, heavy oils can be modified without catalysts and external hydrogen. The process can promote the yield of light fractions and suppress the coke formation. Supercritical methanol has good applicability to different kinds of crude oil.

Research contents: to study the dynamic properties of heavy oils cracking in supercritical methanol, explore the mechanism of methanol during the cracking process.