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Dr Tianran ZHANG

Research Fellow

Tianran Zhang received his Ph.D. in Material of Physics and Chemistry from Nankai University in 2014. Following his graduate studies, he worked as a research assistant in Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China for 1 year. After that, he worked as a research fellow in NUS for one and half years under supervision of Prof. Jim Yang Lee. He was transferred to CARES in 2017; again under the supervision of Prof. LEE.

While at CARES, his research focused on development of novel, low cost electro-catalysts for metal air batteries and electrochemical technologies for water treatment. He was a Research Fellow on the C4T IRP 2 programme.

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Research Interest

The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) are important for metal air batteries and fuel cells but suffers from sluggish kinetics. Although noble metal catalysts like Pt, Ir, Ru exhibit excellent comprehensive performance to accelerate the ORR and OER, their high price, scarcity, weak stability and crossover effect hinder the widespread application.

Key Publications

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Cao, Sheng, Shengliang Zhang, Tianran Zhang, Adrian Fisher, and Jim Yang Lee. 2018. “Metal-Doped TiO2 Colloidal Nanocrystals with Broadly Tunable Plasmon Resonance Absorption.” Journal of Materials Chemistry C 6 (15): 4007–14. https://doi.org/10.1039/C8TC00185E.

Cao, Sheng, Shengliang Zhang, Tianran Zhang, and Jim Yang Lee. 2018. “Fluoride-Assisted Synthesis of Plasmonic Colloidal Ta-Doped TiO2 Nanocrystals for Near-Infrared and Visible-Light Selective Electrochromic Modulation.” Chemistry of Materials 30 (14): 4838–46. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b02196.

Zhang, Shengliang, Sheng Cao, Tianran Zhang, Adrian Fisher, and Jim Yang Lee. 2018. “Al3+ Intercalation/de-Intercalation-Enabled Dual-Band Electrochromic Smart Windows with a High Optical Modulation, Quick Response and Long Cycle Life.” Energy & Environmental Science 11 (10): 2884–92. https://doi.org/10.1039/C8EE01718B.

Zhang, Shengliang, Sheng Cao, Tianran Zhang, Qiaofeng Yao, Adrian C. Fisher, and Jim Yang Lee. 2018. “Monoclinic Oxygen-Deficient Tungsten Oxide Nanowires for Dynamic and Independent Control of near-Infrared and Visible Light Transmittance.” Materials Horizons 5 (January): 291–97. https://doi.org/10.1039/C7MH01128H.

Zhang, Tianran, Nguk Neng Tham, Zhaolin Liu, Adrian Fisher, and Jim Yang Lee. 2018. “Promotion of the Bifunctional Electrocatalytic Oxygen Activity of Manganese Oxides with Dual-Affinity Phosphate.” Electrochimica Acta 277: 143–50. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2018.05.009.

Zhang, Tianran, Xiaoming Ge, Zhao Zhang, Nguk Neng Tham, Zhaolin Liu, Adrian C. Fisher, and Jim Yang Lee. 2017. “Improving the Electrochemical Oxygen Reduction Activity of Manganese Oxide Nanosheets with Sulfurization-Induced Nanopores.” ChemCatChem 10 (2): 422–29. https://doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201701192.

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