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Professor Jin Xuan graduated with a PhD degree from The University of Hong Kong in 2012, with the research topic in energy and environment engineering.
His academic career in the UK started in 2014, when he took up a Lectureship in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. He was appointed as the Associate Director of the Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS) at Heriot-Watt in 2017.
Professor Xuan joined Loughborough University in 2018 as a Senior Lecturer, was promoted to Professor and awarded a Personal Chair in Low Carbon Processes in 2019 and became Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2020.
Professor Xuan has won a number of prestigious prizes and awards in recognition of his research excellence. He is the recipient of the Beilby Medal and Prize, jointly from the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) in 2020 for his work that ‘has exceptional practical significance in chemical engineering, applied materials science, energy efficiency or a related field’.
Professor Xuan actively takes leadership in the wider research community globally. He is a member of the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC) for the cross-council Energy Programme. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Digital Chemical Engineering (IChemE and Elsevier), Editor of Energy and AI (Elsevier), and a Topic Editor of ‘Emerging Technologies for Circular Economy’ for Frontiers in Energy Research. Professor Xuan is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), where he serves as a committee member for its Ethical Principles Committee, as well as a board member of its Process Industries Division.
Professor Xuan is an advocate for Responsible Assessment. He was recently interviewed by Nature as part of a news item “China bans cash rewards for publishing papers”, where he provided his expert view on policy development for proper use of journal metrics in research evaluation. He also actively promotes EDI in the wider research community. He is currently editing a special issue of ‘Inclusion and Diversity Approach to Energy and AI’ in the Energy and AI journal, which is the first of its kind special issue of Elsevier journals to tackle EDI challenges in the research and authorship community.
Honors and awards
- 2020 Beilby Medal and Prize, jointly awarded from SCI, RSC and IOM3
- 2019 Highly Commended Prize in IChemE Global Award (Research Project Award)
- 2019 1st Place Prize in the Royal Society of Chemistry Twitter Conference
- 2018 Highly Commended Prize for IET Young Innovator Award
- 2018 Highly Commended Prize for IET Innovation Award in Energy and Power
- 2018 Applied Energy ICAE Best Paper Award (Corresponding Author), Elsevier
- 2016 Outstanding Reviewer for 13 Elsevier Journals
- 2015 Scottish Energy News Researcher of the Year Award in Energy and Materials
Outline of main research interests
Professor Xuan’s research focuses on the clean growth, industrial decarbonisation, circular economy and sustainable development via engineering innovations in solar fuels, CCUS, hydrogen and fuel cells, e-synthesis, etc. He is passionate about developing and applying bespoke AI and digital solutions to enable next generation energy and chemical devices, processes and systems.
The future sustainable development of novel energy generation and materials manufacturing relies on radical innovations in chemical processes with highly embedded functionality, integration and multi-physics interactions. Prof Xuan has led the development of novel multiscale predictive models beyond the state of art for complex chemical and energy systems, and has delivered affordable, inclusive low-carbon solutions to tackle global climate change challenges. His work on advanced modelling has influenced the fundamental understanding of complex flow and chemical systems, by having discovered a number of important reaction/fluid phenomena at microscale, and has impacted on the development of a series of energy devices, such as fuel cells, electrolysers and solar fuelreactors.
His current research is focusing on the digital transformation of complex chemical and energy processes via integrated smart sensing, advanced modelling and data-centric deep learning, with a vision to deliver a paradigm-shift in how future chemical and energy processes can be designed, optimised and self-evolved throughout their entire lifecycle, enabling connected products and services, and making them super-efficient, zero-loss, whilst maximising their value creation.
Circular Chemical Economy
Prof Xuan is the Director of the £4.5 million UKRI Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Chemical Economy. It brings together stakeholders from academia, industry, government, NGOs and general public to transform the UK’s chemical industry into a fossil-independent, climate-positive and environmentally-friendly circular economy. The Centre will play a key role in helping the UK to reduce waste and the environmental impacts of production and consumption and creating opportunities for new UK industries.
Research grants and projects
Recent representative publications
- Jiao K, Xuan J, Du Q, Bao Z, Xie B, Wang B, Zhao Y, Fan L, Wang H, Hou Z, Huo S, Brandon NP, Yin Y, Guiver MD, Designing the next-generation of proton exchange membrane fuel cells, Nature, 2021, 595, 361-369
- Niu Z, Pinfield VJ, Wu B, Wang H, Jiao K, Leung DYC, Xuan J*, Towards the digitalisation of porous energy materials: Evolution of digital approaches for microstructural design, Energy & Environmental Science, 2021, 14, 2549-2576. (Highlighted as journal front cover)
- Pan W, Zhao Y, Mao J, Wang Y, Zhao X, Leung KW, Luo S, Liu X, Wang H, Xuan J, Yang S, Chen Y, Leung DYC, High-energy single-walled carbon nanotube cathode for aqueous Al-ion battery boosted by multi-ion intercalation chemistry, Advanced Energy Materials, 2021, 11, 2101514. (Highlighted as journal back cover)
- Wang B, Zhang G, Wang H, Xuan J*, Jiao K, Multi-physics-resolved digital twining of proton exchange membrane fuel cells with a data-driven surrogate model, Energy and AI, 2020, 1, 100004.
- Lu X, Zhu C, Wu Z, Xuan J, Francisco JS, Wang H, In-situ observation of the pH gradient near the gas diffusion electrode of CO2 reduction in alkaline electrolyte, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2020, 142, 15438–15444. (Highlighted as journal front cover)
- Wang P, Zhang H, Wang H, Li D, Xuan J*, Zhang L, Hybrid manufacturing of three-dimensional hierarchical porous carbons for electrochemical storage, Advanced Materials Technologies, 2020, 5, 1901030. (Highlighted in the journal Frontispiece)
- Xu H, Ma J, Tan P, Chen B, Wu Z, Zhang Y, Xuan J*, Ni M, Towards online optimisation of solid oxide fuel cell performance: combining deep learning with multi-physics simulation, Energy and AI, 2020, 1, 100003.
- Lu X, Wu Y, Yuan X, Huang L, Wu Z, Xuan J, Wang Y, Wang H, High performance electrochemical CO2 reduction cells based on non-noble metal catalysts, ACS Energy Letters, 2018, 3, 2527–2532. (Most Read Article-July 2018)
- Zhakeyev A, Wang P, Zhang L, Shu W, Wang H, Xuan J*, Additive manufacturing: Unlocking the evolution of energy materials, Advanced Science, 2017, 4, 1700187. (Most Accessed Article in November 2017)
- Wang B, Prinsen P, Wang H, Bai Z, Wang H, Luque R, Xuan J*, Macroporous materials: microfluidic production, functionalization and application, Chemical Society Reviews, 2017, 46, 855-914.
For full list of publications, View central publications database http://publications.lboro.ac.uk/publications/all/collated/cgjx.html
Key external collaborators (with joint on-going projects)
External roles and appointments
- Process Economics and Project Planning (module leader)
- Clean Energy, Materials and Sustainability
- Circular Economy
- Reaction Engineering I
- MEng Team Process Design Project (supervisor)
2015 “An insight into eTL technologies”, by The Royal Society of Chemistry: Energy Sector Newsletters
2018 “Scientists see the light and make cheaper fuel from sun”, by The Times
2018 “Future fuel quest takes a step forward”, by BBC News
2019 “Low carbon fuel production from CO2”, by BBC Radio Leicester Live Broadcast 30 April 2019
2019 “Experimenting to save the planet”, by BBC East Midland Today Evening News (TV) 14 May 2019
2019 “CO2-to-Fuel Research Project”, Interviewed by Global Media & Entertainment 22 May 2019
2019 “CO2 mixed with water to produce green fuel”, by BBC Radio Leicester Live Broadcast 28 May 2019
2019 “Scientists developing green fuels from industrial CO2”, by Air Quality News
2019 Personal profile featured in Engineering Council’s case studies
2020 “Nanocomposites: SLA 3D printing with graphene oxide elastomers” in 3DPrint News
2020 Interviewed as part of “China bans cash rewards for publishing papers” in Nature
2020 “New Centre to improve sustainability within the UK chemical industry”, featured in ‘success stories’ of National Centre for Universities & Business, and reported by The Chemical Engineer, insider.co.uk, Your Business Focus, The Scotsman
2021 “Towards a Circular Chemical Economy: Stakeholders’ Perspectives”, The Chemical Engineer Magazine
2021 Video of the week: Sustainability in the chemical industry, The Engineer