PI: Professor Feng ZHAO



Education and Appointments:
Dr. Feng received his doctorate degree in chemistry at Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2004; then spent two years as a research assistant at the University of Greifswald in Germany working on the development of low-cost microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment. In 2007, Dr. Zhao came to the University of Surrey in UK as a senior research officer, and there his research focused on the development of bio-electrochemical systems for wastewater treatment and renewable energy generation. He was awarded a research grant through the prestigious "Hundred Talents Program" of Chinese Academy of Sciences and moved to Institute of Urban Environment in 2010. His papers in peer-reviewed journals have been cited more than 1100 times in the past 6 years, and one is the most cited article of Electrochemistry Communications in 2005-2009. His scientific interests are in the areas of bio-energy & environmental technology; wastewater/waste treatment using bio-electrochemical systems.


Research Interest:

Bioenergy Generation and Environmental Biotechnology


Selected publications:
10. X. Wu, F. Zhao*, N. Rahunen, J. R. Varcoe, C. Avignone-Rossa, A. E. Thumser, R. C. T. Slade, A Role for Microbial Palladium Nanoparticles in Extracellular Electron Transfer, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 427
9. J. Varcoe, J. Kizewski, D. Halepoto, S. Poynton, R. Slade, F. Zhao, Anion Exchange Membranes for Fuel Cells in the Encyclopaedia of Electrochemical Power Sources, Amsterdam: Elsevier, Vol 2, 2009, 329-343
8. F. Zhao*, R. C. T. Slade, J. R. Varcoe, Techniques for the study and development of microbial fuel cells: an electrochemical perspective, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2009, 138, 1926
7. F. Zhao*, N. Rahunen, J. Varcoe, A. Roberts, C. Avignone-Rossa, A. Thumser, R. Slade, Factors affecting the performance of microbial fuel cells for sulfur pollutants removal, Biosens. Bioelectron., 2009, 24, 1931
6. F. Zhao, N. Rahunen, J. Varcoe, A. Chandra, C. Avignone-Rossa, A. Thumser, R. Slade, Activated carbon cloth as anode for sulphate removal in a microbial fuel cell, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2008, 42, 4971
5. M. Rosenbaum, F. Zhao, U. Schröder, F. Scholz, Interfacing Electrocatalysis and Biocatalysis using Tungsten Carbide: A High Performance Noble-Metal-Free Microbial Fuel Cell, Angew. Chem., 2006, 118, 6810
4. F. Zhao, F. Harnisch, U. Schröder, F. Scholz, P. Bogdanoff, I. Herrmann, Challenges and Constraints of Using Oxygen Cathodes in Microbial Fuel Cell, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2006, 40, 5193
3. F. Zhao, F. Harnisch, U. Schröder, F. Scholz, P. Bogdanoff, I. Herrmann, Application of pyrolysed iron(II) phthalocyanine and CoTMPP based oxygen reduction catalysts as cathode materials in microbial fuel cells, Electrochem. Commun., 2005, 7, 1405
2. F. Zhao, X. Wu, M. Wang, Y. Liu, L.X. Gao, S. J. Dong, The Electrochemical and Bioelectrochemical Properties of Room Temperature Ionic Liquids and Carbon Composite Materials, Anal. Chem., 2004, 76, 4960
1. X. Wu, F. Zhao, J. Varcoe, A. E. Thumser, C. Avignone-Rossa, R. Slade, A one-compartment fructose/air biological fuel cell based on direct electron transfer, Biosens. Bioelectron., 2009, 25, 326


Supported Projects:
The mechanism and application of microbial fuel cells for sulfur pollutants removal from wastewaters, supported by Hundred Talents Programme of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2010.05-2013.05)

Research on developing low-cost microbial fuel cells based on bio-cathode, supported by Main Direction Program of Knowledge Innovation of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2011.1-2013.12)


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