Dr Xiangyu (Michael) Jie

Junior Research Fellow in Chemistry

My research interests centre on energy and environmental sectors in heterogeneous catalysis, new-generation materials for hydrogen production and storage, fossil fuel decarbonization, microwave-initiated catalysis, carbon dioxide activation and utilization.


My primary area of research is in heterogeneous catalysis for CO2-free hydrogen production. We utilise microwave science and technology to catalytically produce high-purity hydrogen through the dehydrogenation of hydrocarbon fossil fuels (include crude oil, diesel and petrol etc.). We hope that this can assist in the transition to a new scientific and technological era of 'Fossil fuels decarbonisation' as a stepping stone to a true low-carbon energy future. Thus, rather than burning hydrocarbons, our vision is to extract high purity, elemental hydrogen, in high yield, from fossil fuels.

In a recent advance, I have discovered that the microwave-initiated catalytic conversion of plastic can produce both clean hydrogen fuel and also the constituent monomer through catalytic chemical depolymerisation. My scientific interest and innovation, and of course an important part of my JRF projects aim to help solve the scourge of plastic waste by not only minimising environmental pollution but also lessening the dependence on non-renewable petrochemicals for plastics production.

  1. Xiangyu Jie, Weisong Li, Daniel R. Slocombe, Yige Gao, Ira Banerjee, Sergio Gonzalez‐Cortes, Benzhen Yao, Hamid A. Al‐Megren, Saeed Alshihri, Jonathan R. Dilworth, John M. Thomas, Tiancun Xiao and Peter P. Edwards. "Microwave-initiated Catalytic Deconstruction of Plastic Waste into Hydrogen and High-value Carbon." Nature Catalysis (2020), DOI: 10.1038/s41929-020-00518-5.
  2. Benzhen Yao, Vlad Kuznetsov, Tiancun Xiao, Xiangyu Jie, Sergio Gonzalez-Cortes, Jon Dilworth, Hamid Al-Megren, Saeed Alshihri and Peter Edwards. “Fuels, power and chemical periodicity.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A (2020), 378(2180), p.20190308.
  3. Weisong Li, Xiangyu Jie, Changzhen Wangy, Jonathan R. Dilworth, Chunjian Xu, Tiancun Xiao, Peter P. Edwards. "MnOx-Promoted, Coking-Resistant Nickel-based Catalysts for Microwave-initiated CO2 Utilization." Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2020).
  4. Xiangyu Jie, Sergio Gonzalez‐Cortes, Tiancun Xiao, Benzhen Yao, Jiale Wang, Daniel R. Slocombe, Yiwen Fang, Noah Miller, Hamid A. Al‐Megren, Jonathan R. Dilworth, John M. Thomas, and Peter P. Edwards. "The decarbonization of petroleum and other fossil hydrocarbon fuels for the facile production and safe storage of hydrogen." Energy & Environmental Science (2019), 12(1), 238-249.
  5. Changzhen Wang, Xiangyu Jie, Yuan Qiu, Yongxiang Zhao, Hamid A. Al-Megren, Saeed Alshihri, Peter P. Edwards, and Tiancun Xiao. "The importance of inner cavity space within Ni@ SiO2 nanocapsule catalysts for excellent coking resistance in the high-space-velocity dry reforming of methane." Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (2019), 259, 118019.
  6. Xiangyu Jie, Tiancun Xiao, Benzhen Yao, Sergio Gonzalez‐Cortes, Jiale Wang, Yiwen Fang, Hamid A. Al‐Megren, Jonathan R. Dilworth, and Peter P. Edwards. "On the performance optimization of Fe catalysts in the microwave – assisted H2 production by the dehydrogenation of hexadecane" Catalysis Today (2018), 317, 29-35.
  7. Xiangyu Jie, Sergio Gonzalez‐Cortes, Tiancun Xiao, Jiale Wang, Benzhen Yao, Daniel R. Slocombe, Hamid A. Al‐Megren, Jonathan R. Dilworth, John M. Thomas, and Peter P. Edwards. "Rapid Production of High‐Purity Hydrogen Fuel through Microwave‐Promoted Deep Catalytic Dehydrogenation of Liquid Alkanes with Abundant Metals." Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2017), 56(34), 10170-10173.