Zou Zhigang

Distinguished Guest Professor Zou Zhigang

School of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Innovation Engineering

Macau University of Science and Technology


Office: A305b

E-mail: zgzou@must.edu.mo

Academic Qualification:
  • Ph.D. in crystallography, University of Tokyo, 1996
  • MS in Materials Science, Tianjin University, 1986
  • BS in Materials Science, Tianjin University, 1982
Teaching Area

Material Science and Energy Science 材料科學與能源科學

Research Area

Solar-to-hydrogen energy conversion

Hydrogen fuel cell

Extraterrestrial photosynthesis

Working Experience
  • Professor, School of Physics, Nanjing University, Jan. 2003-Now
  • Research fellow, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan, Apr. 1996.4-Dec. 2002
  • Visiting Scholar, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, Apr. 1991-Jan. 1993

Academic Publication (Selected)

  1. Zou, Z.; Ye, J.; Oka, K.; Nishihara, Y. Superconducting PrBa2Cu3Ox. Phys. Rev. Lett. 1998, 80, 1074-1077.
  2. Zou, Z.; Ye, J.; Sayama, K.; Arakawa, H. Direct splitting of water under visible light irradiation with an oxide semiconductor photocatalyst. Nature 2001, 414, 625-627.
  3. Yan, S.; Ouyang, S.; Gao, J.; Yang, M.; Feng, J.; Fan, X.; Wan, L.; Li, Z.; Ye, J.; Zhou, Y.; Zou, Z. A Room-Temperature Reactive-Template Route to Mesoporous ZnGa2O4 with Improved Photocatalytic Activity in Reduction of CO2. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 6400-6404.
  4. Liu, Q.; Zhou, Y.; Kou, J.; Chen, X.; Tian, Z.; Gao, J.; Yan, S.; Zou, Z. High-Yield Synthesis of Ultralong and Ultrathin Zn2GeO4 Nanoribbons toward Improved Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 into Renewable Hydrocarbon Fuel. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 14385-14387.
  5. Luo, W.; Yang, Z.; Li, Z.; Zhang, J.; Liu, J.; Zhao, Z.; Wang, Z.; Yan, S.; Yu, T.; Zou, Z. Solar hydrogen generation from seawater with a modified BiVO4 photoanode. Energy Environ. Sci. 2011, 4, 4046-4051.
  6. Tu, W.; Zhou, Y.; Liu, Q.; Tian, Z.; Gao, J.; Chen, X.; Zhang, H.; Liu, J.; Zou, Z. Robust Hollow Spheres Consisting of Alternating Titania Nanosheets and Graphene Nanosheets with High Photocatalytic Activity for CO2 Conversion into Renewable Fuels. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2012, 22, 1215-1221.
  7. Li, M.; Luo, W.; Cao, D.; Zhao, X.; Li, Z.; Yu, T.; Zou, Z. A Co-catalyst-Loaded Ta3N5 Photoanode with a High Solar Photocurrent for Water Splitting upon Facile Removal of the Surface Layer. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 11016-11020.
  8. Li, Z.; Luo, W.; Zhang, M.; Feng, J.; Zou, Z. Photoelectrochemical cells for solar hydrogen production: current state of promising photoelectrodes, methods to improve their properties, and outlook. Energy Environ. Sci. 2013, 6, 347-370.
  9. Zhao, X.; Luo, W.; Feng, J.; Li, M.; Li, Z.; Yu, T.; Zou, Z. Quantitative analysis and visualized evidence for high charge separation efficiency in a solid-liquid bulk heterojunction. Adv. Energy Mater. 2014, 4, 1301785.
  10. Yao, Y.; Liu, J.; Liu, W.; Zhao, M.; Wu, B.; Gu, J.; Zou, Z. Vitamin E assisted polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Energy Environ. Sci. 2014, 7, 3362-3370.
  11. Tu, W.; Zhou, Y.; Zou, Z. Photocatalytic conversion of CO2 into renewable hydrocarbon fuels: State-of-the-art accomplishment, challenges, and prospects. Adv. Mater. 2014, 26, 4607-4626.
  12. Li, P.; Zhou, Y.; Zhao, Z.; Xu, Q.; Wang, X.; Xiao, M.; Zou, Z. Hexahedron prism-anchored octahedronal CeO2: Crystal facet-based homojunction promoting efficient solar fuel synthesis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 9547-9550.
  13. Li, H.; Zhou, Y.; Tu, W.; Ye, J.; Zou, Z. State-of-the-Art Progress in Diverse Heterostructured Photocatalysts toward Promoting Photocatalytic Performance. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2015, 25, 998-1013.
  14. Li, H.; Gao, Y.; Zhou, Y.; Fan, F.; Han, Q.; Xu, Q.; Wang, X.; Xiao, M.; Li, C.; Zou, Z. Construction and nanoscale detection of interfacial charge transfer of elegant Z-scheme WO3/Au/In2S3 nanowire arrays. Nano Lett. 2016, 16, 5547-5552.
  15. Zhong, Y.; Li, Z.; Zhao, X.; Fang, T.; Huang, H.; Qian, Q.; Chang, X.; Wang, P.; Yan, S.; Yu, Z.; Zou, Z. Enhanced water-splitting performance of perovskite SrTaO2N photoanode film through ameliorating interparticle charge transport. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2016, 26, 7156-7163.
  16. Jia, G.; Zhang, W.; Fan, G.; Li, Z.; Fu, D.; Hao, W.; Yuan, C.; Zou, Z. Three-Dimensional Hierarchical Architectures Derived from Surface-Mounted Metal-Organic Framework Membranes for Enhanced Electrocatalysis. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 13781-13785.
  17. Lu, L.; Wang, B.; Wang, S.; Shi, Z.; Yan, S.; Zou, Z. La2O3-Modified LaTiO2N Photocatalyst with Spatially Separated Active Sites Achieving Enhanced CO2 Reduction. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2017, 27, 1702447.
  18. Li, P.; Chen, X.; He, H.; Zhou, X.; Zhou, Y.; Zou, Z. Polyhedral 30-Faceted BiVO4 Microcrystals Predominantly Enclosed by High-Index Planes Promoting Photocatalytic Water-Splitting Activity. Adv. Mater. 2018, 30, 1703119.
  19. Han, Q.; Bai, X.; Man, Z.; He, H.; Li, L.; Hu, J.; Alsaedi, A.; Hayat, T.; Yu, Z.; Yu, Z.; Zhang, W.; Wang, J.; Zhou, Y.; Zou, Z. Convincing Synthesis of Atomically Thin, Single-Crystalline InVO4 Sheets toward Promoting Highly Selective and Efficient Solar Conversion of CO2 into CO. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2019, 10, 4209–4213
  20. Tu, W.; Guo,, W.; Hu, J.; He, H.; Li, H.; Li, Z. ; Luo, W.; Zhou, Y.; Zou, Z. State-of-the-art advancements of crystal facet-exposed photocatalysts beyond TiO2: Design and dependent performance for solar energy conversion and dependent performance for solar energy conversion and environment applications.Mater. Today.2020, 33, 75-86.
  21. Gao, W.; Li, S.; He, H.; Li, X.; Cheng, Z.; Yang, Y.; Wang, J.; Shen, Q.; Wang, X.; Xiong, Y.;Zhou, Y.; Z, Zou.Vacancy-defect modulated pathway of photoreduction of CO2 on single atomically thin AgInP2S6 sheets into olefiant gas. Nat. Commun. 2021, 12, 10815.
  22. Niu, F.; Tu, W.; Lu, X.; Chi, H.; Zhu, H.; Zhu, X.; Wang, L.; Xiong, Y.; Yao, Y.; Zhou, Y.; Z, Zou. Single Pd–Sx Sites In Situ Coordinated on CdS Surface as Efficient Hydrogen Autotransfer Shuttles for Highly Selective Visible-Light-Driven C–N Coupling. ACS Catal. 2022, 12, 4481.

Professional Society Membership

  • Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2015
  • Academician of the World Academy of Sciences, 2018
  • Co-chair of Committee on Experimental Science in Science and Technology of Space Station, China Academy of Space Technology, Nov. 2018
  • Co-chair of Committee on Scientific Experiments in Space Exploration, China Academy of Space Technology, Nov. 2018
  • Fellow of Chinese Society of Mrcro-Nano Technology, July, 2016
  • Executive Member of Chinese Materials Research Society, July, 2014
  • Instrument Functional Materials Society of China
  • Chair of Instrument Functional Materials Society of China Instrument and Control Society, Jan. 2013
  • Chair of Committee of Photochemistry in China Renewable Energy Society, Sep. 2013
  • Editor, Journal of Crystallography, Jan. 2013
  • Member of Editorial board, Materials China, Jan. 2012
  • Editorial Advisory Board, NPG Asia Materials, Jan. 2009.1-Dec. 2011