Kaijian Zhu

PhD candidate
University of Twente

About myself

My name is Kaijian Zhu and I come from the south of China. I received my master’s degree from the Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM), Nanjing Tech University in June 2018. I started my research work within ARC CBBC on the 1st of January 2019 in the Photocatalytic Synthesis Group (PCS) at the University of Twente.

As a researcher I am passionate about

Doing research can help improve the ability to find, analyse, and solve problems, which is good for future work and life. A research process, trying to figure out the scientific meaning of new things, is full of uncertainty, but the gain after the pain will be more precious.

At the moment I work on

The theme of my research is the conversion of CO2 by solar energy. Harvesting and storing solar energy in a chemical bond is a desired method to solve energy challenges and remove greenhouse gases. Developing an efficient photoelectrochemical device is one of the promising methods to reach this goal and requires fundamental scientific research. The high performance of both photocathode and photoanode is the key point to achieve cost-effective devices. Therefore, a deeper understanding of the photocatalytic process is needed. I will use some spectrum technology to do mechanism study and combine it with the practical activity.

Within ARC CBBC, I wish to accomplish

Within ARC CBBC, I hope to deepen the fundamental understanding of the photocatalytic process which can be a guidance for the further photocatalyst design. At the end of my project, I also wish to design a photocathode with high photocatalysis activity which can show the potential for real applications of this technology in the future.