EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow
Biography and Research interests
Huan Doan is currently an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow at the University of Bristol. He hold a BSc and an MSc in Chemical Engineering (2009 and 2012, Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Vietnam), an MRes in Sustainable Chemical Technologies (2015, University of Bath, UK) and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (2019, University of Bristol, UK).
He is interested in the synthesis, characterisation and applications of porous materials (metal-organic frameworks, zeolites and functional silicas) to address challenges in sustainable development (catalysis, gas separation and energy storage). He already has 21 peer-reviewed papers in respected journals for his PhD and his postdoctoral projects. Huan has developed new methodologies to produce metal-organic framework (MOFs) with macropores of different dimensions and geometries via various synthetic strategies including acid etching and supercritical CO2 treatment (Fig 1a,b) to improve their reactivity. The impact of this approach on heterogeneous catalysis was that these new MOFs with hierarchical porosity delivered enhanced performance with fast intercalation of reactants into active sites (Fig 1c,d). These studies demonstrated the potential for adjusting the shape and size of the pores for the deployment of MOFs as multifunctional platforms for controlling the mass transport of reactants.
Main research areas
Porous materials synthesis and characterisation
Synthesis of hierarchical porous materials using green and scalable synthetic approaches
Innovative catalyst technologies using functional porous materials
Energy conversion and storage using hierarchical porous materials
Fig 1. Normal HKUST-1 MOF (a) and novel hierarchical porous HKUST-1 MOF (b) synthesised via acid etching and supercritical CO2 methods. Results of CO oxidative reactions (c) and styrene oxide methanolysis reactions (d), showing an improvement in activity for the hierarchical porous MOF (red squares), compared to the normal microporous MOF (yellow triangles)