I completed my bachelor study of Chemical Engineering at Northwest University, Xi'an, China. After then, I started pursuing my PhD degree with a joint program from the University of Groningen and Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, where I focused on the hydrodynamics and mass transfer of multiple-phase flow in microreactors. More specifically, using colorimetric techniques to investigate the mass transfer mechanisms, develop models and quantify mass transfer rates in gas-liquid-liquid and/or liquid-liquid slug flows. After graduation, I started my current current Postdoc position, working on continuous-flow reactions in Pickering emulsions.
Pickering emulsions typically refer to emulsions stabilized with particles at the liquid-liquid interface, providing high interfacial area and direct contact between two liquids and the solid phase. Thus, this system has a great potential to improve reaction selectivity and conversion. In this project, I will work on the selective oxidations using such Pickering emulsions in a continuous flow mode towards reaction scale-up. To reach this scale-up goal, I will modify the interfacial properties of catalysts, investigate the system stability, and mass transfer (via colorimetric techniques).