Jiadong Xiao

Postdoctoral Fellow
Employed since: September 2018
Phone: +31 30 253 7400
Email: j.xiao@uu.nl
Room: 5.88

Research

Research

Demystifying the genesis of active sites of Ziegler-Natta catalysts during early stages of ethylene polymerization

Heterogeneous Ziegler−Natta (Z-N) catalysts are among the most applied and versatile catalysts for polyolefin production and thus have great impact not only in science but also in everyday life. Due to the extraordinary complexity of their chemical composition (e.g. TiCl3-Al(C2H5)3/MgCl2), the real active sites of Z-N catalysts which take only too small a fraction of detected species are largely unclear. In this context, the aim of this project is to try to demystify the genesis of the catalytically active sites during early stages of ethylene polymerization by performing multiscale ex-situ and in-situ spectro-microscopic studies on model and industrial Z-N catalysts.

C.V.

C.V.

Sep. 2018–present  
Postdoctoral researcher – Utrecht University – the Netherlands
Supervisor: Prof. Bert M. Weckhuysen

Oct. 2016–Mar. 2018
Visiting PhD student – Leibniz Institute for Catalysis – Rostock Germany
Supervisor: Prof. Angelika Brückner and Dr. Jabor Rabeah
Topic: In-situ EPR studies of photocatalytic ozonation reactions over g-C3N4 catalysts
Funded by CAS-DAAD fellowship (Regierungsstipendien VR China – Programme for the Promotion of Outstanding Young Scholars)

Sep. 2012–Jun. 2018 
PhD – Environmental Engineering – University of Chinese Academy of Sciences – Peking PR China
Supervisor: Prof. Hongbin Cao and Assoc. Prof. Yongbing Xie
Topic: g-C3N4 photocatalytic ozonation under visible light for efficient mineralization of aqueous organic pollutants

Sep. 2008–Jun. 2012 
BSc – Environmental Engineering – China University of Petroleum, Beijing – PR China