Kang Cheng

Postdoctoral Fellow
Employed since: December 2017
Phone: +31647457040
Email: k.cheng@uu.nl
Room: 4.76



Bifunctional Catalysis in Alkanes Conversions

Bifunctional catalysts composed of metal particles and zeolite play an important role in the conversion of alkanes into their isomers or cracking product. The catalytic performance is mainly decided by the chemical state of metal particles, topology and acidity of zeolite, and also the spatial arrangements of two functional components. As an industrialized process, insights into the complicated interplay of adsorption, diffusion and kinetics on bifunctional catalysts are still needed for rational design of better catalysts.

Zeolites with one-dimensional micropores will be used in this research program. The spatial organization of metal particles with zeolite and alumina binder will be precisely controlled at nanoscale. Conversion of model hydrocarbon molecules will be conducted to acquire the diffusion and kinetics information during reaction. In addition, the studies on metal particle size, acid strength and density of zeolite will be included in this program. By means of advanced electron microscopy and spectroscopic techniques, we intend to obtain a clear framework that visualizes the interplay between catalyst nanostructure and catalytic performance.



2017.12 – Present
Postdoctoral Researcher in the group of Prof. Krijn P. de Jong
Inorganic Chemistry & Catalysis, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, Utrecht University.

Postdoctoral Researcher in Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemistry for Energy Materials (iChEM), Xiamen University, China

PhD degree in Physical Chemistry (Sep. 2014), Xiamen University, China
PhD degree in Molecules and Condensed Materials (Feb. 2015), Lille 1 University-Science and Technology, France
Supervisors: Prof. Ye Wang from Xiamen University, Dr. Andrei Khodakov and Dr. Mirella Virginie from Lille 1 University-Science and Technology

Thesis 1: Studies on Bifunctional Catalysts for Catalyzing Syngas into C5-C11 Isoparaffins Based on Mesoporous Zeolites

Thesis 2: Novel Fischer-Tropsch Catalysts Based on Mesoporous Zeolites and Carbon Materials for the Production of Gasoline-range Hydrocarbons and Lower Olefins

Working in Lille 1 University-Science and Technology, France

Bachelor Degree in Light Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, China