Associate Professor Alex Yip received his BE(Hon) in Chemical Engineering from the UNSW (Australia) in 2003. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2009), studying heterogeneous catalysis. Associate Professor Yip was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, working on the methanol-to-triptane process via zeolite catalysis. He is now the Principal Investigator of the Energy and Environmental Catalysis Group at the University of Canterbury. His research focuses on micro/mesoporous materials, particularly zeolites, and the conversion of biomass/syngas to useful chemicals and fuels. Combining the state-of-the-art computational modeling and simulation with experimental works, his research targets synthesizing predefined zeolite structures by manipulating nucleation and crystallization. Yip’s research group is also interested in identifying mechanisms and reaction pathways for important catalytic reactions that are relevant to green energy. Associate Professor Yip studies the relationship between the catalyst structure, including morphology, pore shape, spatial constraints, etc., and the selectivity of products produced from a reaction.
He has published over 85 papers in prestigious journals (Q1) such as JACS, Angew. Chem., J. Materials Chem. A, Chem. Mater., Chem. Eng. J., Green Chemistry and Nano Research, etc. He is currently an editorial board member of Adv. Powder Technol. and an associate editor of Frontiers in Catalysis: Heterogeneous Catalysis.
- Baharudin L., Luthfi AAI., Watson M. and Yip ACK. (2021) Process intensification in multifunctional reactors: A review of multi-functionality by catalytic structures, internals, operating modes, and unit integrations. Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification 168 108561 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cep.2021.108561.
- Gai C., Wang X., Liu J., Liu Z., Ok YS., Liu W. and Yip ACK. (2021) Ni/hydrochar nanostructures derived from biomass as catalysts for H2 production through aqueous phase reforming of methanol. ACS Applied Nano Materials http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsanm.1c01537.
- Hu X. and Yip ACK. (2021) Heterogeneous catalysis: enabling a sustainable future. Frontiers in Catalysis http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fctls.2021.667675.
- Khan WU., Li X., Baharudin L. and Yip ACK. (2021) Copper-promoted cobalt/titania nanorod catalyst for CO hydrogenation to hydrocarbons. Catalysis Letters http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10562-020-03506-3.
- Khan WU., Yu IKM., Sun Y., Polson MIJ., Golovko V., Lam FLY., Ogino I., Tsang DCW. and Yip ACK. (2021) Size-activity threshold of titanium dioxide-supported Cu cluster in CO oxidation. Environmental Pollution 279 116899 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2021.116899.