Alex Yip

ProfessorAlex Yip

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Research Interests

Professor Alex Yip received his BE(Hon) in Chemical Engineering from UNSW (Australia) in 2003. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2009), studying heterogeneous catalysis. Professor Yip is the Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Energy and Environmental Catalysis 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 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 pathways for important catalytic reactions relevant to sustainable energy. 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 95 papers in top international journals, 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.

Recent Publications

  • Lee MHK., Yin H., Khan WU., Lam FLY., Watson M., Ok Y., Pang S. and Yip ACK. (2023) A new hydrogenation-coupling approach for supra-equilibrium conversion in a water–gas shift reaction: simultaneous hydrogen generation and chemical storage. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy
  • Iminabo M., Yip ACK., Iminabo J. and Pang S. (2022) High-temperature catalytic pyrolysis of radiata pine for production of high-value products. Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery
  • Khamkeaw A., Jongsomjit B., Yip ACK. and Phisalaphong M. (2022) Application of activated carbon derived from bacterial cellulose for mesoporous HZSM-5 catalyst synthesis and performances of catalyst in bioethanol dehydration. Biomass and Bioenergy 160: 106440-106451.
  • Li X., Curnow O., Choi J. and Yip ACK. (2022) Recent advances in the imidazolium-based ionic liquid-templated synthesis of microporous zeolites. Materials Today Chemistry 26 101133
  • Li X., Pan T., Choi J., Park H., Wu Z. and Yip ACK. (2022) Comparison of Catalytic Consequences of Ionic Liquid-Templated ZSM-22 and ZSM-5 Zeolites in Propene Dimerization. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 337 111941