The Federation Of Chinese Scholars In Australia


ZHAO Huijun

Birth Year 1958
Position Professor of Chemistry, Director of Centre for Clean Environment and Energy
Professional / Institution Affiliation and address
Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, Queensland, 4222, Australia
Telephone +61-(0)7-5552 8261
Mobile 0466 745 557

II. CAREER SUMMARY (Education and employment history, List major past positions and current positions):
Education and Qualifications
1994 Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, awarded by University of Wollongong
1987 Master of Science in Electrochemistry, awarded by North-eastern University
1982 Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, awarded by North-eastern University
Employment History
2010–present Chair Professor & Director, Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, Australia
2005–2009 Professor and Chair of Commercialization Laboratory, Griffith School of Environment, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, Australia
1997–2004 Lecturer, Senior Lecture and Associate Professor, School of Environmental and Applied Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, Australia
1997– University Senior Research Fellow, University of Western Sydney, Australia
1993–1996 Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, University of Wollongong, Australia

2012–present “1000 Talents” Fellowship, Chinese Government
Honors and Awards
2010–2012 Honorary Professor, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2009–present Honorary Professor, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
2005–present Honorary Professor, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2010-present Submission Editor, Journal of Solids and Sediments
2004–2006 Chief Scientific Advisor, SciVentures Pty. Ltd.
2005-2007 Chief Technical Officer, Aqua Diagnostic Pty. Ltd.

Professor Huijun Zhao has contributed to various research fields including environmental analytical chemistry, photoelectrocatalysis, environmental and energy nanomaterials, and membrane technology.

Over the past 10 years, he has attracted over $20 million venture capital funds and over $8 million R&D funds for development and commercialization of a suite of new analytical principles/instruments for field-based portable, in situ or online water quality monitoring applications including:

• the first membrane-based generic biosensing system to overcome the interference problems suffered by many biosensors in practical use;
• the first Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films Technique using liquid binding phase and solid membrane diffusive layer that has been widely adopted for environmental monitoring applications;
• a new artificial electron mediator-based biochemical oxygen demand method capable of rapid determination of biodegradable organic pollutants with a reduced assay time from 5 days to 30 min (has been commercialized);
• the first nanotechnology-based commercial sensing system (PeCODTM) capable of determining total organic pollutants in a simple, rapid and accurate manner (48 patents within 7 international patent families have been granted);
• first membrane-based in situ nutrient sensing system for large environmental assessment; the first event detection and impact prediction system for wastewater source control and management.

VI. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR MOST IMPORTANT PUBLICATIONS (publication number, impact and citations):
2012 J. Xing, H. Feng Wang, C. Yang, D. Wang, H. Zhao, G. Lu, P. Hu, H. Yang, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 51 (2012) 3611-3615, “Ceria foam with atomically thin single-crystal wall”
2012 H. Zhang, Y. Wang, D. Yang, Y. Li, H. Liu, P. Liu, B. Wood, H. Zhao, Advanced Materials, 24 (2012) 1598-1603, “Directly hydrothermal growth of single crystal Nb3O7(OH) nanorod film for high performance dye-sensitized solar cells”
2012 Y. Che, D. Gross, H. Huang, D. Yang, X. Yang, E. Discekici, Z. Xue, H. Zhao, J. Moore and L. Zang, Journal of American Chemical Society, 134 (2012) 4978-4982, “Diffusion-Controlled Detection of Trinitrotoluene: Interior Nanoporous Structure and Low Highest Occupied Molecular Orbital Level of Building Blocks Enhance Selectivity and Sensitivity”
2011 P. Liu, H. Zhang, H. Liu, Y. Wang, X. Yao, G. Zhu, S. Zhang, H. Zhao, Journal of American Chemical Society, 133 (2011) 19032-19035, “A Facile Vapor-Phase Hydrothermal Method for Direct Growth of Titanate Nanotubes on a Titanium Substrate via a Distinctive Nanosheet Roll-Up Mechanism”
2011 Y. Chen, A. Lu, Y. Li, L. Zhang, H, Y. Yip, H. Zhao, T. An, P. Wong, Environmental Science and Technology, 45 (2011) 5689–5695, “Naturally Occurring Sphalerite as a Novel Cost-Effective Photocatalyst for Bacterial Disinfection under Visible Light”
2011 G. Li, X. Liu, H. Zhang, T. An, S. Zhang, A. Carroll, H. Zhao, Journal of Catalysis, 277 (2011) 88-94, “In situ photoelectrocatalytic generation of bactericide for instant inactivation and rapid decomposition of Gramnegative bacteria”
2007 Jiang D., Zhang S., Zhao H., Environmental Science and Technology, 41 (2007) 303-308, “Photocatalytic degradation characteristics of different organic compounds at TiO2 nanoporous film electrodes with mixed anatase/rutile phases”
2004 Zhao H., Jiang D., Zhang S. and John R., Analytical Chemistry, 76 (2004) 155-160, “Development of A Direct Photoelectrochemical Method for Rapid Determination of Chemical Oxygen Demand”
2003 Catterall K., Zhao H., Pasco N., John R., Analytical Chemistry, 75 (2003) 2584-2590, “Development of a rapid ferricyanide mediated assay for biochemical oxygen demand using a mixed microbial consortium”
2004 Li W., Zhao H., Teasdale P.T. and John R., Analytical Chemistry, 75 (2003) 2578-2583, “Application of a Poly(4-styrenesulfonate) Liquid Binding Layer for Measurement of Cu2+ and Cd2+ with the Diffusive Gradients in Thin Films Technique”

Electrochemistry/photoelectrochemistry/Photoelectrocatalysis Environmental Analytical Chemistry/Instrumentation
Energy and Environmental Nanomaterials Membrane Technology

VIII. VISIONS (related to China and Australia from the area of expertise):
The food security of China is paramount important to the stability of China and the world. To ensure the sufficient food supply for the peak population, China needs to maintain at last 120 million hectares of productive agricultural land with sufficient irrigation water. However, more than 30 years of rapid economic development in China has led to a dramatically reduced agricultural land and availability of fresh water for irrigation. Also, the increased contamination to the remaining agricultural land and available fresh water strongly affect the agricultural productivity and product quality, threatening the security and safety of the food supply in China. An effective national strategy for control and management of agricultural land and fresh water resource is therefore urgently needed. For such a purpose, the accurate land and water pollution information is essential. Nevertheless, the lack of enabling large-scale land and water pollution information collection system has been identified as a major hurdle. Over the past 15 years, we have purposely developed a suite of environmental sensing technologies/instruments capable of gathering the large scale environmental water and soil quality information. A further development and integration of these sensing technologies could lead to an effective large-scale land and water pollution information collection system, which was the main motivation for me to take the “1000 Talents” Fellowship in China.