Associate Professor Jinwen Shi 

State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power Engineering

Xi'an Jiaotong University


Dr. Jinwen Shi received Ph.D degree of Power Engineering and Engineering Thermophysics (Jun. 2012) in Xi’an Jiaotong University. He worked as a visiting Ph.D. student (Oct. 2008~Sep. 2009) at National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, Japan. He is an associate professor at the International Research Center for Renewable Energy, State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power Engineering, School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University. His research interest is focused on conversion and utilization of renewable energies, new energy materials, and photocatalysis, especially the development of novel photocatalysts and photocatalytic systems for water splitting under visible-light irradiation. He has published over 100 SCI-indexed papers in international journals (including 9 highly cited papers indexed by ESI and 1 paper selected as Top 50 most popular articles published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A in 2021), and was granted over 10 China invention patents. He achieved awards, such as the Wu Chung-hua outstanding student award (issued by Chinese Society of Engineering Thermophysics in 2012), the Excellent Paper Awards (issued by 11th China Hydrogen Energy Conference& 3rd Mainland, Taiwan, and Hong Kong Symposium on Hydrogen Energy in 2010, and by Progress in Natural Science: Materials International in 2015), the Excellent Doctoral Dissertation awards (issued by Shaanxi province in 2014), and the first prize in Science and Technology (ranking 7, issued by Shaanxi Province in 2017).

Title: The kinetics regulation of photo-generated carriers in g-C3N4 by bulk/surface engineering towards high-efficiency photocatalytic H2 production

Abstract: Graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) has been extensively studied as a metal-free and visible-light-responsive photocatalyst in the realm of solar catalysis for H2 production. The unique merits of low cost, good physicochemical stability, regulable electronic band structure and non-toxicity make g-C3N4 have significant advantages for the potential industrial application. However, it still remains great challenge to achieve critical breakthrough in H2-production efficiency due to the low ultilization of photo-generated carriers in g-C3N4. Herein, we make a summary of our previous works about the bulk/surface engineering of g-C3N4 to adjust the kinetics of photo-generated carriers for promoting photocatalytic H2 production, including precursor recrystallization, functional groups insertion, novel g-C3N4 development, nanosheets exfoliation designation, device development for surface functionation, surface reactive sites adjustment towards low-cost photocatalysis and overall water splitting. We demonstrate a series of research strategies and theories in the understanding of the structure–carriers–photocatalysis relationship of g-C3N4, which could provide a meaningful reference for developing highly efficient g-C3N4 photocatalytic systems towards solar energy conversion and industrial application.