|**2023 summer/autumn PhD admission at City University of Hong Kong**
About the supervisor:
Dr. Xue Wang is an assistant professor in School of Energy and Environment at City University of Hong Kong, starting January 2023. She received her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Xiamen University in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Zhaoxiong Xie and Prof. Younan Xia. During her graduate studies, she worked at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a visiting graduate student (2013-2015). After her Ph.D. graduation, she was appointed as associate professor at Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2016-2017). Then she went to University of Toronto and worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Edward Sargent, prior to joining the City University of Hong Kong as an assistant professor. Dr. Wang's research expertise covers nanomaterial design, electrocatalysis, and reaction engineering, with a particular emphasis on energy-related applications. To date, Dr. Wang has published>50 peer-reviewed articles in high impact journals, such as Science, Nature, Nature Energy, Nature Catalysis, Nature Commun., JACS, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, and Advanced Materials. For details, please find https://www.cityu.edu.hk/see/people/dr-xue-wang
Group website: https://www.xuewang-research.com/
Group research interests:
The group research focuses on science and engineering for decarbonization of the energy sector using electrocatalysis approach. Through the combination of catalyst design, mechanism investigation, and reaction engineering, we aim to develop efficient CO2 electrochemical conversion technologies for renewable energy storage and conversion, electrosynthesis of chemicals/fuels, and climate change mitigation, as well as unravel the physical and chemical events at the molecular level during the electrocatalysis processes.
The scholarship at City University of Hong Kong is ~hk$17,500 per month at the beginning and ~ hk$18,500 per month after passing qualification. Outstanding candidates will also be recommended to apply to Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS). HKPFS established by the Research Grants Council (RGC) of the HKSAR government, aims to attract the best and brightest students in the world to pursue their research degree programmes in Hong Kong's institutions. The HKPFS fellowship awardees will receive a monthly stipend of HK$27,100 (~US$3,474) and a conference and research related travel allowance of HK$13,600 (~US$1,744) per year for 4 years.
Potential graduate students (including students who will receive/have received the bachelor degree or master degree) who are interested in the topics of sustainable technologies for renewable energy storage & conversion are welcome to contact Dr. Wang with your CV, UG/PG transcripts, and publications (if applicable). Applicants will have to go through a centralized admission process through the City University of Hong Kong with Dr. Wang's recommendation.
Some basic requirements:
• Undergraduate average mark >= 85/100 or GPA > = 3.5/4.0
• English proficiency requirement:(1) a minimum total score of 550 (paper-based test); or 79 (internet-based); or 59 (revised paper-delivered test; sum of reading, listening and writing section scores in toefl; or (2) a minimum ielts score of 6.5.
• The candidates with research experience in one or more areas of chemistry, nanomaterials, and/or electrocatalysis will be preferred.