Dr. Ong Wee Jun and Team Invited to Publish in Advanced Functional Materials (IF>19) and Featured in Front Cover


The Research and Postgraduate Centre congratulates postgraduate students, Grayson Ling Zhi Sheng and Ng Sue-Faye from the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering who have published a peer-reviewed article in Advanced Functional Materials. 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ong Wee Jun is the students supervisor and the corresponding author of the paper.

Advanced Functional Materials is a top-tier materials science journal that reports breakthrough research in all aspects of materials science, including nanotechnology, chemistry, physics, and biology with a 2021 impact factor of 19.924. 


The article can be accessed at https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202111875

The review article titled “Tailor-engineered 2D cocatalysts: Harnessing electron-hole redox center of 2D g-C3N4 photocatalysts toward solar-to-chemical conversion and environment purification”  highlights the 2D/2D interfaces with state-of-the-art 2D cocatalysts, spanning from carbon-containing to phosphorus-containing, metal dichalcogenide, and other cocatalysts. The authors introduced the fundamental principles for each photocatalytic application and evaluated the 2D/2D cocatalyst-mediated g-C3N4 systems based on their interfacial engineering, emerging roles, and impacts toward stability and catalytic efficiency. Meanwhile, the authors deciphered the mechanistic insights into the charge dynamics and structure-performance relationship. Noteworthy research directions are prospected in the end to deliver insightful ideas for the future development of g-C3N4.


Figure 1. Front Cover art for the Issue 29 of Advanced Functional Materials.

This work was also featured in WeChat Channel MaterialsViews (Mandarin news article):  https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/lhRHVC7JtEsRedCcI0nLxw 

The research is funded by the MOHE Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (Ref no: FRGS/1/2020/TK0/XMU/02/1), Xiamen University Malaysia Research Fund (Grant no: IENG/0038, XMUMRF/2021-C8/IENG/0041 and XMUMRF/2019-C3/IENG/0013), and Hengyuan International Sdn. Bhd. (Grant no: EENG/0003).



Figure 2. Summary diagrams of the role of 2D cocatalyst materials in 2D g-C3N4-based photocatalytic system in improving the physicochemical properties toward enhanced solar-driven catalysis.

Grayson: “It has been a great honor to publish this review paper in Advanced Functional Materials with the utmost support from my senior, Sue-Faye, and my supervisor, Dr. Ong. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Dr. Ong for offering me the opportunity to work on this review. His endless patience, guidance and encouragement have made this publication possible. I hope this paper has brought the needed contribution to the scientific community in this rapid-progressing field.”

Sue-Faye: “I am grateful to have been a part of the collaborative effort in writing this review. It is an interesting experience to immerse in the fundamental study of 2D cocatalyst modified g-C3N4, where the structure-activity relation is a core focus. I hope that this review can help guide future researchers toward high-performance nanocatalyst design. I would like to thank my supervisor, Dr. Ong, who has continually guided me in my postgraduate career.”




Dr. Ong Wee Jun received his BE and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Monash University. He is an Associate Professor and the Assistant Dean at School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University Malaysia. Starting in 2021, he becomes the Director of Center of Excellence for NaNo Energy & Catalysis Technology (CONNECT). His research interests include nanomaterials for energy storage devices, photocatalytic, photoelectrocatalytic, and electrochemical H2O splitting, CO2 reduction and N2 fixation. For more details, refer to https://sites.google.com/site/wjongresearch/.


Dr. Ong is actively recruiting enthusiastic research talents (Masters/PhD candidates, Research Officers and Postdoctoral Research Fellows) for the national priority project on microwave plasma-driven methane cracking for the scalable production of free-standing graphene and hydrogen alongside solid-state hydrogen storage. If you are interested to work in this inspiring project, kindly contact Dr. Ong Wee Jun for further discussion (weejun.ong@xmu.edu.my). Please look at the promotional banner below for more details.

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