Dr Gang Li

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 325
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Natural gas purification, carbon capture, waste utilization, coal mine gas recovery, adsorption (zeolites, C1 catalysis, process design, microporous materials)


Dr Gang (Kevin) Li is a senior lecturer of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He completed BE and ME degrees in Chemical Engineering at Tianjin University in China, and later a PhD at Monash University in Australia. Dr Li’s research expertise is separation science and technologies, with particular interest in mass transfer in microporous materials, pressure swing adsorption processes, and waste recycling for the applications of natural gas processing, carbon capture, and environmental remediation. He was an ARC DECRA fellow (2014-2016) and the Research Theme Leader of ARC ITTC (Australian Centre for LNG Futures) since 2016. Dr Li has more than 50 publications in international peer reviewed journals including Nature Communications, JACS and AIChE J. He is also the main inventor of 12 patents including 3 PCTs, and the winner of two WA Innovator Of The Year awards. His invention of the world best performing methane adsorbent so far has been commercialized for the enrichment of unconventional natural gases. He welcomes potential PhD students with a passion for science.
Google Scholar link: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=pSZjUL0AAAAJ&hl=en

Recent publications

  1. Du T, Fang X, Liu L, Shang J, Zhang B, Wei Y, Gong H, Rahman S, May EF, Webley P, Li G. An optimal trapdoor zeolite for exclusive admission of CO2 at industrial carbon capture operating temperatures. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 54, Issue 25. DOI: 10.1039/c8cc00634b
  2. Li G, Shang J, Gu Q, Awati RV, Jensen N, Grant A, Zhang X, Sholl DS, Liu Z, Webley P, May EF. Temperature-regulated guest admission and release in microporous materials. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS. Nature Publishing Group. 2017, Vol. 8. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15777
  3. He Y, Shang J, Zhao Q, Gu Q, Xie K, Li G, Singh R, Xiao Y, Webley P. A comparative study on conversion of porous and non-porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) into carbon-based composites for carbon dioxide capture. International Symposium on Molecular Design. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 120. DOI: 10.1016/j.poly.2016.05.027
  4. Shang J, Li G, Webley P, Liu Z. A density functional theory study for the adsorption of various gases on a caesium-exchanged trapdoor chabazite. COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS SCIENCE. Elsevier. 2016, Vol. 122. DOI: 10.1016/j.commatsci.2016.05.040
  5. Wan Z, Wu W, Li G, Wang C, Yang H, Zhang D. Effect of SiO2/Al2O3ratio on the performance of nanocrystal ZSM-5 zeolite catalysts in methanol to gasoline conversion. Applied Catalysis A: General. Elsevier BV. 2016, Vol. 523. DOI: 10.1016/j.apcata.2016.05.032
  6. He Y, Shang J, Gu Q, Zhao Q, Xie K, Li G, Singh R, Xiao Y, Webley P. Exchange Method Using Acid-Solvent Synergy for Metal-Organic Framework Synthesis (EASY-MOFs) Based on a Typical Pillar-Layered Parent Structure. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INORGANIC CHEMISTRY. Wiley-VCH. 2016, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1002/ejic.201600120
  7. He Y, Shang J, Gu Q, Li G, Li J, Singh R, Xiao Y, Webley P. Converting 3D rigid metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to 2D flexible networks via ligand exchange for enhanced CO2/N-2 and CH4/N-2 separation. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2015, Vol. 51, Issue 79. DOI: 10.1039/c5cc05867h
  8. Shang J, Li G, Li J, Li L, Webley P, Liu Z. Density Functional Theory Computational Study of Alkali Cation-Exchanged Sodalite-like Zeolite like Metal-Organic Framework for CO2, N-2, and CH4 Adsorption. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C. American Chemical Society. 2015, Vol. 119, Issue 49. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b07833
  9. Pan Z, He L, Qiu L, Korayem AH, Li G, Zhu JW, Collins F, Li D, Duan WH, Wang MC. Mechanical properties and microstructure of a graphene oxide-cement composite. CEMENT & CONCRETE COMPOSITES. Pergamon. 2015, Vol. 58. DOI: 10.1016/j.cemconcomp.2015.02.001
  10. Shang J, Li G, Gu Q, Singh R, Xiao Y, Liu Z, Webley P. Temperature controlled invertible selectivity for adsorption of N2 and CH4 by molecular trapdoor chabazites. Chemical Communications. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2014, Vol. 50, Issue 35. DOI: 10.1039/c4cc00269e
  11. Shang J, Li G, Singh R, Xiao Y, Liu Z, Webley P. Determination of Composition Range for “Molecular Trapdoor” Effect in Chabazite Zeolite. Journal of Physical Chemistry C. American Chemical Society. 2013, Vol. 117, Issue 24. DOI: 10.1021/jp4015146
  12. Xu D, Xiao Y, Zhang J, Li G, Xiao G, Webley P, Zhai Y. Effects of water vapour on CO2 capture with vacuum swing adsorption using activated carbon. Chemical Engineering Journal. Elsevier Science. 2013, Vol. 230. DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2013.06.080
  13. Xu D, Zhang J, Li G, Xiao Y, Webley P, Zhai Y. Adsorption Equilibrium and Kinetics of CO2 and H2O on Activated Carbon. Wuji Cailiao Xuebao. Kexue Chubanshe. 2012, Vol. 27, Issue 2. DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1077.2012.00139
  14. Hasan F, Singh R, Li G, Zhao D, Webley P. Direct Synthesis of Hierarchical LTA Zeolite via a Low Crystallization and Growth Rate Technique in the Presence of Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science. Academic Press. 2012, Vol. 382. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2012.05.027
  15. Shang J, Li G, Singh R, Gu Q, Nairn K, Bastow T, Medhekar N, Doherty C, Hill A, Liu Z, Webley P. Discriminative Separation of Gases by a “Molecular Trapdoor” Mechanism in Chabazite Zeolites. Journal of the American Chemical Society. American Chemical Society. 2012, Vol. 134. DOI: 10.1021/ja309274y

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