Dr. Hong-Cai “Joe” Zhou, Professor Dept. of Chemistry
Texas A&M University - College Station
Phone:(979) 845-4034
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Hong-Cai “Joe” Zhou obtained his Ph.D. in 2000 from Texas A&M University under the supervision of F. A. Cotton. After a postdoctoral stint at Harvard University with R. H. Holm, he joined the faculty of Miami University, Oxford in 2002. He rose to the rank of full professor within six years and moved to Texas A&M University in 2008. His awards include a Research Innovation Award from Research Corporation in 2003, an NSF CAREER Award in 2005, a Cottrell Scholar Award from Research Corporation in 2005, the 2006 Miami University Distinguished Scholar - Young Investigator Award, the 2007 Faculty Excellence Award from Air Products and Chemicals, as well as the 2010 DOE Hydrogen Program Special Recognition Award as a main contributor to the Hydrogen Sorption Center of Excellence. He also spearheaded the ARISE (Advanced Research Initiative for Sustainable Energy) in Texas A&M, two ARPA-E projects and an EFRC program in the U. S. DOE. Since 2003, he has obtained more than nine million dollars externally for his research. Since 2000, he has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers with more than 6,600 citations. In 2012, he served as a guest editor for the first Chem. Rev. thematic issue of Metal-Organic Frameworks. Research in his group focuses on the discovery of new synthetic techniques to access metal-organic frameworks that can perform unique chemical transformations and exhibit desired properties for clean-energy-related applications.

2012 Growing Texas Conference

October 3: New and Emerging Energy Technologies: Natural Gas Storage Technology for Passenger Vehicles. The need for alternative fuels is greater now than ever before. With considerable sources available and low pollution factor, methane is a natural choice as petroleum replacement in cars and other mobile applications. However, efficient storage methods are still lacking to implement the application of methane in the automotive industry. Advanced porous materials, metal-organic frameworks and porous organic polymers, have received considerable attention in sorptive storage applications owing to their exceptionally high surface areas and chemically-tunable structures. In this presentation, I will provide an overview of the current status of the application of these two types of advanced porous materials in the storage of methane. Examples of materials exhibiting high methane storage capacities are analyzed and methods for increasing the applicability of these advanced porous materials in methane storage technologies described.