Dr. FAN Zhanxi (范戰西)

2015, PhD, Nanyang Technological University

2010, BS, Jilin University

Visiting address
Visiting address
Phone: +852-34427817, +852 34427817

Author IDs

Willing to take PhD students: yes


Dr. Zhanxi FAN received his B.S. degree (2010) in Chemistry from Jilin University (China), where he investigated the composites of conjugated polymers and quantum dots under the supervision of Prof. Bai Yang and Prof. Hao Zhang. Then he completed his Ph.D. (2015) in Materials Chemistry from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) under the supervision of Prof. Hua Zhang. During the Ph.D. study, he developed new strategies for the crystal phase-controlled synthesis and applications of noble metal nanomaterials. Afterwards, he spent a few years as Project Officer/Research Fellow/Postdoc Fellow in Nanyang Technological University with Prof. Hua Zhang and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA) with Prof. Haimei Zheng. In November 2019, he joined City University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor. His research interest lies in the fields of materials chemistry, nanoscience, catalysis, and energy conversion. Currently, his research projects mainly include the controlled synthesis of novel metal nanomaterials, designed preparation of functional metal-based heteronanostructures, and catalytic conversion of small molecules.


2019-Present, Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong

2018-2019, Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University

2017-2018, Postdoc, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

2016-2017, Research Fellow, Nanyang Technological University


2019, Highly Cited Researcher, by Clarivate Analytics

2018, Highly Cited Researcher, by Clarivate Analytics

2016, MSE Doctorate Research Excellence Award, by NTU

2015, Young Scientist Award, by E-MRS

2015, Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, by CSC

2009, National Scholarship, by MOE

2008, National Scholarship, by MOE

2008, Excellent Student of Jilin University, by JLU

2007, National Endeavor Scholarship, by Central Government

2007-2009, Tsang Hin-Chi Scholarship, by Tsang Hin-Chi Education Foundation

Research Interests/Areas

  • Materials chemistry
  • Nanoscience
  • Metal nanomaterials
  • Crystal phase control
  • Catalysis
  • Energy conversion