Professional Biography

Dr Junfeng Geng is a Reader in Materials Chemistry. He was initially educated as a chemist with his first and second degree (B.Sc., 1983; M.Sc., 1986) received from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China. He started his academic career at Beijing Institute of Technology, with his first appointment as a University Assistant Lecturer (1986), and then a University Lecturer (1988) and later became an Associate Professor (1994). He did his PhD study in chemistry at the University of Cambridge and earned his PhD degree there in 1998. After graduation he went back to China and took his previously held Associate Professorship position at Beijing Institute of Technology. He rejoined the University of Cambridge in 1999 as a postdoctoral Research Associate working with Professor Brian Johnson FRS, and was later promoted by the University to a Senior Research Associate position in 2005. He left Cambridge University in 2010 when he joined the University of Bolton with the readership appointment.

Dr Geng is the author of over 100 science publications mainly as full, refereed original research papers published at international quality chemistry and materials science journals. He has made a number of scientific discoveries and inventions, including 12 patents filed up at UK national, European and the international level, in the field of metal nanocatalysts and nanostructured carbon materials. Several of his inventions have been adopted by UK industry and successfully commercialised into market products since 2004.

Current research interests

  • Synthesis and characterisation of transition metal nanoparticles and molecular nanoclusters;
  • Growth and property studies of carbon nanotubes and graphene;
  • Synthesis and characterisation of inorganic and fullerene-based nanowires;
  • Metal nanoparticles for catalysis and electronic device applications;
  • Inorganic and polymeric nanomaterials for applications in chemical composites, renewable energy, environmental engineering and clean technology.

Selected recent publications

  1. J. Geng, I. A. Solovyov, D. Reid, A. Wheatley, A. V. Solovyov, B. F. G. Johnson. Fullerene-based Nanowire Polymer Formed through a Topochemical Transformation of the Parent Nanowires. Physical Review B, 81, 214114 (1-13) (2010).
  2. J. Geng, D. A. Jefferson and B. F. G. Johnson. Exploring the Complexity of the Ultrafine Nanostructure of the NiB Nanoparticles. Chemistry: A European Journal, 15, 1134-1143 (2009).
  3. J. Geng, W. Zhou, P. Skelton, W. Yue, I. A. Kinloch, B. F. G. Johnson and A. H. Windle. Crystal Structure and Growth Mechanism of Unusually Long Fullerene (C 60 ) Nanowires. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 130(8), 2527-2534 (2008).
  4. J. Geng, D. A. Jefferson and B. F. G. Johnson. The Highly Unusual Nanostructure of Nickel Boron Nanoparticles. Chemical Communications, 969-971 (2007).
  5. J. Geng, M. Thomas, D. Shephard and B. F. G. Johnson. Suppressed electron hopping in an Au nanoparticle/H 2 S system: development towards a H 2 S nanosensor. Chemical Communications, 1895-1897 (2005).
  6. J. Geng, I. Kinlock, C. Singh, V. B. Golovko, B. F. G. Johnson, M. S. P. Shaffer and A. W. Windle. Production of carbon nanofibres in high yields using a sodium chloride support. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 109, 16665-16670 (2005).
  7. J. Geng, S. Hofmann, V. B. Golovko, B. Kleinsorge, C. Ducati, D. S. Shephard, J. Robertson and B. F. G. Johnson. A nickel formate route to the growth of carbon nanotubes. Journal of Physical Chemistry B , 108, 18446-18450 (2004).
  8. J. Geng, D. A. Jefferson and B. F. G. Johnson. Direct conversion of iron stearate into Fe and Fe3C nanocrystals encapsulated in polyhedral graphite cages. Chemical Communications, 2442-2443 (2004).
  9. J. Geng, C. Singh, D. S. Shephard, M. S. P. Shaffer, B. F. G. Johnson and A. H. Windle. Synthesis of High Purity Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes in High Yield. Chemical Communications, 2666-2667 (2002).
  10. N. Feeder, J. Geng, P. G. Goh, B. F. G. Johnson, C. M. Martin, D. S. Shephard and W. Zhou. Nanoscale Super Clusters of Clusters Assembled around a Dendritic Core. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 39, 1661-1664 (2000).