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Xueyi Zhang

Assistant Professor


  • Chemical Engineering

49 Greenberg Building


Personal or Departmental Website

Research Areas:

Energy and Environment, Interfaces and Surfaces, Separations and Transport

Interest Areas:

catalysis, separation, porous materials, molecular sieves




  • BS, Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2008
  • Ph D, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2013


Journal Articles

  • Xueyi Zhang, Jay A Thakkar and Jie Zha, 2017, "Structure Determination of Molecular Sieve Nanoparticles with Electron Microscopy and Powder X-Ray Diffraction", Microscopy and Microanalysis, 23, (S1), pp. 1800--1801
  • Prashant Kumar, Limin Ren, Qiang Guo, Xueyi Zhang, Michael Tsapatsis and K Andre Mkhoyan, 2016, "Atomic Structure of Self-Pillared, Single-Unit-Cell Sn-MFI Zeolite Nanosheets", Microscopy and Microanalysis, 22, (S3), pp. 1616–1617
  • Bahman Elyassi, Yasser Al Wahedi, Nafiseh Rajabbeigi, Prashant Kumar, Jong Seok Jeong, Xueyi Zhang, Parveen Kumar, Veerappan V Balasubramanian, Marios S Katsiotis, K Andre Mkhoyan and others, 2014, "A high-performance adsorbent for hydrogen sulfide removal", Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 190, pp. 152–155
  • Dongxia Liu, Xueyi Zhang, Aditya Bhan and Michael Tsapatsis, 2014, "Activity and selectivity differences of external Brønsted acid sites of single-unit-cell thick and conventional MFI and MWW zeolites", Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 200, pp. 287–290
  • Bahman Elyassi, Xueyi Zhang and Michael Tsapatsis, 2014, "Long-term steam stability of MWW structure zeolites (MCM-22 and ITQ-1)", Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 193, pp. 134–144
  • Dandan Xu, Garrett R Swindlehurst, Haohan Wu, David H Olson, Xueyi Zhang and Michael Tsapatsis, 2014, "On the Synthesis and Adsorption Properties of Single-Unit-Cell Hierarchical Zeolites Made by Rotational Intergrowths", Advanced Functional Materials, 24, (2), pp. 201–208
  • Dandan Xu, Garrett R Swindlehurst, Haohan Wu, David H Olson, Xueyi Zhang and Michael Tsapatsis, 2014, "Zeolites: On the Synthesis and Adsorption Properties of Single-Unit-Cell Hierarchical Zeolites Made by Rotational Intergrowths (Adv. Funct. Mater. 2/2014)", Advanced Functional Materials, 24, (2), pp. 200–200
  • Huiyong Chen, Pyung-Soo Lee, Xueyi Zhang and Dan Lu, 2013, "Structure replication and growth development of three-dimensionally ordered mesoporous-imprinted zeolites during confined growth", Journal of Materials Research, 28, (10), pp. 1356–1364
  • Wun-gwi Kim, Xueyi Zhang, Jong Suk Lee, Michael Tsapatsis and Sankar Nair, 2012, "Epitaxially Grown Layered MFI–Bulk MFI Hybrid Zeolitic Materials", ACS nano, 6, (11), pp. 9978–9988
  • Jared A Stoeger, Miguel Palomino, Kumar Varoon Agrawal, Xueyi Zhang, Georgios N Karanikolos, Susana Valencia, Avelino Corma and Michael Tsapatsis, 2012, "Oriented CoSAPO-5 Membranes by Microwave-Enhanced Growth on TiO2-Coated Porous Alumina", Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 51, (10), pp. 2470–2473
  • Won Cheol Yoo, Xueyi Zhang, Michael Tsapatsis and Andreas Stein, 2012, "Synthesis of mesoporous ZSM-5 zeolites through desilication and re-assembly processes", Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 149, (1), pp. 147–157
  • Xueyi Zhang, Dongxia Liu, Dandan Xu, Shunsuke Asahina, Katie A Cychosz, Kumar Varoon Agrawal, Yasser Al Wahedi, Aditya Bhan, Saleh Al Hashimi, Osamu Terasaki and others, 2012, "Synthesis of Self-Pillared Zeolite Nanosheets by Repetitive Branching", Science, 336, (6089), pp. 1684–1687
  • Kumar Varoon, Xueyi Zhang, Bahman Elyassi, Damien D Brewer, Melissa Gettel, Sandeep Kumar, J Alex Lee, Sudeep Maheshwari, Anudha Mittal, Chun-Yi Sung and others, 2011, "Dispersible Exfoliated Zeolite Nanosheets and Their Application as a Selective Membrane", Science, 334, (6052), pp. 72–75
  • Huiyong Chen, James Wydra, Xueyi Zhang, Pyung-Soo Lee, Zhuopeng Wang, Wei Fan and Michael Tsapatsis, 2011, "Hydrothermal synthesis of zeolites with three-dimensionally ordered mesoporous-imprinted structure", Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133, (32), pp. 12390–12393
  • Xueyi Zhang and Michael Tsapatsis, 2011, "Mesoporous silica nanoparticles from a clear sol and their transformation to lamellar silicalite-1 particles and films", Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 138, (1), pp. 239–242
  • Yi Huang, Jianfeng Yao, Xueyi Zhang, Chunhua Charlie Kong, Huiyong Chen, Dongxia Liu, Michael Tsapatsis, Matthew R Hill, Anita J Hill and Huanting Wang, 2011, "Role of ethanol in sodalite crystallization in an ethanol–Na 2 O–Al 2 O 3–SiO 2–H 2 O system", CrystEngComm, 13, (14), pp. 4714–4722
  • Pyung-Soo Lee, Xueyi Zhang, Jared A Stoeger, Abdulla Malek, Wei Fan, Sandeep Kumar, Won Cheol Yoo, Saleh Al Hashimi, R Lee Penn, Andreas Stein and others, 2010, "Sub-40 nm zeolite suspensions via disassembly of three-dimensionally ordered mesoporous-imprinted silicalite-1", Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133, (3), pp. 493–502
  • Wancheng Zhu, Xueyi Zhang, Lan Xiang and Shenlin Zhu, 2009, "Hydrothermal Formation of the Head-to-Head Coalesced Szaibelyite MgBO 2 (OH) Nanowires", Nanoscale research letters, 4, (7), pp. 724–731
  • Wancheng Zhu, Lan Xiang, Qiang Zhang, Xueyi Zhang, Ling Hu and Shenlin Zhu, 2008, "Morphology preservation and crystallinity improvement in the thermal conversion of the hydrothermal synthesized MgBO2 (OH) nanowhiskers to Mg2B2O5 nanowhiskers", Journal of Crystal Growth, 310, (18), pp. 4262–4267

Research Projects

  • July 2017 - June 2020, "John J. and Jean M. Brennan Clean Energy Early Career Professorship," (Sponsor: Penn State College of Engineering).
  • August 2017 - February 2019, "Designing Polymer/2D MOF Composite Membranes with Enhanced CO2 Transport for CO2/N2 Separation," (Sponsor: Pennsylvania State University).
  • January 2018 - December 2018, "Planning Grant: The Pennsylvania State University addition to the Industry University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) for Membrane Science, Engineering and Technology (MA," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

  • Participation in Recruitment and Retention Activities, Committee Member, Penn State University, February 2017 - March 2017
  • Committee Work, Member, Penn State, Graduate Committee, September 2017
  • Assistance to Student Organizations, Peer Reviewer, Faculty Reviewer, March 2016 - March 2016
  • Committee Work, Member, Seminar Committee, October 2015
  • Committee Work, Member, Safety Committee, October 2015 - August 2017

Service to External Organizations:




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