團隊主要面向化工行業轉型升級和能源、環境、新材料等戰略性新興產業發展的重大需求，圍繞綠色新型催化材料與高效反應技術領域的關鍵問題開展研究。研究方向包括：雜化納米結構金屬催化劑及其高效協同催化作用；新型分子篩及碳材料與環境友好催化；微波催化作用及微波催化反應技術；高效微波催化的應用基礎；螺旋通道型旋轉床超重力法制備納米催化材料與功能材料及其應用等。團隊開辟了微波催化作用新方向：發現微波是加速化學反應的新動力，揭示和闡明了微波催化作用，發現了微波選擇催化作用，創建了微波催化反應技術和微波催化氧化反應技術；開創了納米金屬和納米半導體協同催化作用新方向，發現并揭示了其協同催化作用；創建了制備納米功能材料超重力反應技術，并獲得產業化應用。近年來，團隊承擔和參與了國家自然科學基金、湖南省自科基金重點項目、湖南省科技廳攻關項目、中石化總公司橫向課題等一批科研課題，相關研究成果在Chem Commun、Chem Eng J、Ind &Eng Chem Res、J Hazard Mater、ChemCatChem、Catal Sci Technol、Energy Convers Manage等期刊發表SCI論文100多篇，申請發明專利70項，已獲授權43項，其中美國發明專利2 項。培養了多名博士和碩士研究生，獲湖南省優秀博士畢業論文1篇，湖南省優秀碩士畢業論文1篇。
團隊負責人周繼承，湘潭大學化工學院二級教授，博士生導師，1999年畢業于大連理工大學工業催化專業，獲工學博士學位。入選湖南省新世紀121人才工程，湖南省高等學校青年骨干教師， “環境友好催化與綠色化工工藝” 湖南省高校科技創新團隊帶頭人，湖南省化學工程重點學科方向帶頭人，工業催化學位點負責人。
The research group for “Green Catalysis & Microwave Catalysis” of Xiangtan University
The research group for “Green Catalysis & Microwave Catalysis” of Xiangtan University was established with fundamental supports from several important platforms including “The Subject of Chemical Engineering & Technology”, “National & Local United Engineering Research Centre for Chemical Process Simulation and Optimization”, “The University Key Laboratory of Green Catalysis & Reaction Engineering of Hunan Province”, and “The University Innovation Team of Science &Technology for Environment-Friendly Catalysis &Green Chemical Process of Hunan Province”. The group leader was Prof. Jicheng Zhou, and the main researchers in the group include Associated Prof. Fanghua Xie, Associated Prof. Jinjun Cai, Dr. Zhimin You and Dr. Wentao Xu, in addition to more than 40 PhD./Master candidates and undergraduates.
The group mainly focused on the key issues in the field of new green catalysts for the efficient catalytic reaction technologies, which is based on the transformation and upgrading of chemical industry and the great needs from the development of strategic emerging industries such as energy, environment, and new materials, performing the series of original basic researches with high-novelty. The present major research interests of the group are listed as follows: (a) Hybrid nanostructured metal catalysts and their synergistic catalytic effect, (b) New materials of molecular sieves & carbons for environment-friendly catalysis, (c) Microwave catalysis and microwave catalytic reaction technology, (d) Application of high-efficiency microwave catalysis, and (e) Spiral channel type rotating bed supergravity method for the preparation of new functional materials and their applications. The group opened up a new direction for the microwave catalysis with the main contribution to the new understanding about microwave catalysis: (a) demonstrating the new discovery of microwave as new power to accelerate the chemical reactions; (b) revealing and illustrating microwave catalysis effect and discovering the selectivity effect of microwave catalysis; and (c) pioneering the creation of microwave catalytic reaction & microwave catalytic oxidation reaction technology. Moreover, the group also opened up the new direction of synergistic catalysis effect of nanostructured metal and semiconductor, discovering and revealing the synergistic catalysis effect of complex catalyst. Last but not the least, the group also opened up a supergravity reaction technology for the preparation of nanostructured functional materials, which has already been tentatively applied for some detailed industries. In recent years, the group members have already undertaken or participated in large number of scientific projects supported from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the key project of Natural Science Foundation of Hunan Province, the key Technology Research program from the Department of Science and Technology of Hunan Province, and also several industrial projects from Sinopec Corporation. To date, the related researches were published in some specialized journals like Chem Commun, Chem Eng J, Ind & Eng Chem Res, J Hazard Mater, ChemCatChem, Catal Sci Technol, Energy Convers Manage, and etc. The group members have already published more than 100 SCI papers, applied 70 invention patents and granted 43 patents including 2 US invention patents. The group members have also cultivated many outstanding students achieving the doctor and master degrees, and one of the PhD thesis and master thesis were wined excellence awards of Hunan Province.
Prof. Jicheng Zhou (second grade professor of School of Chemical Engineering, Xiangtan University) as the group leader is a supervisor for PhD candidates. He obtained his engineering PhD degree of industrial catalysis from the Dalian University of Technology in 1999. He has been selected as a famous researcher from the project of New Century 121 Talent of Hunan Province, and he is also honorable as one of the youth core teachers for universities of Hunan Province. Prof. Jicheng Zhou is also a leader for the team of University Innovation Science & Technology for Environment-Friendly Catalysis &Green Chemical Process of Hunan Province; a leader for the area of chemical engineering as the key subject of Hunan Province; and the head of academic degree for industrial catalysis.