Tiancun Xiao obtained his first honor degree at Northwest University, Xi'an, China, in 1987 and his Ph.D. degree from Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Lanzhou, China, in 1993. He then moved to work at Shandong University, Jinan, China, as the Vice-Dean of the Environmental Engineering Department. Working with the World Bank, he introduced the concept of cleaner production to China. He joined Oxford University, Oxford, UK, in 1999 as a Royal Society-BP Amoco Research Fellow, doing research in novel heterogeneous catalyst preparation for hydrocarbon activation, hydrogen generation, sulphur removal, and syngas conversion. He has developed organic matrix combustion method to prepare supported metal catalysts, which showed superior performance in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, hydrodesulfurization, and steam reforming. Xiao has developed a novel process which uses hydrogen peroxide to activate methanol starting instantly from room temperature over noble metal catalysts. He was appointed as a Visiting Professor of the Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China; Lecturing Professor of Eastern China University of Science and Technology, Hefei, China; and Guest Professor at Guizhou University, Shanxi University, and Kunming University of Science and Technology. In 2005, he won the Carbon Trust Innovation Award. He cofounded Oxford Catalysts, a spin-out company from Oxford University, with Professor Green in 2004, floated in London Stock market in 2006. He was also invited as the Senior Advisor to the new start-up, Guangzhou Boxenergy Tech Ltd., who has developed series technologies including dechlorination sorbent, demercury sorbent, and hydrodesulfurization catalysts. Xiao has published more than 100 papers and 15 patents, some of which have been industrialized.
Biography Updated on 5 January 2013