Shangfeng Du

Research Fellow

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Telephone: (+44) (0) 121 414 5081

School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT


Shangfeng Du is currently a Research Fellow within the Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research in the School of Chemical Engineering, leading a team working on nanotechnology for fuel cells.

His Research interests lies in the interdisciplinary area of materials science and nanotechnology, and in particular on the development of multi-functional nanostructured materials for fuel cell electrodes.

The impact of his research is in two main areas:

  • Development of catalyst electrodes with high performance and low cost with advanced nanostructures
  • Characterisation of the interaction between nanoparticles

He has published more than 30 papers, reviews and book chapters, with several invited lectures and presentations at leading academic institutions and conferences across UK and internationally.


Shangfeng Du received his BEng (1999) degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Tsinghua University, China. He got his PhD degree (2005) in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. During 2000 to 2003, he has been working as a part time Assistant Director in Zhongke Chemical Metallurgy Ltd in Beijing. After that, he moved to Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart, Germany as a Guest Scientist, focusing on the study of the thermodynamic characterization of Na-Me-O phase equilibria by solid state electrochemical approaches.

In 2007, he joined the Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research (former Fuel Cells Research Group) in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, as a Marie Curie Research Fellow sponsored by European Commission, starting his research on fuel cells. He received his fellowship from Science City Research Alliance (SCRA) in 2009.

Honours and Awards

  • Birmingham and Solihull STEM Ambassadors Recognition Award 2010
  • Science City Research Alliance Fellowship: Energy Futures 2009
  • Marie Curie Fellowship: International Incoming Fellowship (IIF) 2007


  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2005
  • BEng in Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, China, 1999


Materials for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

Postgraduate supervision

Currently (co-) supervise 4 PhD students with 1 as the leading supervisor.


  • PEFC catalyst electrodes
  • Micro-tubular single component SOFCs
  • Interaction between nanoparticles, surfactants, protein and viruses

Other activities

Editorial member of Journal of Energy and Power Engineering

Professional member of International Association for Hydrogen Energy

Selected Publications

Up to date Google Scholar

S.F. Du, Y.X. Lu and R. Steinberger-Wilckens. PtPd Nanowire Arrays supported on Reduced Graphene Oxide as Advanced Electrocatalysts for Methanol Oxidation. Carbon, 2014, DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2014.07.076.

S.F. Du, Y.X. Lu, S.K. Malladi, Q. Xu and R. Steinberger-Wilckens. A Simple Approach for Advanced Hybrid Nanostructures of PtNi-MWCNTs as High Performance Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction. Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2 (2014) 692-698.

X.Y. Yao, K.H. Su, S. Sui, L.W. Mao, A. He, J.L. Zhang, S.F. Du. A novel catalyst layer with carbon matrix for Pt nanowire growth in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 38 (2013) 12374–12378.

A. Chandan, M. Hattenberger, A. El-kharouf, S.F. Du, A. Dhir, V. Self, B. G Pollet, A. Ingram and W. Bujalski. High temperature (HT) polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) – A review. Journal of Power Sources 231 (2013) 264-278.

S.F. Du, K. Kendall, P. Toloueinia, Y. Mehrabadi, G. Gupta and J. Newton. Aggregation and Adhesion of Gold Nanoparticles in Phosphate Buffered Saline. Journal of Nanoparticle Research 14(3) (2012) 758:1-14.

S.F. Du, K. Kendall, S. Morris and C. Sweet. Measuring Number-concentrations of Nanoparticles and Viruses in Liquids On-line. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology 85 (2010) 1223–1228.

S.F. Du. A Facile Route for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Electrodes with In situ Grown Pt Nanowires. Journal of Power Sources 195 (2010) 289–292.

K. Kendall, A. Dhir and S.F. Du. A New Measure of Molecular Attractions between Nanoparticles near kT Adhesion Energy. Nanotechnology 20 (2009) 275701 (4pp).

S.F. Du, H.D. Liu, and Y.F. Chen. Large-scale Preparation of Porous Ultrathin Ga-doped ZnO Nanoneedles from 3D Basic Zinc Carbonate Superstructures. Nanotechnology 20 (2009) 085611 (6pp).

S.F. Du, Y.J. Tian, H.D. Liu, J. Liu and Y.F. Chen. Calcination Effects on the Properties of Gallium-Doped Zinc Oxide Powders. Journal of the American Ceramic Society 89 (2006) 2440-2443.