Dr. Ong Wee Jun Guest-Edits and Publishes in Tier-1 SCI Journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces


The Office of Research and Innovation congratulates Assistant Professor Dr. Ong Wee Jun for his role as the Lead Guest Editor for a special issue -- “Artificial Photosynthesis: Harnessing Materials and Interfaces for Sustainable Fuels” of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, one of the world’s top ranked materials science journals (rank: 26/285, impact factor: 8.097). Dr. Ong was invited by the editor-in-chief of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Prof. Kirk Schanze, to guest-edit the hot topic of solar energy conversion using nanomaterials, and prepare the editorial Learning from Natural Leaves: Going Green with Artificial Photosynthesis Forum.”

Editorial of the special issue -- “Artificial Photosynthesis: Harnessing Materials and Interfaces for Sustainable Fuels” (ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2019, 11 (6), 5579-5580).

In upholding the mission and scope of the special issue, Dr. Ong stated that:

“The upsurge in demand for renewable energy has motivated the creation of this special issue: to provide the readership with articles that highlight the state-of-the-art advancement in new materials and interfaces for artificial photosynthesis. The special issue consists of 10 articles authored by the leading research groups whose work is at the cutting edge of this pacey field. These endeavors, we believe, will cast favorable prospects in the design of next-generation nanomaterials for renewable energy technologies.”

Dr. Ong was also invited to contribute a paper to the special issue. He was the lead corresponding author of a paper entitled Sub-5 nm Ultra-Fine FeP Nanodots as Efficient Co-Catalysts Modified Porous g-C3N4 for Precious-Metal-Free Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution under Visible Light.” The work is a collaborative effort of Dr. Ong and 8 scientists with affiliation to Guangxi University (China), Xiamen University (China), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), The University of Adelaide (Australia), and East China University of Science and Technology (China). This work was published on 13 February 2019, in Volume 11 (6), page number 5651-5660, and selected by the editor-in-chief Prof. Schanze as the front cover of the issue.

FeP/g-C3N4 hybrid photocatalysts for hydrogen evolution from water splitting (left). Invited front cover of the issue in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (right).

The authors summarized the salient features of their work:

“In this work, sub-5 nm ultrafine zero-dimensional (0D) iron phosphide (FeP) nanodots decorated on the two-dimensional (2D) porous graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) as noble-metal-free photocatalysts was designed. This work addresses the primary issues raised in several literature reports: how do we ensure uniform-sized transition metal phosphides with high purity loaded on the 2D nanosheets? In regard to that, the 0D/2D heterojunction interface was successfully developed via the gas-phase phosphorization of Fe3O4/g-C3N4 nanocomposites. The incorporation of FeP nanodots cocatalysts not only effectively ameliorate electron–hole separation but also function as active sites for H2 generation without the presence of Pt precious metal, recording the apparent quantum yield of 1.6% at 420 nm. The experimental results are consistent with the density functional theory (DFT) calculations, confirming the robustness of FeP/g-C3N4 nanohybrids.”

Dr. Ong stated the significance of the research:

“This work provides a fascinating protocol in materials research to uncover practical possibilities for the development of precious-metal-free metal phosphides co-catalysts by modifying the pristine g-C3N4 for solar energy conversion.”  

This paper is available online:


About Dr. Ong Wee Jun

Dr. Ong Wee Jun is an Assistant Professor from School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, XMUM. With an H-index of 30, Dr. Ong has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in SCI journals with a total citation of over 4,800. He is now on a 3-month research attachment as a Visiting Scientist with Prof. Xinliang Feng’s group at Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (CFAED), Technische Universität Dresden (Germany). The attachment is funded by the 2018 Green Talent Award. In 2019, he is invited to be a Visiting Professor at Shandong University (China) for the “Shandong University Distinguished Overseas Lectureship” programme.

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