Prof. Ong Wee Jun Featured in Materials Horizons Emerging Investigator Series by the Royal Society of Chemistry


The Research and Postgraduate Centre congratulates Prof. Dr. Ong Wee Jun, Director of the the Center of Excellence for NaNo Energy & Catalysis Technology (CONNECT) and Assistant Dean of the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, for being featured as an Emerging Investigator by the journal Materials Horizons, a high impact and prestigious journal by the Royal Society of Chemistry (Q1, IF: 13.3).

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Investigator series features exceptional work by early-career researchers in material sciences. The Royal Society of Chemistry interviewed Prof. Ong Wee Jun during the special occasion to award him as the Emerging Investigator. The abstract of his Emerging Investigator Series article titled Isotype heterojunction: tuning the heptazine/triazine phase of crystalline nitrogen-rich C3N5 towards multifunctional photocatalytic applicationswill be included in the end of this article. Also, this paper was featured as the inside front cover for Materials Horizons, Volume 11 Number 2 published on 21 January 2024. This work was invited by the Executive Editor of Materials Horizons (Dr. Michaela Mühlberg) as also part of the themed collection to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Materials Horizons. Prof. Ong is also on of the Advisory Board Members of this journal.

Cover art featuring Prof. Ong Wee Jun’s Emerging Investigator Series in Materials Horizons

The interview article can be accessed here:

The article can be accessed at:

The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support provided by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) Malaysia under the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) Malaysia under the Strategic Research Fund (SRF). This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Guangdong Basic and Applied Basic Research Foundation, and the State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces, Xiamen University. This work was also funded by Xiamen University Malaysia Investigatorship Grant and Xiamen University Malaysia Research Fund.

Dr. Ong Wee-Jun is a Professor and the Assistant Dean at School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University Malaysia. In 2021, he became the Director of Center of Excellence for NaNo Energy & Catalysis Technology (CONNECT). His research interests include nanomaterials for photo(electro)catalytic and electrochemical H2O splitting, CO2 reduction, H2O2 synthesis, N2 fixation, alcohol oxidation and organic synthesis as well as microwave plasma methane cracking for graphene and hydrogen production.

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Prof. Ong Wee Jun is actively recruiting several postgraduate (Master and PhD) students as well as postdoctoral research fellows at CONNECT in 2024 for the special project in collaboration with PETRONAS on the conversion of CO2 greenhouse gas into renewable fuels using photocatalysis and electrocatalysis. If you are interested to work in this inspiring project, kindly contact Prof. Ong for further discussion ( 

Click here to get more information about Prof. Ong Wee Jun and his research group. 

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