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Xuezhong He received both his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Zhengzhou University and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2011. After that, He continuously worked as a postdoctoral research fellow and Researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering of NTNU (2011-2016) and focused on membranes for CO2 related separations based on experimental and process simulation. Before joining GTIIT, he was a Principal Investigator at NTNU (2017-2020) leading a large project on carbon membranes for CO2 removal from high-pressure natural gas.

Prof. Xuezhong He’s primary research interest is separation technology, particularly membranes for gas separations, such as membranes for post-combustion carbon capture, biogas upgrading, natural gas sweetening, and hydrogen purification as well as biomass to bioenergy. He has a solid background and knowledge in both material development (e.g., polymeric, facilitated transport, nanocomposite, and carbon membranes) and multi-scale simulations (molecular simulation, neural network, process simulation) for studying molecular design, thermodynamic properties prediction, and techno-economic feasibility analysis.

He has authored/co-authored of >70 papers (published in top journals of chemical engineering discipline such as Nat. Commun., Chem. Eng. J., AIChE J., J. Membr. Sci., Sep. Puri. Techno., I&EC. Res. etc.), one book, 9 book chapters, and 3 patents, with the total citation of >4300 times and an h-index of 32 (Google scholar). He serves as the Associate Editor of Frontiers in Energy Research (Advanced Clean Fuel Technologies Sector), Editorial Board of Separation and Purification Technology, Editorial Board of Membranes, and Carbon Capture Science and Technology, and Guest Editor of Frontiers in Chemistry. he awarded the Research Fund for International Excellent Young Scientists from National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC)  2023. and has been leading and participating in 13 research, innovation, and demo projects funded by The NSFC, MOST, Shenzhen Science and Technology Innovation Commission, the Research Council of Norway, GASSNOVA, etc. Many of them have close collaborations with oil/gas companies (e.g., Equinor, Petrobras), and process industries such as NORCEM, SWECO, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., and CIMC. Ranking the world’s top 2% scientists, both “career-long impact list” and “2023 single-year impact list”


Research Interests

  • Carbon Hollow Fiber Membranes
  • Polymeric Membranes
  • Membranes for CO2 Capture
  • Biogas Upgrading
  • Natural Gas Sweetening
  • Hydrogen Purification
  • Process Simulation
  • Molecular Design

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


  • QD Chemistry
  • polymer synthesis
  • interficial polymerization
  • TP Chemical technology
  • membrane
  • gas separation
  • H2
  • carbon capture
  • biofuels


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