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A portrait of Hanjing Tian

Hanjing Tian

Assistant Professor

Professional Preparation

Lanzhou University, Chemistry, B.S./1993

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS Catalysis, M.S./2000

Lehigh University, Chemical Engineering, Ph.D./2006


2014-Present Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, WVU

2006-Present Principal Function Engineer, USDOE/National Energy Technology Laboratory

2010-2014 Research Engineer, URS

2007-2010 Research Engineer, Parsons

2006-2007 Postdoc researcher, University of Pittsburgh


Project Relevant Publications

  1. Siriwardane, R.; Tian, H.; Miller, D.; Richards, G. “Fluidized Bed Testing of Commercially Prepared MgO-promoted Hematite and CuO–Fe2O3 Mixed Metal Oxide Oxygen Carriers for Methane and Coal Chemical Looping Combustion”. Applied Energy. In press.
  2. Tian, H., Roberts C.A.; Wachs I .E. “ Molecular Structural Determination of Molybdena in Different Environments: Aqueous Solution, Bulk Mixed oxides and Supported MoO3 Catalysts” J. Phys. Chem. C. 2010, 114, 14110
  3. Tian, H; Johnson, K.; R.; Siriwardane, R. V. et. al. “Characterization of Bulk Structure in Zinc Orthotitanate: A Density Functional Theory and EXAFS Investigation” J. of the Amer. Ceramic Society, 2008, 91, 584
  4. Tian, H ; Wachs, I.E. “Quantitative Determination of the Speciation of Surface Vanadium Oxides and Their Catalytic Activity” ” J. Phys. Chem. B. (2006), 110, 9593
  5. Martinez-Huerta, M. V. Gao, X. Tian, H. et al. “Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane to Ethylene over Alumina-Supported Vanadium Oxide Catalysts: Relationship between Molecular Structures and Chemical Reactivity” Catalysis Today, 2006, 118, 279

Additional Publications

  1. Siriwardane R. Tian, H., Simonyi., Poston J. “Synergetic Effect of Mixed Copper-Iron Oxides Oxygen Carriers in Chemical Looping Combustion” Fuels, 2013,108, 319
  2. Monazam, E.; Siriwardane, R., Breault R.; Tian, H.; etc “Kinetics of the Reduction of CuO/Bentonite by Methane during Chemical Looping Combustion” Energy & Fuels, 2012, 26, 2768
  3. Siriwardane, R.; Tian, H.; Miller, D., et al. “ Evaluation of Reaction Mechanism of Coal-Metal Oxide Interactions in Chemical-Looping Combustion” Combustion & Flame, 2010, 157, 2198
  4. Zhang, H.; Zhao, Z.; Tian, H. J. Wachs, I. E. “Synthesis and Characterization of Ni-Mo Bimetallic Nitride from the Mixture of Nitrogen and Hydrogen” Materials Research Bulletin, 2006, 41, 2334
  5. Tian, H ; Wachs, I.E. “ A Comparison of UV and Visible Raman Spectroscopy of Bulk Metal Molybdate and Vanadates” J. Phys. Chem. B, 2005, 109, 23491


  1. Tian, H.; Siriwardane, R “Regenerable Mixed Copper-Iron-Inert Support Oxygen Carriers for Solid Fuel Chemical Looping Combustion Process”, S-125168, 2011

Synergistic Activities

Collaborators and Other Affiliates