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Professor Alex Yip

Professor Alex Yip

Associate Investigator

Towards Zero Carbon - Catalytic Architectures

Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140


 Professor Alex Yip received his BE(Hon) in Chemical Engineering from UNSW (Australia) in 2003. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2009), studying heterogeneous catalysis. He was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley, working on the methanol-to-triptane process via zeolite catalysis. Currently, he is leading the Energy and Environmental Catalysis Group at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Research interests

Alex’s research focuses on designing and synthesizing micro/mesoporous materials, particularly zeolites, useful as catalysts and converting biomass, syngas, and carbon dioxide to valuable chemicals and fuels. His research also targets synthesizing predefined zeolite structures by manipulating nucleation and crystallization. His research group is particularly interested in identifying mechanisms and reaction pathways for critical catalytic reactions relevant to green energy. He studies the relationship between the catalyst structure, including morphology, pore shape, spatial constraints, etc., and the selectivity of reaction products.

Generating foundational and recyclable knowledge in research sometimes solves problems that are more important than those you initially sought to solve

Professor Alex Yip