Youdong Cheng

Postdoctoral Fellows

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

My research interest is in the design and preparation of mixed matrix membranes containing advanced porous fillers such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs) for gas separation.

Selected Publications

  • Facile synthesis of a metal–organic framework for removal of methyl blue from water: first-year undergraduate teach... 
    Y. Cheng, D. Shi, Y. Di Yuan, D. Zhao
    J. Chem. Educ., 97, 4145-4151, (2020)
  • Two-dimensional membranes: new paradigms for high-performance separation membranes 
    Y. Cheng, Y. Pu, D. Zhao
    Chem. Asian J., 15, 2241-2270, (2020)
  • Mixed matrix membranes containing MOF@COF hybrid fillers for efficient CO2/CH4 separation 
    Y. Cheng, Y. Ying, L. Zhai, G. Liu, J. Dong, Y. Wang, M.P. Christopher, S. Long, Y. Wang, ...
    J. Membr. Sci., 573, 97-106, (2019)
  • Highly efficient CO2 capture by mixed matrix membranes containing three-dimensional covalent organic framework fill... 
    Y. Cheng, L. Zhai, Y. Ying, Y. Wang, G. Liu, J. Dong, D.Z.L. Ng, S.A. Khan, D. Zhao 
    J. Mater. Chem. A, 7, 4549-4560, (2019)
  • Selective Gas Permeation in Mixed Matrix Membranes Accelerated by Hollow Ionic Covalent Organic Polymers 
    Y. Cheng, L. Zhai, M. Tong, T. Kundu, G. Liu, Y. Ying, J. Dong, Y. Wang, D. Zhao
    ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 7, 1564-1573, (2019)
  • Enhanced polymer crystallinity in mixed-matrix membranes induced by metal–organic framework nanosheets for efficien... 
    Y. Cheng, S.R. Tavares, C.M. Doherty, Y. Ying, E. Sarnello, G. Maurin, M.R. Hill, T. Li, D...
    ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 10, 43095-43103, (2018)
  • Advanced porous materials in mixed matrix membranes 
    Y. Cheng, Y. Ying, S. Japip, S.-D. Jiang, T.-S. Chung, S. Zhang, D. Zhao
    Adv. Mater., 30, 1802401, (2018)
  • Covalent organic nanosheets with large lateral size and high aspect ratio synthesized by Langmuir-Blodgett method 
    Y. Cheng, S.K. Ravi, Y. Wang, J. Tao, Y. Gu, S.C. Tan, D. Zhao
    Chin. Chem. Lett., 29, 869-872, (2018)
  • Mixed matrix membranes for natural gas upgrading: current status and opportunities 
    Y. Cheng, Z. Wang, D. Zhao
    Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 57, 4139-4169, (2018)
  • Ultrathin mixed matrix membranes containing two-dimensional metal-organic framework nanosheets for efficient CO2/CH... 
    Y. Cheng, X. Wang, C. Jia, Y. Wang, L. Zhai, Q. Wang, D. Zhao
    J. Membr. Sci., 539, 213-223, (2017)


  • ​Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2019
  • B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 2015

Professional Profile

​2020-now: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Member of North American Membrane Society, Since March 2019
  • Member of Membrane Society in Singapore, Since Jan 2019


  • ​President's Graduate Fellowship, NUS, 2011-2015

Research Interests Keywords

​Advanced porous materials membrane sepration nanomaterial