Dr Tiancun Xiao obtained a BsC from Northwest University, China in 1987 and and Ph.D of Chemical Physics (heterogenous catalysis) from Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1993. He then worked in the Department of Environmental Engineering, Shandong University collaborating with the World Bank and United Nations for six years before he was funded by the Royal Society Fellowship to work in Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford in 1999. He developed a series of catalysts for waste to energy and founded Oxford Catalysts Ltd in 2004 and floated the company in AIM London Stock Market in 2006. As the main technology officer, Oxford Catalysts Ltd acquired Velocys (a spinout company from DOE USA) in 2008 and moved the main operation to the USA from 2010. He returned to the University of Oxford to continue his work on catalysis focusing on CO2 conversion and utilization, and working with professor Edwards and Dr Yao, they developed a 1-step catalysis process to convert CO2 to aviation fuel or chemicals. These developments pave the foundation for the launch of OXCCU Tech Ltd, and enable the circular economy.
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