Ying Zhou

Southwest Petroleum University China

Ying Zhou, born in 1981, received his PhD at University of Zurich (UZH) in 2010 under the supervision of Prof. Greta R. Patzke. He then continued his work with a postdoctoral Forschungskredit grant from UZH. He was also awarded a fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with Prof. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt. He currently holds a professorship at Southwest Petroleum University. He is also a visiting professor at Kyoto University. His research interests in oil, gas utilization and catalytic materials as well as in situ techniques on materials synthesis and action.

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Bismuth (Bi) is a post-transition metal element with the atomic number of 83, which belongs to the pnictogen group elements in Period 6 in the elemental periodic table. As a heavy metal, the hazard of Bi is unusually low in contrast to its neighbors Pb and Sb. This property, along with other typical characteristics like strong diamagnetism and low thermal conductivity, makes Bi attractive in industrial applications. There are more than 100 commercial bismuth products, from pharmaceutical to industrial catalysts. Based on the wide applications of Bi materials, this book goes further and mainly focuses on the potential uses of Bi-based materials, which consist of nine chapters. In addition, a special chapter concerning the defect in bismuth is also presented.

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