Peng Yuan, male, PhD supervisor, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry,  Chinese Academy of Science 
Telephone: 020-85290341
Address: Kehua Street 511, Tianhe District, Guangzhou City
Postcode: 510640

Research Areas

The structure of natural minerals, the surface and interface effects and its resource and environmental effects.

The main focus is on: (1) Mechanism of typical mineral interfacial interactions in geological processes, such as the mechanism of mineral micro-structure and solid acidity change on hydrocarbon generation and hydrocarbon storage in illite-metamorphite-montmorillonite transformation. (2) The structure , properties, interfacial reaction and their controlling methods and mechanisms of porous minerals (such as halloysite, diatomite, palygorskite, feldspar, imogolite etc.). (3) Development of mineral material evaluation methods, mineral purification and the performance of optimization methods and mineral functional materials (such as for pollutants adsorption) for the utilization of nano-micron mineral resources in China.

The research team has a good working atmosphere, research conditions and a wide range of scientific research cooperation between domestic and international . It offers a wealth of possibilities for academic studies and post-doctoral studies. Welcome students who interested in the above research direction to join!


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Admissions direction

Mineral Physical Chemistry, Mineralogy, Applied Mineralogy

Environmental Scinence

Environmental Engineering

Work Experience

In 2006, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Sydney at the Scholarship Committee of the State Scholarship Council. In 2015, he was a senior scholar at  Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the University of Orléans. Now he is the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry researcher, doctoral tutor and deputy director in Chinese Academy of Sciences, mineralogy and mineralogy key laboratory . Meanwhile, he is the chief editor in charge of Applied Clay Science, the editor of Scientific Report and Mineral , and a member of the professional committee of mineral rock materials of China Association of Mineral Geochemistry , the committee of environmental mineralogy and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Association for Youth Innovation.

Honors & Distinctions

China Mineral Geochemistry Society "Houde seal Award"(2006), Guangdong Provincial Science and Technology Award first prize (2007), Chinese Academy of Sciences "Lu Jiaxi Award"(2008), Chinese Academy of Sciences Science and Technology Promotion Award for scientific and technological achievements second prize(2015)


English mineralogy monographs《Nanosized Tubular Clay Minerals》, P. Yuan, A. Thill AND F. Bergaya


  1. Controlling the macroscopic liquid-like behaviour of halloysite-based solvent-free nanofluids & IT; via & IT; a facile core pretreatment,Applied Clay Science, 2018, corresponding autor
  2. Pyrolysis behaviors of organic matter (OM) with the same alkyl main chain but different functional groups in the presence of clay minerals,Applied Clay Science, 2018, corresponding autor
  3. Insights into the formation mechanism of imogolite from a full-range observation of its sol-gel growth,Applied Clay Science, 2017, corresponding autor
  4.  Effects of complexation between organic matter (OM) and clay mineral on OM pyrolysis,Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta, 2017,corresponding autor
  5. Effects of microstructure of clay minerals, montmorillonite, kaolinite and halloysite, on their benzene adsorption behaviors, Applied Clay Science, 2017, corresponding autor
  6. A hierarchically porous diatomite/silicalite-1 composite for benzene adsorption/desorption fabricated via a facile pre-modification in situ synthesis route,Chemical Engineering Journal, 2016,corresponding autor
  7.  Thermal decomposition of long-chain fatty acids and its derivative in the presence of montmorillonite, J Therm Anal Calorim, 2016, corresponding autor
  8. In situ hydrothermal synthesis of a novel hierarchically porous TS-1/modified-diatomite composite for methylene blue (MB) removal by the synergistic effect of adsorption and photocatalysis, Journal of Colloid and interface science, 2016, corresponding autor
  9.  Possible mechanism of structural incorporation of Al into diatomite during the deposition process I. Via a condensation reaction of hydroxyl groups, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2016, corresponding autor
  10. Methoxy-modified kaolinite as a novel carrier for high-capacity loading and controlled-release of the herbicide amitrole,Scientific Reports,2015, corresponding autor
  11. Facile preparation of hierarchically porous diatomite/MFI-type zeolite composites and their performance of benzene adsorption: The effects of NaOH etching pretreatment ,Journal of Hazardous Materials,2015,corresponding autor
  12.  Novel hierarchically porous nanocomposites of diatomite-based ceramic monoliths coated with silicalite-1 nanoparticles for benzene adsorption,Microporous and Mesoporous Materials,2015,corresponding autor 
  13. Loading and in vitro release of ibuprofen in tubular halloysite,Applied Clay Science,2014,corresponding autor 
  14. Silylation of Al-13-intercalated montmorillonite with trimethylchlorosilane and their adsorption for Orange II,Applied Clay Science,2014,corresponding autor
  15. High-capacity loading of 5-fluorouracil on the methoxy-modified kaolinite,Applied Clay Science,2014,corresponding autor
  16.  From platy kaolinite to aluminosilicate nanoroll via one-step delamination of kaolinite: Effect of the temperature of intercalation,Applied Clay Science,2013,the first autor 
  17. Role of the interlayer space of montmorillonite in hydrocarbon generation: an experimental study based on high temperature-pressure pyrolysis,Applied Clay Science,2013,the first autor 
  18. Surface silylation of mesoporous/macroporous diatomite (diatomaceous earth) and its function in Cu(II) adsorption: The effects of heating pretreatment,Microporous and Mesoporous Materials,2013,the first autor 
  19. Infrared spectroscopic evidence of a direct addition reaction between palygorskite and pyromellitic dianhydride,Applied Surface Science,2013,corresponding autor
  20. Effects of solid acidity of clay minerals on the thermal decomposition of 12-aminolauric acid,Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry,2013,corresponding autor
  21. Organosilane functionalization of halloysite nanotubes for enhanced loading and controlled release,Nanotechnology,2012,the first autor 
  22. Facile preparation of hierarchically porous carbon using diatomite as both template and catalyst and methylene blue adsorption of carbon products,Journal of Colloid and Interface Science,2012,corresponding autor
  23. Effect of reaction temperature on grafting of gamma-aminopropyl triethoxysilane (APTES) onto kaolinite,Applied Clay Science,2012,corresponding autor
  24.  Influence of heating on the solid acidity of montmorillonite: A combined study by DRIFT and Hammett indicators,Applied Clay Science,2011,corresponding autor 
  25. A critical textural evolution study of zerovalent iron/montmorillonite nanosized heterostructures under various iron loadings,Clays and Clay Minerals,2011,corresponding autor
  26.  Influences of thermal pretreatment temperature and solvent on the organosilane modification of Al13-intercalated/Al-pillared montmorillonite,Applied Clay Science,2010,corresponding autor 
  27. Effects of inherent/enhanced solid acidity and morphology of diatomite templates on the synthesis and porosity of hierarchically porous carbon, Langmuir,2010,corresponding autor 
  28. Influence of Thermal Treatment Temperature on the Solid Acidity of Montmorillonite: a Combined Study by DRIFT and Hammett Indicators Method,Applied Clay Science,2010,corresponding autor 
  29. Montmorillonite-supported magnetite nanoparticles for the removal of hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] from aqueous solutions,Journal of Hazardous Materials,2009,the first autor  
  30. Functionalization of halloysite clay nanotubes by grafting with γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane.,Journal of Physical Chemistry C,2008,the first autor 
  31. A combined study by XRD, FTIR, TG and HRTEM on the structure of delaminated Fe-intercalated/pillared clay,Journal of Colloid and Interface Science,2008,the first autor  
  32. Synthesis and characterization of delaminated iron-pillared clay with meso-microporous structure,Microporous and Mesoporous Materials,2006,the first autor  
  33. Investigation on the delaminated-pillared structure of TiO2-PILC synthesized by TiCl4 hydrolysis method,Microporous and Mesoporous Materials,2006,the first autor


A Nano-Sized Tubular Clay Mineral with Some Favorable Characteristics for Loading and Controlled Release of Guests, the 11th International Conference for Applied Mineralogy (ICAM), Mianyang, July 8, 2013



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