Dr. Ruikun Zhao
Dr. Ruikun Zhao Senior Lecturer Preparatory Program

Contact Information
ruikun.zhao@ku.ac.ae +971 (0)2312 4527


Dr. Ruikun Zhao is a Senior Lecturer in the Preparatory Program at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, UAE since 2018. During his PhD study at the University of East Anglia (UEA), UK, he carried out the research project about the ‘Spectroscopy of Redox States of Flavin relevant to Photoactive Flavoprotein’ with high impact publications in journals such as JACS, PCCP and et. al. He is a fellow of UK Advanced Higher Education (AHE) and was awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PgCHE) in 2015.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PgCHE) (UK) 2015
  • Fellow of the UK Advanced Higher Education (AHE), Recognized since 2015
  • PhD, Biophysical Chemistry, University of East Anglia (UEA) (UK), 2013
  • MSc, Material Science/Polymer Technology, Loughborough University (UK), 2008
  • BSc, Applied Chemistry, Loughborough University (UK), 2006

  • chemistry

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Petroleum Institute

Research Interests
  • Spectroscopy Analysis of Flavin Protein
  • Photoactive Flavoprotein, Green fluorescent protein(GFP)
  • Ultrafast Transient Infra-Red/Ultraviolet–visible(UV) spectroscopy
  • Rheology of Polymer Materials
  • Nano-Particle Centered Protein Crystallization
  • Pedagogical/Educational Research in Science

Additional Info

Selected Recent Publications:

(1) X. Lia, X.H. Huang, Z.R. Wang, Ruikun Zhao* (2022), ‘In-situ polymerization induced manganese sites as intrinsic carbon defects for capacitive organic dye removal’, Separation and Purification Technology, Elsevier, Volume 287, 120583, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2022.120583

(2) N. Wang, X. Huang, L. Zhang, J. Hu, Y. Chao, Ruikun Zhao* (2021), ‘Pyrolysis Transformation of ZIF-8 Wrapped with Polytriazine to Nitrogen Enriched Core-shell Polyhedrons Carbon for Super Capacitor’, Frontiers of Chemical Science and Engineering, Springer 15(4), 944–953, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11705-020-2005-y

(3) M. Zeidan, X. Huang, L. Xiao and Ruikun. Zhao* (2022) Improving student engagement using a video-enabled activity-based learning: an exploratory study to STEM preparatory education in UAE, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (24). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi24.888.