Ying Zhou received his BSc and MSc from Central South University and Chinese Academy of Sciences, respectively. In 2010, he received his PhD at the University of Zurich (UZH) under the supervision of Prof. Greta R. Patzke. He then continued his work with a post-doctoral Forschungskredit grant from UZH. He was also awarded a fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology with Prof. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt and was a visiting professor at Kyoto University. He currently holds a professorship at Southwest Petroleum University. His research interest is in the clean utilization of oil and gas and environmental remediation materials as well as the related in situ characterization techniques.