Seven Graduate Students Passed Their Thesis Defense Today!

Hao Tian, Xintong Yuan, Yufei Xie, Sihang Liu, Zhiqiang Chen, Rui Liu and Hongfang Li passed their dissertation defense today. Congrats! List of the thesis titles: Hao Tian: Mechanistic Investigations on Metal-Support Interaction of Ni-based Catalysts for Ethanol Steam Reforming Xintong Yuan: Design and Performance of Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction Catalysts Yufei Xie: Support Effects on the […]

JACS: FeO6 Octahedral Distortion Activates Lattice Oxygen in Perovskite Ferrite

Modulating lattice oxygen in metal oxides that conducts partial oxidation of methane in balancing C-H activation and syngas selectivity remains challenging. This paper describes the discovery of distorting FeO6 octahedra in La1-xCexFeO3 (x=0, 0.25 0.5, 0.75, 1) orthorhombic perovskites for the promotion of lattice oxygen activation. By combined electrical conductivity relaxation (ECR) measurements and density […]

JACS: Grain-Boundary-Rich Copper for ECR

The grain boundary in copper-based electrocatalysts has been demonstrated to improve the selectivity of solar-driven electrochemical CO2 reduction towards multi-carbon products. However, the approach to form grain boundaries in copper is still limited. This paper describes a controllable grain growth of copper electrodeposition via poly (vinylpyrrolidone) used as an additive. A grain-boundary-rich metallic copper could […]

Chen Sai and Xintong win 2019 Research Stars of Gonglab

Gonglab’s 2019 Annual Summing-up Meeting was held today. The winners of 2019 are: Research Star of Gonglab: Sai Chen (PhD) Xintong Yuan (Master) Best Newcommer: Jia Yu, Hongbo Song 2nd Prize of Research Stars: Bin Liu, Chengsheng Yang and Shuai Wang 3rd Prize of Research Stars: Wanyu Deng, Yanan Wang, Rui Liu and Lulu Li Natrual […]

Professor Gong won second prize of the State Natural Science Award!

On January 10, 2020, 2020 National Science and Technology Awards Conference was held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Professor Gong, as the first person, won second prize of the State Natural Science Award for “Research on the Method and Mechanism of Heterogeneous Catalyst Structure Defect Regulation”. The State Science and Technology […]

Prof. Fornasiero visited us today!

Prof. Fornasiero from University of Trieste, Italy, visited us today and gave an IREC2 lecture with the title “Smart Catalysts and Today’s Energy and Environmental Challenges.” The study of catalytic processes starting from well- defined materials that are tuned in morphology, composition and shape is offering new perspectives for catalyst design. CO oxidation turned out […]

Angew:Enriched Surface Oxygen Vacancies of Photoanodes via Photoetching with Enhanced Charge Separation

Foreign element doping could improve the charge transport of photoelectrodes, however, new recombination centers may be introduced. This paper describes a facile photoetching approach that alleviates the negative effects from bulk defects by confining the oxygen vacancy (O vac) at the surface of BiVO4 photoanode, via a 10‐minute photoetching. This strategy could induce enriched O […]

EES:Bifacial Passivation of n-silicon Metal-insulator-semiconductor Photoelectrodes for Efficient OER and HER

Silicon-based (Si-based) junctions have been widely investigated in recent years as photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting photoelectrodes, including buried junctions and metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) Schottky junctions. However, Si-based MIS photoelectrodes suffer from low performance for PEC oxygen evolution reaction (OER) and hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) because of the dilemma that a thin insulator cannot provide enough interfacial […]

Nat Rev Mat: Theory-guided design of catalytic materials using scaling relationships and reactivity descriptors

The active sites of heterogeneous catalysts can be difficult to identify and understand, and, hence, the introduction of active sites into catalysts to tailor their function is challenging. During the past two decades, scaling relationships have been established for important, heterogeneous catalytic reactions. More specifically, a physical or chemical property of the reaction system, termed […]