Positions

Research Areas research areas

Overview

  • We utilize our expertise in surface chemistry and molecular catalysis to develop innovative catalytic materials for sustainable energy applications. A process of particular interest is solar fuel generation by CO2 reduction using molecularly structured catalysts on solid-state surfaces. Spectroscopic, microscopic, and electrochemical techniques are employed to characterize such catalytic materials and establish structure-function relationships. In addition, we integrate research with education by organizing STEM workshops for K-12 science teachers and students. Our projects have received support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science Foundation (NSF), including a prestigious NSF CAREER Award.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 The stability and oxidation of supported atomic-size Cu catalysts in reactive environmentsJournal of Chemical Physics.  151:054702-054702. 2019
    2019 Infrared studies of surface carbonate binding to diimine-tricarbonyl Re(I) and Mn(I) complexes in mesoporous silicaJournal of Coordination Chemistry.  72:1336-1345. 2019
    2018 Selective CO2 Reduction Catalyzed by Single Cobalt Sites on Carbon Nitride under Visible-Light Irradiation.Journal of the American Chemical Society.  140:16042-16047. 2018
    2018 Synergy between Defects, Photoexcited Electrons, and Supported Single Atom Catalysts for CO2 ReductionACS Catalysis.  8:10464-10478. 2018
    2018 Visible-light degradation of Orange II using an Fe(II)–terpyridine complex grafted onto TiO2 surfaceCanadian Journal of Chemistry.  96:890-895. 2018
    2018 Co-Template Directed Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles in Mesoporous Titanium Dioxide.Chemistry - A European Journal.  24:9651-9657. 2018
    2017 Microwave-assisted deposition of a highly active cobalt catalyst on mesoporous silica for photochemical CO2 reduction.Journal of the Chemical Society. Dalton Transactions Dalton Transactions.  46:10721-10726. 2017
    2016 CO2 reduction with Re(i)-NHC compounds: driving selective catalysis with a silicon nanowire photoelectrode.Chemical Communications.  52:14258-14261. 2016
    2016 Molecular deposition of a macrocyclic cobalt catalyst on TiO2 nanoparticlesJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical Journal of Molecular Catalysis.  423:293-299. 2016
    2016 Three-Dimensional Graphene-TiO2 Nanocomposite Photocatalyst Synthesized by Covalent Attachment.ACS Omega.  1:351-356. 2016
    2016 Photoelectrochemical CO2 Reduction by a Molecular Cobalt(II) Catalyst on Planar and Nanostructured Si Surfaces.Chemistry - A European Journal.  22:13064-13067. 2016
    2016 Photocatalytic CO2reduction by highly dispersed Cu sites on TiO2Journal of Photonics for Energy.  7:012004-012004. 2016
    2016 Heterogenization of a macrocyclic cobalt complex for photocatalytic CO2reductionJournal of Coordination Chemistry.  69:1748-1758. 2016
    2016 Re(I) NHC Complexes for Electrocatalytic Conversion of CO2.Inorganic Chemistry.  55:3136-3144. 2016
    2016 Solar CO2Reduction Using Surface-Immobilized Molecular CatalystsComments on Inorganic Chemistry.  36:38-60. 2016
    2016 Effect of ligand derivatization at different positions on photochemical properties of hybrid Re(I) photocatalystsJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical Journal of Molecular Catalysis.  411:272-278. 2016
    2014 Infrared studies of a hybrid CO2-reduction photocatalyst consisting of a molecular Re(I) complex grafted on KaolinJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical Journal of Molecular Catalysis.  395:145-150. 2014
    2014 Photocatalytic CO2 reduction using a molecular cobalt complex deposited on TiO2 nanoparticles.Chemical Communications.  50:6221-6224. 2014
    2014 Involvement of surface-adsorbed water in photochromism of spiropyran molecules deposited on NaY zeoliteChemical Physics Letters.  598:53-57. 2014
    2014 Photoelectrochemical oxidation of a turn-on fluorescent probe mediated by a surface Mn-II catalyst covalently attached to TiO2 nanoparticlesJournal of Catalysis.  310:37-44. 2014
    2013 Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction and Surface Immobilization of a Tricarbonyl Re(I) Compound Modified with Amide GroupsACS Catalysis.  3:655-662. 2013
    2012 Covalent attachment of a molecular CO2-reduction photocatalyst to mesoporous silicaJournal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical Journal of Molecular Catalysis.  363-364:208-213. 2012
    2012 Enhanced Charge Separation in Nanostructured TiO2 Materials for Photocatalytic and Photovoltaic ApplicationsIndustrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.  51:11841-11849. 2012
    2012 Adsorption and Photochemical Properties of a Molecular CO2 Reduction Catalyst in Hierarchical Mesoporous ZSM-5: An In Situ FTIR Study.Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.  3:486-492. 2012
    2011 Reduction of CO2 on a tricarbonyl rhenium(I) complex: modeling a catalytic cycle.Journal of Physical Chemistry A.  115:2877-2881. 2011

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2013 Chapter 4. Nanostructured photocatalysts for solar water-splittingSPR Nanoscience. 81-97. 2013
    2013 Innovative Photocatalysts for Solar Fuel Generation by CO2 Reduction.  219-241. 2013

    Teaching Activities

  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2019
  • Graduate Writing Portfolio Taught course 2019
  • Physical Chemistry II Taught course 2019
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2018
  • Graduate Writing Portfolio Taught course 2018
  • Physical Chemistry I Taught course 2018
  • Presentation Portfolio Taught course 2018
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2018
  • Graduate Writing Portfolio Taught course 2018
  • Presentation Portfolio Taught course 2018
  • Surface Chemistry Taught course 2018
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2017
  • Graduate Writing Portfolio Taught course 2017
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2017
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2017
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2017
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2017
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2017
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2017
  • Independent Study Taught course 2017
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2017
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2017
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2017
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2017
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2017
  • Doctoral Research Taught course 2016
  • Graduate Writing Portfolio Taught course 2016
  • Physical Chemistry I Taught course 2016
  • Presentation Portfolio Taught course 2016
  • Thesis Taught course 2016
  • Thesis Taught course 2016
  • Rsrch Exp/Chemistry Taught course 2016
  • Physical Chemistry I Taught course 2015
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2015
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2015
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2015
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2015
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2015
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2015
  • Thesis Taught course 2015
  • Adv Rsrch Exp/Chemistry Taught course 2014
  • Independent Study Taught course 2014
  • Physical Chemistry I Taught course 2014
  • Rsrch Exp/Chemical Engineering Taught course 2014
  • Thesis Taught course 2014
  • Independent Study Taught course 2014
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2014
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2014
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2014
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2014
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory Taught course 2014
  • Rsrch Exp/Chemical Engineering Taught course 2014
  • Rsrch Exp/Chemistry Taught course 2014
  • Thesis Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Chemical Education, Hebei Normal University
  • M.S. Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Iowa
  • Full Name

  • Gonghu Li