Electrocatalysts for efficient energy conversion


The goal is to develop high active and selective electrocatalysts that can transform general molecules in the atmosphere (e.g. CO2, N2 and H2O) to valuable renewable energy sources (e.g. hydrocarbons, CO, NH3, H2, O2). We design new electrocatalyst materials with precise control method, such as atomic intercalation, metal complex doping, quantum dot control, to increase the conversion efficiency and selectivity of the chemical transformations. With the help of advanced characterization assist of theoretical calculations, we seek to identify the catalytic trends and illustrate the underlying reaction mechanisms.




Reactions of interest include:

Carbon dioxide reduction

Nitrogen reduction

Oxygen reduction reaction

Hydrogen evolution