Electrocatalysis

Background and Research Interests

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Electrocatalysis is a special field in Electrochemistry that has gained a special growth after the late eighties due to the application of new hybrid techniques. However, most of the applications have run for academic purposes but not for technical uses in the industry. Nowadays, the application of new concepts of electrocatalysis for industrial electrochemical solutions and processes has appeared as a necessity and not only attracting attention from academia but also from industrial.

1. Next-generation direct-type fuel cells

The current bottleneck for the commercialization of direct-type fuel cells is mainly due to the high cost associated with the use of large amount of expensive noble metals, such as Pt.  We are working on the development of the next-generation direct-type fuel cells with superior performance, better economics, less environmental impact and fewer hazards to end users.

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2. Electroorganic synthesis

Electroorganic approaches have currently fascinated academicians and industrial researchers because of its high potential prospects for industrial ventures. Electrocatalytic organic synthesis provides a powerful tool to control the reaction rate and selectivity through electrode potential and current, as well as conventional catalytic means. Our interests in this area lie into selective electrocatalytic oxidation to aldehydes, electrochemical coupling, electrochemical polymerization, etc., by conventional electrosynthesis or electrogenerative synthesis. The investigation of the reaction mechanism and kinetics is also within our scope.

Electrocatalytic organic synthesis provides a powerful tool to control the reaction rate and selectivity through electrode potential and current

3. CO2 Valorization

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We are investigating the electrocatalytic activation of carbon dioxide for the synthesis of intermediates with industrial interests. For more details, please refer to the link: CO2-valorization

4. Other industrial electrochemical application

We are also interested in other industrial applications of electrochemistry, including waste water treatment, development and evaluation of new corrosion inhibitors, and new electrochemical techniques for analytical purpose, etc.

Funding:

“Shanghai Rising-Star Program”, from Shanghai Municipal of Science and Technology Commission, 2016-2019