Collaborating with Profs. Shao, Minhua and Gu, Shuang, our invited review article "Electrochemical nitrogen reduction: An intriguing but challenging quest" was accepted for publication in Trends in Chemistry. Congratulations Yifu and Usman!
Our research was highlighted in our department journal activesite,
Li group members recently gave oral presentations in AIChE and ECS meetings, you can watch them from Youtube and know more about our research. Links can be found here: https://www.wzli-lab.com/invited-presentations
Xiaopeng Liu joined our group as a new PhD student, and she will be working with Profs. Wu and Li on novel 2D MXenes for electrocatlaysis, welcome you Xiaopeng!
The special issue of Chinese Journal of Catalysis in memory and honor of Prof. Qin Xin coedited by Prof. Fengshou Xiao and Prof. Li was published by Elsevier, and the link is here. This special issue is to recognize Prof. Xin's unique and remarkable contributions to the application of in‐situ molecular spectroscopy for catalysis study, the exploration of nitrides, carbides and HDS (hydrodesulfurization), HDN (hydrodenitrogenation) catalysts, and the development of efficient electrocatalysts for direct alcohol fuel cells. We thank all authors for contributing their work to this special issue.
Li group received a RIF grant to develop a membrane-free alkaline electrolyzer for upcycling of meat processing wastewater to production of ammonia fertilizers. Congratulations Yifu!
Huy and Yi joined Li group in the fall semester doing research on CO2 reduction and alkaline electrolyzer design. Welcome Huy and Yi!
Our NSF-EFRI DCheM grant "EFRI DCheM: Chemicals from Renewables Through Green Electrochemistry" led by Prof. Tessonnier was awarded, Congratulations ChaRGE team! We got it!
Li group received a USDA-NIFA grant on paired electrochemical conversion of agricultural waste feedstock to valuable chemicals. Congratulations!
Our collaborative research with Dr. Roling group on "Electrocatalytic Nitrate Reduction on Oxide-Derived Silver with Tunable Selectivity to Nitrite and Ammonia" was published in ACS Catalysis. In this work, we reported our finding on exceptionally high nitrate-to-nitrite selectivity on silver electrodes. By coupling the electrocatalytic nitrate-to-nitrite on an oxide-derived silver (OD-Ag) with higher surface area and activity, with a catalytic nitrite-to-dinitrogen on a Pd catalyst using H2 derived from water electrolysis, a combined electrocatalytic-catalytic process has been demonstrated as an alternative strategy for innovative nitrate removal from real agricultural wastewater.The acquired kinetic and computation insights can also be beneficial to advancing the nitrogen-centric electrocatalysis science and technologies. We acknowledge NSF funding (ChE2036944) to support our research, and great help from Dr. Shanks and Dr. Gu. Congratulations, Hengzhou and Jaeryul!
Our review "Recent Advances in Paired Electrolysis of Biomass-derived Compounds Towards Co-generation of Value-added Chemicals and Fuels" was accepted by Current Opinion in Electrochemistry. Congratulations Hengzhou!
Our collaborative research with Dr. Cochran group on "Paired and Tandem Electrochemical Conversion of 5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural Using Membrane-Electrode-Assembly-based Electrocatalytic Systems" was accepted by ChemElectroChem for publication. We acknowledge NSF funding (CBET1947435) to support our research. Congratulations again, Hengzhou and Ting-Han!
New graduate student Tianlei Li joined our group CO2 reduction and paired electrolysis research, welcome Tianlei!
Our collaborative research with Dr. Cochran group on "Paired Electrolysis of 5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural in Flow Cells with High-Performance Oxide-Derived Silver Cathode" was accepted by Green Chemistry for publication as a front cover article of Issue 14, 2021. We acknowledge NSF funding (CBET1947435) to support our research. Congratulations Hengzhou and Ting-Han!
Dr. Jungkuk Lee joined our group as a postdoc research doing CO2 capture and reduction research, welcome Jungkuk!
Our former MS student Joseph Watkins took an offer from Plug Power. Congratulations Joe, and Good luck with your future career development!
Our former undergraduate James Trettin took an offer from Princeton University. Congratulations James, and Good luck with your PhD research!
Our collaborative review article with Dr. Yuyan Shao group at PNNL on "Electrocatalysts Development for Hydrogen Oxidation Reaction in Alkaline Media: From Mechanism Understanding to Materials Design" was accepted by Chinese Journal of Catalysis for a special issue in honor and memory of Prof. Qin Xin. Congratulations Yang!
Our research on "Electrocatalytic Generation of Hydrogen Peroxide on Cobalt Nanoparticles Embedded in Nitrogen-doped Carbon" was accepted by Chinese Journal of Catalysis for publication for a special issue in honor and memory of Prof. Qin Xin. Congratulations Basil!
Mohammad Albloushi joined our group as a master student doing research in hydrogen peroxide electrosynthesis, Welcome Mohammad!
Dr. Li was awarded the Herbert L. Stiles Faculty Fellow. Congratulations!
Our research on "Revealing Nitrogen-Containing Species in Commercial Catalysts Used for Ammonia Electrosynthesis" was published in Nature Catalysis as an analysis article, Congratulations Yifu and Hengzhou! We thank Pror. Gu and Prof. Licht for close collaboration in study of ammonia synthesis, and acknowledge great help from and fruitful discussion with our ISU colleagues (Brett Boote, Robert Brown, Sarah Cady, Dapeng Jing, Jingzhe Li, Hsi-Hsin Lin, Brent Shanks, Emily Smith, James Trettin), and Kwiyong Kim (UIUC).
Li group received an IEC (Iowa Energy Center) grant on electrochemical conversion of biodiesel waste crude glycerol and CO2 to higher valued chemicals. Congratulations!
Li group received a NSF grant (ChE2036944) on electrochemical upcycling of waste nitrates for eco-manufacturing of nitrogen-based chemicals. Congratulations!
Our paper on high voltage quinone flow battery was published in Engineered Science. Congratulations Mohsen!
Li group received a NSF grant (CBET1947435) on paired electrolyzers for efficient conversion of biorenewable furanic compounds for production of valuable chemicals. Congratulations!
Li group received a DOD SBIR subcontract on development of CO2 reduction catalysts. Congratulations!
Our collaborative work with Stahl group at Wisconsin on quinone flow battery was published in Advanced Energy Materials, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/aenm.202000340. Congratulations Yang!
Joe successfully passed his MS presentation exam, good work Joe! Good luck to your future career!
Dr. Li visited Department of Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University, and gave his talk on "Electrochemical Conversion of Biorenewable Furanics for Production of Chemicals and Fuels". Thank you for your host Oklahoma State. Go Oklahoma Cowboys and Cowgirls!
Our research in paired electrocatalytic hydrogenation and oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) for production of two monomers was accepted for publication in Green Chemistry.
https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2019/gc/c9gc02264c. Congratulations Xiaotong and David!
Dr. Li gave a talk on "Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation and Oxidation of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural for Efficient Production of Biobased Monomers: A Paired Electrolyzer Approach" at the ECS meeting in Atlanta, GA.
Hengzhou successfully passed his qualifier exam, congratulations Hengzhou!
Our work in electrochemical synthesis of ammonia was accepted for publication in Green Chemistry. We reported that a membrane-free electrochemical cell can provide a green and economic way of lithium deposition for mediated ammonia synthesis from nitrogen gas and water. We conducted stringent Ar and isotopic 15N2 control experiments and proved the NH3 synthesis is truly via a so-called Li-mediated pathway. DOI: 10.1039/C9GC01338E. Congratulations Kwiyong and Yifu!
Our collaborative research with Dr. Panthani group in "photoelectrolysis of HMF to bioplastic ionomer" has been accepted for publication in ChemElectroChem: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/celc.201900482. congratulations David!
Mohsen took an offer from Civil & Environmental Engineering, ISU as a PhD student. Sean took an offer from EcoEngineering in Des Moines as a Regulatory Consultant. Glad to see you two are still in town, Good luck!
Mohsen successfully defended his MS thesis, good work Mohsen!
Dr. Li attended the GPCS spring symposium and showed his poster presentation in Bartsville, OK.
Brent: Congratulations on winning the inaugural GPCS award!
Dr. Li attended the ACS spring conference and gave two talks in Orlando, FL.
Dr. Kwiyong Kim took an offer from UIUC as a postdoc researcher in the Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department. We will miss you Kwiyong, and Good Luck to your future career!
Dr. Yang Qiu took an offer from the heterogeneous catalysis group at DOE PNNL as a postdoc researcher. We will miss you Yang, and Good Luck to your future career!
Gassen successfully passed his MS presentation exam, good work Sean! Good luck to your future career!
Yang and Le's paper "BCC-Phase PdCu Alloy as a Highly Active Electrocatalyst for Hydrogen Oxidation in Alkaline Electrolytes" has been published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, DOI:10.1021/jacs.8b08356, Congratulation! We thank supports from Penn State University (Prof. Michael Janik, Dr. Yawei Li, Dr. Ian McCrum), Wichita State University (Prof. Shuang Gu) and DOE Argonne National Lab (Dr. Fangmin Guo, Dr. Yang Ren, Dr. Qi Liu) and Ames Lab (Dr. Lin Zhou, Dr. Tao Ma).
Dr. Li attended the AIChE annual conference and gave three talks in Pittsburgh, PA.
Hengzhou Liu joined our group to do electrochemical reduction of nitrate research, Welcome Hengzhou!
Basil Rawah successfully passed his qualifier exam, congratulations Basil!
Ting-Han Lee and Yifu Chen successfully passed their qualifier exams, congratulations Ting-Han and Yifu!
Dr. Kwiyong Kim joined our group as a postdoc researcher, and he will conduct research in Electrosynthesis of ammonia, sponsored by ARPAE.
Dr. Li visited Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Iowa, and gave his invited talk "Electrochemical Conversion of Biorenewable Furanics for Production of Chemicals and Fuels". Thank you for your host U. Iowa and Go Iowa Hawkeyes!
Dr. Yang Qiu, an alumni of Li group, has joined us as a post-doctoral researcher. Welcome back, Yang!
Dr. Li visited DOE PNNL and gave his invited talk "Electrochemical Conversion of Biorenewable Furanics for Production of Chemicals and Fuels". Thank you for your host PNNL!
Xiaotong took an offer from Energizer as a research engineer, congratulations and Wish you find great success and happiness with your new career in Cleveland, OH!
Xiaotong and David attended ISU graduate ceremony and congratulations Xiaotong and David, good luck to your future career - Go Cyclone!
Le Xin accepted a full-time scientist position at Sigma-Millipore. Neeva Benipal accepted an offer from California EPA for an engineer position. Congratulations! Wish you find great success and happiness with your new career in Milwaukee WI and Sacramento CA, Le and Neeva: good luck!
Xiaotong Chadderdon successfully defended her PhD dissertation on “Electrochemical Conversion of Biomass-derived Furanics for Production of Renewable Chemicals and Fuels” – Congratulations Dr. Chadderdon!
David Chadderdon successfully defended his PhD dissertation on “Electrocatalysis for Selective Oxidation of Biomass-derived Compounds” – Congratulations Dr. Chadderdon!
Yang Qiu successfully defended his PhD dissertation on “Rational Design of Advanced Electrocatalysts for Oxygen and Hydrogen Reactions in Fuel Cells and Water Electrolyzers” – Congratulations Dr. Qiu!
Xiaotong and David won the Research Excellence Award from ISU graduate college. Congratulations!
Two new graduate students joined Li group: Sean Gassen and Joeseph Watkins. Welcome!
Dr. Li gave two talks: "Mechanisms of electrochemical reduction of furfural" and "Photoelectrocatalysts for TEMPO-mediated alcohol oxidations" in the ECS meeting at National Harbor, MD and one invited talk “Electrocatalytic processing of biorenewables for generation of electricity, chemicals and fuels” in Materials Science and Engineering department of Clemson University, Clemson, SC. Go Clemson Tigers!
Three new graduate students joined Li group: Ting-Han Lee, Basil Rawah, Yifu Chen. Welcome!
September 13, 2017:
Our collaborative research with Tessonnier group on “Mechanisms of Furfural Reduction on Metal Electrodes: Distinguishing Pathways for Selective Hydrogenation of Bioderived Oxygenates” has been accepted for publication by the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations Xiaotong and David, Good work! Article available at: DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b06331
Li group received two ARPA-E subcontracts to develop electrodes and electrocatalysts for ammonia synthesis at low and intermediate temperatures.
David and Xiaotong gave two talks: "Mechanisms of electrochemical reduction of furfural" and "Photoelectrocatalysts for TEMPO-mediated alcohol oxidations" at New Orlean ECS meeting.
Dr. Li gave invited talks at Dalian University of Technology, Dalian University of Technology - Panjin campus, and Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China.
Dr. Le Xin, an alumni of Li group, has joined us as a post-doctoral researcher. Welcome back, Le!
Neeva successfully defended her PhD dissertation on "Electrochemical conversion of biorenewable feedstocks in alkaline membrane fuel cells" - Congratulations Neeva!
Dr. Li gave his talk "Electrocatalytic processing of biorenewables for generation of electricity, chemicals and fuels" in Materials Science and Engineering department, Iowa State. Go Cyclones!
Mohsen Torabi joined Li group as a graduate student. Welcome Mohsen!
Li group’s recent work on "membraneless fuel cell" was accepted for publication in Renewable Energy, congratulations Neeva and Ji!
Dr. Li gave his talk at Frontier in Biorefining conference at Simons Island, GA.
David, Xiaotong and Neeva gave research presentations at San Francisco AIChE Annual Conference.
Dr. Li gave his invited talk "Electrocatalytic processing of biorenewables for generation of electricity, chemicals and fuels" at Penn State Go Nittany Lions!
Dr. Li gave his invited talk "Electrocatalytic processing of biorenewables for generation of electricity, chemicals and fuels" at U. Kansas, Go Kansas Jayhawks!
Dr. Li gave his invited talk "Electrocatalytic processing of biorenewables for generation of electricity, chemicals and fuels" at Mississippi State, Go Mississippi Bulldogs!
Li group’s recent work on "PdAg bimetallic catalysts for glycerol oxidation" was accepted for publication in Applied Catalysis B Environmental, congratulations Neeva and Ji!
Li group’s recent work on direct fast pyrolysis fuel cell was accepted for publication in Fuel, congratulations Neeva!
Dr. Li received ISU Bailey Research Career Development Award to support his new research direction in photoelectrolysis of biorenewables for valuable chemicals production. We are grateful to the generous estate gift from Carl and Grace Bailey!
Li group’s recent work on PdAg/CNT anode catalysts for anion exchange membrane direct alcohol fuel cell was published in Applied Catalysis B Environmental. Congratulations Ji!
Li group received a grant from Iowa Energy Center on technoeconomic analysis of electrochemical systems.
Dr. Li gave an invited talk "Electrocatalytic processing of biorenewables for generation of electricity, chemicals and fuels" in Chemistry Department at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Go Wisconsin Badgers!
Ji Qi successfully defended his PhD dissertation titled "Electrocatalysts Design for Selective Oxidation of Organic Molecules in High-Performance Fuel Cells". Congratulations to Ji! Good luck with your new career in China!
Li group’s collaborative research with Dr. Shanks on N,S-doped mesoporous carbon-based cathode catalysts for direct birenewable alcohol fuel cells was accepted for publication in Journal of Materials Chemistry A. Congratulations Yang!
Prof. Li was honored as inaugural CBE Seagrave Professor, we thank the generous donors (Mary and Randy Hagenson ) of the Seagrave Professorship so much!
Li group's recent work in collaboration with Prof. Michael Janik at Penn State - "Selective Oxidation of 1,2-Propanediol in Alkaline Anion-Exchange Membrane Electrocatalytic Flow Reactors: Experimental and DFT Investigations" was accepted for publication in ACS Catalysis. Congratulations David!
Li and Tessonnier groups won a NSF grant on "Electrocatalytic hydrogenation of birenewable feedstocks". Congratulations!
Li group has demonstrated a prototype of completely metal catalyst free anion exchange membrane fuel cell with 3D graphene or multi-wall carbon nanotube anode and N-doped carbon nanotube cathode. The work was accepted for publication in ChemSusChem and Carbon. Ji and Neeva: Congratulations!
Dr. Li gave an invited talk "Electrocatalytic processing of biorenewables for generation of electricity, chemicals and fuels" in IUPUI Electrochemical Energy Center. Go Indiana Jaguars!
Dr. Li gave an invited talk "Electrocatalytic processing of biorenewables for generation of electricity, chemicals and fuels" in Kansas State Chemical Engineering Department. Go Kansas Wildcats!
Li group's first modeling paper "Numerical analysis of anion exchange membrane direct glycerol fuel cells under steady state and dynamic operations" was accepted for publication in International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. Xiaotong and David: Congratulations!
Li Group moved to Iowa State University as Richard Seagrave associate professor, pursuing research excellence in electrocatalysis, electrochemical energy and biorenewables. My colleagues and friends at Michigan Tech, I will miss you all and Huskies, keep in touch!