September 2020:

Our research on "Revealing Nitrogen-Containing Species in Commercial Catalysts Used for Ammonia Electrosynthesis" was accepted for publication 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).

September 2020:

Li group received an IEC (Iowa Energy Center) grant on electrochemical conversion of biodiesel waste crude glycerol and CO2 to higher valued chemicals.   Congratulations!

August 2020:

Li group received a NSF grant on electrochemical upcycling of waste nitrates for eco-manufacturing of nitrogen-based chemicals.   Congratulations!

June 2020:

Li group received a NSF grant on paired electrolyzers for efficient conversion of biorenewable furanic compounds for production of valuable chemicals.   Congratulations!

June 2020:

Li group received a DOD SBIR subcontract on development of CO2 reduction catalysts.  Congratulations!

April 2020:

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!

 

December 2019:

Joe successfully passed his MS presentation exam, good work Joe! Good luck to your future career!

November 2019:

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! 

October 2019:

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!

October 2019:

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. 

September 2019:

Hengzhou successfully passed his qualifier exam, congratulations Hengzhou! 

 

June 2019:

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!

May 2019:

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!

May 2019

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!

April 2019:

Mohsen successfully defended his MS thesis, good work Mohsen!

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April 2019:

Dr. Li attended the GPCS spring symposium and showed his poster presentation in Bartsville, OK.

Brent: Congratulations on winning the inaugural GPCS award!

April 2019:

Dr. Li attended the ACS spring conference and gave two talks in Orlando, FL.

March 2019:

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! 

 

February 2019:

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!

December 2018:

Gassen successfully passed his MS presentation exam, good work Sean! Good luck to your future career!

 

November 2018: 
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). 

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October 2018:

Dr. Li attended the AIChE annual conference and gave three talks in Pittsburgh, PA.

October 2018:

Hengzhou Liu joined our group to do electrochemical reduction of nitrate research, Welcome Hengzhou! 

October 2018:

Basil Rawah successfully passed his qualifier exam, congratulations Basil!

September 2018

Ting-Han Lee and Yifu Chen successfully passed their qualifier exams, congratulations Ting-Han and Yifu!

August 2018:

Dr. Kwiyong Kim joined our group as a postdoc researcher, and he will conduct research in Electrosynthesis of ammonia, sponsored by ARPAE.  

August 2018:

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! 

June 2018: 
Dr. Yang Qiu, an alumni of Li group, has joined us as a post-doctoral researcher. Welcome back, Yang!

 

June 2018:

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!

May 2018

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!

May 2018

Xiaotong and David attended ISU graduate ceremony and congratulations Xiaotong and David, good luck to your future career - Go Cyclone!

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April 2018:
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 Nee
va: good luck! 

March 2018: 
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!

February 2018: 

Xiaotong and David won the Research Excellence Award from ISU graduate college. Congratulations!

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January 2018: 
Two new graduate students joined Li group: Sean Gassen and Joeseph Watkins. Welcome!

October 2017: 
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!

October 2017: 
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

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June 2017: 
Li group received two ARPA-E project subcontracts to develop electrodes and electrocatalysts for ammonia synthesis at low and intermediate temperatures.

 

 May 2017: 
David and Xiaotong gave two talks: "Mechanisms of electrochemical reduction of furfural" and "Photoelectrocatalysts for TEMPO-mediated alcohol oxidations" at New Orlean ECS meeting.

 

 May 2017: 
Dr. Li gave invited talks at Dalian University of Technology, Dalian University of Technology - Panjin campus, and Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China.

 

 May 2017: 
Dr. Le Xin, an alumni of Li group, has joined us as a post-doctoral researcher. Welcome back, Le!

 

 March 2017: 
Neeva successfully defended her PhD dissertation on "Electrochemical conversion of biorenewable feedstocks in alkaline membrane fuel cells" - Congratulations Neeva!

 

 February 2017: 
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! 

 

 January 2017: 
Mohsen Torabi joined Li group as a graduate student. Welcome Mohsen! 

 

 December 2016: 
Li group’s recent work on "membraneless fuel cell" was accepted for publication in Renewable Energy, congratulations Neeva and Ji!

 

 November 2016: 
Dr. Li gave his talk at Frontier in Biorefining conference at Simons Island, GA.

 

 November 2016: 
David, Xiaotong and Neeva gave research presentations at San Francisco AIChE Annual Conference.

 

 October 2016: 
Dr. Li gave his invited talk "Electrocatalytic processing of biorenewables for generation of electricity, chemicals and fuels" at Penn State Go Nittany Lions! 

 

 September 2016:

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!

 August 2016: 
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!

 

 July 2016: 
Li group’s recent work on direct fast pyrolysis fuel cell was accepted for publication in Fuel, congratulations Neeva!

 

 July 2016: 
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!

 

 June 2016: 
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!

 

 June 2016: 
Li group received a grant from Iowa Energy Center on technoeconomic analysis of electrochemical systems.

 

 May 2016: 
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! 

 

 December 2015: 
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!

 

 November 2015: 
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!

 

 October 2015: 
Prof. Li was honored as inaugural CBE Seagrave Professor, we thank the generous donors (Mary and Randy Hagenson ) of the Seagrave Professorship so much!

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 October 2015: 
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!

 

 November 2014: 
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!

 

 October 2014: 
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!

 

 September 2014: 
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!

 

 August 2014: 
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!

 

 August 2014: 
Li Group moved to Iowa State University, 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!

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