Gonghu Li

Gonghu Li

Associate Professor

Education and Achievements

  • B.S., 1997, Hubei Normal University, China
  • M.S., 2000, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • Ph.D., 2005, University of Iowa
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 2005-2007, Northwestern University
  • Postdoctoral Associate, 2007-2009, Yale University
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2014-2019

Research Interests

We utilize our expertise in surface chemistry and materials chemistry to develop innovative catalysts for sustainable energy applications.  A process of particular interest is solar fuel generation by CO2 reduction on surface molecular catalysts.  Our projects rely heavily on spectroscopic (FTIR, EPR, UV-vis) and electrochemical techniques to characterize the catalysts and establish structure-function relationships.  In addition, we integrate education with research by organizing solar energy workshops for K-12 science teachers.


 He, H.; Liu, C.; Louis, M.E.; Li, G. “Infrared Studies of a Hybrid CO2-Reduction Photocatalyst Consisting of a Molecular Re(I) Complex Grafted on Kaolin,” J. Mol. Catal. A 2014, in press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molcata.2014.08.020

 Jin, T.; Liu, C.; Li, G. “Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction Using a Molecular Cobalt Complex Deposited on TiO2 Nanoparticles,” Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 6221-6224    * One of the Hot ChemComm articles for May 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C4CC00503A

Dubois, K.D.; Liu, C.; Li, G. “Involvement of Surface Adsorbed Water in Photochromism of Spiropyran Molecules Deposited on NaY Zeolite,” Chem. Phys. Lett. 2014, 598, 53-57. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cplett.2014.03.014

Durrell, A.C.; Li, G.; Koepf, M.; Negre, C.F.; Allen, L.J.; McNamara, W.R.; Song, H.; Batista, V.S.; Crabtree, R.H.; Brudvig, G.W. “Photoelectrochemical Oxidation of a Turn-On Fluorescent Probe Mediated by a Surface MnII Catalyst Covalently Attached to TiO2 Nanoparticles,” J. Catal. 2014, 310, 37-44. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcat.2013.07.001

Louis, M.; Li, G. “Nanostructured Photocatalysts for Solar Water Splitting,” in Nanoscience. Ed. Paul O’brien, The Royal Society of Chemistry.  2014, 2, 81-97. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/9781849737623-00081

Dubois, K.D.; Li, G. “Innovative Photocatalysts for Solar Fuel Generation by CO2 Reduction,” in New and Future Developments in Catalysis: Solar Photocatalysis. Ed. Steven L. Suib, Elsevier: Amsterdam.  2013, 219-241

Liu, C.; Dubois, K.D.; Louis, M.E.; Vorushilov, A.; Li, G. “Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction and Surface Immobilization of a Tricarbonyl Re(I) Complex Modified with Amide Groups,” ACS Catal. 2013, 3, 655-662. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/cs300796e

He, H.; Liu, C.; Dubois, K.D.; Jin, T.; Louis, M.E.; Li, G. “Enhanced Charge Separation in Nanostructured TiO2 Materials for Photocatalytic and Photovoltaic Applications,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2012, 51, 11841-11849. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ie300510n

Dubois, K.D.; He, H.; Liu, C.; Vorushilov, A.; Li, G. “Covalent Attachment of a Molecular CO2-Reduction Photocatalyst to Mesoporous Silica,” J. Mol. Catal. A 2012, 363-364, 208-213. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molcata.2012.06.011

Dubois, K.D.; Petushkov, A.; Cardona, E.G.; Larsen, S.C.; Li, G. “Adsorption and Photochemical Properties of a Molecular CO2Reduction Catalyst in Hierarchical Mesoporous ZSM-5: An In Situ FTIR Study,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2012, 3, 486-492.http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jz201701y

Agarwal, J.; Johnson, R.P.; Li, G. “Reduction of CO2 on a Tricarbonyl Rhenium(I) Complex: Modeling a Catalytic Cycle,” J. Phys. Chem. A 2011, 115, 2877-2881    * One of the top 10 most read articles for Q2 2011 for J. Phys. Chem. A.http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp111342r


Updated: 5/13/16

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