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.



Jin, T.;* He, D.;* Li, W.; Stanton, C. J. III; Pantovich, S.; Majetich, G. F.; Schaefer, H. F. III; Agarwal, J.; Wang, D.; Li, G. “CO2 Reduction with Re(I)-NHC Compounds: Driving Selective Catalysis with a Silicon Nanowire Photoelectrode,” Chem. Commun.  2016, 52, 14258-14261 (* Equal contribution)

Park, J.; Jin, T.; Liu, C.; Li, G.; Yan, M. “A Three-Dimensional Graphene-TiO2 Nanocomposite Photocatalyst Synthesized by Covalent Attachment,” ACS Omega 2016, 1, 351-356

Liu, C.; Iyemperumal, S.; Deskins, N.A.; Li, G. “Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction by Highly Dispersed Cu Sites on TiO2,” J. Photon. Energy 2016, 7, 012004

He, D.;* Jin, T.;* Li, W.; Pantovich, S.; Wang, D.; Li, G. “Photoelectrochemical CO2 Reduction by a Molecular Cobalt(II) Catalyst on Planar and Nanostructured Si Surfaces,” Chem. – Eur. J. 2016, 22, 13064-13067  (* Equal contribution)

Liu, C.; Jin, T.; Louis, M.; Pantovich, S.; Skraba-Joiner, S.; Rajh, T.; Li, G. “Molecular Deposition of a Macrocyclic Cobalt Catalyst on TiO2 Nanoparticles,” J. Mol. Catal. A 2016, 423, 293-299

Jin, T.; Liu, C.; Li, G. “Heterogenization of a Molecular Cobalt Catalyst for Photochemical CO2 Reduction,” J. Coord. Chem. 2016, 69, 1748-1758

Stanton, C. J. III; Machan, C. W.; Vandezande, J.; Jin, T.; Majetich, G. F.; Schaefer, H. F. III; Kubiak, C. P.; Li, G.; Agarwal, J. “Re(I) NHC Complexes for Electrocatalytic Conversion of CO2,” Inorg. Chem. 2016, 55, 3136-3144

Louis, M.E.; Fenton, T.; Rondeau, J.; Jin, T.; Li, G. “Solar CO2 Reduction Using Surface-Immobilized Molecular Catalysts,” Comment Inorg. Chem. 2016, 36, 38-60

Fenton, T.; Louis, M.E.; Li, G. “Effect of Ligand Derivatization at Different Positions on Photochemical Properties of Hybrid Re(I) Photocatalysts,” J. Mol. Catal. A 2016, 411, 272-278​



Updated: 4/24/2017

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