Gonghu Li

Graduate Coordinator
Phone: (603) 862-0607
Office: Chemistry, Parsons Hall Rm S115, Durham, NH 03824
Gonghu Li

We utilize our expertise in surface chemistry and molecular catalysis to develop innovative catalytic materials for sustainable energy applications. A process of particular interest is solar fuel generation by CO2 reduction using molecularly structured catalysts on solid-state surfaces. Spectroscopic, microscopic, and electrochemical techniques are employed to characterize such catalytic materials and establish structure-function relationships. In addition, we integrate research with education by organizing STEM workshops for K-12 science teachers and students. Our projects have received support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and National Science Foundation (NSF), including a prestigious NSF CAREER Award.


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Iowa
  • M.S., Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • B.S., Chemical Education, Hebei Normal University

Research Interests

  • Catalysis/Kinetics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Solar, Photochemical Conversion
  • Spectroscopy
  • Surface Chemistry

Courses Taught

  • CHEM 683: Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 685: Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 686: Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 696: Independent Study
  • CHEM 699: Thesis
  • CHEM 925: Surface Chemistry
  • CHEM 991: Presentation Portfolio
  • CHEM 992: Graduate Writing Portfolio
  • CHEM 999: Doctoral Research
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Chemistry

Selected Publications

Huang, P., Huang, J., Pantovich, S. A., Carl, A. D., Fenton, T. G., Caputo, C. A., . . . Li, G. (2018). Selective CO2 Reduction Catalyzed by Single Cobalt Sites on Carbon Nitride under Visible-Light Irradiation. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 140(47), 16042-16047. doi:10.1021/jacs.8b10380

Chen, J., Iyemperumal, S. K., Fenton, T., Carl, A., Grimm, R., Li, G., & Deskins, N. A. (2018). Synergy between Defects, Photoexcited Electrons, and Supported Single Atom Catalysts for CO2 Reduction. ACS Catalysis, 8(11), 10464-10478. doi:10.1021/acscatal.8b02372

Liu, B., Louis, M., Jin, L., Li, G., & He, J. (2018). Co-Template Directed Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles in Mesoporous Titanium Dioxide. Chemistry - A European Journal, 24(38), 9651-9657. doi:10.1002/chem.201801223

Stewart, B., Huang, P., He, H., Fenton, T., & Li, G. (2018). Visible-light degradation of Orange II using an Fe(II)–terpyridine complex grafted onto TiO 2 surface. Canadian Journal of Chemistry, 1-6. doi:10.1139/cjc-2017-0509

Fenton, T., Gillingham, S., Jin, T., & Li, G. (2017). Microwave-assisted deposition of a highly active cobalt catalyst on mesoporous silica for photochemical CO 2 reduction. Dalton Transactions, 46(32), 10721-10726. doi:10.1039/C7DT01207A

Liu, C., Jin, T., Louis, M. E., Pantovich, S. A., Skraba-Joiner, S. L., Rajh, T., & Li, G. (2016). Molecular deposition of a macrocyclic cobalt catalyst on TiO 2 nanoparticles. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 423, 293-299. doi:10.1016/j.molcata.2016.07.019

He, D., Jin, T., Li, W., Pantovich, S., Wang, D., & Li, G. (2016). Photoelectrochemical CO 2 Reduction by a Molecular Cobalt(II) Catalyst on Planar and Nanostructured Si Surfaces. Chemistry - A European Journal, 22(37), 13064-13067. doi:10.1002/chem.201603068

Stanton, C. J., Machan, C. W., Vandezande, J. E., Jin, T., Majetich, G. F., Schaefer, H. F., . . . Agarwal, J. (2016). Re(I) NHC Complexes for Electrocatalytic Conversion of CO 2. Inorganic Chemistry, 55(6), 3136-3144. doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b00079

Jin, T., Liu, C., & Li, G. (2014). Photocatalytic CO 2 reduction using a molecular cobalt complex deposited on TiO 2 nanoparticles. Chem. Commun., 50(47), 6221-6224. doi:10.1039/C4CC00503A

Dubois, K. D., Petushkov, A., Garcia Cardona, E., Larsen, S. C., & Li, G. (2012). Adsorption and Photochemical Properties of a Molecular CO 2 Reduction Catalyst in Hierarchical Mesoporous ZSM-5: An In Situ FTIR Study. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 3(4), 486-492. doi:10.1021/jz201701y

Most Cited Publications