Ben Liu's Group, Physical Chemistry,
School of Chemistry and Materials Science,
Nanjing Normal University

Nanosynthesis and Nanocatalysis Group
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Controlling the nanostructures, chemical compositions and (electro)catalytic interfaces of the nanocatalysts has been recognized as the prominent means to promote the (electro)catalytic performance. The research in our group focuses on the rational design and synthesis of the nanocatalysts with controlled nanostructures and functions, and the understanding of their nanostructure/composition-performance relationships in a range of applications. Our projects have received supports from the Jiangsu Key Laboratory of New Power Batteries, Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Center of Biomedical Functional Materials, Jiangsu Specially Appointed Professor Plan, and Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province.

Selected Publications

15. ACS Nano 2019, Hao Lv, Dongdong Xu, Lizhi Sun, Joel Henzie, Steven Suib, Yusuke Yamauchi, Ben Liu*. Ternary palladium-boron-phosphorus alloy mesoporous nanospheres for highly efficient electrocatalysis.

14. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, Lei Zhang, Zichao Wei, Srinivas Thanneeru, Mechiel Meng, Megan Krizyk, Gael Ung, Ben Liu*,
Jie He*. A polymer solution to prevent nanoclustering and improve the selectivity of metal nanoparticles for electrocatalytic CO2

13. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, Hao Lv, Lizhi Sun, Aaron Lopes, Dongdong Xu, and Ben Liu*. Insights into compositional and
structural effects of bimetallic hollow mesoporous nanospheres toward ethanol oxidation electrlcatalysis.

12. Chem. Sci. 2019, Hao Lv,+ Dongdong Xu,+ Joel Henzie, Ji Feng, Aaron Lopes,  Yusuke Yamauchi*, and Ben Liu*.
Mesoporous Gold Nanospheres via Thiolate-Au(I) Intermediates.

11. Nano Lett. 2019, Hao Lv,+ Dongdong Xu,+ Lizhi Sun, Joel Henzie, Aaron Lopes, Qingyu Gu, Yusuke Yamauchi, and
Ben Liu*. Asymmetric Multimetallic Mesoporous Nanospheres.

10. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, Dongdong Xu, Hao Lv, Haibao Jin, Ying Liu, Yanhang Ma, Min Han, Jianchuan Bao*, Ben Liu*.
Crystalline Facet-Directed Generation Engineering of Ultathin Platimun Nanodendrites.

9. Chem. Sci. 2019, Hao Lv, Lizhi Sun, Lu Zou, Dongdong Xu*, Huiqin Yao, and Ben Liu*. Size-Dependent Synthesis and
Catalytic Activities of Trimetallic PdAgCu Mesoporous Nanospheres in Ethanol Electrooxidation.

8. ACS Cent. Sci. 2018, Hao Lv, Aaron Lopes, Dongdong Xu*, and Ben Liu*. Multimetallic Hollow Mesoporous Nanospheres
with Synergistically Structural and Compositional Effects for Highly Efficient Ethanol Electrooxidation.

7. Chem. Sci. 2018, Dongdong Xu, Xiaoli Liu, Hao Lv, Ying Liu, Shulin Zhao, Min Han, Jianchuan Bao*, Jie He*, and Ben Liu*. Ultrathin Palladium Nanosheets with Selectively Controlled Surface Facets.

6. ACS Catal. 2017, Ben Liu, Pu Wang, Aaron Lopes, Lei Jin, Wei Zhong, Yong Pei*, Steven L. Suib*, and Jie He*. Metal-Carbon Electronic Interaction Mediated Selective Oxidation of Styrene.

5. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, Ben Liu, Huiqin Yao, Wenqiao Song, Lei Jin, Islam Mosa, James Rusling*, Steven L. Suib*, and
Jie He*. Ligand-Free Noble Metal Nanocluster Catalysts on Carbon Supports via "Soft" Nitriding.

4. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, Ben Liu, Chung-Hao Kuo, Jiejie Chen, Zhu Luo, Srinivas Thanneeru, Weikun Li, Wenqiao Song,
Sourav Biswas, Steven L. Suib*, and Jie He*. Ligand-Assisted Co-Assembly Approach toward Mesoporous Hybrid Catalysts of
Transition-Metal-Oxides and Noble Metals: Photochemical Water Splitting.

3. Adv. Mater. 2015, Ben Liu,+ Yuanyuan Cao,+ Yingying Duan, Zhehao Huang, and Shunai Che*. Silica Biominerilization of Self-Assembly of Helical Biomolecules.

2. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, Ben Liu, Yuan Yao, and Shunai Che*. Template-Assisted Self-Assembly: Alignment, Placement
and Arrangement of Two-Dimensional Mesostructured DNA-Silica Platelets.

1. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, Ben Liu,+ Lu Han,+ and Shunai Che*. Formation of Enantiomeric Impeller-Like Helical
Architectures by DNA Self-Assembly and Silica Mineralization.

Join Us
We invite highly motivated students and postdocs to join us for the exciting, interdisciplinary projects in chemistry. Please contract Dr. Liu via ben.liu @ cn for more details.