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

Nanosynthesis and Nanocatalysis Group

26. Ben Liu, Huiqin Yao, Wenqiao Song, Lei Jin, Islam Mosa, James Rusling*, Steven Suib*, and Jie He*. Ligand-Free Noble Metal

Nanocluster Catalysts on Carbon Supports via “Soft” Nitriding. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 4718-4721.

25. Ben Liu, Chung-Hao Kuo, Jiejie Chen, Zhu Luo, Srinivas Thanneeru, Weikun Li, Wenqiao Song, Sourav Biswas, Steven Suib*, and

Jie He*. Ligand-Assisted Co-Assembly Approach toward Mesoporous Hybrid Catalysts of Transition-Metal Oxides and Noble Metals:

Photochemical Water Splitting. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 9061-9065. Hot Paper

24. Ben Liu, Yuan Yao, Shunai Che*. Template-assisted self-assembly: alignment, placement and arrangement of two-dimensional

mesostructured DNA-silica platelets. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2013, 52, 14436-14440. Hot Paper

23. Ben Liu,+ Lu Han,+ Shunai Che*. Formation of Enantiomeric Impeller-Like Helical Architectures by DNA Self-Assembly and Silica

Mineralization. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 923-927. VIP paper

22. Ben Liu,+ Yuanyuan Cao,+ Yingying Duan, Zhehao Huang, Shunai Che*. Silica Biominerilization of Self-Assembly of Helical

Biomolecules. Adv. Mater., 2015, 27, 479-497. Invited Review Paper

21. Ben Liu, Pu Wang, Aaron Lopes, Lei Jin, Wei Zhong, Yong Pei*, Steven Suib*, and Jie He*. Metal-carbon electronic interaction

mediated selective oxidation of styrene. ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 3483-3488. One of the most accessed papers in 04/2017-05/2017

20. Ben Liu, Zhu Luo, Anthony Federico, Wenqiao Song, Steven Suib*, Jie He*. Colloidal amphiphile-templated growth of highly

crystalline mesoporous nonsiliceous oxides. Chem. Mater., 2015, 27, 6173-6176. Cover Paper

19. Ben Liu, Srinivas Thanneeru, Aaron Lopes, Lei Jin, Meghan McCabe, and Jie He*. Surface engineering of spherical metal

nanoparticles with polymers toward asymmetric synthesis of nanobowls and Janus-type dimers. Small, 2017, 13, 1700091. Highlighted by Advanced Science News

18. Ben Liu, Ting Jiang, Wenqiao Song, Haoquan Zheng, Anthony Federico, Steven Suib*, and Jie He*. Nanoengineering of Aggregation-Free and Thermally-Stable Gold Nanoparticles in Mesoporous Oxide Frameworks. Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 6380-6390.

17. Ben Liu, Huiqin Yao, Haoquan Zheng, Wenqiao Song, Lei Jin, and Jie He*. Ultrafine Co-based nanoparticles@mesoporous carbonnanospheres toward high-performance supercapacitors. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 1746-1758. One of the most accessed papers in 01/2017-02/2017

16. Lei Jin, Ben Liu, Yang Wang, Srinivas Thanneeru, and Jie He*. Synthesis of Mesoporous CoS2 and NixCo1-xS2 with Superior

Supercapacitive Performance Using a Facile Solid-Phase Sulfurization. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2017, 9, 34837-34848.

15. Lei Jin, Ben Liu, Searle Duay, Jie He*. Engineering Surface Ligands of Noble Metal Nanocatalysts in Tuning the Product Selectivity. Catalysts, 2017, 7, 44.

14. Srinivas Thanneeru, John Nganga, Alireza Shirazi Amin, Ben Liu, Lei Jin, Alfredo Angeles-Boza,* Jie He,* “Enzymatic”

photoreduction of CO2 using polymeric metallofoldamers containing Ni-thiolate co-factors, ChemCatChem, 2017, 9, 1157-1163.

13. Ben Liu,+ Huiqin Yao,+ Robert A Daniels, Wenqiao Song, Haoquan Zheng, Lei Jin, Steven Suib*, Jie He*. A facile synthesis of

Fe3C@mesoporous carbon nitride nanospheres with superior electrocatalytic activity. Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 5441-5445.

12. Ben Liu, Islam Mosa, Wenqiao Song, Haoquan Zheng, James Rusling, Steven Suib,* and Jie He*. Unconventional structural and

morphological transitions of nanosheets, nanoflakes and nanorods of AuNP@MnO2. J. Mater. Chem. A, 2016, 4, 6447-6455.

11. Huiqin Yao, Ben Liu, Islam Mosa, Itti Bist, Jie He* and James Rusling*. Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Alcohols, Tripropylamine, and DNA with Ligand‐Free Gold Nanoclusters on Nitrided Carbon. ChemElectronChem, 2016, 3, 2100-2109.

10. Jianying Wang, Kai Song, Lei Wang, Yijing Liu, Ben Liu, Jintao Zhu*, Xiaolin Xie, Zhihong Nie*. Formation of hybrid core–shell

microgels induced by autonomous unidirectional migration of nanoparticles. Mater. Horiz., 2016, 3, 78-82.

9. Yijing Liu, Ben Liu, Zhihong Nie*. Concurrent self-assembly of amphiphiles into nanoarchitectures with increasing complexity.

Nano Today, 2015, 10, 278-300.

8. Weikun Li, Srinivas Thanneeru, Istvan Kanyo, Ben Liu, Jie He*. Amphiphilic Hybrid Nano Building Blocks with

Surfactant-Mimicking Structures. ACS Macro Lett., 2015, 4, 736-740.

7. Ben Liu, Lu Han, Yingying Duan, Yuanyuan Cao, Ji Feng, Yuan Yao, Shunai Che*, Growth of Optically Active Chiral Inorganic Films by DNA Self-Assembly and Silica Mineralization. Sci. Rep., 2014, 4, 4866.

6. Ben Liu, Yuanyuan Cao, Yingying Duan, Shunai Che*, Water-dependent optical activity inversion of chiral DNA-silica assemblies.

Chem. Eur. J., 2013, 19, 16382-16388.

5. Ben Liu, Lu Han, Shunai Che*. Silica mineralisation of DNA chiral packing: helicity control and formation mechanism of impeller-like DNA-silica helical architectures.J. Mater. Chem. B, 2013,1, 2843-2850.

4. Yuanyuan Cao, Junjie Xie, Ben Liu, Lu Han* and Shunai Che*. Synthesis and characterization of mutti-helical DNA-silica fibers.

Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 1097-1099.

3. Ben Liu, Lu Han*, Shunai Che*. Formation of impeller-like helical DNA–silica complexes by polyamines induced chiral packing.

Interface Focus, 2012, 2, 608-616.

2. Lu Han*, Chenyu Jin, Ben Liu, Shunai Che*. DNA–Silica Mineralization: The Formation of Exceptional Two Dimensional-Square

p4mm Symmetry by a Structural Transformation. Chem. Mater., 2012, 24, 504-511.

1. Shaohua Liu, Lu Han, Yingying Duan, Shunsuke Asahina, Osamu Terasaki, Yuanyuan Cao, Ben Liu, Liguo Ma, Jialiang Zhang,

Shunai Che*. Synthesis of chiral TiO2 nanofibre with electron transition-based optical activity. Nat. Commun., 2012, 3, 1215.

32. Lei Zhang,+ Yingying Wang,+ Jinglong Li, Xueying Ren, Hao Lv, Xingsong Hu, Yichen Hu, Dongdong Xu, and Ben Liu*. Ultrasmall Ru Nanoclusters on Nitrogen-Enriched Hierarchically Porous Carbon Support as Remarkably Active Catalysts for Hydrolysis of Ammonia Borane.ChemCatChem 2018, 10, 4910-1916.

Publications (Undergraduates in red, +Equal contribution)

33. Hao Lv+, Xin Chen+, Dongdong Xu*, Yichen Hu, Haoquan Zheng, Steven L. Suib*, and Ben Liu*. Ultrathin PdPt Bimetallic Nanowires with Enhanced Electrocatalytic Performance for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction.Appl. Catal. B Environ. 2018, 236, 525-523.

34. Dongdong Xu, Xiaoli Liu, Hao Lv, Ying Liu, Shulin Zhao, Min Han, Jianchun Bao*, Jie He*, and Ben Liu*. Ultrathin Palladium Nanosheets with Selectively Controlled Surface Facets. Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 4451-4455. Highlighted by Chem Sci Pick of the Week and Editor's Choice - Tochiharu Teranishi

30. Ben Liu, Michael Louis, Lei Jin, Gonghu Li*, and Jie He*. Co-template-directed Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles in Mesoporous Titanium Dioxide. Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 9651-9657.

29. Ben Liu, Lei Jin, Wei Zhong, Aaron Lopes, Steven L. Suib, and Jie He*. Ultrafine and ligand-free precious metal (Ru, Ag, Au, Rh

and Pd) nanoclusters supported on phosphorus-doped carbon. Chem. Eur. J. 2018, 24, 2565-2569. Hot Paper

28. Lei Jin, Ben Liu, Pu Wang, Huiqin Yao, Laura Achola, Peter Kerns, Aaron Lopes, Yue Yang, Josha Ho, Alexander Moewes,

Yong Pei, and Jie He*. Ultrasmall Au nanocatalysts supported on nitrided carbon for electrocatalytic CO2 reduction: the role of carbon

support in high selectivity. Nanoscale 2018, 10, 14678-14686.

27. Yue Yang, Lei Jin, Ben Liu, Peter Kerns, and Jie He*. Direct growth of ultrasmall bimetallic AuPd nanoparticles supported on nitrided carbon towards ethanol electrooxidation. Electrochim. Acta 2018, 269, 441-451.

Publications prior to NJNU



36. Lei Zhang, Lei Jin, Ben Liu*, and Jie He*.

Templated Growth of Crystalline Mesoporous Materials: from Soft/Hard Templates to Colloidal Templates. Front. Chem. 2019, 7, 22. (Invited Review Paper for Frontiers in Chemistry: Rising Stars)

45. Dongdong Xu, Hao Lv, Haibao Jin, Ying Liu, Yanhang Ma, Min Han, Jianchuan Bao*, and Ben Liu*.

Crystalline Facet-Directed Generation Engineering of Ultrathin Platinum Nanodendrites.

J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, 10, 663-671.

48. 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.Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 1986-1993. Highlighted in 2019 Chemical Science Hot Article Collection.

43. Hao Lv, Yang Wang, Aaron Lopes, Dongdong Xu*, and Ben Liu*.

Ultrathin PdAg Single-Crystalline Nanowires Enhance Ethanol Oxidation Electrocatalysis.  

Appl. Catal. B Environ. 2019, 249, 116-125.

40. Hao Lv, Lizhi Sun, Xin Chen, Dongdong Xu*, and Ben Liu*.

One-pot fabrication of trimetallic core-shell Au@PdAuCu mesoporous nanospheres for ethanol electrooxidation.

Green Chem. 2019, 21, 2043-2051.

41. Hao Lv, Lizhi Sun, Dongdong Xu*, Steven Suib, and Ben Liu*.

One-pot aqueous synthesis of ultrathin trimetallic PdPtCu nanosheets for the electrooxidation of alcohol.

Green Chem. 2019, 21, 2367-2374.

44. Hao Lv, Lizhi Sun, Dongdong Xu*, Yanhang Ma, and Ben Liu*.

When Ternary PdCuP Alloys Meet Ultrathin Nanowires: Synergic Boosting of Catalytic Performance in Ethanol Electrooxidation.

Appl. Catal. B Environ. 2019, 253, 271-277.

51. Hao Lv,+ Dongdong Xu,+ Lizhi Sun, Joel Henzie, Aaron Lopes, Qingyu Gu, Yusuke Yamauchi, and Ben Liu*.

Asymmetric Multimetallic Mesoporous Nanospheres.

Nano Lett. 2019, 19, 3379-3385. One of the most accessed papers in 05/2019-06/2019.

37. Yang Wang, Ren Wei, Bin Zhang, Hao Lv, Dongdong Xu, Qingli Hao*, and Ben Liu*.

Template-assisted self-sulfuration formation of MoS2 nanosheets embedded in ordered mesoporous carbon with excellent lithium storage.

ACS Appl. Energy Mater. 2019, 2, 6158-6162.

49. Hao Lv+, Dongdong Xu+, Ji Feng, Joel Henzie, Aaron Lopes, Yusuke Yamauchi*, and Ben Liu*.

Mesoporous gold nanospheres via thiolate-Au(I) intermediates.

Chem. Sci. 2019, 10, 6423-6430. Highlighted in Front Cover Story.

38. Lei Zhang, Lei Jin, Yue Yang, Peter Kerns, Xingsong Su, Mechael Meng, Ben Liu,* and Jie He*.

Oxidative nucleation and growth of Janus-type MnOx-Ag and MnOx-AgI nanoparticles.

Nanoscale 2019, 11, 15147-15155.

46. 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 electrocatalysis.

J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, 10, 5490-5498.

42. Hao Lv, Lizhi Sun, Dongdong Xu*, Joel Henzie, Yusuke Yamauchi*, and Ben Liu*.

Mesoporous Palladium-Boron Alloy Nanospheres.

J. Mater. Chem. A 2019, 7, 24877-24883. Selected as Hot Paper

50. Hao Lv, Dongdong Xu, Lizhi Sun, Joel Henzie, Steven Suib, Yusuke Yamauchi, and Ben Liu*.

Ternary Palladium-Boron-Phosphorus Alloy Mesoporous Nanospheres for Highly Efficient Electrocatalysis.

ACS Nano 2019, 13, 12052-12061.

47. Xueying Ren, Hao Lv, Su Yang, Yingying Wang, Jinlong Li, Ren Wei, Dongdong Xu, and Ben Liu*.

Promoting Effect of Heterostructured NiO/Ni on Pt Nanocatalysts toward Catalytic Hydrolysis of Ammonia Borane.

J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, 10, 7374-7382.

56. Mingzhen Hu+, Lei Jin+, Singsong Su, Scott Bamonte, Xingxu Lu, Puxian Gao, Steven L. Suib, Ben Liu*, and Jie He*.

Polymer-assisted co-assembly towards synthesis of mesoporous titania encapsulated monodisperse PdAu for highly selective hydrogenation of phenylacetylene.

ChemCatChem 2020, 12, 1476-1482.


60. Mingzhen Hu, Lei Jin, Yuanyuan Zhu, Lei Zhang, Xingxu Lu, Peter Kerns, Xingsong Su, Sen Cao, Puxian Gao, Steven L. Suib, Ben Liu*, and Jie He*.

Self-limiting growth of ligand-free ultrasmall bimetallic nanoparticles on carbon through under temperature reduction for highly efficient methanol electrooxidation and selective hydrogenation.

Appl. Catal. B Environ. 2020, 264, 118553.

59. Lizhi Sun+, Hao Lv+, Dongdong Xu, and Ben Liu*.

Asymmetric PdPtCu mesoporous hemispheres on nitrogen-functionalized graphene for methanol oxidation electrocatalysis.

J. Mater. Chem. A 2020, 8, 15706-15714. Selected as Hot Paper, Cover, and appeared as JMCA Emerging Investigators (2020)

58. Jinlong Li, Xueying Ren, Hao Lv, Yingying Wang, Yafei Li, and Ben Liu*.

Highly Efficient Hydrogen Production from Hydrolysis of Ammonia Borane over Nanostructured Cu@CuCoOx Supported on Graphene Oxide

J. Hazar. Mater. 2020, 391, 122199. Invited contribution in "Nanoarchitectured Materials"

63. Mingzhen Hu,+ Wenjuan Yang,+ Haiyan Tan, Lei Jin, Lei Zhang, Peter Kerns, Yanliu Dang, Shanka Dissanayake, Samuel Schaefer, Ben Liu*, Yuanyuan Zhu*, Steven L. Suib*, and Jie He*.

Template-Free Synthesis of Mesoporous and Crystalline Transition Metal Oxide Nanoplates with Abundant Surface Defects

Matter 2020, 2, 1244-1259.

57. Xiaoxiang Xu+, Hao Lv+, Lizhi Sun, Peng Song*, Ben Liu*, and Xiong Chen*.

An Electrochemical Non-Enzymatic Glucose Sensor Based on Ultrathin PdAg Single-Crystalline Nanowires.

ChemPlusChem 2020, 85, 970-976.