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Professor Zhenyu Sun



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                        Professor Zhenyu Sun


                        Office: Room A501, Chemical Engineering Building


                        C.P.: +86-13301308339






Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, July 2006


M.S., Material Sciences, Tianjin Polytechnic University, March 2002


B.S., Polymer Science and Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, July 1999


Research Experience


Jan. 2015 – present Full Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China

Aug. 2014 – Aug. 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK

Oct. 2013 – Aug. 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow, Analytical Chemistry–Center for Electrochemical Sciences, Ruhr Univ. Bochum, Germany

Apr. 2012 – Sept. 2013 Alexander Humboldt Research Fellow (experienced), Ruhr Univ. Bochum, Germany

May 2011 – Mar. 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow, Heterogene Katalyse am Lehrstuhl für Technische Chemie, Ruhr Univ. Bochum, Germany


Jan. 2009 – May 2011 Associate Professor, Laboratory of Colloid, Interface and Thermodynamics, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Oct. 2006 – Oct. 2008 Postdoctoral Fellow, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland


Research Interest 

Controlled synthesis and rational design of nanostructured catalysts through new schemes for heterogeneous catalysis (CO2 and Olefin conversion, etc.) and electrocatalysis (ORR, etc.) as well as the fundamental understanding of reaction mechanism.


Physical Chemistry of carbon nanostructures (carbon nanotubes and graphene) involving their exfoliation, dispersion and functionalization.


Major Publications

[1] Yenny Hernandez, Valeria Nicolosi, Mustafa Lotya, Fiona M. Blighe, Zhenyu Sun, Sukanta De, I. T. McGovern, Brendan Holland, Michele Byrne, Yurii K. Gun'ko, John J. Boland, Peter Niraj, Georg Duesberg, Satheesh Krishnamurthy, Robbie Goodhue, John Hutchison, Vittorio Scardaci, Andrea C. Ferrari, Jonathan N. Coleman*, High-yield production of graphene by liquid-phase exfoliation of graphite, Nature Nanotechnology, 2008, 3, 563-568. (highlighted by: Graphene production: New solutions to a new problem. (2008) Nature Nanotechnology, News and Views, 3, 528-529; Graphene 2.0. (2008) Nature Nanotechnology, Editorial, 3, 517.)

[2] Zhenyu Sun, Hanqiu Yuan, Zhimin Liu*, Buxing Han, Xinrong Zhang*, A highly efficient chemical sensor material for H2S: a-Fe2O3 nanotubes fabricated by carbon nanotube templates, Advanced Materials, 2005, 17, 2993-2997.


[3] Zhenyu Sun, Zhimin Liu*, Buxing Han*, Yong Wang, Jimin Du, Zailai Xie, Guojun Han, Fabrication of ruthenium-carbon nanotube nanocomposites in supercritical water, Advanced Materials, 2005, 17, 928-932.


[4] Zhenyu Sun*, Xing Huang, Fang Liu, Xiaoning Yang*, Christoph Rösler, Roland A. Fischer, Martin Muhler, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Amine-based solvents for exfoliating graphite to graphene outperform the dispersing capacity of N-methyl-pyrrolidone and surfactants, Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 10382-10385. (selected as inside back cover)


[5] Zhenyu Sun*, Xing Huang, Martin Muhler, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Edgar Ventosa*, A carbon-coated TiO2 (B) nanosheet composite for lithium ion batteries. Chemical Communications, 2014, 50, 5506-5509.

[6] Zhenyu Sun, Justus Masa, Wei Xia, Dennis König, Alfred Ludwig, Zi'an Li, Michael Farle, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Martin Muhler*, Rapid and surfactant-free synthesis of bimetallic Pt-Cu nanoparticles simply via ultrasound-assisted redox replacement, ACS Catalysis, 2012, 2, 1647-1653.


[7] Zhenyu Sun*, Edyta Madej, Christian Wiktor, Ilya Sinev, Roland A. Fischer, Gustaaf van Tendeloo, Martin Muhler, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Edgar Ventosa*, One-Pot Synthesis of Carbon-Coated Nanostructured Iron Oxide on Few-Layer Graphene for Lithium-Ion Batteries, Chemistry-A European Journal, 2015, 21, 16154-16161.


[8] Zhenyu Sun*, Kunpeng Xie, Zi'an Li, Ilja Sinev, Petra Ebbinghaus, Andreas Erbe, Michael Farle, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Martin Muhler, Edgar Ventosa*, Hollow and yolk-shell iron oxide nanostructures on few-layer graphene in Li-Ion batteries, Chemistry-A European Journal, 2014, 20, 2022-2030. (selected as spotlights by Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 7/2014 and by Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 7/2014; highlighted on the Chemistry Views website:


[9] Zhenyu Sun*, Jeevanthi Vivekananthan, Dmitrii A. Guschin, Xing Huang, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Petra Ebbinghaus, Adnan Sarfraz, Martin Muhler, Wolfgang Schuhmann*, High-concentration graphene dispersions with minimal stabilizer: A scaffold for enzyme immobilization for glucose oxidation, Chemistry-A European Journal, 2014, 20, 5752-5761.

[10] Zhenyu Sun, Justus Masa, Zhimin Liu*, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Martin Muhler*, Highly concentrated aqueous dispersions of graphene exfoliated by sodium taurodeoxycholate: Dispersion behavior and potential application as a catalyst support for the oxygen-reduction reaction, Chemistry-A European Journal, 2012, 18, 6972-6978.


[11] Zhenyu Sun, Yanfei Zhao, Yun Xie, Ranting Tao, Hongye Zhang, Changliang Huang, Zhimin Liu*, Solvent-free selective hydrogenation of nitrobenzene to aniline: An unexpected catalytic activity of Pt nanoparticles deposited on carbon nanotubes, Green Chemistry, 2010, 12, 1007-1011.


[12] Ying Wei, Zhenyu Sun*, Liquid-phase exfoliation of graphite for mass production of pristine few-layer graphene, Current Opinion in Colloid & Interface Science, 2015, 20, 311-321.


[13] Zhenyu Sun, Ningning Dong, Kunpeng Xie, Wei Xia, Dennis Ko?nig, Tharamani Chikka Nagaiah, Miguel D. Sa?nchez, Petra Ebbinghaus, Andreas Erbe, Xiaoyan Zhang, Alfred Ludwig, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Jun Wang*, Martin Muhler*, Nanostructured few–layer graphene with superior optical limiting properties fabricated by a catalytic steam etching process, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2013, 117, 11811-11817.


[14] Shane D. Bergin, Zhenyu Sun (contribute equally), Philip Streich, James Hamilton, Jonathan N. Coleman*, New solvents for nanotubes: Matching the dispersability of surfactants, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2010, 114, 231-237.


[15] Zhenyu Sun*, Ian O’Connor, Shane D. Bergin, Jonathan N. Coleman*, The effects of ambient conditions on solvent-nanotube dispersions: Exposure to water and temperature variation, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2009, 113, 1260-1266.

[16] Zhenyu Sun, Valeria Nicolosi, David Rickard, Shane D. Bergin, Damian Aherne, Jonathan N. Coleman*, Quantitative evaluation of surfactant stabilized single walled carbon nanotubes: Dispersion quality and its correlation with zeta potential, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2008, 112, 10692-10699.


[17] Zhenyu Sun, Xinrong, Zhang, Na Na, Zhimin Liu*, Buxing Han, Guimin An, Synthesis of ZrO2-carbon nanotube composites and their application as chemiluminescent sensor material for ethanol, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2006, 110, 13410-13414.

[18] Zhenyu Sun, Zhimin Liu*, Jimin Du, Yong Wang, Buxing Han*, Tiancheng Mu, Synthesis of tubular graphite cones through a catalytically thermal reduction route, The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 2004, 108, 9811-9814.


[19] Zhenyu Sun*, Justus Masa, Philipp Weide, Simon M. Fairclough, Alex W. Robertson, Petra Ebbinghaus, Jamie H. Warner, S. C. Edman Tsang, Martin Muhler, Wolfgang Schuhmann, High–quality functionalized few–layer graphene: Facile fabrication and doping with nitrogen as a metal–free catalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2015, 3, 15444-15450 (selected as back cover).


[20] Zhenyu Sun, Hongye Zhang, Guimin An, Guanying Yang, Zhimin Liu*, Supercritical CO2-facilitating large-scale synthesis of CeO2 nanowires and their application for solvent-free selective hydrogenation of nitroarenes, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2010, 20, 1947-1952.

[21] Zhenyu Sun, Zhimin Liu*, Yong Wang, Buxing Han, Jimin Du, Jianling Zhang, Fabrication and characterization of magnetic carbon nanotube composites, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 2005,15, 4497-4501.


[22] Zhenyu Sun, Ningning Dong, Kangpeng Wang, Dennis Ko?nig, Tharamani Chikka Nagaiah, Miguel D. Sánchez, Alfred Ludwig, Xin Cheng, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Jun Wang*, Martin Muhler*, Ag-stabilized few-layer graphene dispersions in low boiling point solvents for versatile nonlinear optical applications, Carbon, 2013, 62, 182-192.


[23] Zhenyu Sun*, Sascha Pöller, Xing Huang, Dmitrii Guschin, Christoph Taetz, Petra Ebbinghaus, Justus Masa, Andreas Erbe, Andreas Kilzer, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Martin Muhler, High-yield exfoliation of graphite in acrylate polymers: A stable few-layer graphene nanofluid with enhanced thermal conductivity, Carbon, 2013, 64, 288-294.

[24] Zhenyu Sun, Zi Li, Changliang Huang, Yanfei Zhao, Hongye Zhang, Ranting Tao, Zhimin Liu*, Ultrasonication-assisted uniform decoration of carbon nanotubes by various particles with controlled size and loading, Carbon, 2011, 49, 4376-4384.

[25] Zhenyu Sun, Xinrong Zhang, Buxing Han, Yayan Wu, Guimin An, Zhimin Liu*, Shiding Miao, Zhenjiang Miao, Coating carbon nanotubes with metal oxides in a supercritical carbon dioxide-ethanol solution, Carbon, 2007, 45, 2589-2596.


[26] Zhenyu Sun, Zhimin Liu*, Buxing Han, Shiding, Miao, Jimin Du, Zhenjiang Miao, Microstructural and electrochemical characterization of RuO2/CNT composites synthesized in supercritical diethyl amine, Carbon, 2006, 44, 888-893.


[27] Zhenyu Sun, Hongye Zhang, Yanfei Zhao, Changliang Huang, Ranting Tao, Zhimin Liu*, Zhenduo Wu, Thermal-stable carbon nanotube-supported metal nanocatalysts by mesoporous silica coating, Langmuir, 2011, 27, 6244-6251.

[28] Zhenyu Sun, Xi Wang, Zhimin Liu*, Hongye Zhang, Ping Yu, Lanqun Mao, Pt-Ru/CeO2/carbon nanotube nanocomposites: An efficient electrocatalyst for direct methanol fuel cells, Langmuir, 2010, 26, 12383-12389.

[29] Zhenyu Sun*, Valeria Nicolosi, Shane D. Bergin, Jonathan N. Coleman*, Efficient dispersion and exfoliation of single-walled nanotubes in 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and its derivatives, Nanotechnology, 2008, 19, 485702.


[30] Zhenyu Sun, Zhimin Liu*, Buxing Han, Shiding Miao, Zhenjiang Miao, Guimin An, Decoration carbon nanotubes with Pd and Ru nanocrystals via an inorganic reaction route in supercritical carbon dioxide–methanol solution, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2006, 304, 323-328.


[31] Zhenyu Sun, Lei Fu, Zhimin Liu*, Buxing Han, Yunqi Liu, Jimin Du, Synthesis of Noble Metal/Carbon Nanotube Composites in Supercritical Methanol, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 2006, 6, 691-697.


[32] Zhenyu Sun, Zhimin Liu*, Buxing Han, Guimin An, Supercritical carbon dioxide-assisted deposition of tin oxide on carbon nanotubes, Materials Letters, 2007, 61, 4565-4568.


[33] 孙振宇, 陈莎, 黄长靓, 赵燕飞, 张宏晔, 李紫, 刘志敏*, 高能量超声辅助制备负载型贵金属纳米催化材料, 中国科学: 化学, 2011, 41, 1366-1371.


[34] Justus Masa, Wei Xia, Ilya Sinev, Anqi Zhao, Zhenyu Sun, Stefanie Grützke, Philipp Weide, Martin Muhler*, Wolfgang Schuhmann*, MnxOy/NC and CoxOy/NC nanoparticles embedded in a nitrogen-doped carbon matrix for high-performance bifunctional oxygen electrodes, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2014, 53, 8508-8512. (selected as back cover)


[35] Yun Xie, Kunlun Ding, Zhimin Liu*, Ranting Tao, Zhenyu Sun, Hongye Zhang, Guimin An, In situ controllable loading of ultrafine noble metal particles on titania, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2009, 131, 6648-6649.

[36] Shane D. Bergin, Zhenyu Sun, David Rickard, Philip Streich, James Hamilton, Jonathan N. Coleman*, Multicomponent solubility parameters for single-walled carbon nanotube-solvent mixtures, ACS Nano, 2009, 3, 2340-2350.


[37] Shane D. Bergin, Valeria Nicolosi, Philip V. Streich, Silvia Giordani, Zhenyu Sun, Alan H. Windle, Peter Ryan, N. Peter P. Niraj, Zhitao Wang, Leslie Carpenter, Werner J. Blau, John J. Boland, James P. Hamilton*, Jonathan N. Coleman*, Towards solutions of single-walled carbon nanotubes in common solvents, Advanced Materials, 2008, 20, 1876-1881. (A rational approach to solutions of SWNT in common solvents, Science, Editor’s Choice, 2008, 320, 718-719.)

[38] Shiding Miao, Zhimin Liu*, Buxing Han, Jun Huang, Zhenyu Sun, Jianling Zhang, Tao Jiang, Ru nanoparticles immobilized on montmorillonite by ionic liquids: A highly efficient heterogeneous catalyst for the hydrogenation of benzene, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2005, 45, 266-269.



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