What we do...
We mainly investigate the structural, chemical, and electronic properties of the heterogeneous (photo)electrochemical interfaces in liquid environments:
The adverse environmental impacts of fossil fuel consumption have rapidly increased the global demand for alternative sources of clean energy. One promising approach is to convert renewable energy sources, for example, solar and/or wind energy, into storable chemical fuels via (photo)electrochemical reactions. For active commercialization of the sustainable process, it is imperative to develop "good" catalysts to facilitate the conversion reactions by improving the sluggish electrochemical procedures. To this end, we believe that one of the breakthrough can be found with an in-depth understanding of the underlying physical and chemical properties of the heterogeneous (photo)electrochemical interfaces to optimize the efficiencies by employing advanced synthesis and in situ/operando analysis methods.
(Electro)Chemical Synthesis of Catalysts
The synthesis of catalysts with well-defined morphologies in nano-/atomic-scale via (electro)chemical methods while tuning electronic structures for optimization of (electro)catalytic activities with simplicity and scalability.
(Photo)Electrochemical Transformation for Molecular Synthesis
The synthesis of chemical fuels, in the range of small (for example: H2) and large molecules (for example: alcohols), by (photo)electrochemical approach which is beneficial for elaborately controlling of electrons and protons to form chemical bonds.
(In situ) Heterogeneous Interface Analysis
The detailed investigation of the (photo)electrochemical mechanisms at the catalytic interface via in situ/operando spectroscopy, in order to improve the activity, selectivity, and stability for desired chemical products.