Professor Zhenyu Sun

Office: Room A501, Chemical Engineering Building


Ph.D., Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences

M.S., Material Sciences, Tianjin Polytechnic University

Research Experience

2015 – present               Full Professor, 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, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

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

Selected Publications

(1) Catalysis of carbon dioxide photoreduction on nanosheets: Fundamentals and challenges. Z. Y. Sun,  J. F. Chen,* et al. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 201857, 7610.

(2) Nitrogen fixation by Ru single-atom electrocatalytic reduction. H. C. Tao, Z. Y. Sun,*  et al. Chem 2019, 5, 204.

(3) A miracle metal@zeolite for selective conversion of syngas to ethanol. H. D. Shen, Z. Y. Sun.* Chem 2020, 6, 544.

(4) Activation of Ni particles into single Ni–N atoms for efficient electrochemical reduction of CO2. Q. Fan, Z. Y. Sun,* et al. Adv. Energy Mater. 2020, 10, 1903068. 

(5) Two-dimensional materials for energy conversion and storage. H. C. Tao, Z. Y. Sun,* et al. Prog. Mater. Sci. 2020,111, 100637.

(6) Reduced graphene oxides with engineered defects enable efficient electrochemical reduction of dinitrogen to ammonia in wide pH range. M. L. Zhang, Z. Y. Sun,* et al. Nano Energy 2020, 68, 104323.

(7) Oxygen vacancy enables electrochemical N2 fixation over WO3 with tailored structure. Z. Y. Sun,* et al. Nano Energy 2019, 62, 869.

(8) Fundamentals and challenges of electrochemical CO2 reduction using two-dimensional materials. Z. Y. Sun,* B. X. Han,* et al. Chem 2017, 3, 560.

(9) Fabrication of ruthenium-carbon nanotube nanocomposites in supercritical water. Z. Y. Sun, Z. M. Liu,* et al. Adv. Mater. 2005, 17, 2993.

(10) Z. Y. Sun, B. X. Han,* et al. Adv. Mater. 2005, 17, 928.