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Yujie Sun

Yujie Sun

University of Cincinnati

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B.S., 2005, Fudan University, China
M.S., 2007, The Ohio State University
Ph.D., 2010, The Ohio State University
Postdoc, 2010-2013, UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The overall theme of our group is to use our expertise in coordination chemistry, materials science, photochemistry, and electrochemistry to address two frontier challenges: energy and health. 

Our programs are highly multidisciplinary. Students will be trained in a broad set of skills and inspired to become critical-thinking scientists with a passion on solving urgent problems from a fundamental science perspective. Currently, we are interested in the following directions:

(1)   Inexpensive solid-state materials for renewable energy catalysis and biomass upgrading.

(2)   Molecular catalysts for water splitting and carbon dioxide reduction.

(3)   Photoactivable complexes and materials for luminescence sensing and phototherapy.

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We are constantly looking for graduate and undergraduate students. Motivated students interested in our research projects please contact Dr. Sun (

Selected Recent Publications:

(17) You, B.; Jiang, N.; Liu, X.; Sun, Y.* "Simultaneous H2 generation and biomass upgrading in water by an efficient noble-metal-free bifunctional electrocatalyst" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 9913-9917.

(16) Jiang, N.; You, B.; Boonstra, R.; Terrero Rodriguez, I. M.; Sun, Y.* "Integrating electrocatalytic 5-hydroxymethylfurfural oxidation and hydrogen production via Co-P-derived electrocatalysts" ACS Energy Lett. 2016, 1, 386-390.

(15) Liu, X.; Dong, J.; You, B.; Sun, Y.* "Competent overall water-splitting electrocatalysts derived from ZIF-67 grown on carbon cloth" RSC Adv. 2016, 6, 73336-73342.

(14) Liu, X.; You, B.; Yu, X.; Chipman, J.; Sun, Y.* "Electrochemical oxidation to construct nickel sulfides/oxides heterostructure with improvement of capacitance" J. Mater. Chem. A 2016, 4, 11611-11615.

(13) You, B.; Sun, Y.* "Chalcogenide and phosphide solid-state catalysts for H2 generation." ChemPlusChem 2016, DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201600029.

(12) You, B.; Jiang, N.; Sheng, M.; Bhushan, M. W.; Sun, Y.* "Hierarchically porous urchin-like Ni2P superstructures supported on nickel foam as efficient bifunctional electrocatalysts for overall water splitting." ACS Catal. 2016, 6, 714-721.

(11) You, B.; Sun, Y.* "Hierarchically porous nickel sulfide multifunctional superstructures." Adv. Energy Mater. 2016, 6, 1502333.

(10) Jiang, N.; You, B.; Sheng, M.; Sun, Y.* "Bifunctionality and mechanism of electrodeposited nickel-phosphorous films for efficient overall water splitting." ChemCatChem 2016, 8, 106-112.

(9) You, B.; Jiang, N.; Sun, Y.* "Morphology-activity correlation in hydrogen evolution catalyzed by cobalt sulfides." Inorg. Chem. Front. 2016, 3, 279-285.

(8) Jiang, N.; Tang, Q.; Sheng, M.; You, B.; Jiang, D. E.; Sun, Y.* "Nickel sulfides for electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution under alkaline conditions: a case study of crystalline NiS, NiS2, and Ni3S2 nanoparticles." Catal. Sci. Technol. 2016, 6, 1077-1084.

(7) You, B.; Jiang, N.; Sheng, M.; Gul, S.; Yano, J.; Sun, Y.* "High-performance overall water splitting electrocatalysts derived from cobalt-based metal-organic frameworks." Chem. Mater. 2015, 27, 7636-7642.

(6) You, B.; Jiang, N.; Sheng, M.; Drisdell, W. S.; Yano, J.; Sun, Y.* "Bimetal-organic framework self-adjusted synthesis of support-free nonprecious electrocatalysts for efficient oxygen reduction." ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 7068-7076.

(5) Jiang, N.; Sheng, M.; Sun, Y.* "Chapter VI: Hybrid molecular-nanomaterial assemblies for water splitting catalysis" Green Photo-active Nanomaterials: Sustainable Energy and Environmental Remediation, 2015, 108-141.

(4) Sheng, M.; Jiang, N.; Gustafson, S.; You, B.; Ess, D. H.; Sun, Y.* "A nickel complex with a biscarbene pincer-type ligand shows high electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 over H2O." Dalton Trans. 2015, 44, 16247-16250.
(3) Jiang, N.; You, B.; Sheng, M.; Sun, Y.* "Electrodeposited cobalt-phosphorous-derived films as competent bifunctional catalysts for overall water splitting." Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 6251-6254.

(2) You, B.; Jiang, N.; Sheng, M.; Sun, Y.* "Microwave vs solvothermal synthesis of hollow cobalt sulfide nanoprisms for electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution and supercapacitor." Chem. Commun. 2015, 51, 4252-4255.

(1) Jiang, N.; Bogoev, L.; Popova, M.; Gul, S.; Yano, J.; Sun, Y.* "Electrodeposited nickel-sulfide films as competent hydrogen evolution catalysts in neutral water." J. Mater. Chem. A 2014, 2, 19407-19414.