Professor of Chemistry ,Secretary of CPC

Phone: (86)27-87557350


Academic Areas: Heterogeneous catalysis ,Environmental Catalysis

The research activities of our group are mainly focused on two aspects. One is the synthesis and assembly of novel catalytic materials with controlled structure and morphology, including heterogenization of homogeneous catalysts and supported metal nanoparticles. Another aspect is the application of these materials in catalytic reactions that are potentially significant for sustainable chemical production and environmental protection, such as selective C-C bond formation, selective redox reactions, and photocatalytic pollutant degradation. The aim is to integrate the two aspects for establishing the structure-performance relationship which is the core of heterogeneous catalysis. 

Academic Degrees

Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry, 1998, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian, China;

B. S. in Applied Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry, 1998, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics,Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian, China;

B. S. in Applied Chemistry, 1992, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China.Chemistry, 1992, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China.

Professional Experience

2004-present: Professor, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China;

2002-2004: Postdoctoral Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Osaka, Japan;

2000-2002: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan;

1998-2000: Research Associate, State Key Laboratory of catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian, China

Selected Publications

1. Lei Pang, Chi Fan, Lina Shao, Kunpeng Song, Junxia Yi, Jian Wang, Tao Li*, The Ce doping Cu/ZSM-5 as a new superior catalyst to remove NO from diesel engine exhaust, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2014, 253,394-401.
2. Lei Pang, Chi Fan, Lina Shao, Junxia Yi, Xing Cai, Jian Wang, Ming Kang, Tao Li*, Effect of V2O5/WO3-TiO2 catalyst preparation method on NOx removal from diesel exhaust, Chinese Journal of Catalysis, 2014, 35, 2020-2028.
3. Zhenhong Guan, Buyi Li, Guoliang Hai, Xinjia Yang, Tao Li* and Bien Tan*, Microporous polymers with a built-in triphenylphosphine palladium: a high efficient catalyst for cross-coupling reactions of benzylic chloride under mild condition, RSC Advances, 2014, 4, 36437-36443.
4. Fei He, Jinlin Li, Tao Li*, Guangxing Li*, Solvothermal synthesis of mesoporous TiO2: The effect of morphology, size and calcination progress on photocatalytic activity in the degradation of gaseous benzene, Chemical Engineering Journal, 2014, 237, 312-321. 
5. Fei He, Chao Zhang, Di Zhou, Ling Cheng, Tao Li*, Guangxing Li*, Mesoporous TiO2 core-shell walnuts for photocatalysts and photodetectors with improved performances, Dalton transactions, 2014, 43, 7599-7607. 
6. Fei He, Fang Ma, Jinlin Li, Tao Li*, Guangxing Li*, Effect of calcination temperature on the structural properties and photocatalytic activities of solvothermal synthesized TiO2 hollow nanoparticles, Ceramics International, 2014, 40, 6441-6446.
7. Xinjia Yang, Kunpeng Song, Liangxiao Tan, Tao Li* and Bien Tan*, Hollow Microporous Organic Capsules Loaded with Highly Dispersed Pt Nanoparticles for Catalytic Application, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 2014, 215,1257-1263. 
8. Buyi Li, Zhenhong Guan, Xinjia Yang, Tao Li* and Bien Tan*, Multifunctional microporous organic polymers, Journal of Materials Chemistry, A, 2014, 2, 11930-11939.
9. Buyi Li, Zhenhong Guan, Wei Wang, Xinjia Yang, Jianglin Hu, Bien Tan* and Tao Li*,Highly Dispersed Pd Catalyst Locked in Knitting Aryl Network Polymers for Suzuki-Miyaura Coupling Reactions of Aryl Chlorides in Aqueous Media,Advanced Materials, 2012, 24, 3390–3395.
10. Zhenhong Guan, Jianglin Hu, Yanlong Gu, Haojun Zhang, Guangxing Li and Tao Li*, PdCl2(py)2 encaged in monodispersed zeolitic hollow spheres: a highly efficient and reusable catalyst for Suzuki–Miyaura cross-coupling reaction in aqueous media, Green Chemistry, 2012, 14, 1964 – 1970.
11. Youming Ni, Aiming Sun, Xiaoling Wu, Guoliang Hai, Jianglin Hu, Tao Li* and Guangxing Li*, The preparation of nano-sized H[Zn, Al]ZSM-5 zeolite and its application in the aromatization of methanol, Microporous & Mesoporous Materials, 2011, 143 , 435-442.
12. Youming Ni, Aiming Sun, Xiaoling Wu, Guoliang Hai, Jianglin Hu, Tao Li* and Guangxing Li*, Facile synthesis of hierarchical nanocrystalline ZSM-5 zeolite under mild conditions and its catalytic performance, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2011, 361, 521–526.
13. Youming Ni, Aiming Sun, Xiaoling Wu, Guoliang Hai, Jianglin Hu, Tao Li*, Guangxing Li*, Hierarchical mesoporous Zn/ZSM-5 prepared by alkali treatment and its application in the methanol-to-gasoline reaction, Journal of Natural Gas Chemistry, 2011, 20, 237-242.
14. Youming Ni, Weiye Peng, Aiming, Sun Wanling Mo, Jianglin Hu, Tao Li* and Guangxing Li*, High selective and stable performance of catalytic aromatization of alcohols and ethers over La/Zn/HZSM-5 catalysts, Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 2010, 16, 503-505.

Selected Cases

  • Heterogenization of homogeneous catalysts

    Zeolite-encapsulated metal complex

    Covalent organic frameworks-confined metal complex

    Nanostructured redox and acid-base polymers


  • Nanocatalysts

    Zeolite-supported metal nanoparticles

    Polymer-supported metal nanoparticles

    Layered double hydroxides-supported metal nanoparticles

    Spinel-supported metal nanoparticles

    Nanostructured redox and acid-base metal oxides


  • Heterogeneous synthesis of fine/bulk chemicals

    Cross-coupling for C-C formation

    Selective oxidation

    Selective hydrogenation

    Gas-phase oxidation of ethanol to acetaldehyde


  • Environmental catalysis

    Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx with NH3

    Diesel oxidation converter (DOC)

    Diesel particulate filter (DPF)


  • Photocatalysis & Electrocatalysis

    Controlled growth of semiconductor and/or metal nanocrystals

    Photocatalytic pollutant degradation

    Electrocatalytic oxygen reduction in fuel cell


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