Associate Professor

Phone: +86-15871724580

Email: zhaoxu91@hust.edu.cn

Academic Areas: Metal-based nanocrystals, Electrocatalysis

Dr. Xu Zhao is an Associate Professor in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST). He was born in Biyang of Henan, China, in 1991. He received a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) under the tutelage of Prof. Jie Zeng (2018). Then he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Wayne State University. In 2019, he took the position of Associate Professor for Chemistry at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Up to now, Dr. Xu Zhao has published 13 papers, including J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Energy Environ. Sci., J. Catal., Appl. Catal. B: Environ., J. Mater. Chem. A, Chem. Commun., Langmuir, etc., and 4 patents in the field of electrocatalysis and energy conversion.

Academic Degrees


Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China (Advisor: Prof. Jie Zeng)


B.E. in Material Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University

Professional Experience


Associate Professor, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology


Postdoctoral Fellow, Wayne State University

Courses Taught

1.Inorganic & Analytical Chemistry Experiment (for undergraduate student)

Awards and Honors


Excellent Prize of the President Scholarship of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)


Nomination for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award of USTC


Excellent Graduated Student granted by Anhui Province


Excellent Graduated Student granted by USTC


National Scholarship Award for Excellent Doctoral Students granted by Ministry of Education


National Scholarship Award for Excellent Graduate Students granted by Ministry of Education


Kwang-Hua Scholarship by USTC

Selected Projects Funded

1.National Science Foundation of China

2.The start-up Funding from Huazhong University of Science and Technology

3.The Creative Scientific Research Foundation for Youths in USTC

Selected Publications

[1] Lulu An, Xu Zhao,* Tonghui Zhao, Deli Wang*. “Atomic-level insight into reasonable design of metal-based catalysts for hydrogen oxidation in alkaline electrolytes” Energy & Environmental Science. 2021, DOI: 10.1039/D0EE03609A.

[2] Xu Zhao, Ruchiranga Ranaweera, Jason C. Mixdorf, Hien M. Nguyen, Long Luo*. “Lowering interfacial dissolved gas concentration for highly efficient hydrazine oxidation at platinum by fluorosurfactant modulation” ChemElectroChem. 2020, 7, 55-58.

[3] Xu Zhao, Hang Ren, Long Luo*. “Gas bubbles in electrochemical gas evolution reactions” Langmuir. 2019, 35, 5392-5408. (times cited >40)

[4] Xu Zhao, Ruchiranga Ranaweera, Long Luo*. “Highly efficient hydrogen evolution of platinum via tuning interfacial dissolved-gas concentration” Chemical Communications. 2019, 55, 1378-1381.

[5] Xu Zhao, Yulin Xing, Liangyong Zhao, Sicheng Lu, Fawad Ahmad, Jie Zeng*. “Phosphrous-modulated cobalt selenide enable engineered reconstruction of active layers for efficient oxygen evolution” Journal of Catalysis. 2018, 368, 155-162.

[6] Xu Zhao, Pengfei Gao, Yu Yan, Xingqi Li, Yulin Xing, Hongliang Li, Zhenmeng Peng,* Jinlong Yang, Jie Zeng*. “Gold atom-decorated CoSe2 nanobelts with engineered active sites for enhanced oxygen evolution” Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2017, 5, 20202-20207. (times cited >30)

[7] Xu Zhao, Xingqi Li, Yu Yan, Yulin Xing, Sicheng Lu, Liangyong Zhao, Shiming Zhou, Zhenmeng Peng,* Jie Zeng*. “Electrical and structural engineering of cobalt selenide nanosheets by Mn modulation for efficient oxygen evolution” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 2018, 236, 569-575. (times cited >55)

[8] Xu Zhao, Hantao Zhang, Yu Yan, Jinhua Cao, Xingqi Li, Shiming Zhou, Zhenmeng Peng,* Jie Zeng*. “Engineering the electrical conductivity of lamellar silver-doped cobalt(II) selenide nanobelts for enhanced oxygen evolution” Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 2017, 56, 328-332. (times cited >115)

[9] Xu Zhao, Sheng Chen, Zhicheng Fang, Jia Ding, Wei Sang, Youcheng Wang, Jin Zhao, Zhenmeng Peng,* Jie Zeng*. “Octahedral Pd@Pt1.8Ni core-shell nanocrystals with ultrathin PtNi alloy shells as active catalysts for oxygen reduction reaction” Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2015, 137, 2804-2807. (times cited >260)

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