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  • Y. Wang, L.R. Winter, J.G. Chen and B. Yan, “CO2 Hydrogenation over Heterogeneous Catalysts at Atmospheric Pressure: From Electronic Properties to Product Selectivity”, Green Chemistry, 23 (2021) 249-267 DOI:10.1039/D0GC03506H
  • L.R. Winter and J.G. Chen, “N2 Fixation by Plasma-Activated Processes”, Joule, 5 (2021) 300-315. DOI:10.1016/j.joule.2020.11.009
  • Z. Xie, L.R. Winter and J.G. Chen, “Bimetallic-Derived Catalysts and Their Application in Simultaneous Upgrading of CO2 and Ethane”, Matter, 4 (2021) 408-440. DOI:10.1016/j.matt.2020.11.013


  • Z. Xie, Y. Xu, M. Xie, X. Chen, J.H. Lee, E. Stavitski, S. Kattel and J.G. Chen, “Reactions of CO2 and Ethane Enable CO Bond Insertion for Production of C3 Oxygenates”, Nature Communications, 11 (2020) 1887. DOI:10.1038/s41467-020-15849-x
  • Z. Xie, D. Tian, M. Xie, S. Yang, Y. Xu, N. Rui, J.H. Lee, S.D. Senanayake, K. Li, H. Wang, S. Kattel and J.G. Chen, “Interfacial Active Sites for CO2-Assisted Selective Cleavage of C-C/C-H Bonds in Ethane”, Chem, 6 (2020) 2703-2716. DOI:10.1016/j.chempr.2020.07.011
  • B. Yan, S. Yao and J.G. Chen, “Effect of oxide support on catalytic performance of FeNi-based catalysts for CO2-assisted oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane”, ChemCatChem, 12 (2020) 494-503. DOI:10.1002/cctc.201901585
  • Q. He, D. Liu, J.H. Lee, Y. Liu, Z. Xie, S. Hwang, S. Kattel, L. Song, and J.G. Chen, “Electrochemical Conversion of CO2 to Syngas with Controllable CO/H2 Ratios over Co and Ni Single-Atom Catalysts”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 59 (2020) 3033-3037. DOI:10.1002/anie.201912719
  • Y. Wang, Y. Zheng, K. Li, W. Gao, W. Na, J.G. Chen, H. Wang, “Strong evidence of the role of H2O for enhancing methanol selectivity from CO2 hydrogenation over Cu-ZnO-ZrO2”, Chem, 6 (2020) 419-430. DOI:10.1016/j.chempr.2019.10.023
  • S. Liu, L.R. Winter and J.G. Chen, “Review of Plasma-Assisted Catalysis for Selective Generation of Oxygenates from CO2 and CH4”, ACS Catalysis, 10 (2020) 2855-2871. DOI:10.1021/acscatal.9b04811
  • X. Niu, X. Nie, C. Yang and J.G. Chen, “CO2-assisted propane aromatization over phosphorous-modified Ga/ZSM-5 catalysts”, Catalysis Science & Technology, 10 (2020) 1881-1888. DOI:10.1039/C9CY02589H
  • X. Nie, X. Ren, C. Tu, C. Song, X. Guo and J.G. Chen “Computational and Experimental Identification of Strong Synergy of Fe/ZnO Catalyst in Promoting Acetic Acid Synthesis from CH4 and CO2”, Chemical Communications, 56 (2020) 3983-3986. DOI: 10.1039/c9cc10055e
  • Y. Liu, D. Tian, A.N. Biswas, Z. Xie, S. Hwang, J.H. Lee, H. Meng and J.G. Chen, “Transition Metal Nitrides as Promising Catalyst Supports for Tuning CO/H2 Syngas Production from Electrochemical CO2 Reduction”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 59 (2020) 11345-11348. DOI:10.1002/anie.202003625
  • B.M. Tackett, J.H. Lee and J.G. Chen, “Electrochemical Conversion of CO2 to Syngas with Palladium-Based Electrocatalysts”, Accounts of Chemical Research, 53 (2020) 1535-1544. DOI:10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00277
  • R.M. Bullock, J.G. Chen, L. Gagliardi, P.J. Chirik, O.K. Farha, C.H. Hendon, C.W. Jones, J.A. Keith, J. Klosin, S. D. Minteer, R.H. Morris, A.T. Radosevich, T.B. Rauchfuss, N.A. Strotman, A. Vojvodic, T.R. Ward, J.Y. Yang, and Y. Surendranath, “Using nature’s blueprint to expand catalysis with Earth-abundant metals”, Science, 369 (2020) 786. DOI: 10.1126/science.abc3183
  • X. Jiang, X. Nie, X. Guo, C. Song and J.G. Chen, “Recent Advances in Carbon Dioxide Hydrogenation to Methanol via Heterogeneous Catalysis”, Chemical Reviews, 120 (2020) 7984-8034. DOI:10.1021/acs.chemrev.9b00723
  • L.R. Winter, B. Ashford, J. Hong, A.B. Murphy and J.G. Chen, “Identifying Surface Reaction Intermediates in Plasma Catalytic Ammonia Synthesis”, ACS Catalysis, 10 (2020) 14763−14774. DOI:10.1021/acscatal.0c03166
  • Y. Wang, Y. Nian, A.N. Biswas, W. Li, Y. Han and J.G. Chen, “Challenges and Opportunities in Utilizing MXenes of Carbides and Nitrides as Electrocatalysts”, Advanced Energy Materials, 10 (2020) 2002967. DOI:10.1002/aenm.202002967


  • R. Winter, R. Chen, X. Chen, K. Chang, Z. Liu, S.D. Senanayake and J.G. Chen, “Elucidating the roles of metallic Ni and oxygen vacancies in CO2 hydrogenation over Ni/CeO2 using isotope exchange and in situ measurements”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 245 (2019) 360-366. DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.12.069
  • Xie, B. Yan, J.H. Lee, Q. Wu, X. Li, B. Zhao, D. Su, L. Zhang and J.G. Chen, “Effects of oxide supports on the CO2 reforming of ethane over Pt-Ni bimetallic catalysts”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 245 (2019) 376-388. DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.12.070
  • Wang, S. Kattel, W. Gao, K. Li, P. Liu, J.G. Chen and H. Wang, “Exploring the ternary interactions in Cu-ZnO-ZrO2 catalysts for efficient CO2 hydrogenation to methanol”, Nature Communications, 10 (2019) 1166. DOI:10.1038/s41467-019-09072-6
  • Wang, S. Kattel, C.J. Hawxhurst, J.H. Lee, B.M. Tackett, K. Chang, N. Rui, C.-J. Liu and J.G. Chen, “Enhancing Activity and Reducing Cost for Electrochemical Reduction of CO₂ by Supporting Palladium on Metal Carbides”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 58 (2019) 6271-6275. DOI:10.1002/anie.201900781
  • Yan, B. Zhao, S. Kattel, Q. Wu, S. Yao, D. Su and J.G. Chen, “Tuning CO2 hydrogenation selectivity via metal-oxide interfacial sites”, Journal of Catalysis, 374 (2019) 60-71. DOI:10.1016/j.jcat.2019.04.036
  • M. Tackett, E. Gomez and J.G. Chen, “Net reduction of CO2 via its thermocatalytic and electrocatalytic transformation reactions in standard and hybrid processes”, Nature Catalysis, 2 (2019) 381-386. DOI:10.1038/s41929-019-0266-y
  • Gomez, Z. Xie and J.G. Chen, “The effects of bimetallic interactions for CO2‐assisted oxidative dehydrogenation and dry reforming of propane”, AIChE Journal, 65 (2019) e16670. DOI:10.1002/aic.16670
  • Lin, S Yao, R. Ning, L. Han, F. Zhang, C. Gerlak, Z. Liu, J. Cen, l. Song, S. Senanayake, J.G. Chen and J.A. Rodriguez, “Conversion of CO2 on a Highly Active and Stable Cu/FeOx/CeO2 Catalyst: Tuning Catalytic Performance by Oxide-Oxide Interactions”, Catalysis Science & Technology, 9 (2019) 3735-3742. DOI:10.1039/C9CY00722A
  • Li and J.G. Chen, “CO2 hydrogenation to methanol over ZrO2-containing catalysts: Insights into ZrO2 induced synergy", ACS Catalysis, 9 (2019) 7840-7861. DOI:10.1021/acscatal.9b01943
  • H. Lee, S. Kattel, Z. Jiang, Z. Xie, S. Yao, B.M. Tackett, W. Xu, N.S. Marinkovic and J.G. Chen “Tuning the Activity and Selectivity of Electroreduction of CO2 to Synthesis Gas using Bimetallic Catalysts”, Nature Communications, 10 (2019) 3724. DOI:10.1038/s41467-019-11352-0
  • Yao, L. Lin, W. Liao, N. Rui, N. Li, Z. Liu, J. Cen, F. Zhang, X. Li, L. Song, L. Betancourt. D. Su, S. Senanayake, P. Liu, D. Ma, J.G. Chen and J.A. Rodriguez, “Exploring Metal-Support Interactions to Immobilize Sub-nm Co Clusters on γ-Mo2N: A Highly Selective and Stable Catalyst for CO2 Activation”, ACS Catalysis, 9 (2019) 9087-9097. DOI:10.1021/acscatal.9b01945
  • Gomez, B. Yan, S. Kattel and J.G. Chen, “Carbon dioxide reduction in tandem with light alkane dehydrogenation”, Nature Reviews Chemistry, 3 (2019) 638-649. DOI:10.1038/s41570-019-0128-9
  • Gomez, X. Ni, J.H. Lee, Z. Xie and J.G. Chen, “Tandem reactions of CO2 reduction and ethane aromatization", Journal of the American Chemical Society, 141 (2019) 17771-17782. DOI:10.1021/jacs.9b08538


  • R. Winter, E. Gomez, B. Yan, S. Yao and J.G. Chen, “Tuning Ni-catalyzed CO2 hydrogenation selectivity via Ni-ceria support interactions and Ni-Fe bimetallic formation”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 224 (2018) 442-450. DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2017.10.036
  • Zhao, B. Yan, S. Yao, Z. Xie, Q. Wu, R. Ran, D. Weng, C. Zhang and J.G. Chen, “LaFe0.9Ni0.1O3 perovskite catalyst with enhanced activity and coke-resistance for dry reforming of ethane”, Journal of Catalysis, 358 (2018) 168-178. DOI:10.1016/j.jcat.2017.12.012
  • Zhang, Q. Yang, H. Chen, K. Chen, X. Lu, P. Ouyang, J. Fu and J.G. Chen, “In-situ Hydrogenation and Decarboxylation of Oleic Acid into Heptadecane over a Cu-Ni Alloy Catalyst using Methanol as Hydrogen Carrier”, Green Chemistry, 20 (2018) 197-205. DOI:10.1039/C7GC02774E
  • Wu, B. Yan, J. Cen, J. Timoshenko, D. Zakharov, X. Chen, H. Xin, S. Yao, J.B. Parise, A.I. Frenkel, E.A. Stach, J.G. Chen and A. Orlov, “Growth of Nanoparticles with Desired Catalytic Functions by Controlled Doping-Segregation of Metal in Oxide”, Chemistry of Materials, 30 (2018) 1585-1592. DOI:10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b04699
  • Li, B. Yan, S. Yao, S. Kattel, J.G. Chen and T. Wang, “Oxidative Dehydrogenation and Dry Reforming of n-Butane with CO2 over NiFe Bimetallic Catalysts”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 231 (2018) 442-450. DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.02.063
  • Gomez, S. Kattel, B. Yan, S. Yao, P. Liu and J.G. Chen, “Combining CO2 Reduction with Propane Oxidative Dehydrogenation over Bimetallic Catalysts”, Nature Communications, 9 (2018) 1398. DOI:10.1038/s41467-018-03793-w
  • Yao, B. Yan, Binhang, Z. Jiang, Z. Liu, Q. Wu, J.H. Lee, and J.G. Chen, “Combining CO2 Reduction with Ethane Oxidative Dehydrogenation by Oxygen-modification of Molybdenum Carbide”, ACS Catalysis, 8 (2018) 5374-5381. DOI:10.1021/acscatal.8b00541
  • Xie, B. Yan, S. Kattel, J.H. Lee, S. Yao, Q. Wu, N. Rui, E. Gomez, Z. Liu, W. Xu, L. Zhang and J.G. Chen, “Dry Reforming of Methane over CeO2-supported Pt-Co Catalysts with Enhanced Activity”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 236 (2018) 280-293. DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.05.035
  • G. Chen, R.M. Crooks, L.C. Seefeldt, K.L. Bren, R.M. Bullock, M.Y. Darensbourg, P.L. Holland, B. Hoffman, M.J. Janik, A.K. Jones, M.G. Kanatzidis, P. King, K.M. Lancaster, S.V. Lymar, P. Pfromm, W.F. Schneider, R.R. Schrock, “Beyond Fossil Fuel-Driven Nitrogen Transformations”, Science, 360 (2018) 873. DOI: 10.1126/science.aar6611
  • Zhao, B. Yan, Z. Jiang, S. Yao, Z. Liu, Q. Wu, R. Ran, S.D. Senanayake, D. Weng and J.G. Chen “High Selectivity of CO2 Hydrogenation to CO by Controlling the Valence State of Nickel using Perovskite”, Chemical Communications, 54 (2018) 7354-7357. DOI:10.1039/C8CC03829E
  • Yan, Q. Wu, J. Cen, J. Timoshenko, A.I. Frenkel, D. Su, X. Chen, J.B. Parise, E.A. Stach, A. Orlov and J.G. Chen, “Highly Active Subnanometer Rh Clusters Derived from Rh-doped SrTiO3 for CO2 Reduction”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 237 (2018) 1003-1011. DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.06.074
  • Kattel, J.G. Chen and P. Liu, “Mechanistic study of dry reforming of ethane by CO2 on a bimetallic PtNi(111) model surface”, Catalysis Science & Technology, 8 (2018) 3748-3758 (back cover). DOI:10.1039/C8CY00880A
  • Yan, S. Yao, S. Kattel, Q. Wu, Z. Xie, E. Gomez, P. Liu, D. Su and J.G. Chen, “Active sites for tandem reactions of CO2 reduction and ethane dehydrogenation”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of United States, 115 (2018) 8278-8283. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1806950115
  • H. Lee, S. Kattel, Z. Xie, B.M. Tackett, J. Wang, C.-J. Liu, and J.G. Chen, “Understanding the Role of Functional Groups in Polymeric Binder for Electrochemical Carbon Dioxide Reduction on Gold Nanoparticles”, Advanced Functional Materials, 28 (2018) 1804762. DOI:10.1002/adfm.201804762