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Jingguang Chen

Department Chair and Thayer Lindsley Professor of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University, Senior Chemist, Catalysis for Alternative Fuels Production Group, Chemistry Division

Jingguang Chen

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Chemistry Division
Bldg. 555
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-2655
jgchen@bnl.gov

Research | Education | Appointments | Publications | Highlights | Awards


Research Activities

Catalysis for Alternative Fuels Production Group 

Education

1988 - 1989       Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow
                            Forschungszentrum-Julich, Germany; Advisor: Harald Ibach
1983 - 1988       Andrew W. Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellow
                            University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. Chemistry; Advisor: John T. Yates
1978 - 1982       B.S. Chemistry
                            Nanjing University, China

Professional Appointments

2019 – Present:  Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University
2012 – Present:  Thayer Lindsley Professor of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University
2012 – Present:  Joint Appointment at Chemistry Department, Brookhaven National Lab
2008 – 2012:  Claire D. LeClaire Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware
2009 – 2012:  Co-Director, Energy Frontier Research Center on Biomass Conversion
2005 – 2012:  Professor of Chemistry (courtesy appointment), University of Delaware
2008 – 2010:  Interim Director, University of Delaware Energy Institute
2000 – 2007:  Director, Center for Catalytic Science and Technology (CCST)
2002 – 2007:  Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware
2002 – 2005:  Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (courtesy appointment)
1998 – 2001:  Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical                           Engineering, University of Delaware
1994 – 1998:  Spokesperson for Exxon U1A Beamline at Brookhaven National Laboratory
1990 – 1998:  Staff Scientist, Exxon Corporate Research Laboratory, Annandale, New Jersey

Selected Publications

  • Liu Y, Tian D, Biswas AN, Xie Z, Hwang S, Lee JH, Meng H, Chen JG (2020) Transition Metal Nitrides as Promising Catalyst Supports for Tuning CO/H 2 Syngas Production from Electrochemical CO 2 Reduction. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 59:11345–11348. doi: 10.1002/anie.202003625
  • Chang Q, Zhang P, Mostaghimi AHB, Zhao X, Denny SR, Lee JH, Gao H, Zhang Y, Xin HL, Siahrostami S, Chen JG, Chen Z (2020) Promoting H2O2 production via 2-electron oxygen reduction by coordinating partially oxidized Pd with defect carbon. Nature Communications. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-15843-3
  • He Q, Liu D, Lee JH, Liu Y, Xie Z, Hwang S, Kattel S, Song L, Chen JG (2020) Electrochemical Conversion of CO 2 to Syngas with Controllable CO/H 2 Ratios over Co and Ni Single-Atom Catalysts. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 59:3033–3037. doi: 10.1002/anie.201912719
  • Xie Z, Xu Y, Xie M, Chen X, Lee JH, Stavitski E, Kattel S, Chen JG (2020) Reactions of CO2 and ethane enable CO bond insertion for production of C3 oxygenates. Nature Communications. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-15849-x
  • Jiang X, Nie X, Guo X, Song C, Chen JG (2020) Recent Advances in Carbon Dioxide Hydrogenation to Methanol via Heterogeneous Catalysis. Chemical Reviews 120:7984–8034. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.9b00723
  • Gomez E, Nie X, Lee JH, Xie Z, Chen JG (2019) Tandem Reactions of CO2 Reduction and Ethane Aromatization. Journal of the American Chemical Society 141:17771–17782. doi: 10.1021/jacs.9b08538
  • Gomez E, Yan B, Kattel S, Chen JG (2019) Carbon dioxide reduction in tandem with light-alkane dehydrogenation. Nature Reviews Chemistry 3:638–649. doi: 10.1038/s41570-019-0128-9
  • Yang X, Kattel S, Nash J, Chang X, Lee JH, Yan Y, Chen JG, Xu B (2019) Quantification of Active Sites and Elucidation of the Reaction Mechanism of the Electrochemical Nitrogen Reduction Reaction on Vanadium Nitride. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 58:13768–13772. doi: 10.1002/anie.201906449
  • Lee JH, Kattel S, Jiang Z, Xie Z, Yao S, Tackett BM, Xu W, Marinkovic NS, Chen JG (2019) Tuning the activity and selectivity of electroreduction of CO2 to synthesis gas using bimetallic catalysts. Nature Communications. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-11352-0
  • Tao HB, Zhang J, Chen J, Zhang L, Xu Y, Chen JG, Liu B (2019) Revealing Energetics of Surface Oxygen Redox from Kinetic Fingerprint in Oxygen Electrocatalysis. Journal of the American Chemical Society 141:13803–13811. doi: 10.1021/jacs.9b01834
  • Tackett BM, Gomez E, Chen JG (2019) Net reduction of CO2 via its thermocatalytic and electrocatalytic transformation reactions in standard and hybrid processes. Nature Catalysis 2:381–386. doi: 10.1038/s41929-019-0266-y
  • Luc W, Ko BH, Kattel S, Li S, Su D, Chen JG, Jiao F (2019) SO2-Induced Selectivity Change in CO2 Electroreduction. Journal of the American Chemical Society 141:9902–9909. doi: 10.1021/jacs.9b03215
  • Wang J, Kattel S, Hawxhurst CJ, Lee JH, Tackett BM, Chang K, Rui N, Liu C, Chen JG (2019) Enhancing Activity and Reducing Cost for Electrochemical Reduction of CO 2 by Supporting Palladium on Metal Carbides. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 58:6271–6275. doi: 10.1002/anie.201900781
  • Wang Y, Kattel S, Gao W, Li K, Liu P, Chen JG, Wang H (2019) Exploring the ternary interactions in Cu–ZnO–ZrO2 catalysts for efficient CO2 hydrogenation to methanol. Nature Communications. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09072-6
  • Wan W, Ammal SC, Lin Z, You K-E, Heyden A, Chen JG (2018) Controlling reaction pathways of selective C–O bond cleavage of glycerol. Nature Communications. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-07047-7
  • Yang X, Nash J, Anibal J, Dunwell M, Kattel S, Stavitski E, Attenkofer K, Chen JG, Yan Y, Xu B (2018) Mechanistic Insights into Electrochemical Nitrogen Reduction Reaction on Vanadium Nitride Nanoparticles. Journal of the American Chemical Society 140:13387–13391. doi: 10.1021/jacs.8b08379
  • Yan B, Yao S, Kattel S, Wu Q, Xie Z, Gomez E, Liu P, Su D, Chen JG (2018) Active sites for tandem reactions of CO2 reduction and ethane dehydrogenation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115:8278–8283. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1806950115
  • Chen JG, Crooks RM, Seefeldt LC, Bren KL, Bullock RM, Darensbourg MY, Holland PL, Hoffman B, Janik MJ, Jones AK, Kanatzidis MG, King P, Lancaster KM, Lymar SV, Pfromm P, Schneider WF, Schrock RR (2018) Beyond fossil fuel–driven nitrogen transformations. Science 360:eaar6611. doi: 10.1126/science.aar6611
  • Gomez E, Kattel S, Yan B, Yao S, Liu P, Chen JG (2018) Combining CO2 reduction with propane oxidative dehydrogenation over bimetallic catalysts. Nature Communications. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03793-w
  • Kattel S, Liu P, Chen JG (2017) Tuning Selectivity of CO2 Hydrogenation Reactions at the Metal/Oxide Interface. Journal of the American Chemical Society 139:9739–9754. doi: 10.1021/jacs.7b05362
  • Kattel S, Ramírez PJ, Chen JG, Rodriguez JA, Liu P (2017) Active sites for CO 2 hydrogenation to methanol on Cu/ZnO catalysts. Science 355:1296–1299. doi: 10.1126/science.aal3573
  • Sheng W, Kattel S, Yao S, Yan B, Liang Z, Hawxhurst CJ, Wu Q, Chen JG (2017) Electrochemical reduction of CO2to synthesis gas with controlled CO/H2ratios. Energy & Environmental Science 10:1180–1185. doi: 10.1039/c7ee00071e
  • Dunwell M, Lu Q, Heyes JM, Rosen J, Chen JG, Yan Y, Jiao F, Xu B (2017) The Central Role of Bicarbonate in the Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide on Gold. Journal of the American Chemical Society 139:3774–3783. doi: 10.1021/jacs.6b13287
  • Tackett BM, Sheng W, Chen JG (2017) Opportunities and Challenges in Utilizing Metal-Modified Transition Metal Carbides as Low-Cost Electrocatalysts. Joule 1:253–263. doi: 10.1016/j.joule.2017.07.002
  • Matsubu JC, Zhang S, DeRita L, Marinkovic NS, Chen JG, Graham GW, Pan X, Christopher P (2016) Adsorbate-mediated strong metal–support interactions in oxide-supported Rh catalysts. Nature Chemistry 9:120–127. doi: 10.1038/nchem.2607
  • Wan W, Tackett BM, Chen JG (2017) Reactions of water and C1 molecules on carbide and metal-modified carbide surfaces. Chemical Society Reviews 46:1807–1823. doi: 10.1039/c6cs00862c

Research Highlights

Editorial Boards: 
Associate Editor, ACS Catalysis (2016 – present)
Associate Editor, Applied Surface Science (2011 – 2015)
Associate Editor, Surface Science Reports (2004 – 2011)
Editorial Advisory Board, Acta Physico-Chimica Sinica (2009 – present)
Editorial Advisory Board, Chinese Journal of Catalysis (2007 – present)
Editorial Advisory Board, Surface Science (2001 – 2003)
Editorial Advisory Board, Langmuir (1998 – 2000)

Selected Service in Catalysis and Energy Communities:
President, North American Catalysis Society (2017 – Present)
USA Representative, Board of International Association of Catalysis Societies (2016 – present)
Advisory Board: DOE EFRC for Plastics Innovation, Univ. Delaware (2020 – Present)
Advisory Board: SUNCAT Center, SLAC (2019 – Present)
Member, DOE Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee (BESAC) (2017 – 2018)
Member, Council for DOE/BES Chemical and Biochemical Sciences (2012 – 2016)
Director-at-Large: North American Catalysis Society (2005 – 2017)
Co-Founder and Team Leader: Synchrotron Catalysis Consortium for DOE (2005 – present)
Co-Chair: DOE Chemical Sciences Workshop on N2 Activation (2016)
Co-Chair: DOE/BES Roundtable on Sustainable Ammonia Synthesis (2016)
Co-Chair: DOE/BES Catalysis PIs Meeting (2015)
Chair: Catalysis Division of American Chemical Society (2014 – 2015)
Director-at-Large: Catalysis Division of American Chemical Society (2008 – 2012)
Executive Committee: Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division of AIChE (2009 – 2012)
Executive Committee:  Surface Science Division of American Vacuum Society (2008 – 2010)
Advisory Board: Photon Sciences Division of BNL (2013 – Present)
Advisory Board: DOE Center for Functional Nanomaterials (2007 – 2011)
Advisory Board: DOE Energy Frontier Research Center at LSU (2009 – 2011)
Catalysis Secretariat:  American Chemical Society (2006 – 2007)

Awards & Recognition

Selected Awards and Recognitions:
R.H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering, AIChE (2020)
R.B. Anderson Award, Canadian Catalysis Division (2020)
Distinguished Alumni Award, Chemistry Department, University of Pittsburgh (2020)
Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher (2018 - 2020)
Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis, North American Catalysis Society (2017)
Eastman Distinguished Lecturer in Catalysis, University of California at Berkeley (2017)
George Olah Award in Hydrocarbon/Petroleum Chemistry, American Chemical Society (2015)
Giuseppe Parravano Memorial Award in Catalysis, Michigan Catalysis Society (2015)
Fellow, American Chemical Society (2013)
Herman Pines Award in Catalysis, Chicago Catalysis Club (2011)
Excellence in Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring, University of Delaware (2011)
Excellence in Catalysis Award, New York Catalysis Society (2008)
Fellow, American Vacuum Society (2008)
Excellence in Catalysis Award, Philadelphia Catalysis Club (2004)
Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow (Germany, 1988 – 1989)
Leybold-Heraeus Award (Leybold-Heraeus Corporation, 1987)
Russell and Siguard Varian Fellow (American Vacuum Society, 1986)
Graduate Student Award (American Vacuum Society Conference, 1986)
Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellow (University of Pittsburgh, 1985 – 1987)
USA-China Chemistry Graduate Program Fellowship (1982 – 1984)

Jingguang Chen

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Chemistry Division
Bldg. 555
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-2655
jgchen@bnl.gov

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