Bingjun Xu

Bingjun Xu
  • Assistant Professor

329 CLB
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware 19716
302-831-1048 (fax)

  • Post-Doctorate - 2013 California Institute of Technology
  • Doctorate - 2011 Harvard University
  • Masters - 2007 Fudan University
  • Bachelors - 2004 Fudan University

"The overarching goal of our research is to enhance the efficiency of energy conversion, e.g. chemical-to-electrical, and heterogeneous catalytic processes (feedstock to value-added chemicals). Dynamic interplay of fundamental mechanistic studies of surface mediated reactions with the design, synthesis and characterization of (electro)catalysts will be our general approach to attack the challenges in catalysis and energy-related fields. More specifically, the focus of our research in the near future will be:

Heterogeneous catalysis
Develop catalysts with tailored structure (hydrophilic/hydrophobic) and active sites (acid/base and redox properties) for biomass conversion and activation of alkanes.

Surface mediated electrochemical processes
Rational design of electrocatalysts for alkaline polymer electrolyte fuel cells through mechanistic studies of surface mediated electrochemical reaction"

XSelected Publications

For a complete listing of publications, please view the Full CV.
  1. M. Dunwell, J. Wang, Y. Yan*, B. Xu*, "Surface Enhanced Spectroscopic Investigations of Impact of Cations on Electrochemical Interfaces", PhysChemChemPhys 971, 19, (2017)
  2. M. Gilkey, A. Mironenko, L. Yang, D. Vlachos*, B. Xu*, "Insights into ring opening of biomass-derived furanics over Ru/C", ChemSusChem 3113, 9, (2016)
  3. N. Gould, B. Xu*, "Effect of Liquid Water on Acid Sites of NaY: An in-situ Liquid Phase Spectroscopic Study", J. Catal. 193, 342, (2016)
  4. J. Heyes, M. Dunwell, B. Xu*, "CO2 Reduction on Cu at Low Overpotentials with Surface Enhanced In-Situ Spectroscopy", J. Phys. Chem. C 17334, 120, (2016)
  5. B. Murphy, M. Letterio, B. Xu*, "Selectivity Control in the Catalytic Dehydration of Methyl Lactate: The Effect of Pyridine", ACS Catal. 5117, 6, (2016)
  6. B. Murphy, M. Letterio, B. Xu*, "Catalytic Dehydration of Methyl Lactate: Reaction Mechanism and Selectivity Control", J. Catal. 21, 339, (2016)
  7. J. Zheng, B. Xu*, Y. Yan*, "Universal Dependence of Hydrogen Oxidation and Evolution Reaction Activity of Platinum-Group-Metals on pH and Hydrogen Binding Energy", Sci. Adv. e1501602, 2, (2016)
  8. M. Gilkey, B. Xu*, "Heterogeneous Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation as an Effective Pathway in Biomass Upgrading", ACS Catal. 1420, 6, (2016)
  9. J. Zheng, Y. Yan*, B. Xu*, "Correcting hydrogen diffusion limitation in rotating disk electrode measurements of hydrogen reaction kinetics", J. Electrochem. Soc. F1470, 162, (2015)
  10. M. Gilkey, P. Panagiotopoulou, A. Mironenko, G. Jennes, D. Vlachos*, B. Xu*, "Mechanistic insights into metal-Lewis acid mediated catalytic transfer hydrogenation of furfural to 2-methylfuran", ACS Catal. 3988, 5, (2015)


XSelected Awards

For a complete listing of awards, please view the Full CV.
  1. National Science Foundation CAREER Award: 2017
  2. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award: 2016
  3. ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award: 2015
  4. University of Delaware Research Foundation Award: 2015
  5. National Graduate Research Award of American Vacuum Society: 2011
  6. Fieser Lectureship of Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University: 2011
  7. Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad: 2011
  8. Harvard Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment Fellowship: 2008

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