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. B. Murphy, J. Wu, H. Cho, J. Soreo, C. Wang, L. Ma, B. Xu*, "Nature and Catalytic Properties of In Situ Generated Br?nsted Acid Sites on NaY (Cover Story)", ACS Catal. 9, 1931, (2019)
  2. A. Malkani, M. Dunwell, B. Xu*, "Operando Spectroscopic Investigations of Copper and Oxide Derived Copper Catalysts for Electrochemical CO Reduction", ACS Catal. 9, 474, (2019)
  3. F. Jiao*, B. Xu*, "Electrochemical Ammonia Synthesis and Ammonia Fuel Cells", Adv. Mater. 1805173, (2018)
  4. H. Cho, D. Kim, J. Li, D. Su, B. Xu*, "Zeolite Encapsulated Pt Nanoparticles for Tandem Catalysis", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140, 13514, (2018)
  5. X. Yang, J. Nash, J. Anibal, M. Dunwell, S. Kattel, E. Stavitski, K. Attenkofer, J. Chen*, Y. Yan*, B. Xu*, "Mechanistic Insights into Electrochemical Nitrogen Reduction Reaction on Vanadium Nitride Nanoparticles", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140, 13387, (2018)
  6. N. Gould, B. Xu*, "Temperature Programmed Desorption of Pyridine on Zeolites in the Presence of Liquid Solvents", ACS Catal. 8, 8699, (2018)
  7. M. Gilkey, A. Mironenko, D. Vlachos*, B. Xu*, "Adipic Acid Production via Metal-Free Selective Hydrogenolysis of Biomass-Derived Tetrahydrofuran-2,5-dicarboxylic acid (Cover Story)", ACS Catal. 7, 6619, (2017)
  8. M. Dunwell, Q. Lu, J. Heyes, J. Rosen, J. Chen, Y. Yan*, F. Jiao*, B. Xu*, "The Central Role of Bicarbonate in the Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 on Gold", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139, 3774, (2017)
  9. B. Murphy, M. Letterio, B. Xu*, "Catalyst Deactivation in Pyridine-Assisted Selective Dehydration of Methyl Lactate on NaY", ACS Catal. 7, 1912, (2017)
  10. 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. 2, e1501602, (2016)


XSelected Awards

For a complete listing of awards, please view the Full CV.
  1. I&EC 2018 Class of Influential Researchers: 2018
  2. National Science Foundation CAREER Award: 2017
  3. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award: 2016
  4. ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award: 2015
  5. University of Delaware Research Foundation Award: 2015
  6. National Graduate Research Award of American Vacuum Society: 2011
  7. Fieser Lectureship of Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University: 2011
  8. Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad: 2011
  9. Harvard Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment Fellowship: 2008
  10. Distinguished Master's Thesis Award: 2008

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