Dr. Zupeng Chen

ETH Hönggerberg
HCI E136
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1
CH-8093 Zurich

tel: +41 4463 34612

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    My current research focuses on developing and designing advanced single site catalysts for the application in selective hydrogenations, sustainable renewables conversion, and CO2 electocatalysis. In addition, I am very interested in the synthesis of porous inorganic and organic catalysts, as well as hybrid materials, for applications in (photo-/electro-)catalysis.

    2016-present Post-doctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Pérez-Ramírez, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
    2013-2015 Ph.D. in Colloid Chemistry, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
    2010-2013 M.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, China
    2006-2010 B.Sc. in Polymer Materials Science, Jiangnan University, China
    • A heterogeneous single-atom palladium catalyst surpassing homogeneous systems for Suzuki coupling
      Z. Chen, E. Vorobyeva, S. Mitchell, E. Fako, M.A. Ortuño, N. López, S.M. Collins, P.A. Midgley, S. Richard, G. Vilé, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Nat. Nanotechnol. 2018, in press
    • Single-atom heterogeneous catalysts based on distinct carbon nitride scaffolds
      Z. Chen, E. Vorobyeva, S. Mitchell, E. Fako, N. López, S.M. Collins, R.K. Leary, P.A. Midgley, R. Hauert, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Natl. Sci. Rev. 2018, in press (doi:10.1093/nsr/nwy048, highlighted by the WeChat platform cailiaoren)
    • Tailoring the framework composition of carbon nitride to improve the catalytic efficiency of the stabilised palladium atoms
      E. Vorobyeva, Z. Chen, S. Mitchell, R. K. Leary, P. Midgley, J. M. Thomas, R. Hauert, E. Fako, N. López, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      J. Mater. Chem. A 2017, 5, 16393-16403 (doi:10.1039/C7TA04607C)
    • Bifunctional hierarchical zeolite-supported silver catalysts for the conversion of glycerol to allyl alcohol
      G.M. Lari, Z. Chen, C. Mondelli, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      ChemCatChem 2017, 9, 2195–2202 (doi:10.1002/cctc.201601635)
    • Stabilization of single metal atoms on graphitic carbon nitride
      Z. Chen, S. Mitchell, E. Vorobyeva, R.K. Leary, R. Hauert, T. Furnival, Q.M. Ramasse, J.M. Thomas, P.A. Midgley, D. Dontsova, M. Antonietti, S. Pogodin, N. López, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Adv. Funct. Mater. 2017, 27, 1605785 (doi:10.1002/adfm.201605785, frontispiece)
    • Merging single atom dispersed silver and carbon nitride to a joint electronic system via co-polymerization with silver tricyanomethanide
      Z. Chen, S. Pronkin, T. Fellinger, K. Kailasam, G. Vilé, D. Albani, F.Krumeich, R. Leary, J. Barnard, J.M. Thomas, J. Pérez-Ramírez, M.Antonietti, D. Dontsova
      ACS Nano 2016, 10, 3166-3175 (doi:10.1021/acsnano.5b04210)
    • Baking ‘crumbly’ carbon nitrides with improved photocatalytic properties using ammonium chloride 
      A. Savatieiev, Z.P. Chen, D. Dontsova
      RSC Adv. 2016, 6, 2910-2913 (doi:10.1039/C5RA22167F)
    • A stable single-site palladium catalyst for hydrogenations
      G. Vilé, D. Albani, M. Nachtegaal, Z. Chen, D. Dontsova, M. Antonietti, N. López, J. Pérez-Ramírez
      Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 11265-11269 (doi:10.1002/anie.201505073, front cover, highlighted in Nature and in C&EN)
      Angew. Chem. 2015, 127, 11417-11422 (doi:10.1002/ange.201505073, front cover, highlighted in Nature and in C&EN)
    • Enhancement of the photocatalytic activity of carbon nitrides by complex templating
      Z.P. Chen, M. Antonietti, D. Dontsova
      Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 10805-10811 (doi:10.1002/chem.201500579)
    • Triazoles: a new class of precursors for the synthesis of negatively charged carbon nitride derivatives
      D. Dontsova, S. Pronkin, M. Wehle, Z. Chen, C. Fettkenhauer, G. Clavel, M. Antonietti
      Chem. Mater. 2015, 27, 5170–5179 (doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.5b00812)
    • Microcontact-printing-assisted access of graphitic carbon nitride films with favorable textures toward photoelectrochemical application
      X. Yang, Z. Chen, J. Xu, H. Tang, K. Chen, Y. Jiang
      ACS Appl. Mat. Interfaces 2015, 7, 15285-15293 (doi:10.1021/acsami.5b02649)
    • Upconversion-agent induced improvement of g-C3N4 photocatalyst under visible light
      J. Xu, T. JK Brenner, Z. Chen, D. Neher, M. Antonietti, M. Shalom
      ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2014, 6, 16481-16486 (doi:10.1021/am50512638)
    • The bioinspired construction of an ordered carbon nitride array for photocatalytic mediated enzymatic reduction
      J. Liu, R. Cazelles, Z.P. Chen, H. Zhou, A. Galarneau, M. Antonietti
      Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16, 14699-14705 (doi:10.1039/C4CP01348D)
    • Enhancing photocatalytic activity of Sn doped TiO2 dominated with {105} facets
      H.B. Jiang, J. Xing, Z.P. Chen, F. Tian, Q. Cuan, X-Q. Gong, H.G. Yang
      Catal.Today 2014, 225, 18-23 (doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2013.08.027)
    • Highly electrocatalytic activity of RuO2 nanocrystals for triiodide reduction in dye-sensitized solar cells
      Y. Hou, Z.P. Chen, D. Wang, B. Zhang, S. Yang, H.F. Wang, P. H., H.J. Zhao, H.G. Yang
      Small 2014, 10, 484-492 (doi:10.1002/smll.201300653)
    • Disordered Co1.28Mn1.71O4 as a visible-light-responsive photocatalyst for hydrogen evolution
      Z.P. Chen, J. Xing, H.B. Jiang, H.G. Yang
      Chem. Eur. J. 2013, 19, 4123-4127 (doi:10.1002/chem.201203683)
    • Assembly of ultrathin PbBiO2Br nanosheets with enhanced visible light photocatalytic properties
      F.Y. Xiao, J. Xing, L. Wu, Z.P. Chen, X.L. Wang, H.G. Yang
      RSC Adv. 2013, 3, 10687-10690 (doi:10.1039/C3RA41324A)
    • Cu-Cu2O-TiO2 nanojunction systems with an unusual electron-hole transportation pathway and enhanced photocatalytic properties
      J. Xing, Z.P. Chen, F.Y. Xiao, X.Y. Ma, C.Z. Wen, Z. Li, H.G. Yang
      Chem. Asian J. 2013, 8, 1265-1270 (doi:10.1002/asia.201300019)
    • High-yield synthesis and magnetic properties of ZnFe2O4 single crystal nanocubes in aqueous solution
      Z.P. Chen, W.Q. Fang, B. Zhang, H.G. Yang
      J. Alloys Compd. 2013, 550, 348-352 (doi:10.1016/j.jallcom.2012.10.105)
    • Degradation of sodium polystyrene sulfonate and the radical initiated polymerization of styrene under ultrasonic irradiation
      C. Zhu, Z. Chen, C. Ni, J. Yu, B. Huang, M. Shan
      Polym.-Plast. Technol. Eng. 2011, 50, 1262-1265 (doi:10.1080/03602559.2011.578290)