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Jinzhu Chen
Director of Energy Conversion & Catalysis Lab
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Energy and catalytic materials
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No.2 Nengyuan Rd, Wushan, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China


Jinzhu Chen received the PhD degree (2005) in organic chemistry from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He was a postdoctoral associate at University of Arizona (2005–2007), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2007–2008), and Brookhaven National Laboratory (2008–2010). He joined the faculty of Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (CAS) in 2010 as a full professor. His research focuses on the development of heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts for use in sustainable chemical processes and the utilization of renewable resource, specifically the production of fuels and chemicals from biomass and carbon dioxide. (http://people.ucas.ac.cn/~chenjz?language=en )
Education and Research Experience
1) Professor, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, CAS; (Hundred Talents Program of CAS); Apr 2010-Present
2) Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Jan 2008-Apr 2010
3) Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois (UIUC), Apr 2007-Jan 2008
4) Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Arizona, Dec 2005-Apr 2007
5) Research Associate, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), CAS, Mar 2005-Dec 2005
6) Ph.D. in Chemistry, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Dalian, Liaoning, China, Jul 2005
7) B.S. in Chemistry, Anhui University, Hefei, Anhui, China, Jul 2000


Biomass conversion, Carbon dioxide utilization


45) Jinzhu Chen*, Yuanyuan Guo, Jiayi Chen, Lu Song, Limin Chen. “One-Step Approach for 2,5-Diformylfuran from Fructose by Proton- and Vanadium-Containing Graphitic Carbon Nitride.” ChemCatChem, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201402323R1.
44) Jing Huang, Jinzhu Chen*, Hui Gao, Limin Chen. “Kinetic Aspects for the Reduction of CO2 and CS2 with Mixed-Ligand Ruthenium (II) Hydride Complexes Containing Phosphine and Bipyridine.” Inorganic Chemistry, 2014, DOI: 10.1021/ic500866d. Article first published online: 28 Aug. 2014.
43) Shengpei Wang, Jinzhu Chen*, Limin Chen. “Selective Conversion of Cellulose into Ethylene Glycol over Metal–Organic Framework-Derived Multifunctional Catalysts.” Catalysis Letters, 2014, DOI: 10.1007/s10562-014-1317-2. Article first published online: 14 Aug. 2014.
42) Jiawei Zhong, Jinzhu Chen*, Limin Chen. “Selective Hydrogenation of Phenol and Related Derivatives.” Catalysis Science & Technology, 2014, 4(10), 3555-3569. (综述 Minireview)
41) Ruliang Liu, Jinzhu Chen*, Limin Chen. Yuanyuan Guo, Jiawei Zhong. “One-Step Approach to 2,5-Diformylfuran from Fructose by Using a Bifunctional and Recyclable Acidic Polyoxometalate Catalyst.” ChemPlusChem 2014, DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201402147. Article first published online: 17 Jul. 2014.
40) Jinzhu Chen*, Ruliang Liu, Hui Gao, Limin Chen, Daiqi Ye. “Amine-Functionalized Metal-Organic Frameworks for the Transesterification of Triglycerides.” Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2014, 2(20), 7205-7213.
39) Jinzhu Chen*, Kegui Li, Limin Chen, Ruliang Liu, Xing Huang, Daiqi Ye. “Conversion of Fructose into 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural Catalyzed by Recyclable Sulfonic Acid–Functionalized Metal–Organic Frameworks.” Green Chemistry, 2014, 16(5), 2490-2499.
38) Maria E. Carroll, Jinzhu Chen, Danielle E. Gray, James C. Lansing, Thomas B. Rauchfuss*, David Schilter, Phillip I. Volkers, Scott R. Wilson. “Ferrous Carbonyl Dithiolates as Precursors to FeFe, FeCo, and FeMn Carbonyl Dithiolates.” Organometallics, 2014, 33(4), 858-867.
37) Wei Zhang, Jinzhu Chen*, Ruliang Liu, Shengpei Wang, Limin Chen, Kegui Li. “Hydrodeoxygenation of Lignin-Derived Phenolic Monomers and Dimers to Alkane Fuels over Bifunctional Zeolite-Supported Metal Catalysts.” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2014, 2(4), 683-691.
36) Jinzhu Chen*, Guoying Zhao, Limin Chen. “Efficient Productions of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural and Alkyl Levulinate from Biomass Carbohydrate Using Ionic Liquid-Based Polyoxometalate Salts.” RSC Advances, 2014, 4(8), 4194-4202.
35) Yasuo Matsubara*, Sean E. Hightower, Jinzhu Chen, David C. Grills, Dmitry E. Polyansky, James T. Muckerman, Koji Tanaka, Etsuko Fujita*. “Reactivity of a fac-ReCl(a-diimine)(CO)3 Complex with an NAD+ Model Ligand toward CO2 Reduction.” Chemical Communications, 2014, 50(6), 728-730.
34) Young Jun Seo, Lisa Muench, Alicia Reid, Jinzhu Chen, Yeona Kang, Jacob M. Hooker*, Nora D. Volkow, Joanna S. Fowler, Sung Won Kim*. “Radionuclide Labeling and Evaluation of Candidate Radioligands for PET Imaging of Histone Deacetylase in the Brain.” Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 2013, 23(24), 6700-6705.
33) Gabriel B. Hall, Jinzhu Chen, Charles A. Mebi, Noriko Okumura, Matthew T. Swenson, Stephanie E. Ossowski, Uzma I. Zakai, Gary S. Nichol, Dennis L. Lichtenberger*, Dennis H. Evans*, Richard S. Glass*. “Redox Chemistry of Non-Innocent Quinones Annulated to 2Fe2S Cores.” Organometallics, 2013, 32(21), 6605-6612.
32) Aibing Chen, Yonglei Li, Jinzhu Chen*, Guoying Zhao, Longlong Ma, Yifeng Yu. “Selective Hydrogenation of Phenol and Derivatives over Polymer-Functionalized Carbon-Nanofiber-Supported Palladium Using Sodium Formate as the Hydrogen Source.” ChemPlusChem, 2013, 78(11), 1370-1378.
31) Ruliang Liu, Jinzhu Chen*, Xing Huang, Limin Chen, Longlong Ma, Xinjun Li. “Conversion of Fructose into 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural and Alkyl Levulinates Catalyzed by Sulfonic Acid-Functionalized Carbon Materials.” Green Chemistry, 2013, 15(10), 2895-2903.
30) Jinzhu Chen*, Shengpei Wang, Jing Huang, Limin Chen*, Longlong Ma, Xing Huang. “Conversion of Cellulose and Cellobiose into Sorbitol Catalyzed by Ruthenium Supported on a Polyoxometalate/Metal-Organic Framework Hybrid.” ChemSusChem, 2013, 6(8), 1545-1555.
29) Jinzhu Chen*, Jing Huang, Limin Chen, Longlong Ma*, Tiejun Wang, Uzma I. Zakai. “Hydrodeoxygenation of Phenol and Derivatives over an Ionic-Liquid-Like Copolymer Stabilized Nanocatalyst in Aqueous Media.” ChemCatChem, 2013, 5(6), 1598-1605.
28) Jinzhu Chen*, Wei Zhang, Limin Chen, Longlong Ma*, Hui Gao, Tiejun Wang. “Direct Selective Hydrogenation of Phenol and Derivatives over Polyaniline-Functionalized Carbon-Nanotube-Supported Palladium.” ChemPlusChem, 2013, 78(2), 142-148. (封面论文 Cover page and cover profile)
27) Aibing Chen, Guoying Zhao, Jinzhu Chen*, Limin Chen, Yifeng Yu. “Selective Hydrogenation of Phenol and Derivatives over an Ionic Liquid-like Copolymer Stabilized Palladium Catalyst in Aqueous Media.” RSC Advances, 2013, 3(13), 4171-4175.
26) Hui Gao, Jing Huang, Limin Chen, Ruliang Liu, Jinzhu Chen*. “Synthesis, Characterization and Computational Study of Heterobimetallic CoFe Complexes for Mimicking Hydrogenase.” RSC Advances, 2013, 3(11), 3557-3565.
25) Jinzhu Chen, Aaron K. Vannucci, Charles A. Mebi, Noriko Okumura, Susan C. Borowski, L. Tori Lockett, Matthew Swenson, Dennis L. Lichtenberger, Dennis H. Evans, Richard S. Glass*. “Catalysis of Electrochemical Reduction of Weak Acids to Produce H2: Role of O-H…S Hydrogen Bonding.” Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and the Related Elements, 2011, 186(5), 1288-1292.
24) Zhaohui Liu, Jinzhu Chen, Yuyuan Zhang, Liangpeng Wu, Xinjun Li*. “The Effect of Sandwiched Ag in the Wall of TiO2 Nanotube on the Photo-Catalytic Performance.” Materials Chemistry and Physics, 2011, 128(1-2), 1-5.
23) Jing Wang, Yanhe Han, Manzhi Feng, Jinzhu Chen, Xinjun Li*, Shanqing Zhang. “Preparation and Photoelectrochemical Characterization of WO3/TiO2 Nanotube Array Electrodes.” Journal of Materials Science, 2011, 46(2), 416-421.
22) Yuyuan Zhang, Xinjun Li*, Manzhi Feng, Fengling Zhou, Jinzhu Chen. “Photoelectrochemical Performance of TiO2-Nanotube-Array Film Modified by Decoration of TiO2 via Liquid Phase Deposition.” Surface & Coatings Technology, 2010, 205(7), 2572-2577.
21) Jinzhu Chen, Aaron K. Vannucci, Charles A. Mebi, Noriko Okumura, Susan C. Borowski, Matthew Swenson, L. Tori Lockett, Dennis H. Evans*, Richard S. Glass*, Dennis L. Lichtenberger*. “Synthesis of Diiron Hydrogenase Mimics Bearing Hydroquinone and Related Ligands. Electrochemical and Computational Studies of the Mechanism of Hydrogen Production and the Role of O-H…S Hydrogen Bonding.” Organometallics, 2010, 29(21), 5330-5340.
20) Jinzhu Chen, David J. Szalda, Etsuko Fujita, Carol Creutz*. “Iron(II) and Ruthenium(II) Complexes Containing P, N, and H Ligands: Structure, Spectroscopy, Electrochemistry, and Reactivity.” Inorganic Chemistry, 2010, 49(20), 9380-9391.
19) Yuyuan Zhang, Jinzhu Chen, Xinjun Li*. “Preparation and Photocatalytic Performance of Anatase/Rutile Mixed-Phase TiO2 Nanotubes.” Catalysis Letters, 2010, 139(3-4), 129-133.
18) Weiqiang Tan, Zhengkun Yu*, Bing Liu, Kaikai Wu, Zishuang Liu, Jinzhu Chen. “Synthesis and Structural Characterization of (CH2)n-Bridged Indenyl-Pyrazoles and Their Cyclopentadienyl Nickel(II) Complexes.” Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2009, 694(2), 199-206.
17) Weiqiang Tan, Zhengkun Yu*, Wei He, Liandi Wang, Jie Sun, Jinzhu Chen. “A Toluene Guest in a Poly(heteronuclear) Complex Host of Ferrocenyl-(CH2)2-Bridged Bis(pyrazole).” Organometallics, 2008, 27(19), 4833-4836.
16) Phillip I. Volkers, Christine A. Boyke, Jinzhu Chen, Thomas B. Rauchfuss*, C. Matthew Whaley, Scoff R. Wilson, Haijun Yao. “Precursors to [FeFe]-Hydrogenase Models: Syntheses of Fe2(SR)2(CO)6 from CO-Free Iron Sources.” Inorganic Chemistry, 2008, 47(15), 7002-7008.
15) Greg A. N. Felton, Aaron K. Vannucci, Jinzhu Chen, L. Tori Lockett, Noriko Okumura, Benjamin J. Petro, Uzma I. Zakai, Dennis H. Evans*, Richard S. Glass*, Dennis L. Lichtenberger*. “Hydrogen Generation from Weak Acids: Electrochemical and Computational Studies of a Diiron Hydrogenase Mimic.” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2007, 129(41), 12521-12530.
14) Zhengkun Yu*, Fanlong Zeng, Xiaojiao Sun, Haixia Deng, Jinhua Dong, Jinzhu Chen, HM Wang, CX. Pei, “Two pseudo-N3 Ligands and the Catalytic Activity of Their Ruthenium(II) Complexes in Transfer Hydrogenation and Hydrogenation of Ketones.” Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2007, 692(11), 2306-2313.
13) Zhaoyan Zheng, Jinzhu Chen, Ning Luo, Zhengkun Yu*, Xiuwen Han. “Efficient Demetalation of Fischer Alkoxy- and Amino-Biscarbene Complexes of Chromium via CO-Promoted Sulfuration and Selenylation.” Organometallics, 2006, 25(22), 5301-5310.
12) Zhaoyan Zheng, Jinzhu Chen, Zhengkun Yu*, Xiuwen Han. “Oxidative Demetalation of Fischer Alkoxy Carbene Complexes with Stoichiometric Pyridine N-Oxide and NaBH4-Promoted Demetalation of Fischer Iminocarbene Complexes with Sulfur and Selenium.” Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 2006, 691(17), 3679-3692.
11) Xiaodan Zhao, Zhengkun Yu*, Fanlong Zeng, Jinzhu Chen, Xiaowei Wu, Sizhong Wu, Wenjing Xiao, Zhaoyan Zheng. “Highly Efficient Route to Diselenides from the Reactions of Imines and Selenium in the Presence of Carbon Monoxide and Water.” Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, 2005, 347(6), 877-882.
10) Jinzhu Chen, Zhengkun Yu*, Zhaoyan Zheng, Kaichun Gu, Sizhong Wu, Fanlong Zeng, Weiqiang Tan, Xiaowei Wu, Wenjing Xiao. “Chemoselective Stepwise Demetalation of Unusually Stable Fischer Biscarbene Complexes by Domino [4+2]/[2+2] Cycloaddition of 2-Isopropenyl-2-oxazoline to 1-Alkynyl Fischer Carbene Complexes of Chromium and Tungsten.” Organometallics, 2005, 24(2), 302-308.
9) Kaichun Gu, Jinzhu Chen, Zhaoyan Zheng, Sizhong Wu, Xiaowei Wu, Xiuwen Han, Zhengkun Yu*. “Synthesis and Structural Characterization of (Pyrazolyl)alkenyl Fischer Carbene Complexes of Chromium and Tungsten.” Polyhedron, 2005, 24(1), 173-180.
8) Jinzhu Chen, Gang Ling, Zhengkun Yu*, Sizhong Wu, Xiaodan Zhao, Xiaowei Wu, Shiwei Lu*. “N-Aryl Amides from Selenium-Catalyzed Reactions of Nitroaromatics and Amides in the Presence of Carbon Monoxide and Mixed Organic Bases.” Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, 2004, 346(11), 1267-1270.
7) Jinzhu Chen, Shiwei Lu*. “Synthesis of Substituted Pyridyl Ureas by Selenium Dioxide- Catalyzed Carbonylation.” Applied Catalysis A-General, 2004, 261(2), 199-203.
6) Jinzhu Chen, Gang Ling, Shiwei Lu*. “Synthesis of New Unsymmetric N,N’-Dipyridylurea Derivatives by Selenium and Selenium Dioxide-catalyzed Reductive Carbonylation of Substituted Nitropyridines.” Tetrahedron, 2003, 59(41), 8251-8256.
5) Jinzhu Chen, Gang Ling, Shiwei Lu*. “Synthesis of N-Phenyl-N’-pyrimidylurea Derivatives by Selenium- or Selenium Dioxide-Catalyzed Reductive Carbonylation of Nitroaromatics.” European Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2003, 17, 3446-3452.
4) Jinzhu Chen, Aidong Peng, Shiwei Lu*. “Some Progress in the Selenium-Catalyzed Carbonylation Reaction.” Journal of the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2003, 20(1), 73-84.
3) Gang Ling, Jinzhu Chen, Shiwei Lu*. “Selenium-Catalyzed Carbonylation of Substituted Nitrobenzenes with Aminomethylpyrimidines as Co-Reagents to Synthesize N-Phenyl-N’-methylpyrimidylurea Derivatives.” Journal of Molecular Catalysis A-Chemical, 2003, 202(1-2), 23-29.
2) Gang Ling, Jinzhu Chen, Shiwei Lu*. “Synthesis of Substituted Heterocyclic Ureas by Selenium-Catalysed Carbonylation Using Carbon Monoxide.” Journal of Chemical Research-Synopses, 2003, 7, 442-444.
1) Gang Ling, Jinzhu Chen, Shiwei Lu*. “Synthesis of Benzoxazolinone by Selenium-Catalyzed Carbonylation with Carbon Monoxide.” Chinese Journal of Catalysis, 2003, 24(1), 5-6.

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