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Nan-Feng ZHENG


Office: LU Jia-Xi Building 328 
Tel: 2186821  
Address: State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces
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Brief Introduction
  • B.Sc., Xiamen University (1998)
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA (2000 – 2001)
  • Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant,
    Department of Chemistry, University of California-Riverside, USA (2001 – 2005)
  • Ph.D., University of California-Riverside (2005)
  • Research Associate, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,
    University of California-Santa Barbara, USA (2005 – 2007)
  • Professor, Xiamen University, China (2007- )


Research Interests

Our research goal is to develop advanced nanomaterials for both fundamental research and practical applications, with particular interests in the following areas:

  • Multi-Functional Nanoparticles.
  • Inorganic Porous Nanoreactors.
  • Nanoparticle-Based catalysts.
  • Crystalline Nanoporous(Ultra-large Microporous or Mesoporous)Materials.
  • Nanoclusters with Well-Defined Structures.
  • Nanomaterials for Biological Applications (e.g., Bio-labelling, Drug Delivery).
  • Photocatalysts and Ionic Conductors.


Representative Publications
  1. Huayan Yang, Yu Wang, Huaqi Huang, Lars Gell, Lauri Lehtovaara, Sami Malola, Hannu Häkkinen, Nanfeng Zheng “All-Thiol-Stabilized Ag44 and Au12Ag32 Nanoparticles with Single-Crystal Structures” Nature Commun. 2013, 4, doi: 10.1038/ncomms3422.
  2. Xiaoqing Huang, Shaoheng Tang, Xiaoliang Mu, Yan Dai, Guangxu Chen, Zhiyou Zhou, Fangxiong Ruan, Zhilin Yang, Nanfeng Zheng* “Freestanding palladium nanosheets with plasmonic and catalytic properties” Nature Nanotech. 2011, 6, 28-32.
  3. Huayan Yang, Yu Wang, Lei Shi, Xiaohu Wu, Ville Mäkinen, Shuichao Lin, Zichao Tang, Jian He, Hannu Häkkinen, Lansun Zheng, Nanfeng Zheng* “ Ligand-Stabilized Au13Cux (x = 2, 4, 8) Bimetallic Nanoclusters: Ligand Engineering to Control the Exposure of Metal Sites ” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 9568–9571.
  4. Huan Li, Guangxu Chen, Huayan Yang, Xingli Wang, Jinghong Liang, Pengxin Liu, Nanfeng Zheng*  "Shape-Controlled Synthesis of Surface-Clean Ultrathin Palladium Nanosheets by Simply Mixing a Dinuclear Pd(I) Carbonyl Chloride Complex with H2O” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 8368-8372.
  5. Binghui Wu, Nanfeng Zheng* “Surface and Interface Control of Noble Metal Nanocrystals for Catalytic and Electrocatalytic Applications” Nano Today 2013, 8, 168–197.
  6. Huayan Yang, Yu Wang, Nanfeng Zheng* “Stabilizing Subnanometer Ag(0) Nanoclusters by Thiolate and Diphosphine Ligands and Their Crystal Structures” Nanoscale 2013, 5, 2674 - 2677.
  7. Xiaoliang Fang, Xiaojing Zhao, Weijun Fang, Cheng Chen and Nanfeng Zheng* “Self-templating synthesis of hollow mesoporous silica and their applications in catalysis and drug delivery” Nanoscale 2013, 5, 2205-2218.
  8. Yan Dai, Yueming Tan, Nanfeng Zheng* and Gang Fu* “Carbon Monoxide-Assisted Synthesis of Single-Crystalline Pd Tetrapod Nanocrystals through Hydride Formation” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 7073–7080.
  9. Binghui Wu, Huaqi Huang, Jing Yang, Nanfeng Zheng,* Gang Fu* “ Selective Hydrogenation of α,β-Unsaturated Aldehydes Catalyzed by Amine-Capped Platinum-Cobalt Nanocrystals” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012,51, 3440-3443.
  10. Mei Chen, Binghui Wu, Jing Yang, Nanfeng Zheng* “Small-Adsorbate Assisted Shape Control of Pd and Pt Nanocrystals” Adv. Mater. 2012, 24, 862–879.
  11. Xiaoliang Fang, Zhaohui Liu, Ming-Feng Hsieh, Mei Chen, Pengxin Liu, Cheng Chen, and Nanfeng Zheng* “Hollow Mesoporous Aluminosilica Spheres with Perpendicular Pore Channels as Catalytic Nanoreactors” ACS Nano 2012, 6, 4434–4444.
  12. Yueming Tan, Chaofa Xu, Guangxu Chen, Nanfeng Zheng,* and Qingji Xie “Graphene-platinum nanoparticles-ionic liquid composite catalyst for methanol-tolerant oxygen reduction reaction’’ Energy & Environ. Sci. 2012, 5, 6923–6927.
  13. Yueming Tan, Chaofa Xu, Guangxu Chen, Xiaoliang Fang, Nanfeng Zheng,* and Qingji Xie “Facile Synthesis of Manganese Oxide-Containing Mesoporous Nitrogen-Doped Carbon for Efficient Oxygen Reduction” Adv. Funct. Mater. 2012, 22, 4584-4591.
  14. Xiaoqing Huang, Shaoheng Tang, Jing Yang, Yueming Tan, Nanfeng Zheng* “Etching Growth Under Surface Confinement: An Effective Strategy to Prepare Mesocrystalline Pd Nanocorolla” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011,133, 15946–15949.
  15. Xiaoqing Huang, Shaoheng Tang, Biju Liu, Bin Ren, Nanfeng Zheng* “Enhancing the Photothermal Stability of Plasmonic Metal Nanoplates by a Core-Shell Architecture” Adv. Mater. 2011, 23, 3420-3425.
  16. Xiaoqing Huang, Zipeng Zhao, Jingmin Fan, Yueming Tan, and Nanfeng Zheng* “Amine-Assisted Synthesis of Concave Polyhedral Platinum Nanocrystals Having {411} High-Index Facets” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 4718–4721.
  17. Xiaoliang Fang, Cheng Chen, Zhaohui Liu, Pengxin Liu, Nanfeng Zheng,* “A cationic surfactant assisted selective etching strategy to hollow mesoporous silica spheres” Nanoscale 2011, 3, 1632-1639.
  18. Binghui Wu, Nanfeng Zheng,* Gang Fu* “Small Molecules Control the Formation of Pt Nanocrystals: A Key Role of Carbon Monoxide in the Synthesis of Pt Nanocubes” Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 1039 -1041.
  19. Shaoheng Tang, Xiaoqing Huang, Xiaolan Chen, Nanfeng Zheng*“Hollow Mesoporous Zirconia Nanocapsules for Drug Delivery” Adv. Funct. Mater. 2010, 20, 2442-2447.
  20. Xiaoqing Huang, Shaoheng Tang, Huihui Zhang, Zhiyou Zhou, Nanfeng Zheng* "Controlled Formation of Concave Tetrahedral/Trigonal Bipyramidal Palladium Nanocrystals" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009,131, 13916–13917.
  21. Xiaoqing Huang, Huihui Zhang, Changyou Guo, Zhiyou Zhou, Nanfeng Zheng* "Simplifying the Creation of Hollow Metallic Nanostructures: One-Pot Synthesis of Hollow Palladium/Platinum Single-Crystalline Nanocubes" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 4808-4812.
  22. Xiaoqing Huang, Nanfeng Zheng* "One-Pot, High-Yield Synthesis of 5-Fold Twinned Pd Nanowires and Nanowires" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009,131, 4602–4603.
  23. Jie Fan,* Yihu Dai, Yunlong Li, Nanfeng Zheng, Junfang Guo, Xiaoqing Yan, Galen D. Stucky*  “Low-Temperature, Highly Selective, Gas-Phase Oxidation of Benzyl Alcohol over Mesoporous K-Cu-TiO2 with Stable Copper(I) Oxidation State” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 15568-15569.
  24. Binghui Wu, Changyou Guo, Nanfeng Zheng*,Zhaoxiong Xie, Galen D. Stucky* "Nonaqueous Production of Nanostructured Anatase with High-Energy Facets" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008,130, 17563-17567.
  25. Nanfeng Zheng, Galen D. Stucky* "A General Synthetic Strategy for Oxide-Supported Metal Nanoparticle Catalysts" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128,   14278-14280.
  26. Nanfeng Zheng, Jie Fan, Galen D. Stucky* "One-Step One-Phase Synthesis of Monodisperse Noble-Metallic Nanoparticles and Their Colloidal Crystals" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 6550-6551.
  27. Nanfeng Zheng, Haiwei Lu, Xianhui Bu, Pingyun Feng* "Metal-Chelate-Dye Controlled Organization of Cd32S14(SPh)404- Nanoclusters into Three-Dimensional Molecular and Covalent Open Architecture"   J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2006, 128, 4528-4529.
  28. Nanfeng Zheng, Xianhui Bu, Haiwei Lu, Lan Chen, Pingyun Feng* "One-Dimensional Assembly of Chalcogenide Nanoclusters with Bifunctional Covalent Linkers" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 14990-14991.
  29. Nanfeng Zheng, Xianhui Bu; Haiwei Lu, Qichun Zhang, Pingyun Feng*  "Crystalline Superlattices from Single-Sized Quantum Dots" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 11963-11965.
  30. Nanfeng Zheng, Xianhui Bu, Hiep Vu, Pingyun Feng* "Open-framework chalcogenides as visible-light photocatalyst for hydrogen generation from water"  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2005, 44, 5299-5303.
  31. Nanfeng Zheng, Xianhui Bu, Pingyun Feng*  "Penta-Supertetrahedral Clusters as Building Blocks for Three-Dimensional Sulfide Superlattice" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2004, 43, 4753-4755.
  32. Nanfeng Zheng, Xianhui Bu, Pingyun Feng* "Synthetic design of crystalline  inorganic chalcogenides exhibiting fast-ion conductivity" Nature 2003, 426, 428-432 (Cover Story).
  33. Nanfeng Zheng, Xianhui Bu; Pingyun Feng*  "Nonaqueous Synthesis and Selective Crystallization of Gallium Sulfide Clusters into Three-Dimensional Photoluminescent Superlattices"  J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2003, 125, 1138-1139.
  34. Nanfeng Zheng, Xianhui Bu; Wang, Bing; Pingyun Feng*  "Microporous and Photoluminescent Chalcogenide Zeolite Analogs" Science 2002, 298, 2366-2369.
  35. Nanfeng Zheng, Xianhui Bu; Pingyun Feng* "Self-Assembly of Novel Dye Molecules and [Cd8(SPh)12]4+ Cubic Clusters into Three-Dimensional Photoluminescent Superlattice." J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 9688-9689.