Soochow Institute for Energy and Materials Innovations (SIEMIS)

688 Moye Road, Soochow University, Suzhou, PR China 15006


Professor, Soochow University, China, 2016-present

Vice Dean, College of Energy, Soochow University, China, 2018-present

· Design and synthesis of MOFs (Metal Organic Frameworks) for energy storage and conversion applications.

· The design and implementation of nanomaterial for small molecule activation and catalytic conversion.

Senior Scientist- Upstream Oil & Gas Completion and Production, Halliburton, USA, 2013-2016.01

Research Associate, Joint Researcher of University of Pennsylvania & National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USA, 2012-2013

Research Associate, University of Maryland College Park, USA, 2010-2012

Research Assistant, University of California, Davis, USA 2005-2010



· Ph. D. in Inorganic Chemistry (Organometallic), University of California, Davis, U.S.A.

· M. S. in Inorganic Chemistry, Nanjing University, China.

· B. S. in Chemistry, Nanjing University, China.



· Outstanding Dissertation Award of Chemistry Department at UC-Davis, 2010.

· Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Student Self-financed Study Abroad, 2009-2010.



1) Xiong, L.; Zhang, X.; Yuan, H.; Wang, J.; Yuan, X.; Lian, Y.; Jin, H.; Sun, H.; Deng, Z*.;Wang, D.; Hu, J.; Hu, H.; Choi, J.; Li, J.; Chen, Y.; Guo, J.; Rummerli, M. H.; Zhong, J*.; Xu, L*.; Peng, Y*. Breaking Linear Scaling Relationship by Compositional and Structural Crafting of Ternary Cu-Au/Ag Nanoframes for Electrocatalytic Ethylene Production; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., (2020).

2) Sun, H.; Chen, L.; Lian, Y.; Yang, W.; Lin, L.; Chen, Y.; Xu, J.; Wang, D.; Yang, X.; Rummerli, Guo, J.; Zhong, J*.; Deng, Z.; Jiao, Y*.; Peng, Y*.; Qiao, S. Topotactically Transformed Polygonal Mesopores on Ternary Layered Double Hydroxides Exposing under-Coordinated Metal Centers for Accelerated Water Dissociation; Advanced Materials, 202006784(2020)

3) Lian, Y.; Yang. W.; Zhang C.; Sun, H.; Deng, Z.; Xu, W.; Song, L.; Ouyang Z.; Wang, Z.; Guo, J.; Peng, Y*. “Unpaired 3d Electron on Atomically dispersed Cobalt Centre in Coordination Polymers to Regulate both ORR Activity and Selectivity”; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 59, 286 (2020)

4) Xiong, L.; Sun, Z.; Zhang, X.; Zhao, L.; Huang, P.; Chen, X.; Jin, H.; Sun, H.; Lian, Y.; Deng, Z*.; Rummerli, M. H.; Yin, W.*; Zhang, D.; Wang, S.; Peng, Y*. Octahedral gold-silver nanoframes with rich crystalline defects for efficient methanol oxidation manifesting a CO-promoting effect”; Nature Communications, 10, 3782 (2019)

5) Qi, P.; Gu, Y.; Sun, H.; Lian, Y.; Yuan, X.; Hu, J.; Deng, Z.; Yao, H.; Guo, J.; Peng, Y*. Active nickel derived from coordination complex with weak inter/intra-molecular interactions for efficient hydrogen evolution via a tandem mechanism; Journal of Catalysis, 389, 29-37 (2020).

6) Sun, H.; Min, Y.; Yang, W.; Lian, Y.; Lin, L.; Feng, K.; Deng, Z.*; Chen, M.; Zhong, J.; Xu, L.*; Peng, Y*. “Morphological and Electronic Tuning of Ni2P through Iron Doping toward Highly Efficient Water Splitting”; ACS Catalysis, 9, 8882-8892 (2019).

7) Mu, Q.; Zhu, W.; Li, X.; Zhang, C.; Su, Y.; Lian, Y.; Qi, P.; Deng, Z.; Zhang, D.; Wang, S.; Peng, Y*. “Electrostatic Charge Transfer for Boosting the Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction on Metal Centers of 2D MOF/rGO Heterostructure”; Applied Catalysis B Environmental, 262, 1 118144 (2020).

8) Sun, H.; Li, Q.; Lian, Y.; Zhang, C.; Qi, P.; Mu, Q.; Jin, H.; Zhang, B.; Chen, M.; Deng Z.; Peng, Y*. “Highly Efficient Water Splitting Driven by Zinc-air Batteries with a Single Catalyst Incorporating Rich Active Species”; Applied Catalysis B Environmental, 263, 1 118139 (2020).

9) Gu, Y.; Yan, G.; Lian, Y.; Qi, P.; Mu, Q.; Zhang, C.; Deng, Z.*; Peng, Y*. “MnIII-enriched α-MnO2 nanowires as efficient bifunctional oxygen catalysts for rechargeable Zn-air batteries”; Energy Storage Materials, 23, 252 (2019).

10) Lian, Y.; Sun, H.; Wang, X.; Qi, P.; Mu, Q.; Chen, Y.; Ye, J.; Zhao, X.; Deng, Z.*; Peng, Y.* “Carved nanoframes of cobalt–iron bimetal phosphide as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for efficient overall water splitting”; Chemical Science, 10, 464-474 (2019).

11) Sun, H.; Lian, Y.; Yang, C.; Xiong, L.; Qi, P.; Mu, Q.; Zhao, X.; Guo, J.; Deng, Z*.; Peng, Y*. Hierarchical Nickel-Carbon Structure Templated by Metal-Organic Frameworks for Efficient Overall Water Splitting; Energy & Environmental Science, 11, 2363 – 2371 (2018).

12) Mu, Q.; Zhu, W.; Yan, G.; Lian, Y.; Yao, Y.; Li, Q.; Tian, Y.; Zhang, P.; Deng, Z*.; Peng, Y*.Activity and Selectivity Regulation through the Dimension of Cobalt Active Sites in Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction; Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6, 21110-21119 (2018).

13) Yan, G.; Lian, Y.; Gu, Y.; Yang, C.; Sun, H.; Mu, Q.; Li, Q.; Zhu, W.; Zheng, X.; Chen, M.; Zhu, J.; Deng, Z*.; Peng, Y*. Phase and Morphology Transformation of MnO2 Induced by Ionic Liquids toward Efficient Water Oxidation; ACS Catalysis, 8, 10137-10147 (2018).

14) Zhu, W.; Zhang, C.; Li, Q.; Xiong, L.; Chen, R.; Wan, X.; Wang, Z.; Chen, W.; Deng, Z.*; Peng, Y*. Selective reduction of CO2 by conductive MOF nanosheets as an efficient co-catalyst under visible light illumination; Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 238, 339-345 (2018).

15) Peng, Y.; Krunglevicite. V.; Eryazici, I.; Hupp, J. T.; Farha, O. M*.; Yildirim T*. “Methane Storage in Metal-Organic Frameworks: Current Records, Surprise Findings, and Challenges”; J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135, 11887-11894 (2013).

16) Peng, Y.; Srinivas, G.; Wilmer, C. E.; Snurr, R. Q.; Hupp, J. T.; Yildirim T*.; Farha, O. M*. “Simultaneously High Gravimetric and Volumetric Methane Uptake Characteristics of the Metal-Organic Framework NU-111”; Chem. Communs., 49, 2992-2994 (2013).

17) Peng, Y.; Ellis, B. D.; Wang, X.; Fettinger, J. C.; Power, P. P*. “Reversible Reaction of Ethylene with Distannyes under Ambient Conditions”; Science, 325, 1668-1670 (2009).

18) Peng, Y.; Guo, J. D.; Ellis, B. D.; Zhu, Z.; Fettinger, J. C.; Nagase, S.; Power, P. P*. “Reaction of Hydrogen or Ammonia with Unsaturated Germanium or Tin Molecules under Ambient Conditions: Oxidative Addition versus Arene Elimination”; J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 16272-16282 (2009).

19) Peng, Y.; Ellis, B. D.; Wang, X.; Power, P. P*.“Diarylstannylene Activation of Hydrogen or Ammonia with Arene Elimination”; J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130, 12268-12269 (2008).