Nano and Interfacial Catalysis Group

Prof. Dunfeng Gao

Professor of Chemistry
State Key Laboratory of Catalysis (SKLC)
Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP)
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
457 Zhongshan Road, 116023 Dalian, China
Tel: +86 15842630652
Fax: +86 411 84694447


2021.01–present  Professor

State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Dalian, China

2019.09–2021.01  Associate Professor

State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Dalian, China

2018.09–2019.08  Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Interface Science, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany

2015.09–2018.08  Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Physics, Ruhr-University Bochum, Bochum, Germany


2009.09–2015.05  Ph.D. Physical Chemistry (Catalysis)

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Dalian, China

2005.09–2009.07  B.Sc. Materials Chemistry

China University of Petroleum, Qingdao, China


1. Electrochemical catalysis & activation of small molecules (e.g. CO2, CO, CH4, H2O, N2)

2. Electrocatalytic reactions and materials

3. In situ and operando characterizations and mechanistic studies


ResearcherID: O-9905-2015

1. H. F. Li, T. F. Liu, P. F. Wei, L. Lin, D. F. Gao*, G. X. Wang*, X. H. Bao, High-rate CO2 electroreduction to C2+ products over a copper-copper iodide catalyst, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2021, DOI: 10.1002/anie.202102657

2. D. F. Gao*, T. F. Liu, G. X. Wang*, X. H. Bao, Structure sensitivity in single-atom catalysis toward CO2 electroreduction, ACS Energy Lett. 2021, 6, 713–727.

3. P. F. Wei, H. F. Li, L. Lin, D. F. Gao*, X. M. Zhang, H. M. Gong, G. Y. Qing, R. Cai, G. X. Wang*, X. H. Bao, CO2 electrolysis at industrial current densities using anion exchange membrane based electrolyzers, Sci. China Chem. 2020, 63, 1711–1715.

4. D. F. Gao, R. M. Aran-Ais, H. S. Jeon, B. Roldan Cuenya*, Rational catalyst and electrolyte design for CO2 electroreduction towards multicarbon products, Nat. Catal. 2019, 2, 198–210.

5. D. F. Gao, I. Sinev, F. Scholten, R. M. Aran-Ais, N. J. Divins, K. Kvashnina, J. Timoshenko, B. Roldan Cuenya*, Selective CO2 electroreduction to ethylene and multicarbon alcohols via electrolyte-driven nanostructuring, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 17047–17053.

6. P. Grosse#, D. F. Gao#, I. Sinev, H. Mistry, F. Scholten, B. Roldan Cuenya*, Dynamic changes in the structure, chemical state and catalytic selectivity of Cu nanocubes during CO2 electroreduction: size and support effects, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 6192–6197.

7. R. M. Aran-Ais#, D. F. Gao#, B. Roldan Cuenya*, Structure- and electrolyte-sensitivity in CO2 electroreduction, Acc. Chem. Res. 2018, 51, 2906–2917.

8. D. F. Gao, I. T. McCrum, S. Deo, Y.-W. Choi, F. Scholten, W. M. Wan, J. G. Chen, M. J. Janik*, B. Roldan Cuenya*, Activity and selectivity control in CO2 electroreduction to multicarbon products over CuOx catalysts via electrolyte design, ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 10012–10020.

9. D. F. Gao, H. Zhou, F. Cai, J. G. Wang, G. X. Wang*, X. H. Bao*, Pd-Containing Nanostructures for Electrochemical CO2 Reduction Reaction, ACS Catal. 2018, 8, 1510–1519.

10. D. F. Gao#, Y. Zhang#, Z. W. Zhou#, F. Cai, X. F. Zhao, W. G. Huang, Y. S. Li, J. F. Zhu, P. Liu, F. Yang*, G. X. Wang*, X. H. Bao*, Enhancing CO2 electroreduction with the metal-oxide interface, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 5652–5655.

11. D. F. Gao#, I. Zegkinoglou#, N. J. Divins, F. Scholten, I. Sinev, P. Grosse, B. Roldan Cuenya*, Plasma-activated copper nanocube catalysts for efficient carbon dioxide electroreduction to hydrocarbons and alcohols, ACS Nano 2017, 11, 4825–4831.

12. D. F. Gao, F. Scholten, B. Roldan Cuenya*, Improved CO2 electroreduction performance on plasma-activated Cu catalysts via electrolyte design: halide effect, ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 5112–5120.

13. D. F. Gao#, H. Zhou#, F. Cai#, D. N. Wang, Y. F. Hu, B. Jiang, W.-B. Cai, X. Q. Chen, R. Si, F. Yang, S. Miao, J. G. Wang*, G. X. Wang*, X. H. Bao*, Switchable CO2 electroreduction via engineering active phases of Pd nanoparticles, Nano Res. 2017, 10, 2181–2191.

14. Z. Yin#, D. F. Gao#, S. Yao, B. Zhao, F. Cai, L. L. Lin, P. Tang, G. X. Wang*, D. Ma*, X. H. Bao, Highly selective palladium-copper bimetallic electrocatalysts for the electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO, Nano Energy 2016, 27, 35–43.

15. D. F. Gao#, H. Zhou#, J. Wang, S. Miao, F. Yang, G. X. Wang*, J. G. Wang*, X. H. Bao, Size-dependent electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 over Pd nanoparticles, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 4288–4291.

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