Nano and Interfacial Catalysis Group

Prof. Xiulian Pan
2022-05-26 08:05:42

Prof. Dr. Xiulian Pan

State Key Laboratory of Catalysis

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Zhongshan Road 457, Dalian 116023, China

Tel: +86 411 8437 9969; Fax: +86 411 8469 4447


Education and working experience:

1996-2001  Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Fraunhofer Institute of Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, PhD

2001-2003  Fraunhofer Institute of Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, Germany, Postdoctor

2003-2009  Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, associate professor

Since 2009  Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, full professor

Since 2013  Group leader for “Carbon-based Energy Nanomaterials” at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics

Research Interests:  

  • Zeolites, metal oxides and nano-structured carbon for catalysis

  • Syngas chemistry

  • Activation of C-H bonds, including methane conversion, acetylene hydrogenation and hydrochlorination

  • Confined catalysis in nanopores

Her recent representative work includes some unique contributions in the field of syngas chemistry. She and her team developed the OXZEO catalyst design concept based on oxides and zeolites, which enables the one-step syngas conversion to light olefins with a selectivity far exceeding the theoretical limit predicted by the well-established Anderson-Schulz-Flory (ASF) distribution model. The OXZEO catalyst affords two types of geometrically separated catalytic sites, which disconnect carbon monoxide and hydrogen activation from C−C bond formation in the reaction. The use of shape-selective zeolites allows breaking of the ASF selectivity boundaries in the field of syngas chemistry. Following this report, a rapidly increasing number of studies have demonstrated that this catalyst concept is versatile and provides a technology platform for selective synthesis of a wide range of other value-added chemicals and fuels from coal, natural gas and biomass via syngas. It is also applicable for CO2 hydrogenation. The technology has been demonstrated at an industrial scale with a 1000 ton/a pilot plant.

Representative Publications:

Dr. Pan has authored or co-authored over 110 peer-reviewed papers, and filed more than 100 patents. Representative publications in recent years are listed in the following:

1.N. Li, Y. Zhu, F. Jiao, X. Pan*, X. Bao* et al., Steering the reaction pathway of syngas-to-light olefins with coordination unsaturated sites of ZnGaOx spinel. Nat. Commun. 13 (2022) 2742.

2.X. Pan*, F. Jiao, D. Miao, X. Bao*, Oxide-zeolite-based composite catalyst concept that enables syngas chemistry beyond Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis. Chem. Rev. 121 (2021) 6588-6609.

3.Y. Chen, K. Gong, F. Jiao, X. Pan*, G. Hou*, R. Si, X. Bao. C-C Bond Formation in Syngas Conversion over Zinc Sites Grafted on ZSM-5 Zeolite. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 59 (2020) 6529-6534.

4.N. Li, F. Jiao, X. Pan*, Y. Chen, J. Feng, G. Li, X. Bao*, High-quality gasoline directly from syngas by dual metal oxide-zeolite (OX-ZEO) catalysis. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 58 (2019) 7400-7404.

5.F. Jiao, X. Pan*, K. Gong, Y. Chen, G. Li, X. Bao*, Shape-Selective Zeolites Promote Ethylene Formation from Syngas via a Ketene Intermediate. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 57 (2018) 4692-4696.

6.P. Schwach, X. Pan*, X. Bao*. Direct Conversion of Methane to Value-Added Chemicals over Heterogeneous Catalysts: Challenges and Prospects. Chem. Rev. 117 (2017) 8497-8520.

7.F. Jiao, J. Li, X. Pan*, J. Xiao, X. Bao*, et al., Selective conversion of syngas to light olefins, Science 351 (2016) 1065-1068.

8.J. Xiao, X. Pan*, S. Guo, P. Ren, X. Bao*, Toward fundamentals of confined catalysis in carbon nanotubes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137 (2015) 477-482.

Representative lectures:

19th International Zeolite Conference, Perth Australia, 2019, Plenary lecture

14th EuropaCat-European Congress on Catalysis, Aachen, Germany, 2019, Keynote lecture

Gordon Research Conference on Catalysis, New Hampshire, USA, 2018, Invited lecture

The Third Syngas Gas Convention-Fuels and chemicals from synthesis gas, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018, Keynote lecture

16th International Congress on Catalysis, Beijing China, 2016, Invited lecture

VII International Symposium on Catalysis on Carbon, Strasbourg,France, 2016, Keynote lecture

14th International Conference on the Science and Application of Nanotubes, Espoo, Finland, 2013, Invited lecture

Representative Awards:  

2020  China National Nature Science Award for the contribution to “Nano-confined Catalysis” from the State Council of the People's Republic of China

2019  Science & Technology Award for Chinese Youth

2017  Young Woman Scientist Award of China (Sponsored by All-China Women’s Federation, China Association for Science and Technology, National Commission of The People's Republic of China for UNESCO, and L'ORÉAL China)

2014  The Award for Distinguished Young Scholars from the National Natural Science Foundation of China

Other academic engagements:

Member of the Chinese Zeolite Association of the Chinese Chemical Society

Member of the Catalysis Society of China

Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society

Associate Editor of Journal of Energy Chemistry

Associate Editor of Catalysis Science & Technology

Editorial Advisory Board Member of ACS Energy Letters

Advisory Board Member of Chemical Science

Advisory Group Member of National Science Review

Editorial Advisory Board Member of The Journal of Physical Chemistry C


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