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Role of Mineral Nutrients in Plant-Mediated Synthesis of Three-Dimensional Porous LaCoO3 (2019)
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Wang, K., Huang, J., Li, W., Huang, J., Sun, D., Ke, X., & Li, Q. (2019). Role of Mineral Nutrients in Plant-Mediated Synthesis of Three-Dimensional Porous LaCoO3. Industrial & engineering chemistry research, 58(20), 8555-8564. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.9b00951

With the assistance of plant extracts, the facile synthesis of three-dimensional (3D) porous LaCoO3 perovskite is reported at a lower calcination temperature of 500 °C. The formation mechanism is carefully studied by investigating the different roles... Read More

Sustainable and scalable in-situ synthesis of hydrochar-wrapped Ti3AlC2-derived nanofibers as adsorbents to remove heavy metals (2019)
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Dong, X., Wang, Y., Jia, M., Niu, Z., Cai, J., Yu, X., …Zhang, X. (2019). Sustainable and scalable in-situ synthesis of hydrochar-wrapped Ti3AlC2-derived nanofibers as adsorbents to remove heavy metals. Bioresource technology : biomass, bioenergy, biowastes, conversion technologies, biotransformations, production technologies, 282, 222-227. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2019.03.010

To ensure a sustainable future, it is imperative to efficiently utilize abundant biomass to produce such as platform chemicals, transport fuels, and other raw materials; hydrochar is one of the promising candidates derived by hydrothermal carbonizati... Read More

Co2N nanoparticles embedded N-doped mesoporous carbon as efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (2018)
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Guo, D., Tian, Z., Wang, J., Ke, X., & Zhu, Y. (2019). Co2N nanoparticles embedded N-doped mesoporous carbon as efficient electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction. Applied Surface Science, 473, 555-563. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.12.204

Co-N-C electrocatalysts have attracted great attention in electrocatalytic ORR (oxygen reduction reaction) field. In this work, we propose to prepare Co2N nanoparticles embedded N-doped mesoporous carbon by a facile method including in situ copolymer... Read More

Design and fabrication of whisker hybrid ceramic membranes with narrow pore size distribution and high permeability via co-sintering process (2018)
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Zou, D., Ke, X., Qiu, M., Chen, X., & Fan, Y. (2018). Design and fabrication of whisker hybrid ceramic membranes with narrow pore size distribution and high permeability via co-sintering process. Ceramics international, 44(17), 21159-21169. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ceramint.2018.08.161

Ceramic microfiltration membranes (MF) with narrow pore size distribution and high permeability are widely used for the preparation of ceramic ultrafiltration membranes (UF) and in wastewater treatment. In this work, a whisker hybrid ceramic membrane... Read More

In situ growth of ultrathin Co-MOF nanosheets on α-Fe 2 O 3 hematite nanorods for efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation (2018)
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Zhang, Q., Wang, H., Dong, Y., Yan, J., Ke, X., Wu, Q., & Xue, S. (2018). In situ growth of ultrathin Co-MOF nanosheets on α-Fe 2 O 3 hematite nanorods for efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation. Solar Energy, 171, 388-396. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2018.06.086

Efficient charge transport is an important factor in photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The charge transfer at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface is of great importance, especially for the complex water oxidation reaction. In this study... Read More

Shaping metal–organic framework materials with a honeycomb internal structure (2018)
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Zhang, Y., Cai, J., Zhang, D., Ke, X., & Zhang, L. (2018). Shaping metal–organic framework materials with a honeycomb internal structure. Chemical communications : Chem comm / the Royal Society of Chemistry, 54(30), 3775-3778. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8cc01289j

A self-assembly technology allows metal–organic framework materials to constitute a honeycomb internal structure while being shaped into millimeter-scale spheres. The ZIF-8 load is up to 83 wt% through solidification of chitosan (CS). This approach c... Read More

Tuning catalytic selectivity in cascade reactions by light irradiation (2018)
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Zhang, X., Yao, J., & Ke, X. (2018). Tuning catalytic selectivity in cascade reactions by light irradiation. Catalysis Letters, 148(4), 1124-1129. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10562-018-2320-9

Selectivity of cascade redox reactions: the reduction of nitrobenzene to azoxybenzene and then to azobenzene and the oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde and then to benzoic acid, is discovered to be tuneable via light irradiation over plasmon... Read More

Recent development of plasmon-mediated photocatalysts and their potential in selectivity regulation (2017)
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Zhang, X., Ke, X., & Yao, J. (2018). Recent development of plasmon-mediated photocatalysts and their potential in selectivity regulation. Journal of materials chemistry. publ. by The Royal Society of Chemistry. A, Materials for energy and sustainability /, 6(5), 1941-1966. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7ta10375a

Solar energy for chemical production with high product selectivity under ambient conditions has attracted considerable attention. The development of photocatalytic nanomaterials as antennas to absorb light irradiation plays a pivotal role. Hence, cat... Read More

Controllable synthesis of zeolitic imidazolate frameworks with rod-like or delta-shaped morphologies at oil-water interface (2017)
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Zhang, Y., Zhao, Y., Ke, X., & Zhang, L. (2017). Controllable synthesis of zeolitic imidazolate frameworks with rod-like or delta-shaped morphologies at oil-water interface. Materials letters, 206, 233-236. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2017.07.002

Zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF-8) has attracted extensive application in gas adsorption, membrane separation and catalysis. It has been demonstrated that the morphology is crucial for the physical and chemical properties. In this work, ZIF-8 cry... Read More

Continuous fabrication of calcium sulfate whiskers with adjustable aspect ratio in microdroplets (2017)
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Qi, Y., Zeng, C., Wang, C., Ke, X., & Zhang, L. (2017). Continuous fabrication of calcium sulfate whiskers with adjustable aspect ratio in microdroplets. Materials letters, 194, (231-233). doi:10.1016/j.matlet.2017.02.066. ISSN 0167-577X

Hemi-hydrate and anhydrous CaSO₄ whiskers with adjustable aspect ratio were continuously synthesized by the reactive crystallization of CaCl₂ to K₂ S₂ O₈ in microdroplets. The effects of solvent and reactive temperature were examined, with SEM and XR... Read More

Comparing the contribution of visible-light irradiation, gold nanoparticles, and titania supports in photocatalytic nitroaromatic coupling and aromatic alcohol oxidation (2016)
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Zhao, J., Ke, X., Liu, H., Huang, Y., Chen, C., Bo, A., …Zhu, H. (2016). Comparing the contribution of visible-light irradiation, gold nanoparticles, and titania supports in photocatalytic nitroaromatic coupling and aromatic alcohol oxidation. Particle and Particle Systems Characterization, 33(9), 628-634. doi:10.1002/ppsc.201600049

Under visible-light irradiation, gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) supported by titania (TiO₂) nanofibers show excellent activity and high selectivity for both reductive coupling of nitroaromatics to corresponding azobenzene or azoxylbenzene and selective... Read More

Elaboration and characterization of nanoplate structured alpha-Fe2O3 films by Ag3PO4 (2016)
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Ke, X., Ren, Y., Wang, H., Wu, Q., Xue, S., & Zhang, C. (2016). Elaboration and characterization of nanoplate structured alpha-Fe2O3 films by Ag3PO4. Solar Energy, 135, 274-283. doi:10.1016/j.solener.2016.06.007

A new strategy for surface treatment of hematite nanoplates for efficient photoelectrochemical (PEC) performances is proposed. Silver orthophosphate (Ag₃PO₄) has been adopted to mediate the formation of α-Fe₂O₃ films. Phosphate ions in Ag₃PO₄ is foun... Read More

CO preferential oxidation in a novel Au@ZrO₂ flow-through catalytic membrane reactor with high stability and efficiency (2016)
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Zhu, F., Zhang, Y., Gu, X., Chen, C., Jin, W., & Ke, X. (2016). CO preferential oxidation in a novel Au@ZrO₂ flow-through catalytic membrane reactor with high stability and efficiency. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 41(31), 13513-13520. doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2016.05.210

CO preferential oxidation (CO-PROX) achieves much interest as a strategy to remove trace CO in reformed gases for hydrogen utilization. Herein, we reported a novel Au@ZrO₂ catalytic membrane reactor by embedding gold nano-particles in ZrO₂ hollow fib... Read More

Surface plasmon-enhanced zeolite catalysis under light irradiation and its correlation with molecular polarity of reactants (2014)
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Zhang, X., Du, A., Zhu, H., Jia, J., Wang, J., & Ke, X. (2014). Surface plasmon-enhanced zeolite catalysis under light irradiation and its correlation with molecular polarity of reactants. Chemical communications : Chem comm / the Royal Society of Chemistry, 50(90), 13893-13895. https://doi.org/10.1039/c4cc03225j

Enhanced catalytic performance of zeolites via the plasmonic effect of gold nanoparticles has been discovered to be closely correlated with the molecular polarity of reactants. The intensified polarised electrostatic field of Na+ in NaY plays a criti... Read More

Plasmonic nanostructures to enhance catalytic performance of zeolites under visible light (2014)
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Zhang, X., Ke, X., Du, A., & Zhu, H. (2014). Plasmonic nanostructures to enhance catalytic performance of zeolites under visible light. Scientific reports, 4(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/srep03805

Light absorption efficiency of heterogeneous catalysts has restricted their photocatalytic capability for commercially important organic synthesis. Here, we report a way of harvesting visible light efficiently to boost zeolite catalysis by means of p... Read More