Academic Profile

Zhichuan is an associate professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electroanalytical Chemistry in 2008 and a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 2002 from Lanzhou University, China. His Ph.D. training was received at Lanzhou University (2002-2004), Institute of Physics, CAS (2004-2005), and Brown University (2005-2007). Since 2007, he worked at the State University of New York at Binghamton as a Research Associate and from 2009 he worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral Researcher. He was shortlisted as the finalist of 2012 NRF Fellowship.

Dr. Xu has received several awards such as Chun-Tsung Endowment Outstanding Contribution Award - Excellent Scholar in 2018 and the Zhaowu Tian Prize for Energy Electrochemistry by the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) in 2019. Dr. Xu is a member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), The Electrochemistry Society (ECS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was awarded a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) in Nov. 2017.

He served as guest editors for Electrochimica Acta and Chemistry -- A European Journal, and an associate editor for Nano-Micro Letters. He is also the development editor for Current Opinion in Electrochemistry and the president of the ECS Singapore Section. Dr. Xu has published more than 150 research papers on Nature Catalysis, Nature Energy, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, etc. and he is selected as a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science (2018, 2019, and 2020). More research information can be found at
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Assoc Prof Jason Xu Zhichuan
Associate Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering
Deputy Director, CN Yang Scholars Programme

• Electrocatalysis
• Electrochemical energy storage
• Electrochemical interfaces
• Electrochemical sensors
• Magnetic nanomaterials
• Chemistry for materials recycle
  • A laboratory method to improve the redox polymer based implantable electrochemical sensor stability and shelf life

  • A Table Top Chemical Factory For The Reduction Of CO2 To Value Added Chemicals

  • Catalytic Active Catalyst Support Using Incineration Ash

  • Investigating Surface Segregation For Robust Bimetallic Electrocatalysts

  • Machine-learning prediction of the competitive behaviour of small molecule adsorption on the surface of electrocatalyst

  • Optimizing cation coordination geometry toward efficient spinel electrocatalysts
  • Yuanmiao Sun, Hanbin Liao, Jiarui Wang, Bo Chen, Shengnan Sun, Samuel Jun Hoong Ong, Shibo Xi, Caozheng Diao, Yonghua Du, Jiaou Wang, Mark B.H. Breese, Shuzhou Li, Hua Zhang, Zhichuan J. Xu, Covalency Competition Dominates the Water Oxidation Structure-Activity Relationship on Spinel Oxides, Nature Catalysis, 2020, 3, 554–563

  • Tianze Wu, Shengnan Sun, Jiajia Song, Shibo Xi, Yonghua Du, Bo Chen, Wardhana Aji Sasangka, Hanbin Liao, Chee Lip Gan, Günther G. Scherer, Lin Zeng, Haijiang Wang, Hui Li, Alexis Grimaud, Zhichuan J. Xu, Iron-facilitated dynamic active-site generation on spinel CoAl2O4 with self-termination of surface reconstruction for water oxidation, Nature Catalysis, 2019, 2, 763–772

  • Yubo Chen, Haiyan Li, Jingxian Wang, Yonghua Du, Shibo Xi, Yuanmiao Sun, Matthew Sherburne, Joel W. Ager III, Adrian C. Fisher, Zhichuan J. Xu, Exceptionally Active Iridium Evolved from A Pseudo-cubic Perovskite for Oxygen Evolution in Acid, Nature Communications, 2019, 10, 572

  • Chao Wei, Yuanmiao Sun, Guenther G. Scherer, Adrian C. Fisher, Matthew P. Sherburne, Joel W. Ager, Zhichuan J. Xu, Surface Composition Dependent Ligand Effect in Tuning the Activity of Nickel-copper Bimetallic Electrocatalysts towards Hydrogen Evolution in Alkaline, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2020, 142, 7765-7775

  • Zhichuan J. Xu, From Two-Phase to Three-Phase: The New Electrochemical Interface by Oxide Electrocatalysts, Nano-Micro Letters, 2018, 10, 8

  • Yuanmiao Sun, Shengnan Sun, Haitao Yang, Shibo Xi, Jose Gracia, Zhichuan J. Xu, Spin-Related Electron Transfer and Orbital Interactions in Oxygen Electrocatalysis, Advanced Materials, 2020, 32, 202003297

  • Shengnan Sun, Yuanmiao Sun, Ye Zhou, Shibo Xi, Xiao Ren, Bicheng Huang, Hanbin Liao, Luyuan Paul Wang, Yonghua Du, Zhichuan J. Xu, Shifting Oxygen Charge Towards Octahedral Metal: A Way to Promote Water Oxidation on Cobalt Spinel Oxides, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, 58, 6042-6047