Academic Profile

Dr. Xue entered the Special Class for the Gifted Young (SCGY) at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1997 and received his B.S. degree in 2002. He then went to pursue his Ph.D. degree in chemistry with Prof. Chad A. Mirkin at Northwestern University (USA). After obtaining PhD regree, he joined School of Materials Science and Engineering at NTU as a teaching fellow in January 2008. He was appointed as assistant professor in November 2009, and promoted to tenured associate professor in September 2015.
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Assoc Prof Xue Can
Associate Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering

1) Synthesis of novel plasmonic nanostructures for solar energy applications (photovoltaics and photocatalysis)

2) Development of metal-semiconductor nanocomposites for light-driven chemical reactions

3) Design and fabrication of functional semiconductor nanostructures (e.g. polymeric carbon nitride) for solar-driven water splitting and CO2 reduction
  • Constructing molecular catalysts on graphitic carbon nitride for solar water splitting

  • Controlling Hot Electrons Via Plasmon Coupling To Enhance Catalytic Reactions
  • W. L. Zhen, J. J. Sun, X. F. ning, X, Y. Shi, C. Xue*, “Polymeric carbon nitride with internal n-p homojunctions for efficient photocatalytic CO2 reduction coupled with cyclohexene oxidation”, Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 2021, 298,120568.

  • W. L. Zhen, C. Xue*, "Atomic and Molecular Level Functionalizations of Polymeric Carbon Nitride for Solar Fuels Production", Solar RRL 2021, 4, 5, 2000440.

  • D. Liu, C. Xue*, “Plasmonic Coupling Architectures for Enhanced Photocatalysis”, Adv. Mater. 2021, 33, 2005738.

  • W. L. Zhen, X. Yuan, X. F. Ning, X. Z. Gong, C. Xue*, “Building Oxime-Ni2+ Complex on Polymeric Carbon Nitride: Molecular-Level Design of Highly Efficient Hydrogen Generation Photocatalysts”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interf. 2020, 12, 868-876.

  • L. Zeng, C. H. Dai, B. Liu, C. Xue*, “Oxygen-assisted stabilization of single-atom Au during photocatalytic hydrogen evolution”, J. Mater. Chem. A. 2019, 7, 24217-24221.

  • X. Z. Gong, S. J. Yu, M. L. Guan, X. L. Zhu, C. Xue*, “Pyrene-Functionalized Polymeric Carbon Nitride with Promoted Aqueous-Organic Biphasic Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction”, J. Mater. Chem. A 2019, 7, 7373-7379.

  • X. X. Yan, S. J. Yu, Y. W. Tang, D. M. Sun, L. Xu*, C. Xue*, Triangular AgAu@Pt core–shell nanoframes with a dendritic Pt shell and enhanced electrocatalytic performance toward the methanol oxidation reaction, Nanoscale 2018, 10, 2231-2235.

  • Q. Gu, X. Z. Gong, Q. H. Jia, J. N. Liu, Z. W. Gao, X. X. Wang, J. L. Long, C. Xue*, " Compact carbon nitride based copolymer film with controllable thickness for photoelectrochemical water splitting", J. Mater. Chem. A. 2017, 5, 19062-19071.

  • Q. Gu, Z. W. Gao, C. Xue*, "Self-sensitized carbon nitride microspheres for long-lasting visible-light-driven hydrogen generation", Small 2016, 12, 3543–3549.

  • Z. Z. Lou, Q. Gu, Y. S. Liao, S. J. Yu, C. Xue*, "Promoting Pd-Catalyzed Suzuki Coupling Reactions through Near-Infrared Plasmon Excitation of WO3-x Nanowires", Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 2016, 184, 258-263.

  • Z. Y. Zhang, S. W. Cao, Y. S. Liao, C. Xue*, "Selective Photocatalytic Decomposition of Formic Acid over AuPd Nanoparticle-Decorated TiO2 Nanofibers towards High-Yield Hydrogen Production", Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 2015, 162, 204-209.

  • Y. P. Yuan, L. W. Ruan, J. Barber, S. C. J. Loo*, C. Xue*, "Hetero-Nanostructured Suspended Photocatalysts for Solar-to-Fuel Conversion", Energy Environ. Sci. 2014, 7, 3934-3951.