M.Sc. Ruirui Zhang

Joined the team in September 2019.

Graduated at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2016 under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Qianwang Chen.

Room No.: 4035
Phone: +49 89 289 54129
E-mail: rr.zhang[at]tum.de

Research Topic: Rational Design of Metal-Organic Frameworks and Their Derivatives for the Electrochemical CO2 Reduction with Controlled Selectivity

Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) based materials, with rich tunable metal species and structures, provide an ideal platform for systematically controlling the multiple metal site environment, which can act directly as the catalysts or as precursor of metal/carbon hybrid catalysts to promote selective oriented CO2RR. However, most MOFs own poor electron conductivity, which severely hamper the applications of MOFs for CO2RR.My research aim to improve the selectivity and faradaic efficiency of products in CO2RR by developing two groups of nanomaterials as electrocatalysts: i) high conductive copper-based MOFs with multiple metal centers; ii) carbon supported copper-based alloy hybrid derived from MOF.

Selected Publications

R. R. Zhang, Z. T. Sun, C. C. Zong, Z. Y. Lin, H. Huang, K. Yang, J. Chen, S. Liu, M. X. Huang, Y. Yang, W.H. Zhang, Q. W. Chen, Nano Energy 2019, 57, 753-760 (Increase of Co 3d projected electronic density of states in AgCoO2 enabled an efficient electrocatalyst toward oxygen evolution reaction).

R. R. Zhang, Z. T. Sun, R. L. Feng, Z. Y. Lin, H. Z. Liu, M. S. Li, Y. Yang, R. H. Shi, W.H. Zhang, Q. W. Chen, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2017, 9, 38419-38427 (Rapid adsorption enables interface engineering of PdMnCo alloy/nitrogen-doped carbon as highly efficient electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction).

R. R. Zhang, L. Hu, S. X. Bao, R. Li, L. Gao, R. Li, Y. Yang, Q. W. Chen, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2016, 4, 8412-8420 (Surface polarization enhancement: high catalytic performance of Cu/CuO x/C nanocomposites derived from Cu-BTC for CO oxidation).