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Supervisor of Doctorate Candidates
Supervisor of Master's Candidates

Date of Birth:1989-05-23
Alma Mater:Technische Universität Dresden
Date of Employment:2020-11-09
Contact Information:bin.cai@sdu.edu.cn

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Dr. Bin Cai

Professor of Chemistry,

OrcID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3263-0395

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=M0JfNDYAAAAJ&hl=en

Email: bin.cai@sdu.edu.cn; bin.cai@email.sdu.edu.cn (if w/ large attachments)

Address:山东省济南市历城区山大南路27号山东大学生命北楼402(temp.) & 525

Research Interest

1. Electrochemical sensing and catalysis

2. In situ electrochemical techniques

3. Nanocrystal aerogels

Group Members


Xiaoyue Shi, Shiben Liu, YOU?


Cunyuan Gao, Lingwei Wang, Xiangyu Kong, Juan Li (co-advised), Fanhong Min (co-advised), Xuguang Zhang, YOU?

Regularly recruiting graduate students every year. Passion in science and Chemistry (Materials science or Phyics) background are required! 

Looking for Research Assistant (annual salary ¥50k) and Postdoc Scientists (annual salary ¥120K~350k).

Undergraduates are welcome to join us!

Education and Training

2020/11 - now           Professor    Shandong University                            

2019/08 - 2020/10    Postdoc       Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 

2017/11 - 2019/07    Postdoc       Massachusetts Institute of Technology     

2014/08 - 2017/09    Ph.D.          Technische Universität Dresden                          

2011/08 - 2014/07    M.Sc.          Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, CAS   

2007/09 - 2011/07    B.Sc.           Qingdao University                                           

Selected Awards of Students

2021 第七届山东大学“互联网+”大学生创新创业大赛产业命题赛道 金奖 (冯晓璐,高文静,李和峰)
2022 第十三届“挑战杯”中国银行山东大学大学生创业计划竞赛 优胜奖 (李和峰、冯晓璐,高文静等八名同学)
2022 山东大学第八届“互联网+”大学生创新创业大赛 优胜奖 (高文静,冯晓璐等六名同学)
2022 特长二等奖(创业实践类)(冯晓璐)

Selected Awards

2022 Taishan Scholar Youth, Shandong Province
2020 Qilu Young Scholar, Shandong Universit

2018Dr.-Walter-Seipp-Prize (Best Dissertation of the year, 1 out of ›5,000)

2017Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad

2017“Summa cum laude” - PhD with honors, TU Dresden

2017Completion and Wrap-up Grant, TU Dresden

2016CGCA Lubrizol Young Researchers Award, Chinese-German Chemical Association

2014-2017ERC PhD fellowship & University Fellowship, ERC &TU Dresden

2014Outstanding Graduate Prize, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

2013National Scholarship for Graduate Students, Ministry of Education of China

2011CAS Research award for College Students

2008National Scholarship for Bachelor Students, Ministry of Education of China


* Denotes corresponding author(s). # Denotes co-first Authors.


44. Optimizing the Pd Sites in Pure Metallic Aerogels for Efficient Electrocatalytic H2O2 Production, 

Cui Wang#, Kai Chen#, Xin Zhang, Adam H. Clark, René Hübner, Jinhua Zhan, Liang Zhang,* Alexander Eychmüller* and Bin Cai*

Advanced Materials 2023, 35, 2211512. Link

43. Interparticle Charge-Transport-Enhanced Electrochemiluminescence of Quantum-Dot Aerogels, 

Xuwen Gao#, Guocan Jiang#, Cunyuan Gao, Anatol Prudnikau, René Hübner, Jinhua Zhan, Guizheng Zou,* Alexander Eychmüller* and Bin Cai*,  

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2023, 62, e202214487. Link

42. Rh Single-Atom Nanozymes for Efficient Ascorbic Acid Oxidation and Detection, 

Xiaoyue Shi, Juan Li, Yu Xiong*, Ziyu Liu*, Jinhua Zhan, and Bin Cai*,

Nanoscale 2023,  . Link

41. Bimetallic Pt-Hg Aerogels for Electrocatalytic Upgrading of Ethanol to Acetate, 

Xin Zhang, Tao Wang, Cui Wang, René Hübner, Alexander Eychmüller, Jinhua Zhan* and Bin Cai*,

Small 2023, 19, 202207557. Link

40.  A Decade of Electrocatalysis with Metal Aerogels: A Perspective,

Weishan Li, Beibei Weng, Xiaoyue Sun, Bin Cai*, René Hübner, Yunjun Luo, and Ran Du*,  

Catalysts 2023, 62, 13, 167. Link

39.  Designing sequence-defined peptoids for fibrillar self-assembly and silicification,

Wenchao Yang, Yicheng Zhou, Biao Jin, Xin Qi, Bin Cai, Qiuxiang Yin, Jim Pfaendtner, James J De Yoreo, Chun-Long Chen*  

Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2023, 634, 450. Link


38. Tunable metal hydroxide–organic frameworks for catalysing oxygen evolution,

Shuai Yuan#, Jiayu Peng#, Bin Cai#, Zhehao Huang, Angel T Garcia-Esparza, Dimosthenis Sokaras, Yirui Zhang, Livia Giordano, Karthik Akkiraju, Yunguang Zhu, René Hübner, Xiaodong Zou, Yuriy Román-Leshkov*, Yang Shao-Horn*, 

Nature Materials 2022, 21, 673–680. Link

37. Tuning Iron-Oxygen Covalency in Perovskite Oxides for Efficient Electro-chemical Sensing,

Cunyuan Gao, Yiming Lu, Yutong Wang (本科生), Chao Wang, René Hübner, Yangyang Li, Jinhua Zhan, Mingwen Zhao, Bin Cai*,  

The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2022, 126, 17618. Link

36. Facile Synthesis of FeCoNiCuIr High Entropy Alloy Nanoparticles for Efficient Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysis, 

Chen Cai, Zongwei Xin, Xuefan Zhang, Jian Cui, Hui Lv, Wanjie Ren, Cunyuan Gao and Bin Cai*

Catalysts 2022, 12, 1050. Link

35. Engineering of aerogel-based electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction, 

Cunyuan Gao, Xin Zhang, Jinhua Zhan, and Bin Cai*,  

Electrochemical Science Advances 2022, 2, e2100113. (Invited Review) Link

34. Molecular Driving Force for Facet Selectivity of Sequence-Defined Amphiphilic Peptoids at Au–Water Interfaces,

Xin Qi, Biao Jin, Bin Cai, Feng Yan, James De Yoreo, Chun-Long Chen, and Jim Pfaendtner*,  

Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2022, 126, 27, 5117. Link

33. Peptoid-Directed Formation of Five-Fold Twinned Au Nanostars through Particle Attachment and Facet Stabilization,

Biao Jin#, Feng Yan#, Xin Qi, Bin Cai, Jinhui Tao, Xiaofeng Fu, Susheng Tan, Peijun Zhang, Jim Pfa-endtner, Nada Y. Naser, François Baneyx, Xin Zhang, James J DeYoreo*, Chun-Long Chen*,  

Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2022, 61, e202201980. Link

32. Self-Supported Three-Dimensional Quantum Dot Aerogels as a Promising Photocatalyst for CO2 Reduction,  

Guocan Jiang, Jin Wang*, Nuoya Li, René Hübner, Maximilian Georgi, Bin Cai, Zhengquan Li, Vladimir Lesnyak, Nikolai Gaponik*, and Alexander Eychmüller,  

Chemistry of Materials 2022, 34, 6, 2687. Link


31. Hierarchical Nanomaterials Assembled from Peptoids and Other Sequence-Defined Synthetic Polymers,

Zhiliang Li#, Bin Cai#, Wenchao Yang#, and Chun-Long Chen*  

Chemical Reviews 2021, 2021, 121, 22, 14031. (Cover article) Link

30. Enhancing oxygen reduction electrocatalysis by tuning interfacial hydrogen bonds,  

Tao Wang#, Yirui Zhang#, Botao Huang, Bin Cai, Reshma R. Rao, Livia Giordano, Shi-Gang Sun & Yang Shao-Horn*,  

Nature Catalysis 2021, 4, 753–762. Link

Highlighted by Zhang, R. A perfect match. Nat Rev Chem 5, 671 (2021). 

29.  Nanoparticle-Mediated Assembly of Peptoid Nanosheets Functionalized with Solid-Binding Pro-teins: Designing Heterostructures for Hierarchy,

Jinrong Ma, Bin Cai, Shuai Zhang, Tengyue Jian, James J. De Yoreo, Chun-Long Chen, and François Baneyx*,  

Nano Letters 2021, 21, 4, 1636. Link

28. Peptoid-directed assembly of CdSe nanoparticles, 

Madison Monahan, Bin Cai, Tengyue Jian, Shuai Zhang, Guomin Zhu, Chun-Long Chen, James J. De Yoreo and Brandi M. Cossairt*,  

Nanoscale 2021, 13, 1273. Link


27.  Programming Amphiphilic Peptoid Oligomers for Hierarchical Assembly and Inorganic Crystallization,  

Bin Cai#, Zhiliang Li#, and Chun-Long Chen*,  

Acc. Chem. Res. 2020, 54, 81. (Cover article) Link

26. Peptoid-based hierarchically-structured biomimetic nano-materials: synthesis, characterization and applications  

J. Liu, B. Cai, L. Cui*, C. Chen*,

Sci. China Mater. 2020, 63, 1099. Link

25. Selective Selenization of Mixed-Linker Ni-MOFs: NiSe2@NC Core-Shell Nano-Octahedrons with Tunable In-terfacial Electronic Structure for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction, 

Z. Huang#, S. Yuan#, T. Zhang, B. Cai, B. Xu, X. Lu, L. Fan, F. Dai, D. Sun*, and H. Zhou*,  

Appl. Catal. B-Environ. 2020, 272, 118976.

24. Improved separation scheme of Sr through fluoride coprecipitation combined with cation-exchange resin from geological samples with high Rb/Sr ratios for high-precision determination of Sr isotope ratios, 

W. Liu, S. Wei, J. Zhang, C. Ao, F. Liu, B. Cai, H. Zhou, J. Yang, C. Li*,  

J. Anal. At. Spectrom. 2020, 35, 953.


23. Solid-state gelation for nanostructured perovskite oxide aerogels,

B. Cai, K. Akkiraju, W. Mounfield, Z. Wang, X. Li, B. Huang, S. Yuan, D. Su, Y. Román-Leshkov* and Y. Shao-Horn,  

Chem. Mater. 2019, 31, 9422.

22. Promoting electrocatalysis upon Aerogels,   

B. Cai*, and A. Eychmüller*,  

Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1804881. 

21. 2020 roadmap on pore materials for energy and en-vironmental applications,   

Z. Wei, B. Ding, H. Dou*, J. Gascon*, X. Kong*, Y. Xiong*, B. Cai*, R. Zhang, Y. Zhou*, M. Long*, J. Miao, Y. Dou*, D. Yuan and J. Ma*,  

Chin. Chem. Lett. 2019, 30, 2110. 

20. Ligand-Exchange Mediated Fabrication of High-Surface-Area Gold Aerogels with Enzyme-Like Behavior,   

X. Fan, B. Cai, R. Du, R. Hubner, M. Georgi, L. Li, G. Jiang, H. Sun, A. Eychmüller*,  

Chem. Mater. 2019, 31, 10094.

19. Synthesis of unsupported two-dimensional molybdenum carbide nanosheets for hydrogen evolution,   

W. Mounfield, B. Huang, B. Cai, Y. Shao-Horn and Y. Román-Leshkov*,  

Mater. Lett. 2019, 261, 126987.


18. Core-shell Structuring of Pure Metallic Aerogels towards Highly Efficient Pt Utilization for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction,

B. Cai, R. Hübner, K. Sasaki, Y. Zhang, D. Su, C. Ziegler, M. Vukmirovic, B. Rellinghaus, R. Adzic* and A. Eychmüller*,  

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 2963-2966.

-Designated as “Hot Paper”; Highlighted at Journal of Electrochemistry 2018, 24, 197-198.

17. Emerging Hierarchical Aerogels: Self-assembly of Metal and Semiconductor Nanocrystals,   

B. Cai*, V. Sayevich, N. Gaponik and A. Eychmüller*, 

Adv. Mater. 2018, 30, 1707518.


16. Multimetallic Hierarchical Aerogels: Shape-engineering of the Building Blocks for efficient electrocatalysis,   

B. Cai, A. Dianat, R. Hübner, W. Liu, D. Wen, A. Benad, L. Sonntag, T. Gemming, G. Cuniberti and A. Eychmüller*, 

Adv. Mater. 2017, 29, 1605254.

15. Nanostructuring noble metals as unsupported electrocatalysts for fuel cells, 

B. Cai#, S. Henning#, J. Herranz, T. J. Schmidt*, and A. Eychmüller*,  

Adv. Energy Mater. 2017, 7, 1700548.

14. Quantum-Dot-in-Polymer Composites via Advanced Surface Engineering,  

R. Lesyuk, B. Cai, U. Reuter, N. Gaponik, D. Popovych, and V. Lesnyak*,  

Small Methods 2017, 1, 1700189.

13. Precise Engineering of Nanocrystal Shells via Colloidal Atomic Layer Deposition,  

E. Slejko, V. Sayevich, B. Cai, N. Gaponik, V. Lughi, V. Lesnyak* and A. Eychmüller,  

Chem. Mater. 2017, 29, 8111-8118.

12. Microtubular Fuel Cell with Ultra-high Power Output per Footprint,  

S. Miao*, S. He, M. Liang, G. Lin, B. Cai, and O. Schmidt,  

Adv. Mater. 2017, 29, 1607046.


11. 3D Assembly of All-Inorganic Colloidal Nanocrystals into Gels and Aerogels,  

V. Sayevich, B. Cai, A. Benad, D. Haubold, L. Sonntag, N. Gaponik, V. Lesnyak* and A. Eychmüller, 

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 6334-6338.

10. Hybrid N-Butylamine-Based Lig-ands for Switching the Colloidal Solubility and Regimentation of Inorganic-Capped Nanocrystals 

V. Sayevich, C. Guhrenz, V. Dzhagan, M. Sin, M. Werheid, B. Cai, L. Borchardt, J. Widmer, D. Zahn, E. Brunner, V. Lesnyak, N. Gaponik* and A. Eychmüller, 

ACS Nano 2016, 11, 1559-1571.


9.  Function-led Design of Aerogels: Self-Assembly of Alloyed PdNi Hollow Nanospheres for Efficient Electrocatalysis, 

B. Cai, D. Wen, W. Liu, A-K. Herrmann, A. Benad and A. Eychmüller*, 

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 13101-13105. 

8. Hierarchically Z-scheme photocatalyst of Ag@AgCl decorated on BiVO4 (040) with enhancing photoelectrochemical and photo-catalytic performance

H. Li, Y. Sun, B. Cai, S. Gan, D. Han*, L. Niu and T. Wu, 

Appl. Catal. B 2015, 170, 206-214.

7. Efficiently photocatalytic reduc-tion of carcinogenic contaminant Cr(VI) upon AgCl:Ag hollow nanocrystals,

H. Li, T. Wu, B. Cai, W. Ma, Y. Sun, S. Gan, D. Han* and L. Niu,  

Appl. Catal. B 2015, 164, 344-351.


6. A distinctive red Ag/AgCl photocatalyst with efficient photocatalytic oxidative and reductive activity, 

B. Cai, J. Wang, X. Dong, D. Han, Z. Wu and L. Niu*, 

J. Mater. Chem. A 2014, 2, 5280-5286.

5. Ce-/S-Codoped TiO2/Sulfonated Graphene for Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Dyes,  

Y. Fan, D. Han, B. Cai, W. Ma, M. Javed, S. Gan, T. Wu, M, Siddiq, X. Dong* and L. Niu,  

J. Mater. Chem. A 2014, 2, 13565-13570.

4. High performance Pd nanocrystals supported on SnO2-decorated graphene for aromatic nitro compound reduction,

H. Li, S. Gan, D. Han*, W. Ma, B. Cai, W. Zhang, Q. Zhang and L. Niu, 

J. Mater. Chem. A 2014, 2, 3461-3467.


3. Ternary Alloyed AgClxBr1-x Nano-crystals: Facile Modulation of Electronic Structure toward Advanced Photocatalytic Performance,

B. Cai, J. Wang, D. Han, S. Gan, Q. Zhang, Z. Wu and L. Niu*,  

Nanoscale 2013, 5, 10989-10995.

2.  Advanced Visi-ble-Light-Driven Photocatalyst upon the Incorporation of Sulfonated Graphene,

B. Cai, X. Lv, S. Gan, M. Zhou, W. Ma, T. Wu, F. Li, D. Han* and L. Niu,  

Nanoscale 2013, 5, 1910-1916. 

1. Effective Solid Contact for Ion-Selective Electrodes: Tetrakis(4-chlorophenyl)borate (TB–) Anions Doped Nanocluster Films,

M. Zhou, S. Gan, B. Cai, F. Li, W. Ma, D. Han and L. Niu*,  

Anal. Chem. 2012, 84, 3480-3483. 

Academic Services

Youth Editorial Board:

Chemical Synthesis (2021-2023) link

Exploration (2021-2022)

Green Energy and Resources (2022-2024)

Guest Editor:

Catalysts link

Frontiers in Environmental Chemistry link

Reviewer for Grants:

Latvian Council of Science, Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan

Reviewer for Journals

Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Advanced Materials, Chemical Society Reviews, ACS Nano, Advanced Functional Materials, ChemSusChem, Journal of Catalysis, Nano Energy, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, ChemElectroChem, CrystEngComm, ChemCatChem, Scientific Reports, Electrochimica Acta, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Europe Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, Nanoscale, RSC Advances

Educational Experience

  • Technische Universität Dresden       Chemistry       Postgraduate (Doctoral)       Doctoral Degree

Work Experience

  • 2019.7 -- 2020.10

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory      Postdoc

  • 2017.11 -- 2019.7

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology      Postdoc