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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, YOU?


Xin Zhang (co-advised), Cunyuan Gao, Lingwei Wang, Xiangyu Kong, Juan Li (co-advised), 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

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

2017 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad

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

2017 Completion and Wrap-up Grant, TU Dresden

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

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

2014 Outstanding Graduate Prize, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

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

2011 CAS Research award for College Students

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


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


39.    Xuwen Gao#, Guocan Jiang#, Cunyuan Gao, Anatol Prudnikau, René Hübner, Jinhua Zhan, Guizheng Zou,* Alexander Eychmüller* and Bin Cai*, Interparticle Charge-Transport-Enhanced Electrochemiluminescence of Quantum-Dot Aerogels, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2022,

38.    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*, Tunable metal hydroxide–organic frameworks for catalysing oxygen evolution, Nature Materials 2022, 21, 673–680.

37.    Cunyuan Gao, Yiming Lu, Yutong Wang (本科生), Chao Wang, René Hübner, Yangyang Li, Jinhua Zhan, Mingwen Zhao, Bin Cai*, Tuning Iron-Oxygen Covalency in Perovskite Oxides for Efficient Electro-chemical Sensing, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2022, 126, 17618.

36.    Chen Cai, Zongwei Xin, Xuefan Zhang, Jian Cui, Hui Lv, Wanjie Ren, Cunyuan Gao and Bin Cai*, Facile Synthesis of FeCoNiCuIr High Entropy Alloy Nanoparticles for Efficient Oxygen Evolution Electrocatalysis, Catalysts 2022, 12, 1050.

35.    Cunyuan Gao, Xin Zhang, Jinhua Zhan, and Bin Cai*, Engineering of aerogel-based electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction, Electrochemical Science Advances 2022, 2, e2100113. (Invited Review)

34.    Xin Qi, Biao Jin, Bin Cai, Feng Yan, James De Yoreo, Chun-Long Chen, and Jim Pfaendtner*, Molecular Driving Force for Facet Selectivity of Sequence-Defined Amphiphilic Peptoids at Au–Water Interfaces, Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2022, 126, 27, 5117.

33.    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*, Pep-toid-Directed Formation of Five-Fold Twinned Au Nanostars through Particle Attachment and Facet Stabilization, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2022, 61, e202201980.

32.    Guocan Jiang, Jin Wang*, Nuoya Li, René Hübner, Maximilian Georgi, Bin Cai, Zhengquan Li, Vladimir Lesnyak, Nikolai Gaponik*, and Alexander Eychmüller, Self-Supported Three-Dimensional Quantum Dot Aerogels as a Promising Photocatalyst for CO2 Reduction, Chemistry of Materials 2022, 34, 6, 2687.


31.    Z. Li#, B. Cai#, W. Yang#, and C. Chen*, Hierarchical Nanomaterials Assembled from Peptoids and Other Sequence-Defined Synthetic Polymers, Chem. Rev. 2021, 2021, 121, 22, 14031. (Cover article)

30.    T. Wang#, Y. Zhang#, B. Huang, B. Cai, R. R. Rao, L. Giordano, S. Sun, Y. Shao-Horn*, Enhancing oxygen reduction electrocatalysis by tuning interfacial hydrogen bonds, Nat. Catal. 2021, 4, 753–762. 

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

29.    J. Ma, B. Cai, A. Thomas, T. Jian, C. Chen, F. Baneyx*, Nanoparticle-Mediated Assembly of Peptoid Nanosheets Functionalized with Solid-Binding Pro-teins: Designing Heterostructures for Hierarchy, Nano lett. 2021, 21, 4, 1636.

28.    M. Monahan, B. Cai, T. Jian, S. Zhang, G. Zhu, C. Chen, J. De Yoreo and B. Cossairt*, Peptoid-directed assembly of CdSe nanoparticles, Nanoscale 2021, 13, 1273.


27.    B. Cai#, Z. Li#, and C. Chen, Programming Amphiphilic Peptoid Oligomers for Hierarchical Assembly and Inorganic Crystallization, Acc. Chem. Res., 2020, 54, 81. (Cover article)

26.    J. Liu, B. Cai, L. Cui*, C. Chen*, Peptoid-based hierarchically-structured biomimetic nano-materials: synthesis, characterization and applications, Sci. China Mater. 2020, 63, 1099.

25.    Z. Huang#, S. Yuan#, T. Zhang, B. Cai, B. Xu, X. Lu, L. Fan, F. Dai, D. Sun*, and H. Zhou*, Selective Selenization of Mixed-Linker Ni-MOFs: NiSe2@NC Core-Shell Nano-Octahedrons with Tunable In-terfacial Electronic Structure for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction, Appl. Catal. B-Environ. 2020, 272, 118976.

24.    W. Liu, S. Wei, J. Zhang, C. Ao, F. Liu, B. Cai, H. Zhou, J. Yang, C. Li*, 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, J. Anal. At. Spectrom. 2020, 35, 953.


23.    B. Cai, K. Akkiraju, W. Mounfield, Z. Wang, X. Li, B. Huang, S. Yuan, D. Su, Y. Román-Leshkov* and Y. Shao-Horn, Solid-state gelation for nanostructured perovskite oxide aerogels, Chem. Mater. 2019, 31, 9422.

22.    B. Cai*, and A. Eychmüller*, Promoting electrocatalysis upon Aerogels, Adv. Mater. 2019, 31, 1804881. 

21.    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*, 2020 roadmap on pore materials for energy and en-vironmental applications, Chin. Chem. Lett. 2019, 30, 2110. 

20.    X. Fan, B. Cai, R. Du, R. Hubner, M. Georgi, L. Li, G. Jiang, H. Sun, A. Eychmüller*, Lig-and-Exchange Mediated Fabrication of High-Surface-Area Gold Aerogels with Enzyme-Like Be-havior, Chem. Mater., 2019, 31, 10094.

19.    W. Mounfield, B. Huang, B. Cai, Y. Shao-Horn and Y. Román-Leshkov*, Synthesis of unsupported two-dimensional molybdenum carbide nanosheets for hydrogen evolution, Mater. Lett. 2019, 261, 126987.


18.    B. Cai, R. Hübner, K. Sasaki, Y. Zhang, D. Su, C. Ziegler, M. Vukmirovic, B. Rellinghaus, R. Adzic* and A. Eychmüller*, Core-shell Structuring of Pure Metallic Aerogels towards Highly Efficient Pt Utilization for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 2963-2966; Angew. Chem. 2018, 130, 3014-3018.

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

17.    B. Cai*, V. Sayevich, N. Gaponik and A. Eychmüller*, Emerging Hierarchical Aerogels: Self-assembly of Metal and Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Adv. Mater. 2018, 30, 1707518.


16.    B. Cai, A. Dianat, R. Hübner, W. Liu, D. Wen, A. Benad, L. Sonntag, T. Gemming, G. Cuniberti and A. Eychmüller*, Multimetallic Hierarchical Aerogels: Shape-engineering of the Building Blocks for efficient electrocatalysis, Adv. Mater. 2017, 29, 1605254.

15.    B. Cai#, S. Henning#, J. Herranz, T. J. Schmidt*, and A. Eychmüller*, Nanostructuring noble metals as unsupported electrocatalysts for fuel cells, Adv. Energy Mater. 2017, 7, 1700548.

14.    R. Lesyuk, B. Cai, U. Reuter, N. Gaponik, D. Popovych, and V. Lesnyak*, Quan-tum-Dot-in-Polymer Composites via Advanced Surface Engineering, Small Methods 2017, 1, 1700189.

13.    E. Slejko, V. Sayevich, B. Cai, N. Gaponik, V. Lughi, V. Lesnyak* and A. Eychmüller, Precise Engineering of Nanocrystal Shells via Colloidal Atomic Layer Deposition, Chem. Mater. 2017, 29, 8111-8118.

12.    S. Miao*, S. He, M. Liang, G. Lin, B. Cai, and O. Schmidt, Microtubular Fuel Cell with Ultra-high Power Output per Footprint, Adv. Mater. 2017, 29, 1607046.


11.    V. Sayevich, B. Cai, A. Benad, D. Haubold, L. Sonntag, N. Gaponik, V. Lesnyak* and A. Ey-chmüller, 3D Assembly of All-Inorganic Colloidal Nanocrystals into Gels and Aerogels, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 6334-6338; Angew. Chem. 2016, 128, 6442-6446.

10.    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, Hybrid N-Butylamine-Based Lig-ands for Switching the Colloidal Solubility and Regimentation of Inorganic-Capped Nanocrystals, ACS Nano 2016, 11, 1559-1571.


9.    B. Cai, D. Wen, W. Liu, A-K. Herrmann, A. Benad and A. Eychmüller*, Function-led Design of Aerogels: Self-Assembly of Alloyed PdNi Hollow Nanospheres for Efficient Electrocatalysis, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 13101-13105; Angew. Chem. 2015, 44, 13293-13297. 

8.    H. Li, Y. Sun, B. Cai, S. Gan, D. Han*, L. Niu and T. Wu, Hierarchically Z-scheme photocatalyst of Ag@AgCl decorated on BiVO4 (040) with enhancing photoelectrochemical and photo-catalytic performance, Appl. Catal. B 2015, 170, 206-214.

7.    H. Li, T. Wu, B. Cai, W. Ma, Y. Sun, S. Gan, D. Han* and L. Niu, Efficiently photocatalytic reduc-tion of carcinogenic contaminant Cr(VI) upon AgCl:Ag hollow nanocrystals, Appl. Catal. B 2015, 164, 344-351.


6.    B. Cai, J. Wang, X. Dong, D. Han, Z. Wu and L. Niu*, A distinctive red Ag/AgCl photocatalyst with efficient photocatalytic oxidative and reductive activity, J. Mater. Chem. A 2014, 2, 5280-5286.

5.    Y. Fan, D. Han, B. Cai, W. Ma, M. Javed, S. Gan, T. Wu, M, Siddiq, X. Dong* and L. Niu, Ce-/S-Codoped TiO2/Sulfonated Graphene for Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Dyes, J. Mater. Chem. A 2014, 2, 13565-13570.

4.    H. Li, S. Gan, D. Han*, W. Ma, B. Cai, W. Zhang, Q. Zhang and L. Niu, High performance Pd nanocrystals supported on SnO2-decorated graphene for aromatic nitro compound reduction, J. Mater. Chem. A 2014, 2, 3461-3467.


3.    B. Cai, J. Wang, D. Han, S. Gan, Q. Zhang, Z. Wu and L. Niu*, Ternary Alloyed AgClxBr1-x Nano-crystals: Facile Modulation of Electronic Structure toward Advanced Photocatalytic Performance, Nanoscale 2013, 5, 10989-10995.

2.    B. Cai, X. Lv, S. Gan, M. Zhou, W. Ma, T. Wu, F. Li, D. Han* and L. Niu, Advanced Visi-ble-Light-Driven Photocatalyst upon the Incorporation of Sulfonated Graphene, Nanoscale 2013, 5, 1910-1916. 

1.    M. Zhou, S. Gan, B. Cai, F. Li, W. Ma, D. Han and L. Niu*, Effective Solid Contact for Ion-Selective Electrodes: Tetrakis(4-chlorophenyl)borate (TB–) Anions Doped Nanocluster Films, Anal. Chem. 2012, 84, 3480-3483.

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Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Advanced Materials, Chemical Society Reviews, 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