Prof. Ph.D. Boqiing XU,

Tel: 86-10-62792122, 62772592


Prof. Dr. Xu, born in 1961, he received his B.S. in Chemistry at Jiangxi University (1982), Master (1985) and PhD (1988) degree in Physical Chemistry at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Academia Sinica. Started his career as a professor at Dalian University of Technology in 1992, worked as a visiting scientist at Northwestern University (USA, 1995 & 1997) and Georgia Tech (USA, 1996), he moved to Tsinghua University in 1998. He has also worked as a research student at Hokkaido University (Japan, 1986-1988), a short-term visiting professor at UC Berkeley (2002) and Hong Kong Baptist University (2003). His name appears on the Editorial Board of Applied Catalysis A-Gernal and International Journal of Oil, Gas and Coal Technology, International Advisory Board of Acid-Base Catalysis Group (ABC). He works in the field of Heterogeneous Catalysis with main interest on the physical chemistry aspects of new catalytic materials and catalytic reactions.


RESEARCH FIELD: Physical Chemistry in Catalysis



Rational Design, Structural Characterization and Catalytic Fuinctions of Nano-structured Catalysts

Designed Preparation of Catalysts for Fuel Cell Technologies

Solid Acids and Bases from Nanomaterials

Catalytic activation and selective transformation of lower paraffins

Mechanism and Kinetics of Heterogeneous catalysis



Sept. 2003-Present: Professor and Director, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, TsinghuaUniversity, Beijing (CHINA).

May 1998-Aug.2003: Professor and Deputy Director, State Key Lab of C1 Chemistry and Technology, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing (CHINA).

Jan. 1992-April 1998: Professor and Member of the University Council, Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology (DUT), Dalian (CHINA).

June 1997-April 1998: Visiting Scientist Fellow, Center for Catalysis and Surface Science, Northwestern University, Evanston (USA).

June 1996-May 1997: Research Associate Fellow, Focused Research Program in Surface Science and Catalysis, School of Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta (USA).

March 1995-May 1996: Research Associate Fellow, Center for Catalysis and Surface Science, Northwestern University, Evanston (USA).

Oct. 1988-Dec. 1991: Senior research associate, Lab of Zeolite Chemistry and Acid-Base Catalysis, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP), ChineseAcademy of Sciences (CHINA).



1988: Jointly educated Ph.D. in Chemistry, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, ChineseAcademy of Sciences (CHINA) and Hokkaido University (JAPAN)

1985: GraduateSchool (Master degree), DalianInstitute of Chemical Physics, ChineseAcademy of Sciences.

1982: Undergraduate, Department of Chemistry, JiangxiUniversity.



Member: International Zeolite Association (IZA), Chinese Chemical Society (CCS), and Chinese Solar Energy Society.

Guest Editor: Topics in Catalysis, Volume 22, Iss. 1-2, 2003.

Editorial Board: Chinese Journal of Catalysis.

International Advisory Board: Int. Symposium on Acid-Base Catalysis-V (2005).

Scientific Committee: 3rd Asia-Pacific Conference on Catalysis (2003).

Scientific Committee: 7th Int. Symposium on Natural Gas Conversion (2004).

Co-Chair: International Catalysis Workshop for Young Scientists (2001).

Co-Chair: 8th National Catalysis Conference for Young Researchers (2001).

Reviewer: Journal of Catalysis, Journal of American Chemical Society, Catalysis Today, Applied Catalysis, Carbon, Topics in Catalysis, etc.



Croucher Visitor Award, Croucher Foundation (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Baptist Univresity (2003)

NSFC Outstanding Young Scientist Award (Physical Chemistry, 2001).

Trans-century Excellent Young Faculty Award, Ministry of Education (2000).

Alumini Award, TsinghuaUniversity (2001 & 1999).

Outstanding People of the 20th Century, IBA (Cambridge, 1999).

Research Board of Advisors, ABI (1999).

Ten-Young-Scientist Medal, Sci. & Tech. Council, Dalian City, Liaoning Province (1994).

10-Outstanding Youth Award, Dalian City, Liaoning Province (1993).

Young Scientist Achievement Award, Sci. & Tech. Council, LiaoningProvince (1991).

NSFC Young Investigator Award (Physical Chemistry, 1989).

Distinguished visiting scholar, University of California at Berkeley (2002).

Research Associate Fellow, Northwestern University and Georgia Institute of Technology (1995-1997).

Research Scholarship for Foreign Student, Japanese Government (Monbusho) (1986-88).



1. Ma JH, Feng YY, Yu J, Zhao D, Wang AJ, Xu BQ*, Promotion by hydrous ruthenium oxide of platinum for methanol electro-oxidation, Journal of Catalysis, 2010, 275, 34–44.

2. Hong YC, Sun KQ, Han KH, Liu G, Xu BQ*, Comparison of catalytic combustion of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde over Au/ZrO2 catalysts, Catalysis Today, 2010, doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2010.05.017.

3. Zhao D, Wang YH, Xu BQ*, Pt Flecks on Colloidal Au (Pt^Au) as Nanostructured Anode Catalysts for Electrooxidation of Formic Acid, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2009, 113, 20903-20911.

4. Zhao D, Wang YH, Yan B, Xu BQ*, Manipulation of Pt^Ag nanostructures for advanced electrocatalyst, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2009, 113, 1242-1250.

5. Chai SH, Wang HP, Liang Y, Xu BQ*, Sustainable Production of Acrolein: Gas-phase Dehydration of Glycerol over 12-Tungstophosphoric Acid Supported on ZrO2 and SiO2, Green Chemistry, 2008, 10, 1087-1093.

6. He DP, Shi H, Wu Y, Xu BQ*, Synthesis of chloroanilines: selective hydrogenation of the nitro in chloronitrobenzenes over zirconia-supported gold catalyst, Green Chemistry, 2007, 9, 849-851.

7. Chai SH, Wang HP, Liang Y, Xu BQ*, Sustainable Production of Acrolein: Gas-phase Dehydration of Glycerol over Nb2O5 Catalyst, Journal of Catalysis, 2007, 250, 342–349.

8. Zhao D, Xu BQ*, Enhancement of Pt Utilization in Electrocatalyst Using Gold Nanoparticles, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2006, 45, 4955-4958.