Zhipeng Wu

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest

My research interests focus on heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis by harnessing both experimental techniques (involving syntheses and characterizations of functional nanomaterials) and computational approaches (e.g., density functional theory) for applications in energy related technologies involving fuel cells and water electrolyzers.

Selected Publications

  • “Alloying–Realloying Enabled High Durability for Pt–Pd–3d-Transition Metal Nanoparticle Fuel Cell Catalysts”, Zhi-Peng Wu, Dominic Caracciolo, Yazan Maswadeh, Jianguo Wen, Zhijie Kong, Shiyao Shan, Jorge A Vargas, Emma Hopkins, Keonwoo Park, Shan Yan, Anju Sharma, Yang Ren, Valeri Petkov, Lichang Wang and Chuan-Jian Zhong. Nature Communications, 12, 859 (2021).
  • “Manipulating the Local Coordination and Electronic Structures for Efficient Electrocatalytic Oxygen Evolution”, Zhi-Peng Wu, Huabin Zhang, Shouwei Zuo, Yan Wang, Song Lin Zhang, Jing Zhang, Shuang-Quan Zang, and Xiong Wen Lou. Advanced Materials, 33, 2103004 (2021).
  • “Dynamic Core–Shell and Alloy Structures of Multimetallic Nanomaterials and Their Catalytic Synergies”, Zhi-Peng Wu* (corresponding author), Shiyao Shan, Shuang-Quan Zang, and Chuan-Jian Zhong. Accounts of Chemical Research, 53(12), 2913-2924 (2020).
  • “Non-Noble-Metal-Based Electrocatalysts toward Oxygen Evolution Reaction”, Zhi-Peng Wu, Xue Feng Lu, Shuang-Quan Zang, Xiong Wen Lou. Advanced Functional Materials, 30(15), 1910274 (2020). (Highly cited paper)
  • “Revealing the Role of Phase Structures of Bimetallic Nanocatalysts in the Oxygen Reduction Reaction”, Zhi-Peng Wu, Shiyao Shan, Zhi-Hui Xie, Ning Kang, Keonwoo Park, Emma Hopkins, Shan Yan, Anju Sharma, Jin Luo, Jie Wang, Valeri Petkov, Lichang Wang and Chuan-Jian Zhong. ACS Catalysis, 8(12), 11302-11313 (2018).
  • “Poisonous Species in Complete Ethanol Oxidation Reaction on Pd Catalysts”, Zhi-Peng Wu* (corresponding author), Bei Miao, Emma Hopkins, Keonwoo Park, Yifei Chen, Haoxi Jiang, Minhua Zhang, Chuan-Jian Zhong, and Lichang Wang. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 123(34), 20853-20868 (2019).
  • “Competitive C–C and C–H bond scission in the ethanol oxidation reaction on Cu (100) and the effect of an alkaline environment”, Zhipeng Wu, Minhua Zhang, Haoxi Jiang, Chuan-Jian Zhong, Yifei Chen and Lichang Wang. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 19(23), 15444-15453 (2017).


  • Ph.D., Chemical Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, 2019
  • B.Sc., Chemical Engineering and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, 2014
  • B.Ec., Finance, Nankai University, Tianjin, China, 2014

Professional Profile

  • 2021-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2019-2021: Postdoctoral faculty, Zhengzhou Univeristy, Zhengzhou, China
  • 2019-2021: Visiting scholar, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


  • Fellowship of China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (2020)
  • National Scholarship (2012)
  • Tianjin Municipal People’s Government Scholarship (2011)

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Nanotechnology Catalysis Electrocatalysis Electrochemical Water splitting Density functional Theory