Chaochen Xu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Chaochen's research interests focus on the electrocatalytic reactions of essential small molecules such as H2, O2, and CO2. The research goal is to develop advanced and multiscale energy conversion technologies.

Selected Publications

  1. Recent Progress of 3d Transition Metal Single‐Atom Catalysts for Electrochemical CO2 Reduction
    C. Xu, A. Vasileff, Y. Zheng, S.Z. Qiao
    Advanced Materials Interfaces, vol 8, issue 5, 2021
  2. Highly Selective Two‐Electron Electrocatalytic CO2 Reduction on Single‐Atom Cu Catalysts
    C. Xu, X. Zhi, A. Vasileff, D. Wang, B. Jin, Y. Jiao, Y. Zheng, S.Z. Qiao
    Small Structures, vol2, issue 1, 2020
  3. Graphene-encapsulated nickel-copper bimetallic nanoparticle catalysts for electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO
    C. Xu, A. Vasileff, B. Jin, D. Wang, H. Xu, Y. Zheng, S. Qiao
    Chemical Communications, issue 76, 2020
  4. Synergistic catalysis between atomically dispersed Fe and a pyrrolic-N-C framework for CO2 electroreduction
    C. Xu, A. Vasileff, D. Wang, B. Jin, Y. Zheng, S.Z. Qiao
    Nanoscale Horizons, issue 6, 2019
  5. Anomalous hydrogen evolution behavior in high-pH environment induced by locally generated hydronium ions
    X. Wang, C. Xu, M. Jaroniec, Y. Zheng, S.Z. Qiao
    Nature Communications, 10, 4876, 2019
  6. Surface and interface engineering in copper-based bimetallic materials for selective CO2 electroreduction
    A. Vasileff, C. Xu, Y. Jiao, Y. Zheng, S.Z. Qiao
    Chem, vol 4, issue 8, 2018


  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Australia, 2020
  • MEng, Chemical Engineering, The University of Adelaide, Australia, 2016
  • BEng, Chemical Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China, 2013

Professional Profile

  • 2022-now: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2020-2021: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Australian National University, Australia


  • Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence, 2020

  • Beacon of Enlightenment Scholarship, 2016 

KAUST Affiliations

  • Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)

  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

Functional Material electrocatalysis Energy Conversion