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Biomimetics for Energy Storage

Group Leader


Dr. Guanglei Cui. Professor. Prof. Cui obtained his Ph.D. degree at the Institute of Chemistry, CAS, in 2005. From 2005 to 2009, he had worked at Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research and Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State research as a postdoctoral scientist on Ener. Chem. Project. Prof. Cui has published 21 papers on peer-reviewed journals of Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Adv. Mater., and Small, all of which have been indexed by SCI. His research topics include low-cost and highly efficient energy-storage materials, electrode materials and novel energy devices.




Group Members





The group has 5 Associate Professors, Dr. Zhihong Liu, Dr. Lixue Zhang, Dr. Qingshan Kong, Dr. Xiaogang Wang, Dr. Shuping Pang, and 5 Research Assistants, Dr. Hongxia Xu, Mr. Pengxian Han, Miss Jianhua Yao, Mr. Yulong Duan, and Mr. Jianjun Zhang.

Name Position E-mail
Zhihong Liu Associate Professor

liuzh AT qibebt.ac.cn 

Lixue Zhang Associate Professor 

zhanglx AT qibebt.ac.cn 

Qingshan Kong Associate Professor 

kongqs AT qibebt.ac.cn 

Xiaogang Wang Associate Professor 

wangxg AT qibebt.ac.cn 

Shuping Pang Associate Professor 

pangsp AT qibebt.ac.cn 

Hongxia Xu Research Assistant

xuhx AT qibebt.ac.cn

Pengxian Han Research Assistant 

hanpx AT qibebt.ac.cn  

Jianhua Yao Research Assistant 

yaojh AT qibebt.ac.cn  

Jianjun Zhang Research Assistant 

zhang_jj AT qibebt.ac.cn  

Yulong Duan Research Assistant 

duan_yulong AT qibebt.ac.cn  




Research Progress



1. High Performance Carbon Materials


Carbon materials are highly active research area for both industry and academic due to their various allotropes, earth abundance, high chemical stability and excellent electrical and thermal properties. The well-known allotropes of carbon are amorphous carbon, diamond, graphite, fullerenes, carbon nanotube and graphene. In our group, we focus on the development of multi-function carbon based composites and the clarification of fundamental questions happened in the fabrication processes. The lab for the graphite materials is well equipped with high temperature sintering furnace, graphitization furnace and a pilot scale production line for lithium ion batteries.


     Lithium ion batteries                 Flexible graphite papers



2. Nanostructured metal nitrides


To explore high efficiency low cost electrode materials with superior catalytic activity, including the fundamental studies of the electron and ion transport kinetics and their synergy effects on the energy transfer and storage.




3. High performance Separators and Ploymeric Electrolytes


The conventional polyolefin separators suffered from poor liquid electrolyte wettability and retention, lower mechanical strength along transverse direction at elevated temperature. Therefore from the systematical view, we designed high performance separators and polymer electrolytes by incorporating robust resins into flexible polymers to gain a highly safe polymeric electrolytes with higher ionic conductivity




Selected Publications






  • Zhou, X. H.; Li, L. F.; Dong, S. M.; Chen, X.; Han, P. X.; Xu, H. X.; Yao, J. H.; Shang, C. Q.; Liu, Z. H.; Cui, G. L.* A renewable bamboo carbon/polyaniline composite for a high-performance supercapacitor electrode material, J. Solid State Electrochem. 2012, 16, 877-882.
  • Han, P. X.; Yue, Y. H.; Zhang, L. X.; Xu, H. X.; Liu, Z. H.; Zhang, K. J.; Zhang, C. J.; Dong, S. M.; Ma, W.; Cui, G. L. Nitrogen-doping of chemically reduced mesocarbon microbead oxide for the improved performance of lithium ion batteries, Carbon 2012, 50, 1355-1362.
  • Zhang, K. J.; Han, P. X.; Gu, L.; Zhang, L. X.; Liu, Z. H.; Kong, Q. S.; Zhang, C. J.; Dong, S. M.; Zhang, Z. Y.; Yao, J. H.; Xu, H. X.; Cui, G. L.*; Chen, L. Q. Synthesis of Nitrogen-Doped MnO/Graphene Nanosheets Hybrid Material for Lithium Ion Batteries, Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces 2012, 4, 658-664.
  • Xu, H. X.; Zhang, X. Y.; Zhang, C. J.; Liu, Z. H.; Zhou, X. H.; Pang, S. P.; Chen, X.; Dong, S. M.; Zhang, Z. Y.; Zhang, L. X.; Han, P. X.; Wang, X. G.; Cui, G. L.* Nanostructured Titanium Nitride/PEDOT:PSS Composite Films As Counter Electrodes of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces 2012, 4, 1087-1092.
  • Zhang, X. Y.; Chen, X.; Dong, S. M.; Liu, Z. H.; Zhou, X. H.; Yao, J. H.; Pang, S. P.; Xu, H. X.; Zhang, Z. Y.; Li, L. F.; Cui, G. L.* Hierarchical micro/nano-structured titanium nitride spheres as a high-performance counter electrode for a dye-sensitized solar cell, J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 6067-6071.
  • Yue, Y. H.; Han, P. X.; He, X.; Zhang, K. J.; Liu, Z. H.; Zhang, C. J.; Dong, S. M.; Gu, L.; Cui, G. L.* In situ synthesis of a graphene/titanium nitride hybrid material with highly improved performance for lithium storage, J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 4938-4943.
  • Dong, S.; Chen, X.; Gu, L.; Zhou, X.; Li, L.; Liu, Z.; Han, P.; Xu, H.; Yao, J.; Wang, H.; Zhang, X.; Shang, C.; Cui, G.*; Chen, L., One dimensional MnO2/titanium nitride nanotube coaxial arrays for high performance electrochemical capacitive energy storage, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, 4, 3502-3508.
  • Han, P.; Yue, Y.; Liu, Z.; Xu, W.; Zhang, L.; Xu, H.; Dong, S.; Cui, G.*,Graphene oxide nanosheets/multi-walled carbon nanotubes hybrid as an excellent electrocatalytic material towards VO2+/VO2+ redox couples for vanadium redox flow batteries, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, 4, 4710-4717.
  • Dong, S.; Chen, X.; Zhang, K.; Gu, L.; Zhang, L.; Zhou, X.; Li, L.; Liu, Z.; Han, P.; Xu, H.; Yao, J.; Zhang, C.; Zhang, X.; Shang, C.; Cui, G.*; Chen, L.*, Molybdenum nitride based hybrid cathode for rechargeable lithium–O2 batteries, Chem. Commun. 2011, 47, 11291–11293.
  • Dong, S.; Chen, X.; Gu, L.; Zhang, L.; Zhou, X.; Liu, Z.; Han, P.; Xu, H.; Yao, J.; Zhang, X.; Li, L.; Shang, C.; Cui, G.*, A biocompatible titanium nitride nanorods derived nanostructured electrode for biosensing and bioelectrochemical energy conversion, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 2011, 26, 4088–4094.
  • Zhang, K.; Wang, H.; He, X.; Liu, Z.; Wang, L.; Gu, L.; Xu, H.; Han, P.; Dong, S.; Zhang, C.; Yao, J.; Cui, G.*; Chen, L., A hybrid material of vanadium nitride and nitrogen-doped graphene for lithium storage, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 11916-11922.
  • Wang, H.; Zhang, C.; Liu, Z.; Wang, L.; Han, P.; Xu, H.; Zhang, K.; Dong, S.; Yao, J.; Cui, G.,Nitrogen-doped graphene nanosheets with excellent lithium storage properties, J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 5430–5434.
  • Han, P.; Yue,Y.; Zhang, L.; Xu, H.; Liu, Z.; Zhang, K.; Zhang, C.; Dong, S.; Ma, W.; Cui, G.*,Nitrogen-doping of chemically reduced mesocarbon microbead oxide for the improved performance of lithium ion batteries, Carbon, 2012, 25, 1355-1362.
  • Dong, S.; Chen, X.; Gu, L.; Zhou, X.; Xu, H.; Wang, H.; Liu, Z.; Han, P.; Yao, J.; Wang, L.; Cui, G.; Chen, L., Facile Preparation of Mesoporous Titanium Nitride Microspheres for Electrochemical Energy Storage, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2011, 3, 93–98.
  • Dong, S.; Wang, H.; Gu, L.; Zhou, X.; Liu, Z.; Han, P.; Wang, Y.; Chen, X.; Cui, G.; Chen, L., Rutile TiO2 nanorod arrays directly grown on Ti foil substrates towards lithium-ion micro-batteries, Thin Solid Films, 2011, 519, 5978–5982.
  • Dong, S.; Chen, X.; Gu, L.; Zhou, X.; Wang, H.; Liu, Z.; Han, P.; Yao, J.; Wang, L.; Cui, G.; Chen, L.,TiN/VN composites with core/shell structure for supercapacitors, Materials Research Bulletin, 2011, 46, 835–839.
  • Han, P.; Wang, H.; Liu, Z.; Chen, X.; Ma, W.; Yao, J.; Zhu, Y.; Cui, G.*, Graphene oxide nanoplatelets as excellent electrochemical active materials for VO2+/VO2+ and V2+/V3+ redox couples for a vanadium redox flow battery, Carbon, 2011, 49, 693-700.
  • Wang, H.; Liu, Z.; Chen, X.; Han, P.; Dong, S.; Cui, G.*, Exfoliated graphite nanosheets/carbon nanotubes hybrid materials for superior performance supercapacitors, J Solid State Electrochem, 2011, 15, 1179-1184.
  • Zhou, X.; Shang, C.; Gu, L.; Dong, S.; Chen, X.; Han, P.; Li, L.; Yao, J.; Liu, Z.; Xu, H.; Zhu, Y.; Cui, G.*, Mesoporous Coaxial Titanium Nitride-Vanadium Nitride Fibers of Core-shell Structures for High-Performance Supercapacitors, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2011, 3, 3058–3063.
  • Zhou, X.; Duan,Y.; Yan, S.; Liu, Z,; Zhang, C.; Yao, L.; Cui, G.*, Optical modulation of supramolecular assembly of amphiphilic photochromic diarylethene: from nanofiber to nanosphere, Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 6876–6878.
  • Eversloh, C. L.; Liu, Z.; Müller, B.; Stang, M.; Li, C.; Müllen K.*,Core-Extended Terrylene Tetracarboxdiimide: Synthesis and Chiroptical Characterization, Org. Lett., 2011, 13, 5528-5531.
  • Cui, G.; Gu, L.; Thomas, A.; Fu, L.; Aken, P. A.; Antonietti, M.; Maier, Joachim.; A Carbon/Titanium Vanadium Nitride Composite for Lithium Storage ChemPhysChem 2010, 11, 3219–3223
  • Wang, L.; Wang, H.; Liu, Z.; Xiao, C.; Dong, S.; Han, P.; Zhang, Z.; Zhang, X.; Bi, C.; Cui, G.*, A facile method of preparing mixed conducting LiFePO4/graphene composites for lithium-ion batteries Solid State Ionics 2010, 181, 1685–1689.

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