Dr. Cao Minna 

Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter,

Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research Areas

Nanomaterials for clean energy



Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2020/01 Prof.

2013/10-2019/12 A/Prof.


[1]       Cao, M.; Lin, J.; Yang, H.; Cao, R.* Facile synthesis of palladium nanoparticles with high chemical activity using cucurbit[6]uril as protecting agent. Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 5088-90.

[2]       Cao, M.; Lin, J.; Lu, J.; You, Y.; Liu, T.; Cao, R.* Development of a polyoxometallate-based photocatalyst assembled with cucurbit[6]uril via hydrogen bonds for azo dyes degradation. J. Hazard. Mater. 2011, 186, 948-51.

[3]       Cao, M.; Wu, D.; Gao, S.; Cao, R.* Platinum nanoparticles stabilized by cucurbit[6]uril with enhanced catalytic activity and excellent poisoning tolerance for methanol electrooxidation. Chemistry 2012, 18, 12978-85.

[4]       Cao, M. N.; Wei, Y.; Gao, S. Y.; Cao, R.* Synthesis of palladium nanocatalysts with cucurbit[n]uril as both a protecting agent and a support for suzuki and heck reactions. Catal. Sci. Technol. 2012, 2, 156-163.

[5]       Gao, S. Y.; Wu, D. S.; Cao, M. N.; Cao, R.* Self-assembled pd-dicyanobiphenyl multilayer films and their application in electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol in alkaline medium. Thin Solid Films 2012, 524, 173-178.

[6]       Li, H.; Cao, M.; Liu, T.; Cao, R.* Activation energy of the reaction between hexacyanoferrate (capital sha, cyrillic) and thiosulfate ions catalyzed by platinum nanoparticles confined in nanometer space. Journal of colloid and interface science 2012, 369, 352-7.

[7]       Wu, D.; Zheng, Z.; Gao, S.; Cao, M.; Cao, R.* Mixed-phase pdru bimetallic structures with high activity and stability for formic acid electrooxidation. Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP 2012, 14, 8051-7.

[8]       Lu, J.; Lin, J. X.; Cao, M. N.; Cao, R.* Cucurbituril: A promising organic building block for the design of coordination compounds and beyond. Coordination Chemistry Reviews 2013, 257, 1334-1356.

[9]       Cao, M. N.; Wu, D. S.; Cao, R.* Recent advances in the stabilization of platinum electrocatalysts for fuel-cell reactions. Chemcatchem 2014, 6, 26-45.

[10]     Gao, S. Y.; Cao, M. N.; Li, W. J.; Cao, R.* Palladium nanoparticles in situ generated in metal-organic films for catalytic applications. J. Mater. Chem. A 2014, 2, 12185-12193.

[11]     Wu, D.; Cao, M.; Cao, R.* Ru-assisted synthesis of {111}-faceted pd truncated bipyramids: A highly reactive, stable and restorable catalyst for formic acid oxidation. Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 12970-2.

[12]     Wu, D. S.; Cao, M. N.; Shen, M.; Cao, R.* Sub-5 nm pd-ru nanoparticle alloys as efficient catalysts for formic acid electrooxidation. Chemcatchem 2014, 6, 1731-1736.

[13]     Cao, M.; Wu, D.; Su, W.; Cao, R.* Palladium nanocrystals stabilized by cucurbit[6]uril as efficient heterogeneous catalyst for direct c–h functionalization of polyfluoroarenes. J. Catal. 2015, 321, 62-69.

[14]     Shen, M.; Huang, Y. B.; Wu, D. S.; Lu, J.; Cao, M. N.; Liu, M. M.; Yang, Y. L.; Li, H. F.; Guo, B. B.; Cao, R.* Facile ultrafine copper seed-mediated approach for fabricating quasi-two-dimensional palladium-copper bimetallic trigonal hierarchical nanoframes. Nano Res 2017, 10, 2810-2822.

[15]     Yi, J. D.; Shi, P. C.; Liang, J.; Cao, M. N.; Huang, Y. B.; Cao, R.* Porous hollow mos2 microspheres derived from core-shell sulfonated polystyrene microspheres@mos2 nanosheets for efficient electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution. Inorg Chem Front 2017, 4, 741-747.

[16]     Chen, R.; Cao, M.*; Wang, J.; Li, H.; Cao, R.* Decamethylcucurbit[5]uril based supramolecular assemblies as efficient electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction. Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 11687-11690.

[17]     Chen, R.; Cao, M.*; Yang, W.; Wang, H.; Zhang, S.; Li, H.; Cao, R.* Ultra-small pd nanoparticles derived from a supramolecular assembly for enhanced electrochemical reduction of co2 to co. Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 9805-9808.

[18]     Wu, D.; Cao, M.*; You, H.; Zhao, C.; Cao, R.* N-doped holey carbon materials derived from a metal-free macrocycle cucurbit[6]uril assembly as an efficient electrocatalyst for the oxygen reduction reaction. Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 13832-13835.

[19]     Wu, D. S.; Cao, M.*; Cao, R.* Replacing pvp by macrocycle cucurbit[6]uril to cap sub-5 nm pd nanocubes as highly active and durable catalyst for ethanol electrooxidation. Nano Res 2019, 12, 2628-2633.

[20]     You, H.; Wu, D.; Chen, Z.-n.; Sun, F.; Zhang, H.; Chen, Z.; Cao, M.*; Zhuang, W.*; Cao, R.* Highly active and stable water splitting in acidic media using a bifunctional iridium/cucurbit[6]uril catalyst. ACS Energy Lett. 2019, 4, 1301-1307.


Research Interests

nanomaterials for clean energy