Prof. Wenjie Shen

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics


Tel: +86-411-84379085

Research Areas

Synthesis of metals and metal oxides with controllable particle size and shape;

Analyses on the dynamic behavior of catalytic materials under or close to reaction conditions;

Applications of nanostructured catalytic materials to chemical reactions.


1994, PhD, Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Work Experience

1996-1998, Postdoc., Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Korea.

1998-2001, NEDO fellow, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan.

2001-present, Professor, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2015-present, Director, State Key Laboratory of Catalysis, DICP, CAS


Honors & Distinctions

Ten Thousand People Plan, Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee (2018)

The Innovative Talents Promotion Plan, Ministry of Science and Technology (2016)

Distinguished Young Scientist, National Natural Science Foundation of China (2010).

National Catalysis Prize for Young Scientists, the Catalysis Society of China (2010).




(1)    Metal-Support Interaction in Pt/TiO2: Formation of Surface Pt-Ti Alloy, Journal of  Physical Chemistry C, 2021

(2)    Structure of the catalytically active copper-ceria interfacial perimeter, Nature Catalysis 2019

(3)    Dynamic behavior of metal nanoparticles for catalysis, Nano Today, 2018

(4)    Geometrical Structure of the Gold-Iron(III) Oxide Interfacial Perimeter for CO Oxidation, Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 2018

(5)    Synthesis of mordenite nanosheets with shortened channel lengths and enhanced catalytic activity, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2017

(6)    Morphology-dependent nanocatalysts: Rod-shaped oxides, Chemical Society Reviews, 2014

(7)    Highly Efficient Dehydrogenation of Primary Aliphatic Alcohols Catalyzed by Cu Nanoparticles Dispersed on Rod-Shaped La2O2CO3, ACS Catalysis, 2013

(8)    Rod-Shaped Fe2O3 as an Efficient Catalyst for the Selective Reduction of Nitrogen Oxide by Ammonia, Angewandte Chemie-international Edition, 2012

(9)    Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles on Ceria Nanorods by Strong Interfacial Anchoring, Journal of The American Chemical Society, 2012

(10)  A highly efficient Cu/La2O3 catalyst for transfer dehydrogenation of primary aliphatic alcohols, Green Chemistry, 2010

(11)  Dimethyl Ether Carbonylation to Methyl Acetate over HZSM-35, Catalysis Letters, 2010

(12)  Low-temperature oxidation of CO catalysed by Co3O4 nanorods, Nature, 2009

Research Interests

Synthesis of metal- and oxide-particles with controllable size, shape, and interface; Analyses on the dynamic behavior of the catalytic materials under or close to reaction conditions and monitoring of the variations in size, shape and interface of the catalysts at working states; Applications of nanostructured catalytic materials to chemical reactions related to energy and environmental processes, including methanol/DME and ethanol conversion to chemicals and fuels, selective hydrogenation/oxidation of organic compounds; selective oxidation of olefins, and NOx removal.

Socail and Academic Services

Advisory board members of ACS Catalysis, ChemCatChem, Science China-Chemistry, Chinese Journal of Catalysis, Chemical Researchi in Chinese Universities, Journal of Fuel Chemistry and Technology.The Associate Editor-in-Chief of Acta Physico-Chimica Sinica.


1. The National Key Basic Research Program of China: Nanocatalysis for efficient utilization of carbon resources (2013CB933100).

2. The National Natural Science Foundation of China: Morphology and size-controlled synthesis of nanomaterials and their catalytic applications (21025312).

3. The National Natural Science Foundation of China:The preparation of nanostructured catalysts for the energy related catalytic reactions (20923001).

4. The Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences: DME carbonylation of to acetate on zeolites (XDA07070900).