Dr. Zhanxi FAN

PhD (Nanyang Technological University)

Assistant Professor of Department of Chemistry


Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-G6637
Phone: +852 3442-7817
Fax: +852 3442-0522
Email: zhanxi.fan@cityu.edu.hk
Web: Personal Homepage
ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3133-6503
Scopus: 56007892600

Research Interests

  • Materials chemistry
  • Nanoscience
  • Metal nanomaterials
  • Crystal phase control
  • Catalysis
  • Energy conversion

Dr. Zhanxi FAN received his B.S. degree (2010) in Chemistry from Jilin University (China), where he investigated the composites of conjugated polymers and quantum dots under the guidance of Prof. Bai Yang and Prof. Hao Zhang. Then he completed his Ph.D. (2015) in Materials Chemistry from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) under the supervision of Prof. Hua Zhang. During the Ph.D. study, he developed new strategies for the crystal phase-controlled synthesis and applications of noble metal nanomaterials. Afterwards, he spent a few years as Project Officer/Research Fellow/Postdoc Fellow in Nanyang Technological University with Prof. Hua Zhang and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA) with Prof. Haimei Zheng. In November 2019, he joined City University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor. His research interest lies in the fields of materials chemistry, nanoscience, catalysis, and energy conversion. Currently, his research projects mainly include the controlled synthesis of novel metal nanomaterials, designed preparation of functional metal-based heteronanostructures, and catalytic conversion of small molecules. Dr. FAN has been listed as a “Highly Cited Researcher” by Clarivate Analytics in both 2018 and 2019.

Selected Publications (* Corresponding Author, # Co-first Author)

(Full publication list is available herehttps://scholar.google.com/citations?user=GpKEA6wAAAAJ&hl=zh-TW )

  • Shiyao Lu, Jinzhe Liang, Huiwu Long, Huangxu Li, Xichen Zhou, Zhen He, Ye Chen, Hongyan Sun, Zhanxi Fan* & Hua Zhang*, Crystal phase control of gold nanomaterials by wet-chemical synthesis, Acc. Chem. Res. 2020, DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.0c00487.
  • Huangxu Li, Xichen Zhou, Wei Zhai, Shiyao Lu, Jinzhe Liang, Zhen He, Huiwu Long, Tengfei Xiong, Hongyan Sun, Qiyuan He,* Zhanxi Fan* & Hua Zhang*, Phase engineering of nanomaterials for clean energy and catalytic applications, Adv. Energy Mater. 10, 2002019 (2020).
  • Zhanxi Fan, Michel Bosman, Zhiqi Huang, Ye Chen, Chongyi Ling, Lin Wu, Yuriy A. Akimov, Robert Laskowski, Bo Chen, Peter Ercius, Jian Zhang, Xiaoying Qi, Min Hao Goh, Yiyao Ge, Zhicheng Zhang, Wenxin Niu, Jinlan Wang, Haimei Zheng* & Hua Zhang*, Heterophase fcc-2H-fcc gold nanorods, Nature Commun. 11, 3293 (2020).
  • Ye Chen #, Zhuangchai Lai #, Xiao Zhang #, Zhanxi Fan #, Qiyuan He #, Chaoliang Tan & Hua Zhang*, Phase engineering of nanomaterials, Nature Rev. Chem. 4, 243-256 (2020). (# Co-first Author)
  • Zhanxi Fan, Xiao Huang, Ye Chen, Wei Huang & Hua Zhang*, Facile synthesis of gold nanomaterials with unusual crystal structures, Nature Protoc. 12, 2367-2378 (2017).
  • Zhanxi Fan, Michel Bosman, Xiao Huang, Ding Huang, Yi Yu, Khuong P Ong, Yuriy A Akimov, Lin Wu, Bing Li, Jumiati Wu, Ying Huang, Qing Liu, Ching Eng Png, Chee Lip Gan, Peidong Yang* & Hua Zhang*, Stabilization of 4H hexagonal phase in gold nanoribbons, Nature Commun. 6, 7684 (2015).
  •  Zhanxi Fan, Xiao Huang, Yu Han, Michel Bosman, Qingxiao Wang, Yihan Zhu, Qing Liu, Bing Li, Zhiyuan Zeng, Jumiati Wu, Wenxiong Shi, Shuzhou Li, Chee Lip Gan & Hua Zhang*, Surface modification-induced phase transformation of hexagonal close-packed gold square sheets, Nature Commun. 6, 6571 (2015).
  • Zhanxi Fan & Hua Zhang*, Crystal phase-controlled synthesis, properties and applications of noble metal nanomaterials, Chem. Soc. Rev. 45, 63-82 (2016).
  • Zhanxi Fan & Hua Zhang*, Template synthesis of noble metal nanocrystals with unusual crystal structures and their catalytic applications, Acc. Chem. Res. 49, 2841-2850 (2016).
  •  Zhanxi Fan, Zhimin Luo, Xiao Huang, Bing Li, Ye Chen, Jie Wang, Yanling Hu & Hua Zhang*, Synthesis of 4H/fcc noble multimetallic nanoribbons for electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 1414-1419 (2016).
  • Zhanxi Fan, Xiao Zhang, Jian Yang, Xue-Jun Wu, Zhengdong Liu, Wei Huang & Hua Zhang*, Synthesis of 4H/fcc-Au@metal sulfide core–shell nanoribbons, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 10910-10913 (2015).
  • Ye Chen #, Zhanxi Fan #, Jiong Wang #, Chongyi Ling #, Wenxin Niu, Zhiqi Huang, Guigao Liu, Bo Chen, Zhuangchai Lai, Xiaozhi Liu, Bing Li, Yun Zong, Lin Gu, Jinlan Wang,* Xin Wang* & Hua Zhang*, Ethylene selectivity in electrocatalytic CO2 reduction on Cu nanomaterials: a crystal phase-dependent study, J. Am. Chem. Soc. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.0c04981 (2020). (# Co-first Author)
  • Zhanxi Fan, Yihan Zhu, Xiao Huang, Yu Han, Qingxiao Wang, Qing Liu, Ying Huang, Chee Lip Gan & Hua Zhang*, Synthesis of ultrathin face-centered-cubic Au@Pt and Au@Pd core–shell nanoplates from hexagonal close- packed Au square sheets, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 54, 5672-5676 (2015).
  • Ye Chen #, Zhanxi Fan #, Zhimin Luo #, Xiaozhi Liu, Zhuangchai Lai, Bing Li, Yun Zong, Lin Gu & Hua Zhang*, High-yield synthesis of crystal-phase-heterostructured 4H/fcc Au@Pd core–shell nanorods for electrocatalytic ethanol oxidation, Adv. Mater. 29, 1701331 (2017). (# Co-first Author)
  • Peifeng Li, Ying Han, Xiao Zhou, Zhanxi Fan, Shang Xu, Ke Cao, Fanling Meng, Libo Gao, Jun Song,* Hua Zhang* & Yang Lu*, Thermal effect and Rayleigh instability of ultrathin 4H hexagonal gold nanoribbons, Matter 2, 658-665 (2020).
  • Wenxin Niu, Jiawei Liu, Jingtao Huang, Bo Chen, Qiyuan He, An-Liang Wang, Qipeng Lu, Ye Chen, Qinbai Yun, Jie Wang, Cuiling Li, Ying Huang, Zhuangchai Lai, Zhanxi Fan, Xue-Jun Wu & Hua Zhang*, Unusual 4H-phase twinned noble metal nanokites, Nature Commun. 10, 2881 (2019).
  • Ye Chen, Zhanxi Fan, Zhicheng Zhang, Wenxin Niu, Cuiling Li, Nailiang Yang, Bo Chen & Hua Zhang*, Two-dimensional metal nanomaterials: synthesis, properties, and applications, Chem. Rev. 118, 6409-6455 (2018).
  • Qipeng Lu, An-Liang Wang, Yue Gong, Wei Hao, Hongfei Cheng, Junze Chen, Bing Li, Nailiang Yang, Wenxin Niu, Jie Wang, Yifu Yu, Xiao Zhang, Ye Chen, Zhanxi Fan, Xue-Jun Wu, Jinping Chen, Jun Luo, Shuzhou Li, Lin Gu* & Hua Zhang*, Crystal phase-based epitaxial growth of hybrid noble metal nanostructures on 4H/fcc Au nanowires, Nature Chem. 10, 456-461 (2018).
  • Shuang Yang, Wenxin Niu, Anliang Wang, Bing Li, Zhanxi Fan, Bo Chen, Chaoliang Tan, Qipeng Lu & Hua Zhang*, Ultrathin two-dimensional organic–inorganic hybrid perovskite nanosheets with bright, tunable photoluminescence and high stability, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 56, 4252-4255 (2017).
  • Nailiang Yang, Zhicheng Zhang, Bo Chen, Ying Huang, Junze Chen, Zhuangchai Lai, Ye Chen, Melinda Sindoro, Anliang Wang, Hongfei Cheng, Zhanxi Fan, Xiaozhi Liu, Bing Li, Yun Zong, Lin Gu & Hua Zhang*, Synthesis of ultrathin PdCu alloy nanosheets used as highly efficient electrocatalyst for formic acid oxidation, Adv. Mater. 29, 1700769 (2017).
  •  Zhicheng Zhang, Ye Liu, Bo Chen, Yue Gong, Lin Gu, Zhanxi Fan, Nailiang Yang, Zhuangchai Lai, Ye Chen, Jie Wang, Ying Huang, Melinda Sindoro, Wenxin Niu, Bing Li, Yun Zong, Yanhui Yang, Xiao Huang, Fengwei Huo, Wei Huang & Hua Zhang*, Submonolayered Ru deposited on ultrathin Pd nanosheets used for enhanced catalytic applications, Adv. Mater. 28, 10282-10286 (2016).
  •  Zhicheng Zhang, Zhimin Luo, Bo Chen, Chao Wei, Jian Zhao, Junze Chen, Xiao Zhang, Zhuangchai Lai, Zhanxi Fan, Chaoliang Tan, Meiting Zhao, Qipeng Lu, Bing Li, Yun Zong, Chengcheng Yan, Guoxiong Wang, Zhichuan J. Xu* & Hua Zhang*, One-pot synthesis of highly anisotropic five-fold-twinned PtCu nanoframes used as a bifunctional electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction and methanol oxidation, Adv. Mater. 28, 8712-8717 (2016).
  • Jianwei Miao, Fang-Xing Xiao, Hong Bin Yang, Si Yun Khoo, Jiazang Chen, Zhanxi Fan, Ying-Ya Hsu, Hao Ming Chen, Hua Zhang* & Bin Liu*, Hierarchical Ni-Mo-S nanosheets on carbon fiber cloth: a flexible electrode for efficient hydrogen generation in neutral electrolyte, Science Adv. 1, e1500259 (2015).
  •  Xiehong Cao, Bing Zheng, Wenhui Shi, Jian Yang, Zhanxi Fan, Zhimin Luo, Xianhong Rui, Bo Chen, Qingyu Yan & Hua Zhang*, Reduced graphene oxide-wrapped MoO3 composites prepared by using metal–organic frameworks as precursor for all-solid-state flexible supercapacitors, Adv. Mater. 27, 4695-4701 (2015).
  •  Xun Hong, Chaoliang Tan, Juqing Liu, Jian Yang, Xue-Jun Wu, Zhanxi Fan, Zhimin Luo, Junze Chen, Xiao Zhang, Bo Chen & Hua Zhang*, AuAg nanosheets assembled from ultrathin AuAg nanowires, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 1444-1447 (2015).
  • Junze Chen, Xue‐Jun Wu, Lisha Yin, Bing Li, Xun Hong, Zhanxi Fan, Bo Chen, Can Xue & Hua Zhang*, One-pot synthesis of CdS nanocrystals hybridized with single-layer transition-metal dichalcogenide nanosheets for efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 54, 1210-1214 (2015).
  •  Wei Ai, Zhimin Luo, Jian Jiang, Jianhui Zhu, Zhuzhu Du, Zhanxi Fan, Linghai Xie, Hua Zhang, Wei Huang* & Ting Yu*, Nitrogen and sulfur codoped graphene: multifunctional electrode materials for high‐performance Li‐ion batteries and oxygen reduction reaction, Adv. Mater. 26, 6186-6192 (2014).
  • Xun Hong, Juqing Liu, Bing Zheng, Xiao Huang, Xiao Zhang, Chaoliang Tan, Junze Chen, Zhanxi Fan & Hua Zhang*, A universal method for preparation of noble metal nanoparticle‐decorated transition metal dichalcogenide nanobelts, Adv. Mater. 26, 6250-6254 (2014).
  • Dongliang Chao, Xinhui Xia, Jilei Liu, Zhanxi Fan, Chin Fan Ng, Jianyi Lin, Hua Zhang, Ze Xiang Shen* & Hong Jin Fan*, A V2O5/conductive‐polymer core/shell nanobelt array on three‐dimensional graphite foam: A high‐rate, ultrastable, and freestanding cathode for lithium‐ion batteries, Adv. Mater. 26, 5794-5800 (2014).
  •  Xiao Huang, Zhiyuan Zeng, Shuyu Bao, Mengfei Wang, Xiaoying Qi, Zhanxi Fan & Hua Zhang*, Solution-phase epitaxial growth of noble metal nanostructures on dispersible single-layer molybdenum disulfide nanosheets, Nature Commun. 4, 1444 (2013).
  • Zhiyuan Zeng, Ting Sun, Jixin Zhu, Xiao Huang, Zongyou Yin, Gang Lu, Zhanxi Fan, Qingyu Yan, Huey Hoon Hng, Hua Zhang*, An effective method for the fabrication of few-layer-thick inorganic nanosheets, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 51, 9052-9056 (2012).
  • Xiao Huang, Zhiyuan Zeng, Zhanxi Fan, Juqing Liu & Hua Zhang*, Graphene‐based electrodes, Adv. Mater. 24, 5979-6004 (2012).