Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences


Monthly Research Highlights


From among the many high-profile research articles published by LICP each month, one scientific achievement of exceptional worth is chosen for special recognition as the Highlight of the Month.  



Previous Highlights of the Month




LICP Develops New Catalysts for N-alkyl Amine Synthesis (May) 

Published in Nature Communications (2015, 6, 6478,  doi: 10.1038/ncomms7478)


Chemically Grafting polymer brushes on different substrates yields promising friction properties (January) 

Published in Macromolecules,( 2013, 46, 9368–9379), Adv. Mater. Interf., (2014, DOI: 10.1002/admi.201400035), J. Phys. Chem. B, (2014, 118 , 4920–4931)and Small, (2014, DOI: 10.1002/smll. 201402484)



LICP develops new method to improve tribological behavior of PTFE/Nomex fabric/phenolic composite (December)

Published in  Composites Science and Technology (100 (2014) 204–211)


LICP Develops Stimuli-Responsive Composite Particles as Solid-Stabilizers for Effective Oil Harvesting (November)

Published in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces (Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2014, 6, 13334?13338)

LICP Achieves Hydrogen Production Through Catalytic Oxidation of Formaldehyde at Room Temperature (October)


Published in  Nano Energy (Nano Energy, 2014, 8, 103)

LICP Fabricates Ceramic Solar-energy Absorbing Coatings (August)


LICP Develops a Facile and Efficient Method to Synthesize 1,3-diamines (July)




Published in  Chem. Commun. (Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 10064)

LICP develops a novel approach to grow polymer brushes using small volumes (μL) of solution (September)

Published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2013, DOI: 10.1002 /anie.201304449) and Adv. Mater. (2013,25,3343-3450) 

LICP develops new method for fabricating 3D flower-like BiOCl hierarchical nanostructures (August)


Published in Chem Eur J (Chem Eur J, 2013, 19, 9472)

Published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, DOI:10.1021/ja404414q), Adv. Synth. Catal. (Adv. Synth. Catal., 2013, 355, 1315 )and J. Am. Chem. Soc. (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 20613-20616)

 Researchers Develop New Heterogeneous Catalyst for Alcohol Amination Reactions (April)

Published in  Chem. Eur. J. (2013, 19, 3665 –3675)

LICP Researchers Accomplish Controlled Brush Growth through Catalyst Diffusion (March)

Published in Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011, 40, 4244-4258Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 5092-5095, (Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2013, 34, 246-250 and J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2013, 135, 1708–1710

 LICP Develops Preparation Methods of Different Ag3PO4 Structures With Excellent Photo-catalytic Properties (February)

Published in in J. Mater. Chem.(J. Mater. Chem. 2012, 22, 14847)Chem. Eur. J.(Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 14272)J. Mater. Chem. A (J. Mater. Chem. A 2013,1, 2387) , Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys.(Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2012,14,14486) and Chem. Commun. (Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 636).

Researchers Develop One Step Preparation Method of Granular Composite Hydrogel (January)

Published in Chemical Engineering Journal (2012, 179(1): 90-98) , Chemical Engineering Journal (2012, 200-202: 601-610) and J. Mater. Chem. (2012, 22, 16552-16559)


Pulibshed in Chem. Eur. J. (Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 11904 – 11908) 

Researchers Develop Novel Methods for Pd-catalyzed Direct Carbonylation of Indole Heterocyclic Compounds (November)

Published in Org. Lett. (2012, 14, 4130- 4133) and Chem. Commun. (2012, 48, 11023-11025)

LICP Fabricates a Near-Frictionless and Extremely Elastic Hydrogenated Amorphous Carbon Film with Self-Assembled Dual Nanostructure (October)

Published in  Advanced Materials (2012, 24, 4614-4617) 



 Researchers Fabricate Metal/Semiconductor Heterogeneous Photocatalytic Nanomaterials with High Catalytic Activity (August)

Published in  J. Mater. Chem. (J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 14847-14850) and Chemistry--A European Journal (Chem. Eur. J. 2012, DOI: 10.1002/ chem.201201435,under publication).

LICP Accomplishes Palladium-Catalyzed Oxidative Carbonylation of Benzylic C-H Bonds via Nondirected C(sp3)-H Activation (July)

Published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 9902-9905

LICP Researchers Develop New Non-heme System for Asymmetric Epoxidation (June)

Published in Chem. Eur. J. (Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 6750-6753) & Chem. Eur. J. (Chem. Eur. J. 2012, 18, 7332-7335)  

Researchers Accomplish Controlled Growth of Polymer Brushes through Electrochemically Induced SI-ATRP (May)

Published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 5092 –5095)

 Researchers develops an efficient process for fabricating uniform and perfect Ag3PO4 sub-microcubes (April)


Published in Chemical Communications (2012, 48, 3748–3750)


 LICP Designs Biomimetic Micro/nano Double-structural and Functional Materials with Special Wettability (March)

 Published in J. Mater. Chem. (2012, 22, 799–815)


LICP Develops Nano-gold Catalysts for Synthesis of Various Fine Chemicals (January)

Publihsed in Chem. Rev.(doi: 10.1021/cr200260m)


Published in J. Mater. Chem. (J. Mater. Chem., 2011, 21, 15793–15797)

LICP Researchers Publish Review on Ionic Liquid Catalysis in Green Chemistry (November)

Published in Green Chem. (Green Chem., 2011, 13, 2619–2637)

Dye-Sensitized Reduced Graphene Oxide Photocatalysts for Highly Efficient Visible-Light-Driven Water Reduction (October)

Published in J. Phys. Chem. C (J. Phys. Chem. C 2011, 115, 13938-13945)


A New Efficient Ruthenium Catalyst for Enantioselective Hydrogenation of Ketones (September)

Published in Chem. Eur. J. (Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 7760 – 7763)

Supported Copper(II)-Catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition in Water (August)

Published in Adv. Synth. Catal. (Adv. Synth. Catal. 2011, 353, 1534-1542)

Preparation of Ionic Liquids Based Photoelectric Materials (July)

Published in Chem. Commun. (2011, 47, 6641-6643) & J. Mater. Chem. (2011, 21, 8979-8982)

  LICP’s Review on Self-assembly of Catechol Derivatives Published in Chemical Society Reviews (June)


Published in Chemical Society Reviews (2011, DOI: 10.1039/c1cs15026j)

 Different Ways to Switch Water Droplet Adhesion (May)

Published in J. Phys. Chem. C (2010, 114, 9938–9944) 
       Chem. Comm. (2009, 7018–7020)
       Soft Matter (2009, 5, 3097–3105;2011, 7, 515–523;2011, 7, 3331–3336) 
       Langmuir (2010, 26(14), 12377–12382)

One-pot Synthesis of N-substituted Secondary Amines (April)

Published in Chem. Eur. J.(Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17, 2587 – 2591)

Evolution on Novel Graphene-based Electrode Materials for Supercapacitor  (March)

Published in New J. Chem.(2011, 35, 369–374) and J. Mater. Chem. (2011, 21, 3397–3403).

Lewis Acid-Catalyzed C-H Functionalization for Synthesis of Isoindolinones and Isoindolines (February)

Published in Adv. Synth. Catal. (Adv. Synth. Catal. 2010, 352, 3195 – 3200)


Published in Langmuir (Langmuir 2010, 26(23), 18357–18361)





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