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Yuguang Li

Yuguang Li

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  • Chemistry Graduate Student (Mallouk)
221 South Frear Laboratory
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-9791

Research Interests

Electrochemistry with a focus on renewable energy applications (battery, fuel cell, electrolyzer, photovoltaic and more)


Thomas Mallouk


Research Summary

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My research investigates the electrochemical synthesis of fuels and chemicals from carbon dioxide. I am studying electrolyzers based on bipolar membranes and new alloy catalysts for CO2 reduction and water oxidation. By applying various electroanalytical techniques, we can probe the parameters that affect the current density, selectivity, Faradaic efficiency and stability of the electrolysis process.

Selected Publications

  • Zhou, D.; Li, Y. C.*; Xu, P.; McCool, N. S.; Li, L.; Wang, W.; Mallouk, T. E., Visible-light Controlled Catalytic Cu2O-Au Micromotors. Nanoscale 2017, 9, 75-78. (*co-first authors)
  • Li, Y. C.; Zhou, D.; Yan, Z.; Gonçalves, R. H.; Salvatore, D. A.; Berlinguette, C. P.; Mallouk, T. E., Electrolysis of CO2 to Syngas in Bipolar Membrane-Based Electrochemical Cells. ACS Energy Lett. 2016, 1, 1149.
  • Fan, X.; Xu, P.; Li, Y. C.; Zhou, D.; Sun, Y.; Nguyen, M. A. T.; Terrones, M.; Mallouk, T. E., Controlled Exfoliation of MoS2 Crystals into Trilayer Nanosheets. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138 (15), 5143-5149.
  • Fan, X.; Xu, P.; Zhou, D.; Sun, Y.; Li, Y. C.; Nguyen, M. A. T.; Terrones, M.; Mallouk, T. E., Fast and Efficient Preparation of Exfoliated 2H MoS2 Nanosheets by Sonication-assisted Lithium Intercalation and Infrared Laser-induced 1T to 2H Phase Reversion. Nano Lett. 2015, 15 (9), 5956-5960.



  • Li, Y.C. and Mallouk, T.E., “Electrolysis of CO2 to Syngas in Bipolar Membrane-based Electrochemical Cells”, American Chemical Society meeting, April 1st, 2017, San Francisco, California
  • Li, Y.C. and Mallouk, T.E., “Discovery of New CO2 Reduction Catalysts by Combinatorial Screening Method”, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research meeting, October 27th, 2016, Montreal, Canada

Honors and Awards

  • Materials Research Society Foundation Grassroots Grant, 2016
  • Air Products Fellowship, 2015