Dr. Yafeng Cai (蔡亚丰)

State Key Laboratory of Catalysis

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS

Zhongshan Road 457, Dalian 116023, China

Tel.: +86-411-84379317

E-mail: yfcai@dicp.ac.cn

Education Background

2012.09 – 2020.01 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, China.

2016.09 – 2018.09 Joint Ph.D. in Nanoscale Science, Arizona State University, Unites States.

2008.09 – 2012.06 B.S. in Material Chemistry, East China University of Science and Technology, China.

2008.09 – 2012.06 B.S. minor major in English, East China University of Science and Technology, China.

Working Experiences

2020.06 – present  Postdoctor, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian

Awards and Honors:

2018 Best Poster Award Nominee of 2018 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit, Phoenix, USA

2018 Micromeritics Best Poster Award of 2018 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit, Phoenix, USA

Research Interests

1.Advanced Heterogeneous Catalysts for Better Catalysis

Design and synthesis of well-defined supports with abundant surface defects and/or high surface-area 2D materials. Develop methods to disperse and stabilize metal species (including single atoms, clusters and nanoparticles) on the supports for better catalysis.

2. Energy Conversion and Storage

Transformation of small molecules including CO2, CH4, ethane and propane etc. into energy carriers and intermediates with tailored catalysts.


1. Yafeng Cai, Yun Guo*, Jingyue Liu*

Geometric Effect of Au Nanoclusters on Room Temperature CO Oxidation

Chemical Communications 2020, 56, 876

DOI: 10.1039/C9CC08381B

2. Yafeng Cai, Jia Xu, Yun Guo*, Jingyue Liu*

Ultrathin, Polycrystalline, Two-Dimensional Co3O4 for Low-Temperature CO Oxidation

ACS Catalysis 2019, 9, 2558

DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.8b04064

3. Yafeng Cai, Li Wang, Wangcheng Zhan, Yanglong Guo, Yun Guo*

Surface Pits Stabilized Au Catalyst for Low-temperature CO Oxidation

Rare Metals, Accepted

4. Yang Lou+, Yafeng Cai+, Wendu Hu+, Li Wang, Qiguang Dai, Wangcheng Zhan, Yanglong Guo, P. Hu Xiaoming Cao*, Jingyue Liu*, Yun Guo*. 

Identification of Active Area as Active Center for CO Oxidation over Single Au Atom Catalyst

ACS Catalysis, 2020, 10, 6094

DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.0c01303

5. Jian Ma, Yang Lou, Yafeng Cai, Zhenyang Zhao, Li Wang*, Wangcheng Zhan, Yanglong Guo, Yun Guo*

The Relationship between the Chemical State of Pd Species and the Catalytic Activity for Methane Combustion on Pd/CeO2

Catalysis Science & Technology  2018, 8, 2567

DOI: 10.1039/c8cy00208h

6. Li Wang, Chunhua Pu, Lele Xu, Yafeng Cai, Yanglong Guo, Yun Guo*, Guanzhong Lu

Effect of Supports over Pd/Fe2O3 on CO Oxidation at Low Temperature

Fuel Processing Technology 2017, 160, 152

DOI: 10.1016/j.fuproc.2017.02.037

7. Yanhui Zhang, Yafeng Cai, Yun Guo*, Haifeng Wang, Li Wang*, Yang Lou, Yanglong Guo, Guanzhong Lu, Yanqin Wang

The Effects of the Pd Chemical State on the Activity of Pd/Al2O3 Catalysts in CO Oxidation

Catalysis Science & Technology 2014, 4, 3973

DOI: 10.1039/c8cy00208h

8. Yang Lou, Jian Ma, Xiaoming Cao, Li Wang, Qiguang Dai, Zhenyang Zhao, Yafeng Cai, Wangcheng Zhan, Yanglong Guo, P. Hu, Guanzhong Lu*, Yun Guo*

Promoting Effects of In2O3 on Co3O4 for CO Oxidation: Tuning O2 Activation and CO Adsorption Strength Simultaneously

ACS Catalysis 2014, 4, 4143

DOI: 10.1021/cs501049r