Associate Professor

Education Background
Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry with Prof. Licheng SunRoyal
Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, 2007.09 – 2011.10
Master in State Key Lab of Fine Chemicals
Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China. 2004.9 – 2007.6
Bachelor of Engineering in Applied Chemistry
Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China. 2000.9 – 2004.6


Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry
Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China. 2017.01 – now
Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. 2015.08 – 2016.12
Researcher in Organic Chemistry with Licheng Sun
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. 2014.08 – 2015.07
Research Associate with senior chemist Etsuko Fujita
Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA. 2013.06 – 2014.07
Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Licheng Sun
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. 2012.01 – 2013.05



(1)   Wang, L.; Chen, H.; Daniel, Q.; Duan, L.; Philippe, B.; Yang, Y.; Rensmo, H.; Sun, L., Promoting the Water Oxidation Catalysis by Synergistic Interactions between Ni(OH)2 and Carbon Nanotubes, Adv. Energy Mater. 2016, 6, 1600516.

(2)   Wang, Y.; Duan, L.; Wang, L.; Chen, H.; Sun, J.; Sun, L.; Ahlquist, M. S. G., Alkene Epoxidation Catalysts [Ru(pdc)(tpy)] and [Ru(pdc)(pybox)] Revisited: Revealing a Unique RuIV═O Structure from a Dimethyl Sulfoxide Coordinating Complex, ACS Catal.2015, 3966-3972.

(3)   Li, F.; Fan, K.; Wang, L.; Daniel, Q.; Duan, L.; Sun, L., Immobilizing Ru-bda catalyst on photoanode via electrochemical polymerization for light-driven water splitting, ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 3786-3790.

(4)   Duan, L.; Wang, L.; Li, F.; Li, F.; Sun, L., Highly Efficient Bioinspired Molecular Ru Water Oxidation Catalysts with Negatively Charged Backbone Ligands, Acc. Chem. Res. 2015, 48, 2084-2096.

(5)   Wang, L.; Duan, L.; Stewart, B.; Pu, M.; Liu, J.; Privalov, T.; Sun, L., Toward Controlling Water Oxidation Catalysis: Tunable Activity of Ruthenium Complexes with Axial Imidazole/DMSO Ligands, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 18868-18880.

(6)   Duan, L.; Bozoglian, F.; Mandal, S.; Stewart, B.; Privalov, T.; Llobet, A.; Sun, L., A molecular ruthenium catalyst with water-oxidation activity comparable to that of photosystem II, Nature Chemistry 2012, 4, 418-423.

(7)   Duan, L.; Araujo, C. M.; Ahlquist, M. S. G.; Sun, L., Highly efficient and robust molecular ruthenium catalysts for water oxidation, PNAS 2012, 109, 15584-15588.

(8)   Tong, L.; Duan, L.; Xu, Y.; Privalov, T.; Sun, L., Structural Modifications of Mononuclear Ruthenium Complexes: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study on the Kinetics of Ruthenium-Catalyzed Water Oxidation, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 445-449.

(9)   Duan, L.; Tong, L.; Xu, Y.; Sun, L., Visible light-driven water oxidation-from molecular catalysts to photoelectrochemical cells, Energy Environ. Sci. 2011, 4, 3296-3313.

(10) Xu, Y.; Fischer, A.; Duan, L.; Tong, L.; Gabrielsson, E.; Akermark, B.; Sun, L., Chemical and Light-Driven Oxidation of Water Catalyzed by an Efficient Dinuclear Ruthenium Complex, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 8934-8937.

(11) Nyhlen, J.; Duan, L.; Akermark, B.; Sun, L.; Privalov, T., Evolution of O-2 in a Seven-Coordinate Ru-IV Dimer Complex with a HOHOH (-) Bridge: A Computational Study, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49, 1773-1777.

(12) Duan, L.; Fischer, A.; Xu, Y.; Sun, L., Isolated Seven-Coordinate Ru(IV) Dimer Complex with HOHOH (-) Bridging Ligand as an Intermediate for Catalytic Water Oxidation, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 10397-10399.