Shouheng Sun

Vernon K. Krieble Professor of ChemistryProfessor of Engineering

Research Area

Contact Info

GeoChem 345401-863-3329EmailResearchers@Brown ProfileSun Lab Webpage

Research Statement

Professor Sun's research in nanomaterials involves two related areas: (1) chemical synthesis and self-assembly of nanoparticles; (2) construction and elaboration of functional nanoparticles and their assemblies for applications in catalytic reactions, nanomedicine, and magnetic energy/data storage.

Areas of Interest

  • Nanomaterials synthesis
  • Self-assembly
  • Nanomedicine
  • Catalysis and energy storage


  • 1996 - Ph.D.: Brown University
  • 1987 - M.S.: Nanjing University
  • 1984 - B.S.: Sichuan University

Selected Publications

  • C. Yu, X. Guo, M. Shen, B. Shen, M. Muzzio, Z. Yin, Q. Li, Z. Xi, J. Li, C. T. Seto, S. Sun, “Maximizing the Catalytic Activity of Nanoparticles through Monolayer Assembly on Nitrogen-Doped Graphene”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 451-455. Abstract
  • Z. Xi, J. Li, D. Su, M. Muzzio, C. Yu, Q. Li, S. Sun, “Stabilizing CuPd Nanoparticles via CuPd Coupling to WO2.72 Nanorods in Electrochemical Oxidation of Formic Acid”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 15191–15196. Abstract
  • C. Yu, X. Guo, Z. Xi, M. Muzzio, Z. Yin, B. Shen, J. Li, C. T. Seto, S. Sun, “AgPd Nanoparticles Deposited on WO2.72 Nanorods as an Efficient Catalyst for One-Pot Conversion of Nitrophenol/ Nitroacetophenone into Benzoxazole/Quinazoline”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 5712-5715. Abstract
  • Q. Li, J. Fu, W. Zhu, Z. Chen, B. Shen, L. Wu, Z. Xi, T. Wang, G. Lu, J. Zhu, S. Sun, “Tuning Sn-Catalysis for Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 to CO via the Core/Shell Cu/SnO2 Structure”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017, 139, 4290–4293. Abstract
  • L. Wu, A. Mendoza-Garcia, Q. Li, S. Sun, “Organic Phase Syntheses of Magnetic Nanoparticles and Their Applications", Chem. Rev. 2016, 116, 10473–10512. Abstract
  • Q. Li, W. Zhu, J. Fu, H. Zhang, G. Wu, S. Sun, “Controlled Assembly of Cu Nanoparticles on Pyridinic-N Rich Graphene for Electrochemical Reduction of CO2 to Ethylene”, Nano Energy, 2016, 24, 1-9.Abstract
  • G. Jiang, H. Zhu, X. Zhang, B. Shen, L. Wu, S. Zhang, G. Lu, Z. Wu, S. Sun, “Core/Shell fct-FePd/Pd Nanoparticles: A Class of Non-Pt Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction", ACS Nano 2015, 9, 11014–11022. Abstract
  • A. Mendoza-Garcia, H. Zhu, Y. Yu, Q. Li, L. Zhou, D. Su, M. J. Kramer, S. Sun, “Controlled Anisotropic Growth of Co-Fe-P from Co-Fe-O Nanoparticles”, Angew. Chem. Int. Chem. 2015, 54, 9642-9645.Abstract
  • L. Wu, Q. Li, C. H. Wu, H. Zhu, A. Mendoza-Garcia, B. Shen, J. Guo, S. Sun, “Stable Cobalt Nanoparticles and Their Monolayer Array as an Efficient Electrocatalyst for Oxygen Evolution Reaction”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 7071–7074. Abstract
  • Q. Li, L. Wu, G. Wu, D. Su, H. Lv, S. Zhang, W. Zhu, A. Casimir, H. Zhu, A. Medoza-Garcia, S. Sun, "New Approach to Fully-Ordered fct-FePt Nanoparticles for Much Enhanced Electrocatalysis in Acid", Nano Lett. 2015, 15, 2468–2473. Abstract
  • W. Zhu, Y.-J. Zhang, H. Zhang, H. Lv, Q. Li, R. Michalsky, A. Peterson, S. Sun, “Active and Selective Conversion of CO2 to CO on Ultrathin Au Nanowires", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 16132-16135.Abstract
  • S. Guo, X. Zhang, W. Zhu, K. He, D. Su, A. Mendoza-Garcia, S. Ho, G. Lu, S. Sun, “Nanocatalyst Superior to Pt for Oxygen Reduction Reaction: the Case of Core/Shell Ag(Au)/CuPd Nanoparticles", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 15026-15033. Abstract
  • H. Zhu, A. Sigdel, S. Zhang, D. Su, Z. Xi, Q. Li, S. Sun, “Core/Shell Au/MnO Nanoparticles Prepared from Controlled Oxidation of AuMn as a New Form of Electrocatalyst for Sensitive H2O2 Detection”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 126, 12716 –12720. Abstract
  • L. Wu, P.-O. Jubert, D. Berman, W. Imaino, A. Nelson, H. Zhu, S. Zhang, S. Sun, “Monolayer Assembly of Ferrimagnetic CoxFe3-xO4 Nanocubes for Magnetic Recording", Nano Lett. 2014, 14, 3395–3399.Abstract
  • S. Zhang, X. Zhang, G. Jiang, H. Zhu, S. Guo, D. Su, G. Lu, S. Sun, “Tuning Nanoparticle Structure and Surface Strain for Catalysis Optimization”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136,7734–7739. Abstract
  • J. Lee, S. Zhang, S. Sun, “High Temperature Solution Phase Syntheses of Metal Oxide Nanocrystals”, Chem. Mater. 2013, 25, 1293-1304. Abstract
  • W. Zhu, R. Michalsky, Ö. Metin, H. Lv, S. Guo, C. Wright, X. Sun, A. A. Peterson, S. Sun, “Monodisperse Au Nanoparticles for Selective Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 to CO”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 16833–16836. Abstract
  • S. Guo, S. Zhang, S. Sun, “Tuning Nanoparticle Catalysis for Oxygen Reduction Reaction”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 52, 8526 – 8544. Abstract
  • S. Guo, D. Li, H. Zhu, S. Zhang, N. M. Markovic, V. R. Stamenkovic, S. Sun, “MPt (M = Fe, Co) Nanowires as Efficient Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 3465 –3468 Abstract
  • S. Guo, S. Zhang, L. Wu, S. Sun, “Co/CoO Nanoparticles Assembled on Graphene for Electrochemical Reduction of Oxygen”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 11770-11773. Abstract
  • S. Zhang, S. Guo, H. Zhu, D. Su, S. Sun, “Structure-Induced Enhancement in Electrooxidation of Trimetallic FePtAu Nanoparticles”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 5060. Abstract
  • S. Guo, S. Sun, “FePt Nanoparticles Assembled on Graphene as Enhanced Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 2492. Abstract
  • C. Wang, D. van der Vliet, K. L. More, N. J. Zaluzec, S. Peng, S. Sun, H. Daimon, G. Wang, J. Greeley, J. Pearson, A. P. Paulikas, G. Karapetrov, D. Strmcnik, N. M. Markovic, V. R. Stamenkovic, “Multimetallic Au/FePt3 Nanoparticles as Highly Durable Electrocatalyst”, Nano Lett. 2011, 11, 919. Abstract
  • V. Mazumder, M. Chi, K. L. More, S. Sun, “Core/Shell Pd/FePt Nanoparticles as Active and Durable Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 7848. Abstrct
  • K. Cheng, S. Peng, C. Xu, S. Sun, “Porous Hollow Fe3O4 Nanoparticles for Targeted Delivery and Controlled Release of Cisplatin”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 10637. Fulltext
  • C. Xu, B. Wang, S. Sun, "Dumbbell-Like Au-Fe3O4 Nanoparticles for Target-Specific Platin Delivery", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 4216. Fulltext
  • C. Wang, Y. Hu, C. M. Lieber, S. Sun, "Ultrathin Au Nanowires and Their Transport Properties", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 8902. Abstract
  • J. Xie, K. Chen, H.-Y. Lee, C. Xu, A. R. Hsu, S. Peng, X. Chen, S. Sun, Ultra-Small c(RGDyK)-Coated Fe3O4 Nanoparticles and Their Specific Targeting to Integrin avB3-rich Tumor Cells, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 7542. Fulltext
  • C. Wang, H. Daimon, T. Onodera, T. Koda, S. Sun, A General Approach to Size and Shape Controlled Synthesis of Pt Nanoparticles and Their Catalysis for Oxygen Reduction Reaction, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 3588. Abstract
  • C. Xu, J. Xie, D. Ho, C. Wang, N. Kohler, E. G. Walsh, J. R. Morgan, Y. E. Chin, S. Sun, Au-Fe3O4 dumbbell nanoparticles as dual functional probes, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007, 47, 173. Abstract
  • H. Yu, M. Chen, P. M. Rice, S. X. Wang, R. L. White, S. Sun, Dumbbell-like bifunctional Au-Fe3O4 nanoparticles, Nano Lett .2005, 5, 379. Abstract
  • S. Sun, H. Zeng, D. B. Robinson, S. Raoux, P. M. Rice, S. X. Wang, G. Li, Monodisperse MFe2O4 (M = Fe, Co, Mn) nanoparticles, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 273. Abstract
  • H. Zeng, J. Li, J. P. Liu, Z. L. Wang, S. Sun, Exchanged-coupled nanocomposite magnets via nanoparticle self-assembly, Nature 2002, 420, 395. Abstract
  • S. Sun, H. Zeng, Size-controlled synthesis of magnetite nanoparticles, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 8204. Abstract
  • C. T. Black, C. B. Murray, R. L. Sandstrom, S. Sun, Spin-dependent tunneling in self-assembled cobalt nanocrystal superlattices, Science 2000, 290, 1131. Abstract
  • S. Sun, C. B. Murray, D. Weller, L. Folks, A. Moser, Monodisperse FePt nanoparticles and ferromagnetic FePt nanocrystal superlattices, Science 2000, 287, 1989. Abstract