Gonghu Li

Gonghu Li
Assistant Professor
MSP & Chemistry
Parsons Hall S115
23 Academic Way
Durham, NH 03824
(603) 862-0607


  • Ph.D. Chemistry, 2005, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • M.S. Chemistry, 2000, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
  • B.S. Chemical Education, 1997, Hubei Normal University, China


Gonghu Li is an experimental physical chemist working on surface chemistry and catalysis/photocatalysis for solar energy conversion.  His graduate training focused on surface chemistry and catalytic applications of nanomaterials.  In 2005, He joined the Center for Catalysis and Surface Science at Northwestern University for postdoctoral training. In 2007, he moved to the east coast and worked as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Chemistry at Yale University prior to joining the University of New Hampshire.  He also holds a joint appointment in the Chemistry Department here at UNH.

Teaching Interests:

Professor Li has taught courses including Physical Chemistry I, Physical Chemistry Laboratory I, Physical Chemistry Laboratory II, and Graduate Seminar.  He also developed and taught a new graduate course called Surface Chemistry and Catalysis.

Research Areas:

Research in the Li Group is highly interdisciplinary, encompassing surface chemistry, catalysis/photocatalysis, CO2 utilization, and artificial photosynthesis.

List of research interests:

(1) Synthesis, surface functionalization and characterization of nanoporous materials

(2) Surface immobilization of molecular catalysts for solar energy conversion

(3) Photochemical, electrochemical, and microbial CO2-to-fuel conversion.

Select Publications:

  1. Dubois, K. D.; Li, G. “Innovative Photocatalysts for Solar Fuel Generation by CO2 Reduction,” in Solar Photocatalysis. Ed. Steven L. Suib,  Elsevier: Amsterdam.  2012 (invited contribution)
  2. He, H.; Liu, C.; Dubois, K. D.; Jin, T.; Louis, M. E.; Li, G. “Enhanced Charge Separation in Nanostructured TiO2 Materials for Photocatalytic and Photovoltaic Applications,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2012, 51, 11841-11849 (invited review)
  3. Dubois, K. D.; He, H.; Liu, C.; Vorushilov, A.; Li, G. “Covalent Attachment of a Molecular CO2-Reduction Photocatalyst to Mesoporous Silica,” J. Mol. Catal. A 2012, 363-364, 208-213
  4. Dubois, K. D.; Petushkov, A.; Cardona, E. G.; Larsen, S. C.; Li, G. “Adsorption and Photochemical Properties of a Molecular CO2 Reduction Catalyst in Hierarchical Mesoporous ZSM-5: An In Situ FTIR Study,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2012, 3, 486-492
  5. Agarwal, J.; Johnson, R. P.; Li, G. “Reduction of CO2 on a Tricarbonyl Rhenium(I) Complex: Modeling a Catalytic Cycle,” J. Phys. Chem. A 2011, 115, 2877-2881.  Note: This has been listed as one of the top 10 most read articles for Q2 2011 for J. Phys. Chem. A