Kun Qian, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows
Chemical Sciences

Research Interests

My research interests at KAUST include the fundamental studies on the surface plasmon-enhanced catalytic reaction by applying in-situ characterizations.

Selected Publications

  • Anchoring highly active gold nanoparticles on SiO2 by CoOx additive
    K. Qian, W.X. Huang, Z.Q. Jiang, H.X. Sun
    Journal of Catalysis, 248, 137, (2007)
  • Low-temperature CO oxidation over Au/ZnO/SiO2 catalysts: some mechanism insights
    K. Qian, W.X. Huang, J. Fang, S.S. Lv, B. He, Z.Q. Jiang, S.Q. Wei
    Journal of Catalysis, 255, 269, (2008)
  • Hydroxyls-induced oxygen activation on “inert” Au nanoparticles for low-temperature CO oxidation
    K. Qian, W.H. Zhang, H.X. Sun, J. Fang, B. He, Y.S. Ma, Z.Q. Jiang, S.Q. Wei, J.L. Yang, W.X. Huang
    Journal of Catalysis, 277, 95, (2011)
  • Catalytically active structures of SiO 2-supported Au nanoparticles in low-temperature CO oxidation
    K. Qian, L.F. Luo, H.Z. Bao, Q. Hua, Z.Q. Jiang, W.X. Huang
    Catalysis Science & Technology, 3, 679, (2013)
  • Surface Plasmon-Driven Water Reduction: Gold Nanoparticle Size Matters
    K. Qian, B.C. Sweeny, A.C. Johnston-Peck, W.X. Niu, J.O. Graham, J.S. Duchene, J.J. Qiu, Y.C. Wang, M.H. Engelhard, D. Su, E.A. Stach, W.D. Wei
    Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136, 9842, (2014)


​• Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, China, 2005-2011
• B.Sc., Physical Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, China, 2001-2005

Professional Profile

​• Postdoctoral Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Current
• Postdoctoral Fellow,  University of Florida, USA, 2012-2014

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society (ACS)


​• GlaxoSmithKline Prize, USTC, 2011
• CAS Presidential Excellent Graduate Student Fellowship, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2010
• Excellent Doctoral Student Fellowship, USTC, 2010 
• Outstanding Graduate of the University, Anhui Province, 2010
• Lu Jiaxi Excellent Graduate Student Prize, 2009
• One of 25 Chinese graduate students in chemistry to participate in the 59th Meeting of Nobel Laureates, 2009
• Qiu Shi Graduate Student Scholarship, USTC, 2008
• Guo Yonghuai Scholarship, USTC, 2007

KAUST Affiliations

  • Advanced Membranes and Porous Materials Center (AMPMC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)