Licheng Sun

Licheng Sun

Exams/Degrees

1999:      Docent (Associate Professor), Department of Chemistry, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. Lecture Topic: "Biomimetic Models for the Electron Donor Side of Photosystem II"

1990:      Ph.D., Department of Fine Chemicals, Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China, Thesis: "Design and Synthesis of Magenda Dyes for the Use in Color Films and Color Papers". Supervisor: prof. Jingzong Yang, Chinese Academician.

1987:      Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, DUT, China.

1984:      Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, DUT, China.

Employments

2004—now:                 Full Professor in Molecular Devices, Department of Chemistry, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. Distinguished Professor in Dalian University of Technology, China.

2001—2004:                Associate Professor in Department of Organic Chemistry, Stockholm University (SU), Stockholm, Sweden.

1999—2001:                Assistant Professor, in Department of Organic Chemistry, SU.

1997—1999:                Assistant Professor (NFR Forskarassistent tjänst), Department of Chemistry, KTH.

1995—1997:                Research Associate in Department of Chemistry (with Prof. Björn Åkermark), KTH.

1993—1995:                Research Associate in Institut für Organische Chemie, Freie Universität Berlin (with Prof. Dr. Harry Kurreck), Germany, funded by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

1992—1993:                Research Associate in Max-Planck-Institut für Strahlenchemie (since 2002 für Bioanorganische Chem ie), Mülheim an der Ruhr (with Prof. Dr. Helmut Görner), Germany, funded by Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.

1990—1992:                Research Assistant in Institute of Photographic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

Scientific achievements and commissions

Prof. Sun’s research interests cover artificial photosynthesis, catalysts based on transition metal complexes and oxides/hydroxide for water oxidation and hydrogen generation, functional devices for total water splitting, dye sensitized, quantum dot/rod sensitized solar cells, perovskite solar cells. He has published more than 400 peer reviewed scientific papers in international journals in the fields of solar cells and solar fuels, and his work has been cited heavily during the past years with total number of citations over 20 000, and a h-index 70. He has served in many evaluation and other committees, and as reviewers for numerous research councils (USA, EU, Asian countries). He has given more than 90 invited lectures during the past years in international conferences and numerous seminars in universities all over the world.

He is peer reviewer of scientific journals; mainly from Science, Nature Chem, Wiley-VCH (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Adv. Mater, Adv. Energy Mater., Chem. Eur. J. etc), Royal Society of Chemistry (Energy Environ. Sci., Chem. Commun., Nano Energy, etc) and American Chemical Society (J. Am. Chem. Soc., ACS Catalysis, Inorg. Chem., J. Phys. Chem., Langmuir, etc); ca 60 manuscripts per year.

Editorial Functions

  • Since 2013: One of the 3 chairmen of editorial board of ChemSusChem (IF>7), Wiley
  • Since 2011: Editorial board member of SCIENCE CHINA-Chemistry
  • Since 2015: Associate editor of J. Energy Chemistry, Elsevier
  • Since 2014: International Advisory Board Member of Chemistry-An Asian Journal, Wiley
  • Since 2014: International Advisory Board Member of RSC Advances

Awards

  • The recipient of Ulla och Stig Holmquist Prize in Organic Chemistry 2013, Sweden
  • The recipient of Arrhenius Medal 2014, the Swedish Chemical Society
  • The recipient of Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher Award 2014
  • The recipient of International Scientific Collaboration Award 2015 of Liaoning Province, China
  • The recipient of Wallmark Prize 2016, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Invited lectures

97. “Artificial Photosynthesis— From Catalysts to Photoelectrochemical Devices for Water Splitting”, L. Sun, Keynote Lecture, April 5-8, 2016, 5th SolarTech International Conference in Munich, GERMANY.

96. “Artificial Photosynthesis— From Catalysts to Photoelectrochemical Devices for Water Splitting”, L. Sun, Invited Lecture, Feb 1-3, 2016, Catalysis for Artificial Photosynthesis, KAUST,SAUDI ARABIA.

95. “Artificial Photosynthesis (Solar Fuels)—Ruthenium Complexes with Carboxylate Ligands as Highly Efficient Molecular Catalysts for Water Oxidation”, L. Sun, Invited Lecture, Pacifichem 2015, Artificial Photosynthesis: Molecular Catalysis of Water Splitting Symposium #76,15-20 December, 2015, Hawaii, USA.

94. “Artificial Photosynthesis (Solar Fuels)—Photoelectrochemical Cells for Water Splitting Based on Molecular Catalysts”, L. Sun, Invited Lecture, Pacifichem 2015, Artificial Photosynthesis: Photo-induced Water Splitting Symposium #193,15-20 December, 2015, Hawaii, USA.

93.  “Artificial Photosynthesis (Solar Fuels)—From Catalysts to Photoelectrochemical Cells”, L. Sun, Keynote Lecture, The 1st International Symposium on Energy Chemistry and Materials, 29 October-1 November, 2015, Fudan University, Shanghai, CHINA.

92.  “Artificial Photosynthesis—From Molecular Catalysts to Photoelectrochemical Devices”, L. Sun, Invited Lecture, International Symposium on Michael Nobel Special Event, 28 October, 2015, Osaka City University, JAPAN.

91.  “Artificial Photosynthesis (Solar Fuels)—From Catalysts to Functional Devices”, L. Sun, Keynote Lecture, The 52nd  Forum on Frontiers of Science and Technology, Water Splitting by Photocatalysis, 21 October, 2015, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, CHINA.

90.  “Artificial Photosynthesis—Photoelectrochemical Cells for Water Splitting”, L. Sun, Keynote Lecture, The 18th National Conference on Electrochemistry, 7-11 August, 2015, Harbin, CHINA.

89.  “Artificial Photosynthesis (Solar Fuels)—Molecular Catalysts for Water Oxidation and Hydrogen Generation Inspired by Active Sites of Respective Photosystem II and FeFe-Hydogenases”, L. Sun, L. Duan, M. Wang, F. Li, Y. Gao, F. Li, Keynote Lecture, The 17th International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry (ICBIC17), 20-24 July, 2015, National Congress Center, Beijing, CHINA.

88.  “Artificial Photosynthesis—Efficient Water Oxidation Catalysts Based on Ruthenium Complexes with Negatively Charged Ligands”, L. Sun, L. Duan, F. Li, L. Wang, Y. Gao, F. Li, Keynote Lecture, 5th Asian Conference on Coordination Chemistry (ACCC5), 12-16 July, 2015, The University of Hong Kong, CHINA.

87.  “Artificial Photosynthesis (Solar Fuels)—Light Driven Water Oxidation with Molecular Catalysts”, L. Sun, L. Duan, F. Li, Y. Gao, F. Li, M. Wang, Keynote Lecture, International Conference on Photochemistry (ICP2015), 28 June-3 July, 2015, Jeju, KOREA.

86.  “Artificial Photosynthesis (Solar Fuels)—From Molecular Catalysts to Functional Devices”, L. Sun, Plenary Lecture, 1st International Solar Fuels (ISF-1), 26 April-1 May, 2015, Uppsala, SWEDEN.

85.  “Artificial Photosynthesis—Efficient Water Splitting Systems with Molecular Catalysts”, L. Sun, L. Duan, L. Wang, F. Li, M. Wang, F. Li, Y. Gao, Keynote Lecture, MANA International Symposium 2015, 11-13 March, 2015, Tsukuba International Congress Center EPOCHAL Tsukuba, JAPAN.

84.  “Artificial Photosynthesis—From Molecular Catalysts to Photoelectrochemical Cells for Water Splitting”, L. Sun, Keynote Lecture, OCARINA2015, 3-5 March, 2015, Osaka City University, JAPAN.

83. “Functional Devices for Water Splitting Based on Molecular Catalysts and Nano Materials”, L. Sun, Invited Lecture, 2014 International Conference on Artificial Photosynthesis, 24-28 November, 2014, Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center, Awaji City, Hyogo, JAPAN.

82.  “Functional Devices for Light Driven Water Splitting Based on Highly Efficient Molecular Catalysts”, L. Sun, F. Li, Y. Gao, L. Duan, L. Wang, Faraday Discussion-FD176, 27-29 October, 2014, Xiamen, CHINA.

81.  “Artificial Photosynthesis—From Molecular Catalysts to Functional Devices”, L. Sun, Plenary Lecture, 4th International Symposium on Solar Fuels and Solar Cells (4SFSC), 20-24 October, 2014, Dalian, CHINA.

80.  “Artificial Photosynthesis—From Bio-inspired Molecular Catalysts to Functional Devices”, L. Sun, Speaker, Sweden-Kyoto Symposium on Cutting-edge Organic Chemistry, 11-12 September, 2014, Stockholm University, SWEDEN.

79.  “Solar Fuels—From Molecular Catalysts to Functional Devices”, L. Sun, Keynote Lecture, 20th international Conference on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy (IPS-20), 27 July – 1 August, 2014, Maritim Hotel Berlin, GERMANY.

78.  “Organic Hole Transport Materials for Hybrid Solar Cells”, L. Sun, Speaker, GRC on Hybrid Electronic & Photonic Materials and Phenomena, 22-27 June, 2014, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, HONG KONG.

77.  “Artificial Photosynthesis: From Catalysts to Devices for Water Splitting”, L. Sun, Plenary Lecture, 3rd International Workshop on Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis, Advances in Solar Fuels and Photovoltaics in Honour of the 70th Birthday of Prof. Michael Graetzel, 11-14 June, 2014, Nanyang Technological University, SINGAPORE.

76.  “From Dye Sensitized Solar Cells to Solar Fuels”, L. Sun, Plenary Lecture, The 3rd Tsukuba Workshop on Organic Photovoltaics, 3 June, 2014, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), JAPAN.

75.  “Artificial Photosynthesis: Catalysis is the Key”, L. Sun, Guest Speaker, 2014 NJC Symposium-New Directions in Chemistry, 21 May, 2014, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, SWEDEN.

74.  “Solar Fuels-- Molecular Catalysts for Water Oxidation and Hydrogen Generation”, L. Sun, Keynote Lecture, Symposium “Sustainable Hydrogen and Fuels-Status and Perspectives”, 14-16 May, 2014, pentahotel Rostock, GERMANY.

73.  “Light Driven Water Splitting Based on Highly Efficient Molecular Catalysts”, L. Sun, Plenary Lecture, Japanese Chemical Society Meeting, 25-27 March, 2014, Nagoya University, JAPAN.

72.  “From Highly Efficient Molecular Catalysts to Functional Devices for Light Driven Water Splitting”, L. Sun, GRC on Renewable Energy: Solar Fuels, January 19-24, 2014, Holiday Inn Express, Ventura, CA, USA.

71.  “Seven Coordination is the Key for Highly Efficient Molecular Catalysts for Water Oxidation Inspired by Photosystem II”, L. Sun, Fei Li, Yan Gao, Lele Duan, Keynote Lecture, 12th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry (ISABC12), 3-6 December, 2013, Guangzhou, CHINA.

70.  “From Highly Efficient Molecular Catalysts to Functional Devices for Light Driven Water Splitting”, L. Sun, Plenary Lecture, ISACS12: Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy, 3-6 September, 2013, Cambridge, UK.

69.  “Artificial Photosynthesis: 7 Coordination Is the Key for Highly Efficient Molecular Catalysts for Water Oxidation”, L. Sun, Keynote Lecture, The 7th Chinese National Symposium on Coordination Chemistry, 29-31 July, 2013, Peking University, Beijing, CHINA.

68.  “Functional Devices for Light Driven Water Splitting Based on Highly Efficient Molecular Catalysts”, L. Sun, Plenary Lecture, The 1st International Symposium on Chemical Energy Conversion Processes (ISCECP-1), 12-13 June, 2013, Fukuoka University, JAPAN.

67.  “Photoelectrode Design for Water Oxidation”, L. Sun, Invited Lecture, COST Action, 21-22 February, 2013, J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, Prague, CZECH.

66.  “From Highly Efficient Molecular Catalysts to Functional Devices for Light Driven Water Splitting”, L. Sun, Invited Lecture, International Hydrogen Energy Development Forum 2013, 28 January, 2013, Fukuoka, JAPAN.

65.  “Highly Efficient Molecular Catalysts for Water Oxidation and Mechanisms for O-O Bond Formation”, L. Sun, Keynote Lecture, Solar Fuels, 1-2 November, 2012, De Zwarte Doos, TU Eindhoven, the NETHERLAND.

64.  “Highly Efficient Molecular Catalysts for Electrochemical and Photochemical Water Splitting and Mechanisms for O-O Bond Formation”, L. Sun, F. Li, L. Duan, T. Privalov, L. Tong, Keynote Lecture, IPS19, July 29-August 3, 2012, CalTech, USA.

63.  “Artificial Photosynthesis--highly efficient molecular catalysts for water oxidation inspired by Photosystem II”, L. Sun, L. Duan, T. Privalov, L. Tong, GRC on Electron Donor-Acceptor Systems, August 5-10, 2012, Newport, Rhode Island, USA.

62. “From Super Efficient Molecular Water Oxidation Catalysts to Functional Devices for Total Water Splitting”, L. Sun, L. Duan, T. Privalov, F. Li, Plenary Lecture, Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis, Bioenergetics and Sustainability, June 11-14, 2012, Nanyang Technological University, SINGAPORE.

61.   “From Super Efficient Molecular Water Oxidation Catalysts to Functional Devices for Total Water Splitting”, L. Sun, Plenary Lecture, Solar to Fuels: Towards an Artificial Leaf, May 18, 2012, Imperial College London, UK.

60.   “Efficient DSCs Based on Organic Dyes and Iodine-Free Redox Couples”, L. Sun, H. Tian, L. Kloo, X. Yang, Keynote Lecture, HOPV2012, May 6-9, 2012, Uppsala, SWEDEN.

59.   “Artificial Photosynthesis-Visible Light Driven Water Oxidation by Highly Efficient Molecular Catalysts”, L. SunThe Second International Material Forum (IMF2012) “Materials for Sustainable Energy and Environment”, April 17, 2012, Wuhan, CHINA.

58.   “Highly efficient Molecular Catalysts for Water Oxidation and the Mechanisms for O-O Bond Formation”, L. Sun, , Umeå Renewable Energy Meeting, March 14-16, 2012, Umeå University, SWEDEN.

57.   “Molecular Catalysts for Efficient Water Oxidation and the Mechanisms for O-O Bond Formation”, L. Sun, L. Duan, L. Tong, F. Li, T. Privalov, Y. Xu, The 3rd International Forum on Photoenergy Futures, December 7-9, 2011, Jeju Ramada, KOREA.

56.   “Visible Light Driven Water Oxidation by Efficient Molecular Catalysts inspired by Photosystem II and the Mechanisms for O-O Bond Formation”, L. Sun, F. Li, T. Privalov, L. Duan, L. Tong, Y. Xu, The International Workshop on Photosystem II of Photosynthesis, November 3-6, 2011, Chengdu, CHINA.

55.   “Bio-inspired Molecular Catalysts for Visible Light Driven Water Oxidation and Hydrogen Generation”, L. Sun, M. Wang, T. Privalov, L. Duan, Y. Xu, Plenary Lecture, 1st International Conference on BioInspired Materials for Solar Energy Utilization, September 12-17, 2011, Crete, GREECE.

54.   “Molecular Ruthenium Catalysts Bearing Carboxylate Ligands for Visible Light Driven Water Oxidation and Mechanisms of O-O Bond Formation”, L. Sun, L. Duan, Y. Xu, T. Privalov, L. Tong, plenary Lecture, Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh), Wissenschaftsforum Chemie 2011, September 4-7, 2011, Bremen, GERMANY.

53.   “Ru Complexes Containing Pyridine-dicarboxylate Ligand: Electronic Effect on Their Catalytic Activity toward Water Oxidation”, J. An, L. Duan, L. Sun, Faraday Discussion 155, Artificial Photosynthesis, September 5-7, 2011, Edinburgh, UK.

52.   “Solar Energy Conversion by Molecular Catalysts Inspired by the Active Sites of Photosystem II and [FeFe]-Hydrogenase”, L. Sun, 8th International School of Organometallic Chemistry (ISOC 2011), August 27-31, 2011, Camerino, ITALY.

51.  “Highly Efficient Molecular Catalysts for Water Oxidation-Catching Up the Activity of Photosystem II”, L. Sun, L. Duan, L. Tong, T. Privalov, Y. Xu, XXV International Conference on Photochemistry (IPC 2011), August 7 – 12, 2011, Beijing, CHINA.

50.   “Artificial Photosynthesis- A Supramolecular Catalyst with Ru Complex and Cucurbit[7]uril for Efficient Water Oxidation”, S. Andersson, L. Sun, 2nd International Conference on Cucurbiturils (ICCB 2011), June 29 – July 2, 2011, Cambridge, UK.

49.   “Design and Synthesis of Organic Dyes and Iodine-Free Redox Couples for DSSCs”, L. Sun, X. Yang, H. Tian, L. Kloo, A. Hagfeldt, G. Boschloo, Lecture, VIII International Krutyn Summer School 2011 on “Frotiers in Organic, Dye-sensitized and Hybrid Solar Cells”, June 14-20, 2011, Krutyn, POLAND.

48.   “Artificial Photosynthesis-- Molecular Catalysts for Visible Light Driven Water Splitting”, L. Sun, Opening Plenary Lecture, Oorgdagar 2011, June 13-15, 2011, Stenungsund, SWEDEN.

47.  “From Dye-sensitized Solar Cells to Molecular Solar Fuels”, L. Sun, M. Wang, X. Yang, T. Privalov, L. Duan, Y. Xu, Lecture, JSPS-RSAS Joint Conference: Capturing the Sun, May 30-31, 2011, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, SWEDEN.

46.   “Visible Light Driven Water Oxidation by Molecular Catalysts and Mechanisms of O-O Bond Formation”, L. Sun, L. Duan, Y. Xu, T. Privalov, Keynote Lecture, 1st Internal Conference on Clean Energy, April 10-13, 2011, Dalian, CHINA.

45.   “Water oxidation goes via 7-coordination of Ru catalysts with low overpotentials”, L. Sun, L. Duan, A. Fischer, Y. Xu, L. Tong, Symposium 194: Coordination Chemistry toward Artificial Photosynthesis and Energy Conversion Processes, Pacifichem 2010 Congress, December 19-20, 2010, Hawaii, USA.

45.   “Dye sensitized solar cells based organic chromophores and nanostructured TiO2 for n-type and NiO for p-type”, L. Sun, X. Yang, A. Hagfeldt, Symposium 4: Molecular Photonics, Pacifichem 2010 Congress, December 16-17, 2010, Hawaii, USA.

44.   “Bio-inspired Molecular Catalysts for Visible Light Driven Water Splitting”, L. Sun, M. Wang, A. Fischer, L. Duan, 5th Asia Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference (AsBIC-V), November 2-5, 2010, Kao-Hsiung, TAIWAN.

43.   “EFFICIENT DYE-SENSITIZED SOLAR CELLS BASED ON ORGANIC DYES AND IODINE-FREE ORGANIC REDOX COUPLES”, L. Sun, X. Yang, A. Hagfeldt, H. Tian, P. Qin, 11th International Symposium of Chinese Organic Chemists (ISCOC-11), October 22-25, 2010, Taipei, TAIWAN.

42.   “Bio-inspired Molecular Catalysts for Visible Light Driven Water Oxidation”, L. Sun, L. Duan, A. Fischer, T. Privalov, Y. Xu, L. Tong, 4th International Meeting on Metals in Biology of Grenoble, September 25-28, 2010, Grenoble, FRANCE.

41.   “Highly efficient molecular catalysts for visible light driven water oxidation — towards solar energy conversion into fuels”, L. Sun, L. Duan, Y. Xu, A. Fischer, T. Privalov, 2nd International Symposium on solar Cells and solar Fuels, August 28-31, 2010, Dalian, CHINA.

40.   “Dinuclear Ru complexes as highly efficient molecular catalysts for visible light driven water oxidation”, L. Sun, L. Duan, Y. Xu, A. Fischer, 15th International Congress on Photosynthesis, July 23-27, 2010, Beijing, CHINA.

39.   “BIOINSPIRED MOLECULAR CATALYSTS FOR VISIBLE LIGHT DRIVEN WATER OXIDATION AND THE MECHANISM FOR O-O BOND FORMATION”, L. Sun, L. Duan, A. Fischer, Y. Xu, L. Tong, IPS-18, July 25-30, 2010, Seoul, KOREA.

38.   “Organic chromophores for p-type DSCs based on nanostructured NiO”, L. Sun, 1st International Symposium on Mesoscopic Solar Cells, July 19-20, 2010, Wuhan, CHINA.

37.   “Visible Light Driven Water Oxidation by Molecular Catalysts with High efficiency”, L. Sun, L. Duan, A. Fischer, T. Privalov, B. Åkermark, Y. Xu, L. Tong, Keynote Lecture, Catalysis and Photochemistry for Energy Technologies, June 29-July 1, 2010, Rostock, GERMANY.

36.   “Bioinspired Molecular Catalysts for Efficient Water Oxidation Driven by Visible Light and Mechanism for O-O Bond Formation”, L. Sun, L. Duan, A. Fischer, Y. Xu, L. Tong, DOE/BES Catalysis Sciences Meeting, June 1-4, 2010, Annapolis, MD, USA.

35.   “Visible light driven water oxidation by molecular catalysts bearing negatively charged ligands and mechanism for O-O bond formation”, L. Sun, L. Duan, A. Fischer, Y. Xu, L. Tong, 90th Annual Meeting of the Chemical Society of Japan, March 26-29, 2010, Osaka, JAPAN.

34.   “Visible light driven water oxidation catalyzed by molecular Ru complexes bearing carboxylate ligands”, L. Sun, L. Duan, Y. Xu, B. Åkermark, ACS National Meeting, March 21-25, 2010, San Francisco, USA.

33.  “Bioinspired molecular catalysts for visible light driven water splitting and the mechanism for O-O bond formation”, L. Sun, The Artificial Leaf, 1-5 February, 2010, Lorentz Center, Leiden University, The NETHERLANDS.  

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