Zeolite catalysts: Synthesis, characterization and application

Heterogeneous catalysis:Methanol/ ethanol conversion, lower alkenes conversion

In situ spectroscopic methods(UV-Vis, FTIR, NMR: Investigate the reaction mechanisms of zeolite-catalyzed reactions


Professional Career

  • Scice 2022-  Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nankai University

  • 2016-2021  Associate. Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nankai University

  • 2012-2015  Lecturer, College of Chemistry, Nankai University

  • 2007-2012  Ph.D., College of Chemistry, Nankai University (Supervisor: Prof. Niajia Guan)

  • 2003-2007  Master, College of Food Science and Technology, Huazhong Agricultural University

Training and Research Stays Abroad

  • 2010-2011 Visiting student, Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Stuttgart, Germany (Group of Prof. Michael Hunger)

  • 2013-2014 Visiting Scholar, Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Stuttgart, Germany (Group of Prof. Michael Hunger)

  • 2016-2016 Visiting Scholar, Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Stuttgart, Germany  (Group of Prof. Michael Hunger)

  • 2017-2018 Visiting Scholar, Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Stuttgart, Gertmany (Group of Prof. Michael Hunger)

Representative results

Research Awards and Membership in Scientific Societies

  • 2017 Rising Star Award of Chinese Catalysis Society (0~5 persons / 2 years)

  • 2016 Youth Science and Technology Talents of Tianjin, China

  • 2013 Excellent doctoral dissertation of Nankai University at 2012

  • Member of Chinese Chemical Society

  • Young Editorial Board Member of Chinese Journal of Catalysis (since 2017)

  • Young Editorial Board Member of Acta Petrolei Sinica(Petroleum Processing Section) (since 2022)

  • Young Scientists Committee Member of Advanced Powder Materials (Since 2022)

  • Reviewer Nature Chemistry, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, ACS Catalysis, Journal of Catalysis, Catalysis Science & Technology, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, etc.

Selected Publications

[1] Liu Yang, Chang Wang, Lina Zhang, Weili Dai*, Yueying Chu, Jun Xu, Guangjun Wu, Mingbin Gao, Wenjuan Liu, Zhaochao Xu, Pengfei Wang, Naijia Guan, Michael Dyballa, Mao Ye, Feng Deng, Weibin Fan, Landong Li. Stabilizing the Framework of SAPO-34 Zeolite toward Long-term Methanol-to-olefins Conversion. Nature Communications, 2021, 12, 4661.

[2] Liu Yang, Chang Wang, Weili Dai*, Guangjun Wu, Naijia Guan, Landong Li*. Progressive steps and catalytic cycles in methanol-to-hydrocarbons reaction over acidic zeolites. Fundamental Research, 2022, in press.

[3] Pieter Cnudde, Evgeniy A. Redekop, Weili Dai, Natale G. Porcaro, Michel Waroquier, Silvia Bordiga, Michael Hunger, Landong Li, Unni Olsbye and Veronique Van Speybroeck. Experimental and Theoretical Evidence for the Promotional Effect of Acid Sites on the Diffusion of Alkenes through Small-Pore Zeolites. Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 2021, 60,10016.

[4] Xin Deng, Bin Qin, Runze Liu, Xuetao Qin, Weili Dai, Guangjun Wu,  Naijia Guan, Ding Ma, Landong Li*. Zeolite-encaged Isolated Platinum Ions Enable Heterolytic Dihydrogen Activation and Selective Hydrogenations. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2021, 143, 20898.

[5] Yuchao Chai, Weili Dai, Guangjun Wu, Landong Li. Confinement in Zeolite and Zeolite Catalysis. Accounts of Chemical Research, 2021, 54, 2894.

[6] Weili Dai, Qifeng Lei, Guangjun Wu, Naijia Guan, Michael Hunger, and Landong Li*, Spectroscopic Signature of Lewis Acidic Framework and Extraframework Sn Sites in Beta Zeolites. ACS Catalysis, 2020, 10, 14135

[7] Tingting Yan, Liu Yang, Weili Dai*, Guangjun Wu, aijia Guan, Michael Hunger, Landong Li*. Cascade Conversion of Acetic Acid to Isobutene over Yttrium-modified Siliceous Beta Zeolites, ACS Catalysis, 2019, 9, 9726

[8] Liu Yang, Tingting Yan, Chuanming Wang, Weili Dai*, Guangjun Wu, Michael Hunger, Weibin Fan, Zaiku Xie, Naijia Guan, and Landong Li*. Role of acetaldehyde in the roadmap from initial carbon-carbon bonds to hydrocarbons during methanol conversion, ACS Catalysis, 2019, 9, 6491

[9] Tingting Yan, Weili Dai*, Guangjun Wu, Swen Lang, Michael Hunger, Naijia Guan, Landong Li*Mechanistic Insights into One-Step Catalytic Conversion of Ethanol to Butadiene over Bifunctional Zn–Y/Beta Zeolite. ACS Catalysis, 2018, 8, 2760.

[10] Weili Dai, Liu Yang, Chuanming Wang, Xin Wang, Guangjun Wu, Naijia Guan, Ultz Obenaus, Michael Hunger, and Landong Li*, Effect of n-Butanol Cofeeding on the Methanol to Aromatics Conversion over Ga-Modified Nano H-ZSM-5 and Its Mechanistic Interpretation. ACS Catalysis, 2018, 8, 1352

[11] Tingting Yan, Liu Yang, Weili Dai*, Chuanming Wang, Guangjun Wu, Naijia Guan, Michael Hunger, Landong Li*, On the deactivation mechanism of zeolite catalyst in ethanol tobutadiene conversion, Journal of Catalysis, 2018, 8, 7.

[12] Weili Dai, Shanshan Zhang, Zhiyang Yu, Tingting Yan, Guangjun Wu, Naijia Guan, and Landong Li*, Zeolite Structural Confinement Effects Enhance One-Pot Catalytic Conversion of Ethanol to Butadiene. ACS Catalysis, 2017, 7, 3703.

[13] Weili Dai, Chuanming Wang, Bo Tang, Guangjun Wu, Naijia Guan, Zailku Xie,* Michael Hunger, Landong Li*. Lewis acid catalysis confined in zeolite cages as a strategy for sustainable het-erogeneous hydration of epoxides. ACS Catalysis, 2016, 6, 2955.

[14] Weili Dai, Chuanming Wang, Xinfeng Yi, Anmin Zheng, Landong Li*, Guangjun Wu, Naijia Guan, Zaiku Xie*, Mchael Dyballa, Michael Hunger*, Identification of tert-butyl cations in zeolite H-ZSM-5: Evidence from solid-state NMR spectroscopy and DFT calculations, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2015, 54, 8783.

[15] Weili Dai, Chuanming Wang, Michael Dyballa, Guangjun Wu, Naijia Guan, Landong Li*, Zaiku Xie, Michael Hunger*. Understanding the Initial Stages of the Methanol-to-Olefin Conversion on H-SAPO-34. ACS Catalysis, 2015, 5, 317.

[16] Weili Dai, Xiaoming Sun, Bo Tang, Guangjun Wu, Landoong Li*, Naijia Guan, Michael Hunger*. Verifying the mechanism of the ethene-to-propene conversion on zeolite H-SSZ-13. Journal of Catalysis, 2014, 314,10.

[17] Weili Dai, Guangjun Wu, Landong Li*, Naijia Guan, Michael Hunger*. Mechanisms of the deactivation of SAPO-34 materials with different crystal sizes applied as MTO catalysts. ACS Catalysis, 2013, 3, 588.

[18] Weili Dai, Xin Wang, Guangjun Wu, Naijia Guan, Michael Hunger, Landong Li*. Methanol-to-olefin conversion on silicoaluminophosphate catalysts: Effect of Brønsted acid sites and framework structures. ACS Catalysis, 2011, 1, 292.