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Research of Hongfei Lin: Publications

Dr. Hongfei Lin’s Group: Publications

Peer-reviewed Papers

(total citations > 2.4K – Per Web of Knowledge and Google Scholar; H-index = 27; *corresponding authors)


  • Shaoqu Xie, Chuhua Jia, Ziling Wang, Scott Sergio Go Ong, Mei-jun Zhu, Hongfei Lin*. “Mechanistic insight to selective deoxygenation of L-lysine to produce biobased amines.” ACS Susta
    inable Chemistry & Engineering
    (2020) DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.0c04052
  • Shaoqu Xie, Wanli Zhang, Chuhua Jia, Scott Sergio Go Ong, Cheng Zhang, Shicheng Zhang, Hongfei Lin*. “Eliminating carbon dioxide emissions at the source by the integration of carbon dioxide capture and utilization over noble metals in the liquid phase.” Journal of Catalysis (2020) DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2020.06.001
  • Shaoqu Xie, Chuhua Jia, Scott Sergio Go Ong, Ziling Wang, Mei-jun Zhu, Qiaojuan Wang, Yanhui Yang, Hongfei Lin*. “A shortcut route to close nitrogen cycle: bio-based amines production via selective deoxygenation of chitin monomers over Ru/C in acidic solutions.” iScience (2020) DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2020.101096
  • Shaoqu Xie, Trong H Huynh, Peiyong Qin, Tianwei Tan, Hongfei Lin*. “Facile biphasic catalytic process for conversion of monoterpenoids to tricyclic hydrocarbon biofuels.” Journal of Energy Chemistry, 49, pp.42-50 (2020) DOI: 10.1016/j.jechem.2020.01.032


  • Tianjin Li, Hongfei Lin, Xinping Ouyang*, Xueqing Qiu*, Zechen Wan. “In Situ Preparation of Ru@N-Doped Carbon Catalyst for the Hydrogenolysis of Lignin To Produce Aromatic Monomers.” ACS Catalysis, 9(7), pp.5828-5836 (2019) DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.9b01452
  • Shaoqu Xie, Chuhua Jia, Arushi Prakash, Mackenzie Irene Palafox, Jim Pfaendtner, Hongfei Lin*. “A generic biphasic catalytic approach for producing renewable diesel from fatty acids and vegetable oils.” ACS Catalysis, 9(4), pp.3753-3763 (2019) DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.9b00215
  • Cheng Zhang, Chuhua Jia, Yang Cao, Yao Yao, Shaoqu Xie, Shicheng Zhang*, Hongfei Lin*. “Water-assisted selective hydrodeoxygenation of phenol to benzene over Ru composite catalyst in biphasic process.” Green Chemistry, 21(7), pp.1668-1679 (2019) DOI: 10.1039/C8GC04017F


  • Chunmei Zhou, Jun Zhao, Haolin Sun, Yu Song, Xiaoyue Wan, Hongfei Lin*, Yanhui Yang*. “One-Step Approach to 2,5-Diformylfuran from Fructose over Molybdenum Oxides Supported on Carbon Spheres.” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 7 (1), pp 315–323 (2018) DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b03470
  • Teng Li, Scott Sergio Go Ong, Jianghao Zhang, Chuhua Jia, Junming Sun, Yong Wang, Hongfei Lin*. “One-pot Conversion of Carbohydrates into Furan Derivatives in Biphasic Tandem Catalytic Process.” Catalysis Today 339, pp.296-304 (2018) DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2018.11.052
  • Mi Lu, Jianghao Zhang, Yao Yao, Junming Sun, Yong Wang, Hongfei Lin*. “Renewable energy storage via efficient reversible hydrogenation of piperidine captured CO2.” Green Chemistry, 20, pp. 4292-4298 (2018) DOI: 10.1039/C8GC00954F
  • Shaoqu Xie, Xiao Zhang, Michael P. Walcott, Hongfei Lin*. “Applications of Cellulose Nanocrystals: A Review.” Engineered Science, 2, pp. 4-16 (2018) DOI: 10.30919/es.1803302
  • Xiaokun Yang, M. Helal Uddin, Xinpei Zhou, Bishnu Neupane, Glenn C. Miller, Charles J. Coronella, Simon R. Poulson, Hongfei Lin*. “Production of High-Density Renewable Aviation Fuel from Arid Land Crop.” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 6 (8), pp. 10108–10119 (2018) DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b01433
  • Guodong Ding, Ji Su, Cheng Zhang, Kan Tang, Lisha Yang, Hongfei Lin*. “Coupling Glucose Dehydrogenation with CO2 Hydrogenation by Hydrogen Transfer in Aqueous Media at Room Temperature.” ChemSusChem, 11(13), pp. 2029-2034 (2018) (Feature Article on Front Cover) DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201800570
  • kan Tang, Shaoqu Xie, Gabriel R Cofield, Xiaokun yang, Emmy Tian, Hongfei Lin*. “Catalytic transfer hydrogenation of furfural for the production of ethyl levulinate: Interplay of Lewis and Brønsted acidities.” Energy Technology, 6(9), pp. 1826-1831 (2018) DOI: 10.1002/ente.201700973
  • Xiaokun Yang, Marcus V Pereira, Bishnu Neupane, Glenn C Miller, Simon R Poulson, Hongfei Lin*. “Upgrading biocrude of Grindelia squarrosa to jet fuel precursors by aqueous phase hydrodeoxygenation.” Energy Technology, 6(9), pp. 1832-1843 (2018) DOI: 10.1002/ente.201700977


  • Wenlong Xiang, Yueping Zhang, Hongfei Lin*, Chang-jun Liu*. “Metal–Organic Framework Composites for Catalytic Applications.” Molecules, 22, pp. 2103 (2017) DOI: 10.3390/molecules22122103
  • Hongfei Lin, Elizabeth J. Biddinger. “Challenges and Opportunities for Carbon Dioxide Utilization.” Energy Technology, 5(6), pp. 771-772 (2017) DOI: 10.1002/ente.201700336
  • Xiaokun Yang, Teng Li, Kan Tang, Xinpei Zhou, Mi Lu, Whalmany L. Ounkham, Stephen M. Spain, Brian J. Frost, Hongfei Lin*. “Highly Efficient Conversion of Terpenoid Biomass to Jet-fuel Range Cycloalkanes in a Biphasic Tandem Catalytic Process.” Green Chemistry, 19, pp. 3566-3573 (2017) DOI: 10.1039/C7GC00710H
  • Bishnu P. Neupane, David Shintani, Hongfei Lin*, Charles J. Coronella, Glenn C. Miller. “Grindelia squarrosa: A Potential Arid Lands Biofuel Plan.” ACS Sustainability Chemistry & Engineering, 5, pp. 995-1001 (2017) DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b02315


  • Xiaokun Yang, Lisha Yang, Wei Fan, Hongfei Lin*. Effect of Redox Properties of LaCoO3 Perovskites on Production of Lactic Acid from Cellulosic Biomass in Aqueous Solutions. Catalysis Today, 269, pp. 56-64 (2016) (Invited) DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2015.12.003
  • M. Toufiq Reza*, Ally Freitas, Xiaokun Yang, Sage Hiibel, Hongfei Lin, Charles J. Coronella. Hydrothermal Carbonization (HTC) of Cow Manure: Carbon and nitrogen distributions in HTC products. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, 35, pp. 1002-1011 (2016) DOI: 10.1002/ep.12312
  • Qingliang He, Tingting Yuan, Yiran Wang, Abhishant Guleria, Suying Wei, Guoqi Zhang, Luyi Sun, Jingjing Liu, Jingfang Yu, David P. Young, Hongfei Lin, Airat Khasanov and Zhanhu Guo*. Manipulating Dimensional Assembly Pattern and Crystalline Structure of Iron Oxide Nanostructures with Functional Polyolefin. Nanoscale, 8, pp. 1915-1920 (2016) DOI: 10.1039/C5NR07213A
  • M. Toufiq Reza*, Xiaokun Yang, Charles J. Coronella, Hongfei Lin, Upul Hathwaik, David Shintani, Bishnu P. Neupane, Glenn C. Miller. Hydrothermal Carbonization (HTC) of Two Arid Land Plants Bagasse for Energy Densification. ACS Sustainability Chemistry & Engineering, 4, pp. 1106-1114 (2016) DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b01176
  • Lisha Yang, Xiaokun Yang, Elli Tian, Hongfei Lin*. Direct Conversion of Cellulose into Ethyl Lactate in Supercritical Ethanol-Water Solutions. ChemSusChem, 9, pp. 36-41 (2016) DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201500855
  • Lisha Yang, Xiaokun Yang, Elli Tian, Vivek Vattipalli, Wei Fan, Hongfei Lin*. Mechanistic Insights into the Production of Methyl Lactate by Catalytic Conversion of Carbohydrates on Mesoporous Zr-SBA-15. Journal of Catalysis, 333, pp. 207-216 (2016) DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2015.10.013


  • Ji Su, Mi Lu, Hongfei Lin*. High Yield Production of Formate by Hydrogenating CO2Derived Ammonium Carbamate / Carbonate at Room Temperature. Green Chemistry, 17, pp. 2769-2773 (2015) DOI: 10.1039/C5GC00397K
  • Lisha Yang, Mi Lu, Sarah Carl, Jesse Mayer, John C. Cushman, Elli Tian, Hongfei Lin*. Biomass Characterization of Agave and Opuntia: The Drought-tolerant Bioenergy Crops. Biomass and Bioenergy, 76, pp. 43-53 (2015) DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.03.004
  • Ji Su, Lisha Yang, Mi Lu, Hongfei Lin*. Highly Efficient Hydrogen Storage System Based on Ammonium Bicarbonate/Formate Redox Equilibrium over Palladium Nano-catalyst. ChemSusChem, 8, pp. 813-816 (2015) DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201403251
  • Ji Su, Lisha Yang, Xiaokun Yang, Hongfei Lin*. Simultaneously Converting Carbonate / Bicarbonate and Biomass to Value-added Carboxylic Acid Salts by Aqueous-phase Hydrogen Transfer. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 3, pp. 195–203 (2015) (Feature Article on Front Cover) DOI: 10.1021/sc5007158
  • Lisha Yang, Ji Su, Sarah Carl, Joan G. Lynam, Xiaokun Yang, Hongfei Lin*. Catalytic Conversion of Hemicellulosic Biomass to Lactic Acid in pH Neutral Aqueous Phase Media. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 162, pp. 149–157 (2015) DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2014.06.025
  • Yiran Wang, Qingliang He, Jiang Guo, Huige Wei, Hongfei Lin*, Xiaohua Huang, Zhiping Luo, T. D. Shen, Suying Wei*, and Zhanhu Guo*. Carboxyl Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Stabilized Palladium Nanocatalysts toward Improved Methanol Oxidation Reaction. ChemElectroChem, 2, pp. 559–570 (2015) DOI: 10.1002/celc.201402378
  • Huige Wei, Yiran Wang, Jiang Guo, Nancy Z. Shen, Dawei Jiang, Xi Zhang, Xingru Yan, Jiahua Zhu, Qiang Wang, Lu Shao, Hongfei Lin, Suying Wei and Zhanhu Guo. Advanced micro/nanocapsules for self-healing smart anticorrosion coatings. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3, pp. 469-480 (2015) DOI: 10.1039/C4TA04791E

Past Papers

  • Ji Su, Lisha Yang, Reed N Liu, Hongfei Lin*. Low-temperature Oxidation of Guaiacol to Maleic Acid over TS-1 Catalyst in Alkaline Aqueous H2O2 Solutions. Chinese Journal of Catalysis, 35, pp. 622–630. (2014) Invited peer-reviewed paper DOI: 10.1016/S1872-2067(14)60039-5
  • Jiahua Zhu; Sameer Pallavkar; Minjiao Chen; Narendranath Yerra; Zhiping Luo; Henry A. Colorado; Hongfei Lin; Neel Haldolaarachchige; Airat Khasanov; Thomas C. Ho; David P. Young; Suying Wei; Zhanhu Guo. Magnetic carbon nanostructures: Microwave energy-assisted pyrolysis vs. conventional pyrolysis. Chemical Communications, 49, pp. 258-260. (2013) DOI: 10.1039/C2CC36810B
  • Hongfei Lin*, Jason Strull; Ying Liu; Zachary Karmiol; Kelsey Plank; Glenn Miller; Zhanhu Guo; Lisha Yang. High Yield Production of Levulinic Acid by Catalytic Partial Oxidation of Cellulose in Aqueous Media. Energy & Environmental Science, 5, pp. 9773-9777. (2012) (IF=29.52) DOI: 10.1039/C2EE23225A
  • Suying Wei; Qiang Wang; Jiahua Zhu; Luyi Sun; Hongfei Lin; Zhanhu Guo. Multifunctional Composite Core–shell Nanoparticles. Nanoscale, 3, pp. 4474-4502. (2011) (Most Read Nanoscale Article in 2012) DOI: 10.1039/C1NR11000D
  • Jiahua Zhu; Suying Wei; Yunfeng Li; Sameer Pallavkar; Hongfei Lin; Neel Haldolaarachchige; Zhiping Luo; David P. Young; Zhanhu Guo. Comprehensive and Sustainable Recycling of Polymer Nanocomposites. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 21, pp. 16239–16246. (2011) DOI: 10.1039/C1JM13044G
  • Jung-Nam Park; Arnold Forman; Wei Tang; Jihong Cheng; Yong-Sheng Hu; Hongfei Lin; Eric W. McFarland. Highly Active and Sinter-Resistant Pd-Nanoparticle Catalysts Encapsulated in Silica. Small, 4 (10), pp. 1694-1697. (2008) DOI: 10.1002/smll.200800895
  • Hongfei Lin; Jeffery Gerbec; Michael Sushchikh; Eric W McFarland. Synthesis of SiC Nanoparticles in a Low Pressure Microwave Plasma Reactor. Nanotechnology, 19, pp. 325601-325609. (2008) DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/19/32/325601
  • Hongfei Lin; Wei Tang; Alan Kleinman; Eric W McFarland. Oxygen Electroreduction on Bifunctional Gold-Cobalt Oxide Nanocluster Catalysts. Journal of Electrochemistry Society, 155 (2), pp. B200-B206. (2008) DOI: 10.1149/1.2818786
  • Wei Tang; Hongfei Lin; Alan Kleinman; Galen D. Stucky, Eric W. McFarland. Size-Dependent Activity of Gold Nanoparticles for Oxygen Electroreduction in Alkaline Electrolyte. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 112 (28), pp. 10515–10519. (2008) DOI: 10.1021/jp710929n
  • Zhanhu Guo; Hongfei Lin, Amar B. Karki; Suyin Wei; David P. Young; Sung Park; John Willis; Thomas Hahn. Facile monomer stabilization approach to fabricate iron/vinyl ester resin nanocomposites. Composites science and technology, 68 (12), pp. 2551-2556. (2008) DOI: 10.1016/j.compscitech.2008.05.017
  • Zhanhu Guo; Thomas Hahn; Hongfei Lin, Amar B. Karki; David P. Young. Magnetic and Magnetoresistance Behaviors of Particulate Iron/Vinyl Ester Resin Nanocomposites. Journal of Applied Physics, 104 (1), pp. 0143141-0143145. (2008) DOI: 10.1063/1.2952047
  • Hongfei Lin; Kalliat T. Valsaraj. An Optical Fiber Monolith Reactor for Photocatalytic Wastewater Treatment. AIChE Journal, 52(6), pp. 2271-2280. (2006) DOI: 10.1002/aic.10823
  • Hongfei Lin; Kalliat T. Valsaraj. Development of an Optical Fiber Monolith Reactor for Photocatalytic Wastewater Treatment. Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, 35 (7), pp. 699-708. (2005) Invited peer reviewed paper DOI: 10.1007/s10800-005-1364-x
  • Hongfei Lin; Kalliat T. Valsaraj. A Titania Thin Film Annular Photocatalytic Reactor for the Degradation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Dilute Water Streams. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 99 (2), pp. 203-219. (2003) DOI: 10.1016/S0304-3894(03)00060-8
  • Hongfei Lin; R. Ravikrishna; Kalliat T. Valsaraj. Reusable Adsorbents for Dilute Solution Separation. 6. Batch and Continuous Reactors for the Adsorption and Degradation of 1, 2-Dichlorobenzene from Dilute Wastewater Streams using Titania as a Photocatalyst. Separation and Purification Technology, 28 (2), pp. 87-102. (2002) DOI: 10.1016/S1383-5866(02)00017-5
  • Minghan Han; Hongfei Lin; Jinfu Wang; Dezheng Wang; Yong Jin. Fluid Dynamics of a Novel Reactive Distillation Reactor. Separation and Purification Technology, 34 (1-3), pp. 247-253. (2004) DOI: 10.1016/S1383-5866(03)00197-7
  • Minghan Han; Hongfei Lin; Yanhui Yuan; Dezheng Wang; Yong Jin. Pressure Drop for Two Phase Counter-current Flow in a Packed Column with a Novel Internal. Chemical Engineering Journal (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 94 (3), pp. 179-187. (2003) DOI: 10.1016/S1385-8947(03)00059-7
  • Hongfei Lin; Minghan Han; Jinfu Wang; Zhanwen Wang; Yong Jin. Study on a Catalytic Distillation Column with a Novel Internal. Chemical Engineering Communications, 189 (11), pp. 1498-1516. (2002) DOI: 10.1080/00986440214996
  • Minghan Han; Hongfei Lin; Jinfu Wang; Yong Jin. Liquid Holdup for Two-Phase Countercurrent Flow in the Packed Column with a Novel Internal. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 41 (17), pp. 4435-4438. (2002) DOI: 10.1021/ie010858c
  • Minghan Han; Hongfei Lin; Lunwei Wang; Yong Jin. Characteristics of the Reactive Distillation Column with a Novel Internal. Chemical Engineering Science, 57 (9), pp. 1551-1555. (2002) DOI: 10.1016/S0009-2509(02)00029-5
  • Hongfei Lin; Minghan Han; Zhanwen Wang; Yong Jin. New Internal Structure used in Catalytic Distillation Reactor. II. Synthesis of Cumene. Petrochemical Technology, 29 (11), pp. 849-852. (2000)
  • Minghan Han; Hongfei Lin; Wang Zhanwen Wang; Yong Jin. New Internal Structure used in Catalytic Distillation Reactor I. Internal Structure. Petrochemical Technology, 29 (9), pp. 674-677. (2000)
  • Fei Wei; Hongfei Lin; Yi Cheng; Zhanwen Wang; Yong Jin. Profiles of Particle Velocity and Solids Fraction in a High-density Riser. Powder Technology, 100 (2-3), pp. 183-189. (1998) DOI: 10.1016/S0032-5910(98)00139-9

Book Chapters

  • Lisha Yang; Ji Su; Xiaokun Yang; Hongfei Lin*. “Catalytic Oxidation Pathways for the Production of Carboxylic Acids from Biomass” in the book entitled ” Reaction Pathways and Mechanisms in Thermocatalytic Biomass Conversion” C. Zhang and M. Schlaf (editors), Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2015.
  • Hongfei Lin*; Ji Su; Ying Liu; Lisha Yang. “Catalytic Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Value-Added Organic Acids in Aqueous Media” in the book entitled “Application of Hydrothermal Reactions to Biomass Conversion” F. Jin (editor), ISBN 978-3-642-54457-6, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp 109–138, 2014.
  • Kalliat T. Valsaraj; R. Ravikrishna; Hongfei Lin; Qingzhong Yuan. “Mineral oxides as reusable adsorbents for wastewater treatment”, in the book entitled “Advances in Environmental Materials Volume I Pollution Control Materials” T. White, D. Sun (editors), Materials Research Society, Singapore, pp. 125-137, 2001.

Patents and Patent Applications

  • “Production of organic materials using solid catalysts” H. Lin, L. Yang, US10252251, April 9th, 2019.
  • Hongfei Lin. University of Nevada, Reno. Catalytic Process for Conversion of Ammonia or Amine Captured Carbon Dioxide into Formic Acid or Formate Salts. (2014) US Patent: Provisional Patent Application No. 62/080,109
  • Hongfei Lin. University of Nevada, Reno. Catalytic Process for Conversion of Biomass into Hydrocarbon Fuels. (2012) US Patent: Application No. 13/628,656
  • Sagar Gadewar, Michael Wyrsta, Philip Grosso, Aihua Zhang, Eric W. McFarland, Zachary J.A. Komon, Jeffrey H. Sherman, Peter Stoimenov, Hongfei Lin, Shawn Huff, Shouli Sun, GRT, Inc. Continuous process for converting natural gas to liquid hydrocarbons. (2009) US Patent: Publication No. US8415517 B2; also published as CN102099316A, EP2326610A1, EP2326610B1, EP2326610A4, EP2399886A1, WO2010009376A1, WO2010009376A8.
  • Minghan Han; Hongfei Lin; Yong Jin; Zhanwen Wang; Jinfu Wang; Fengqi Lu. Catalytic rectifying reactor. (2002). China Patent: CN1234293.