Xile Hu

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering,
EPFL-ISIC-LSCI, BCH 3305, Lausanne, CH 1015, Switzerland

Xile Hu was born in 1978 in Putian, Fijian Province, China. He received a B.S. degree from Peking University (2000; advisor: Prof. Jianhua Lin) and a Ph.D. degree from the University of California, San Diego (2004; advisor: Prof. Karsten Meyer). He carried out a postdoctoral study at the California Institute of Technology (advisor: Prof. Jonas Peters) before joining the faculty of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as a tenure-track assistant professor in 2007. He was promoted to associate professor in January 2013 and full professor in June 2016. He directs an interdisciplinary research program to develop catalysis for sustainable synthesis of added-value chemicals and for cost-effective production of solar and electric fuels. His group is unifying concepts and methods in homogeneous, heterogeneous, and enzyme catalysis to obtain fundamental understanding of catalysis and novel catalysts.
Selected publications:
  • Modulating Electric Field Distribution by Alkali Cations for CO2 Electroreduction in Strongly Acidic Medium Jun Gu, Shuo Liu, Weiyan Ni, Wenhao Ren, Sophia Haussener, Xile Hu* Nature Catalysis, 2022, 5, 268-276.
  • An efficient nickel hydrogen oxidation catalyst for hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cells Weiyan Ni, Teng Wang, Florent E. Héroguel, Anna Krammer, Seunghwa Lee, Liang Yao, Andreas Schüler, Jeremy S. Luterbacher, Yushan Yan,* and Xile Hu* Nature Materials 2022, 21, 804-810.
  • Enantio- and diastereoselective construction of vicinal C(sp3) centres via nickel-catalysed hydroalkylation of alkenes Srikrishna Bera, Chao Fan, Xile Hu* Nature Catalysis 2022, 5, 1180-1187.
  • Branched Poly(aryl piperidinium) Membranes for Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells Xingyu Wu, Nanjun Chen, Harm-Anton Klok, Young Moo Lee,* Xile Hu* Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2022, e202114892.
  • Double-Atom Catalysts as a Molecular Platform for Heterogeneous Oxygen Evolution Lichen Bai, Chia-Shuo Hsu, Duncan Alexander, Hao Ming Chen,* Xile Hu* Nature Energy 2021, 6, 1054–1066.
  • Atomically dispersed Fe3+ sites catalyze efficient CO2 electroreduction to CO Jun Gu, Chia-Shuo Hsu, Lichen Bai, Hao Ming Chen*, and Xile Hu* Science, 2019, 364, 1091-1094.
  • A catalytically active [Mn]-hydrogenase incorporating a non-native metal cofactor Hui-Jie Pan, Gangfeng Huang, Matthew D. Wodrich, Farzaneh Fadaei Tirani, Kenichi Ataka, Seigo Shima* and Xile Hu* Nature Chemistry 2019, 11, 669-675.