Chen, Peirong

Associate Professor, male

Tel.:0086 18202023869

Accept applications for Bachelor, Master or Doctor thesis in Environmental Science & Engineering, Resources and Environment.


  • Since 2017. 11, Associate Professor, School of Environment and Energy, South China University of Technology, China

  • 2013. 12-2017. 10,Postdoc, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry/Center for Automotive Catalytic Systems Aachen, RWTH Aachen University, Germany; with Prof. Dr. Ulrich Simon

  • 2013. 07-2013. 11,Postdoc, Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany; with Prof. Dr. Martin Muhler


  1. 2010. 08-2013. 07,Dr. rer. nat. in Industrial Chemistry, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Martin Muhler

  2. 2007. 09-2010. 04,M. Eng. in Environmental Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Yaoguo Wu

  3. 2003. 09 -2007. 07,B. Sc. in Environmental Science, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China

Functions and Activities

  • Serving as a reviewer of Nature Communications、Applied Catalysis B: Environmental、ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces and other international journals

Research interests

  • catalytic abatement of automotive emissions, including selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3, NOx-storage/reduction, selective catalytic oxidation of slip NH3, CO/HCs oxidation, passive NOx/HCs adsorbers, etc.

  • Supported metal nanoparticles for selective transformation of VOCs

  • Zeolite-based gas sensors for automotive exhausts

Research projects

  1. Reinforcing the reaction-driven dynamic local motion of Cu active sites in Cu-CHA zeolite catalysts for improved low-temperature NH3-SCR efficiency (No.: 21976058, funded by the Natural Science Foundation of China)

  2. Nitrogen doping-mediated synthesis of highly reducible CuOx/NCNTs catalysts for low-temperature selective oxidation of slip ammonia (No.: 21806039, funded by the Natural Science Foundation of China)

  3. Hard-template preparation and NO oxidation activity of hierarchically porous Co-Mn mixed oxide catalysts (No.: 2018A030313302, funded by the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province)

  4. Nano-porous materials for catalysis and gas sensing (No.: 2020A1414010005, funded by Department of Science and Technology of Guangdong Province)

  5. Pearl River Talent Recruitment Program of Guangdong Province (No.: 2019QN01L170)

  6. Xinghua Talent program of South China University of Technology

  7. Development and commercialization of equipment for catalytic purification of industrial VOCs emission (funded by Shaoguan Municipal Science and Technology Bureau)

  8. Development of regeneration technology for carbon-based VOCs adsorbents (industry-funded)

  9. Development of novel VOCs purification catalysts based on the recycling of spent DeNOx catalysts (industry-funded)

Academic achievements

Selected publications
  1. V. Rizzotto, D. Chen, B.M. Tabak, J.-Y. Yang, D. Ye, U. Simon, Peirong Chen.* Spectroscopic identification and catalytic relevance of NH4+ intermediates in selective NOx reduction over Cu-SSZ-13 zeolites. Chemosphere, 2020, 250, 126272. (IF 5.778)

  2. Peirong Chen,* V. Rizzotto, A. Khetan, K. Xie, R. Moos, H. Pitsch, D. Ye, U. Simon.* Mechanistic Understanding of Cu-CHA Catalyst as Sensor for Direct NH3-SCR Monitoring: The Role of Cu Mobility. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2019, 11, 8097–8105. (IF 8.758)

  3. Peirong Chen,* A. Khetan, M. Jablonska, J. Simboeck, M. Muhler, R. Palkovits, H. Pitsch, U. Simon.* Local dynamics of copper active sites in zeolite catalysts for selective catalytic reduction of NOx with NH3. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2018, 237, 263–272. (IF 16.683)

  4. Peirong Chen,# A. Khetan,# F. Yang, V. Migunov, P. Weide, K. Kaehler, Wei Xia, J. Mayer, H. Pitsch, U. Simon,* M. Muhler.* Experimental and theoretical understanding of nitrogen doping-induced strong metal-support interactions in Pd/TiO2 catalysts for nitrobenzene hydrogenation. ACS Catalysis, 2017, 7, 1197–1206. (IF 12.350)

  5. Peirong Chen,* M. Jablonska, P. Weide, T. Caumanns, T. Weirich, M. Muhler, R. Moos, R. Palkovits, U. Simon.* Formation and effect of NH4+ intermediates in NH3-SCR over Fe-ZSM-5 zeolite catalysts. ACS Catalysis, 2016, 6, 7696–7700. (IF 12.350)

  6. Peirong Chen,* J. Simboeck, S. Schoenebaum, D. Rauch, R. Palkovits, R. Moos, U. Simon.* Monitoring the storage and conversion of NH3 within Cu-ZSM-5 and Cu-SAPO-34 catalysts for NH3-SCR by simultaneous impedance and DRIFT spectroscopy. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 2016, 236, 1075-1082. (IF 7.100)

  7. Peirong Chen,* P. Weide, S. Schoenebaum, D. Rauch, T. Simons, M. Muhler, R. Moos, U. Simon.* The effect of Cu and Fe cations on NH3-supported proton transport in DeNOx-SCR zeolite catalysts. Catalysis Science & Technology, 2016, 6, 3362-3366. (IF 5.721)

  8. Peirong Chen,* R. Moos, U. Simon. Metal loading affects the proton transport properties and the reaction monitoring performance of Fe-ZSM-5 and Cu-ZSM-5 in NH3-SCR. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2016, 120, 25361–25370. (IF 4.189)

  9. Peirong Chen, F. Yang, A. Kostka, W. Xia.* Interaction of cobalt nanoparticles with oxygen- and nitrogen-functionalized carbon nanotubes and impact on nitrobenzene hydrogenation catalysis. ACS Catalysis, 2014, 4, 1478-1486. (IF 12.350)

  10. Peirong Chen, L. Chew, W. Xia.* The influence of the residual growth catalyst in functionalized carbon nanotubes on the supported Pt nanoparticles for selective olefin hydrogenation. Journal of Catalysis, 2013, 307, 84-93. (IF 7.888)

  11. Peirong Chen, L. Chew, A. Kostka, K. Xie, M. Muhler, W. Xia.* Purified oxygen- and nitrogen-modified multi-walled carbon nanotubes as metal-free catalysts for selective olefin hydrogenation. Journal of Energy Chemistry, 2013, 22, 312-320. (IF 7.216)

  12. Peirong Chen, L. Chew, A. Kostka, M. Muhler, W. Xia.* The structural and electronic promoting effect of nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes on supported Pd nanoparticles for selective olefin hydrogenation. Catalysis Science & Technology, 2013, 3, 1964-1971. (IF 5.721)(*通讯作者,#共同第一作者)


  1. One-pot synthesis of small-pore zeolite-supported precious metal catalysts and applications thereof (App. No.: 202010746570.0.)

  2. Small-pore zeolite-supported bimetallic catalysts and applications thereof (App. No.: 202010653519.5)

Teaching and thesis supervision

  • Teaching:Air Pollution Control Engineering (for Bachelor), Environmental Catalysis (for Master), Advances in Air Pollution Control (for PhD)

  • Thesis: supervising five PhD students and six Master students