Jiantao ZAIAssociate Professor

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Email: zaijiantao@sjtu.edu.cn 
Home Page: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/I-8703-2012 

Educational Background


2003.09-2007.07 Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, B.A. Applied Chemistry,

2007.09-2012.10 Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, PhD. Applied Chemistry,

Work Experience

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE                                                        

2012.11-2013.12 Postdoctoral researcher, Pennsylvania State University, USA

2014.01-2018.1 Lecturer, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

2018.01- Associate Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Research Interests

Research Interest & Experience                                                          

My research interests are controlled synthesis of inorganc energy materials via solvo-and hydrothermal method, regulate the electrical properties via controlling their compositions, defects, phases and the formation of junctions. and improve their performances in energy storage and conversion. Recently, I focusing on the constructing of surface charged materials via junctions and doping, and exploring their applications in electrocatalysis. We have developed some universal methods on the synthesis of mono-dispersed multiple sulfides and their heterojunctions (Ag-Ag8SnS6, Ag-Ag8GeS6, Ag2S-Ag8GeS6 and CoS2-CoS), which shows unique electrocatalytic activity on the redox reactions of I- and I3- in flow batteries.

With an H index of 28, he has published 74 papers, and 5 papers were selected as ESI Highly Cited Papers. He was honored the first prize (No. 5) of Shanghai Natural Science (2015), and were selected in the Shanghai ChenGuang and Rising-Star Programs.

Research Project






[1] Li Xiaomin, Qian Tianyue, Zai Jiantao*, He Kai, Feng Zhenxing, and Qian Xuefeng*, Co stabilized metallic 1Td MoS2 monolayers: Bottom-up synthesis and enhanced capacitance with ultra-long cycling stability. Materials Today Energy, 2018. 7: 10-17.

[2] Li Xiaomin, Feng Zhenxing, Zai Jiantao*, Ma Zi-Feng, and Qian Xuefeng*, Incorporation of Co into MoS2/graphene nanocomposites: One effective way to enhance the cycling stability of Li/Na storage. Journal of Power Sources, 2018. 373: 103-109.

[3] Zai Jiantao, Liu Yuanyuan, Li Xiaomin, Ma Zi-feng, Qi Rongrong *, Qian Xuefeng*. 3D hierarchical Co-Al layered double hydroxides with long-term stability and high rate performances in supercapacitors. Nano-Micro Letters, 2017, 9:21.

[4] Zai Jiantao, Cao Fenglei, Liang Na, Yu Ke, Tian Yuan, Sun Huai, Qian Xuefeng*. Rose-like I-doped Bi2O2CO3 microspheres with enhanced visible light response: DFT calculation, synthesis and photocatalytic performance. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2017, 321 464.

[5] Li Xiaomin, Zai Jiantao*, Xiang Shijie, Liu Yuanyuan, He Xiaobo, Xu Zheying, Wang Kaixue, Ma Zifeng, Qian Xuefeng*. Regeneration of Metal Sulfides in the Delithiation Process: The Key to Cyclic Stability. Advanced Energy Materials, 2016, 201601056

[6] Huang Shoushuang, Zai Jiantao*, Ma Dui, He Qingquan, Liu Yuanyuan, Qiao Qiquan, Qian Xuefeng*. Colloidal synthesis of wurtz-stannite Cu2CdGeS4 nanocrystals with high catalytic activity toward iodine redox couples in dye-sensitized solar cells. Chemical Communications, 2016, 52 (72): 10866.

[7] Li Bo, Xiao Zhujun, Chen Ming, Huang Ziyue, Tie Xiaoyong, Zai Jiantao, and Qian Xuefeng, Rice husk-derived hybrid lithium-ion capacitors with ultra-high energy. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2017. 5(46): 24502-24507.

[8] Li Bo, Qi Rongrong*, Zai Jiantao*, Du Feihu, Xue Chi, Jin Ying, Jin Chengyou, Ma Zifeng, Qian Xuefeng*. Silica Wastes to High-Performance Lithium Storage Materials: A Rational Designed Al2O3 Coating Assisted Magnesiothermic Process. Small, 2016, 12(38):5281

[9] Liu Xuejiao, Zai Jiantao*, Li Bo, Zou Jian, Ma Zifeng, Qian Xuefeng. Na2Ge4O9 nanoparticles encapsulated in 3D carbon networks with long-term stability and superior rate capability in lithium ion batteries. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2016, 4 (27): 10552.

[10] Min Wang, Jiantao Zai*, Bo Li, Yan Wang, Shoushuang Huang, Qingquan He, and Xuefeng Qian*. Hierarchical Cu2-XSe nanotubes constructed by two-unit-cell-thick nanosheets: room-temperature synthesis and promoted electrocatalytic activity towards polysulfides. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2016. 4(13): p. 4790-4796.

[11] Bo Li, Xiaomin Li, Jiantao Zai*, and Xuefeng Qian*. Facile Synthesis of Porous Zn-Sn-O Nanocubes and Their Electrochemical Performances. Nano-Micro Letters. 2016. 8(2): p. 174-181.

[12] Elbohy, H., M. R. Kim, A. Dubey, K. M. Reza, D. L. Ma*, J. T. Zai*, X. F. Qian*, and Q. Q. Qiao*. Incorporation of plasmonic Au nanostars into photoanodes for high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2016. 4(2): p. 545-551.

[13] Adhikari, N., A. Dubey, E. A. Gaml, B. Vaagensmith, K. M. Reza, S. A. A. Mabrouk, S. P. Gu, Jiantao Zai*, X. F. Qian*, and Q. Q. Qiao*. Crystallization of a perovskite film for higher performance solar cells by controlling water concentration in methyl ammonium iodide precursor solution. Nanoscale. 2016. 8(5): p. 2693-2703.

[14] Qi Zhu, Wenlong Chen, Fang Dai, Yanping Yuan, Xiangyang Wu, Jiantao Zai*, Rongrong Qi*, and Xuefeng Qian. Water Soluble CuInSe2 Nanoplates: Controlled Synthesis, Photoelectric Response and Electrocatalytic Reduction of Polysulfides. ChemNanoMat. 2015. 1(1): p. 52-57.

[15] Jiantao Zai, and Xuefeng Qian*. Three dimensional metal oxides-graphene composites and their applications in lithium ion batteries. Rsc Advances. 2015. 5(12): p. 8814-8834.

[16] Miao Xu, Tiannan Ye, Fang Dai, Jindi Yang, Jingmei Shen, Qingquan He, Wenlong Chen, Na Liang, Jiantao Zai*, and Xuefeng Qian*. Rationally Designed n–n Heterojunction with Highly Efficient Solar Hydrogen Evolution. ChemSusChem. 2015. 8(7): p. 1218-25.

[17] Min Wang, Wenlong Chen, Jiantao Zai*, Shoushuang Huang, Qingquan He, Wei Zhang, Qiquan Qiao*, and Xuefeng Qian*. Hierarchical Cu7S4 nanotubes assembled by hexagonal nanoplates with high catalytic performance for quantum dot-sensitized solar cells. Journal Of Power Sources. 2015. 299: p. 212-220.

[18] Shoushuang Huang, Qingquan He, Jiantao Zai*, Min Wang, Xiaomin Li, Bo Li, and Xuefeng Qian*. The role of Mott-Schottky heterojunctions in PtCo-Cu2ZnGeS4 as counter electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells. Chemical Communications. 2015. 51(43): p. 8950-3.

[19] Shoushuang Huang, Qingquan He, Wenlong Chen, Jiantao Zai*, Qiquan Qiao*, and Xuefeng Qian*. 3D hierarchical FeSe2 microspheres: Controlled synthesis and applications in dye-sensitized solar cells. Nano Energy. 2015. 15(0): p. 205-215.

[20] Shoushuang Huang, Qingquan He, Wenlong Chen, Qiquan Qiao*, Jiantao Zai*, and Xuefeng Qian*. Ultrathin FeSe2 Nanosheets: Controlled Synthesis and Application as a Heterogeneous Catalyst in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Chemistry – A European Journal. 2015. 21(10): p. 4085-4091.

[21] Qingquan He, Tianyue Qian, Jiantao Zai*, Qiquan Qiao, Shoushuang Huang, Yiran Li, and Min Wang. Efficient Ag8GeS6 Counter Electrode Prepared From Nanocrystal Ink for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2015. 3(40): p. 20359-20365.

[22] Qingquan He, Shoushuang Huang, Jiantao Zai*, Nianqi Tang, Bo Li, Qiquan Qiao, and Xuefeng Qian*. Efficient Counter Electrode Manufactured from Ag2S Nanocrystal Ink for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. Chemistry – A European Journal. 2015. 21(43): p. 15153-15157.

[23] Qingquan He, Shoushuang Huang, Cheng Wang, Qiquan Qiao*, Na Liang, Miao Xu, Wenlong Chen, Jiantao Zai*, and Xuefeng Qian*. The Role of Mott–Schottky Heterojunctions in Ag–Ag8SnS6 as Counter Electrodes in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. ChemSusChem. 2015. 8(5): p. 817-820.

[24] Wenlong Chen, Min Wang, Tianyue Qian, Hongliang Cao*, Shoushuang Huang, Qingquan He, Na Liang, Cheng Wang*, and Jiantao Zai*. Rational design and fabrication of skeletal Cu7S4 nanocages for efficient counter electrode in quantum dot-sensitized solar cells. Nano Energy. 2015. 12(0): p. 186-196.

[25] Aboagye, Alex, Hytham Elbohy, Ajit Kelkar, Qiquan Qiao, Jiantao Zai*, Xuefeng Qian*, and Lifeng Zhang*. Electrospun carbon nanofibers with surface-attached platinum nanoparticles as cost-effective and efficient counter electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells. Nano Energy. 2015. 11(0): p. 550-556.

[26] Miao Xu, Min Wang, Tiannan Ye, Na Liang, Lun Jin, Jiantao Zai*, and Xuefeng Qian*. Cube-in-Cube Hollow Cu9S5 Nanostructures with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activities in Solar H2 Evolution. Chemistry – A European Journal. 2014. 20(42): p. 13576-13582.

[27] Yinglin Xiao, Jiantao Zai*, Xiaomin Li, Yong Gong, Bo Li, Qianyan Han, and Xuefeng Qian*. Polydopamine functionalized graphene/NiFe2O4 nanocomposite with improving Li storage performances. Nano Energy. 2014. 6(0): p. 51-58.

[28] Yinglin Xiao, Xiaomin Li, Jiantao Zai*, Kaixue Wang, Yong Gong, Bo Li, Qianyan Han, and Xuefeng Qian*. CoFe2O4-Graphene Nanocomposites Synthesized through An Ultrasonic Method with Enhanced Performances as Anode Materials for Li-ion Batteries. Nano-Micro Letters. 2014. 6(4): p. 307-315.

[29] Thapa, Amit†, Jiantao Zai†, Hytham Elbohy, Prashant Poudel, Nirmal Adhikari, Xuefeng Qian*, and Qiquan Qiao*. TiO2 coated urchin-like SnO2 microspheres for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells. Nano Research. 2014. 7(8): p. 1154-1163.

[30] Na Liang, Jiantao Zai*, Miao Xu, Qi Zhu, Xiao Wei, and Xuefeng Qian*. Novel Bi2S3/Bi2O2CO3 heterojunction photocatalysts with enhanced visible light responsive activity and wastewater treatment. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2014. 2(12): p. 4208-4216.

[31] Na Liang, Min Wang, Lun Jin, Shoushuang Huang, Wenlong Chen, Miao Xu, Qingquan He, Jiantao Zai*, Nenghu Fang, and Xuefeng Qian*. High efficient Ag2O/Bi2O2CO3 p-n heterojunction photocatalysts with improved visible light responsive activity. ACS applied materials & interfaces. 2014. 6(14): p. 11698-705.

[32] Na Liang, Qingquan He, Shoushuang Huang, Min Wang, Wenlong Chen, Miao Xu, Yanping Yuan, Jiantao Zai*, Nenghu Fang, and Xuefeng Qian*. AgInxGa1-xS2 solid solution nanocrystals: synthesis, band gap tuning and photocatalytic activity. Crystengcomm. 2014. 16(43): p. 10123-10130.

[33] Bo Li, Jiantao Zai*, Yinglin Xiao, Qianyan Han, and Xuefeng Qian*. SnO2/C composites fabricated by a biotemplating method from cotton and their electrochemical performances. Crystengcomm. 2014. 16(16): p. 3318-3322.

[34] Fang Dai †,Jiantao Zai †, Ran Yi, Gordin Mikhail L., Sohn Hiesang, Shuru Chen, Donghai Wang*. Bottom-up synthesis of high surface area mesoporous crystalline silicon and evaluation of its hydrogen evolution performance. Nature communications. 2014. 5: p. 3605. (共一作)

[35] Jiantao Zai†, Jun Zhu†, Rongrong Qi*, Xuefeng Qian. Nearly monodispersed In(OH)3 hierarchical nanospheres and nanocubes: tunable ligand-assisted synthesis and their conversion into hierarchical In2O3 for gas sensing. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 2013. 1(3): p. 735-745. (共一作)

[36] Jiantao Zai, Chao Yu, Liqi Tao, Miao Xu, Yinglin Xiao, Bo Li, Qianyan Han, Kaixue Wang, and Xuefeng Qian*. Synthesis of Ni-doped NiO/RGONS nanocomposites with enhanced rate capabilities as anode materials for Li ion batteries. Crystengcomm. 2013. 15(34): p. 6663-6671.

[37] Jiantao Zai, , Hongjin Chen, Chongwen Huang, Jie Huang, Fukun Chen, Miao Xu, and Xuefeng Qian*. The fabrication of hollow cubic-like CuInS2 cages using Cu2O crystals as sacrificing template. Materials Chemistry and Physics. 2013. 143(1): p. 15-18.

[38] Jiantao Zai, Chao Yu, Qiong Zou, Liqi Tao, Kaixue Wang, Qianyan Han, Bo Li, Yinglin Xiao, Xuefeng Qian*, and Rongrong Qi. Magnetite modified graphene nanosheets with improved rate performance and cyclic stability for Li ion battery anodes. Rsc Advances. 2012. 2(10): p. 4397-4403.

[39] Jiantao Zai, Xuefeng Qian*, Kaixue Wang, Chao Yu, Liqi Tao, Yinglin Xiao, and Jiesheng Chen. 3D-hierarchical SnS2 micro/nano-structures: controlled synthesis, formation mechanism and lithium ion storage performances. Crystengcomm. 2012. 14(4): p. 1364-1375.

[40] Liqi Tao†, Jiantao Zai†, Kaixue Wang, Yihang Wan, Haojie Zhang, Chao Yu, Yinglin Xiao, and Xuefeng Qian*. 3D-hierarchical NiO-graphene nanosheet composites as anodes for lithium ion batteries with improved reversible capacity and cycle stability. Rsc Advances. 2012. 2(8): p. 3410-3415. (共一作)

[41] Jiantao Zai, Kaixue Wang, Yuezeng Su, Xuefeng Qian*, and Jiesheng Chen. High stability and superior rate capability of three-dimensional hierarchical SnS2 microspheres as anode material in lithium ion batteries. Journal of Power Sources. 2011. 196(7): p. 3650-3654.



Software Copyright Reqistration and Patent

2018-2021 Shanghai Rising-Star Program, 18QA1402400: Charge active center in solid state materials: synthesis and applications.

2017-2020 Program of Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai, 17ZR1441200, Nitrogenase-inspired Fe-Mo-S with coordination gap and rich electron active center: synthesis and catalytic performances

2013-2016 Shanghai Chenguang project, 13CG10: Controlled synthesis of Chalcopyrite materials with tunable band gaps,

2016-2018 Program of National Natural Science Foundation of China (21501120): Liquid synthesis and photocatalytic performances of porous SiC and Si1-xGexC solid solutions,

2014-2018 Controlled synthesis of rare earth light-cutting phosphor and their application in Si-solar cells, opening funding of State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization (RERU2016024)

[1] Ashish Dubey†;Jiantao Zai†; Xuefeng Qian and Qiquan Qiao*,"Metal oxide nanocrystals and their properties for application in solar cells" Charpter No. 28 in Handbook of Nanomaterials Properties(Bharat Bhushan (ed.))ISBN 978-3-642-31106-2, 2014

Honors and Awards


2018 Shanghai Rising-Star Program (Type A)

2017 Chenxing-Lecturer in SJTU

2015 First Prize of Shanghai Natual Science Award (No 5),

2014 Shanghai Chenguang Project

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