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DNL is China's first National Laboratory in the field of energy research, and integrates laboratories across DICP and other institutions. Research at DNL is focused on the efficient conversion and optimal utilization of fossil energy, clean energy conversion technologies and the economically viable use of solar and biomass energy. The research activities will benefit from the existing strong background of the DICP in chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, biology, and materials science, in addition to our extensive network of national and international collaborations. The DNL is subdivided into 10 divisions.

Division of Fossil Energy Conversion

This division focuses on the key scientific issues in the chemical conversion and efficient use of fossil energy. The aim is to develop new technologies, novel catalysts, and catalytic processes.

Division of Low-Carbon Catalysis and Engineering

This division focuses on applied and engineering research of catalytic conversion of low carbon resources, and their important intermediates for new oil substitution technologies based on zeolite and acid-base catalysis. It is also the National Engineering Lab for Methanol to Olefin and the National Energy R&D Center for Low-Carbon Catalysis and Engineering.

Division of Energy Environmental Engineering

This division focuses on atmospheric pollution control, waste water treatment, energy conservation, emissions reduction, and membrane separation technologies.

Division of Fuel Cells and Batteries

This division focuses on the development of novel power sources for electric vehicles, portable devices, distributed power stations, etc., through basic and engineering research on key materials, core components, system integration, process monitoring, and other related fields.

Division of Energy Storage

This division focuses on the development of a high performance, low cost battery system through studying battery key materials, components, stacks and system design and integration, in order to meet the great demand for renewable energy and smart grid construction for large scale energy storage and the electrical vehicle development for high energy density batteries.

Division of Hydrogen Energy and Advanced Materials

This division focuses on the research and development of key technologies in producing, storing, purifying, and utilizing hydrogen, emphasizing advanced materials for hydrogen storage, purification, and greenhouse gas separation and storage.

Division of Biomass Conversion and Bio-Energy

Building on a foundation of catalytic chemistry, organic chemistry and the bio-chemical industry, this division focuses on the key scientific issues in biomass conversion, especially in exploiting the bio-refinery pathways and methods for bio-based raw materials. The feedstocks include lignocellulose, carbohydrates, polyols, lipids, and other biomass energy sources. New technologies will be developed through our innovative research into the production of bio-based liquid fuels, and bulk and fine chemicals, which will alleviate and eventually break our reliance on fossil fuels.

Division of Solar Energy

This division focuses on the direct conversion from solar energy to chemical and electrical energy. Our aim is to explore core technologies in the field of solar energy conversion; to engage in the most pressing scientific issues of solar energy conversion; and to develop our own solar fuels and cell preparation techniques.

Division of Basic and Strategic Studies on Energy

This division focuses on the fundamental issues in the frontiers of energy sciences and strategies. The current research is dedicated to the energy applications of nano sciences and technologies. The division also serves as an agency to offer consultancy, training and educational programs related to energy research and development.

Division of Energy Research Resources 

This division is a common platform equipped with different state-of-the-art instruments. It opens to all faculties and students in DICP.


Laboratory of Instrumentation and Analytical Chemistry

This laboratory focuses on the development of new methods and technologies on sample preparation, separation, and identification of complex samples. The aim is to develop the instruments for sampling and sample preparation and miniaturized portable instruments for on-site detection of drugs, explosives and environmental pollutants, which are expected to be applied for environmental monitoring, food safety, the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, natural products, and public security.

Laboratory of Fine Chemicals

This laboratory focuses on asymmetric catalysis, catalytic oxidation and epoxidation, catalytic fluorination, chlorination, and new catalyst systems. The aim is to develop new synthetic technology for fine chemicals with an emphasis on the development of environmentally sustainable pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, and to discover leading compounds and new high efficiency and safety agrochemicals by combinatorial synthetic technology.

State Key Laboratory of Catalysis

This laboratory focuses on investigations into new catalytic reactions, new catalytic materials and new characterization techniques for these reactions and materials. We aim for in-situ characterization, under working conditions, of catalytically active phases, active sites, and reaction mechanisms. Research projects are targeted at developing catalytic science and technology for fields of energy, the environment, and the synthesis of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Laboratory of Chemical Lasers

This laboratory focuses on short wavelength chemical lasers. It is primarily engaged in both basic and applied research relating to chemical lasers. This is also a CAS Key Laboratory of Chemical Lasers.

State Key Laboratory of Molecular Reaction Dynamics

This laboratory focuses on the development of advanced experimental and theoretical methods to investigate the reaction mechanisms and dynamics of important chemical processes. We will focus on atmospheric chemistry, the chemistry of energy conversion, chemical lasers, and biological molecules at the atomic and molecular level.

Laboratory of Catalysis and New Materials

This laboratory aims to establish a national R&D base in the field of catalyst and new materials. Our research interests are primarily focused on the technologies for hydrazine decomposition, nontoxic propellants, gelled propellants and special materials. We strive to place equal importance on both basic and applied research.

Laboratory of Biotechnology

This laboratory aims at reaching the national key requirements for human health. The laboratory focuses on the systems chemical biology studies based on holistic analysis of gene, protein and metabolite level, natural bioactive based pharmaceutical biotechnology, renewable energy and environmental biotechnology. Seven research groups from this laboratory and the Laboratory of

Instrumentation and Analytical Chemistry established the CAS Key Laboratory of Separation Sciences for Analytical Chemistry.


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