Minfeng Fang was born and grew up in the southeast of China. He went up north to the capital Beijing and received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Peking University. He then came across the Pacific Ocean to America for Ph.D. studies, where he joined Professor Sánchez-Delgado’s group and has worked in the catalysis project on the development of novel high-performance nanostructured catalyst materials for hydrogenation of aromatics (mono-/polycyclic arenes, N-/S-heteroaromatcis) in relevance to the manufacture of cleaner fuels. He has demonstrated for the first time a unique ionic hydrogenation pathway on solid catalyst surfaces. His published work in 2011 was highlighted as a Hot Article by Royal Society of Chemistry.