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Atomic Materials for Catalysis Research Group

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Our research group works on the heterogeneous catalysis for renewable energy and sustainable chemistry, and nano/micro-scale stretchable energy storage devices for powering nano-bioelectronics and microelectronics.  We aim to develop catalysts based on atomic-scale design for conversion of abundant feedstocks like C1 molecules into value-added chemicals or fuels and biomass upgrading to biofuels and hydrocarbons. We also target to enhance the fundamental understanding of electronic and geometric structure-catalysis relationship. Meanwhile we integrate materials science, chemical engineering and electrical  engineering to design and fabricate nano/micro-scale flexible electrochemical energy storage devices.


07/23/2018 The paper entitled "Reflux pretreatment-mediated sonication: A new universal route to obtain 2D quantum dots" is published in Materials Today.

06/1/2018 Dr. Wu receives the ORAU Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award .

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5/1/2018 Dr. Wu receives the New Faculty Development Award from office of Research, University of Cincinnati.

03/25/2018 The paper entitled "Electrochemical CO2 Reduction with Atomic Iron‐Dispersed on Nitrogen‐Doped Graphene" is online in Advanced Energy Materials.

03/15/2018 Dr. Wu wins the University Research Council Faculty Research Cost Support Award.

03/10/2018 Dr. Xiaojie She from Jiangsu University joins our group as a postdoc.

12/15/2017 Our paper entitled "Cryo-mediated exfoliation and fracturing of layered materials into 2D quantum dots" is published in Science Advances.


  Hydrogen evolution: Not living on the edge

Transition-metal dichalcogenides are appealing catalysts for Hgeneration from water. They tend to rely on scarce edge sites, rather than the more abundant basal-plane sites, to drive catalysis. Now, guided by computation, H-TaS2 and H-NbS2 are proposed as highly basal-plane-active catalysts that improve with electrochemical cycling.

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 Doped nanotubes beat heavy metal for CO2 reduction

Avoiding the use of fossil fuels in energy production is high on the sustainability agenda and the likes of wind and solar power have come to the fore as viable alternatives. But, liquid and gas fuels are still needed for many applications. Instead of using fossil fuels, what if we could extract the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it into organic fuels in a process driven by wind or solar?

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Carbon dots dash toward ‘green’ recycling role

Graphene quantum dots may offer a simple way to recycle waste carbon dioxide into valuable fuel rather than release it into the atmosphere or bury it underground, according to Rice University scientists. 

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