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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.

NEWS

10/16/2019 The  paper "Spontaneous self-intercalation of copper atoms into transition-metal dichalcogenides " in collaboration with Rice University and Wuhan University  is accepted by Science Advances. 

10/09/2019 The paper "Atomic Ru Immobilized on Porous h-BN through Simple Vacuum Filtration for Highly Active and Selective CO2 Methanation" is online in ACS Catalysis, https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acscatal.9b02197.

09/27/2019 The collaborative paper "Metal-Oxide-Mediated Subtractive Manufacturing of Two-Dimensional Carbon Nitride for High-Efficiency and High-Yield Photocatalytic H2 Evolution" with Jiangsu University is published online in ACS Nano,   https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsnano.9b04443.

04/09/2019 The paper "Discovering superior basal plane active two-dimensional catalysts for hydrogen evolution" is online in Materials Today, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mattod.2019.02.014.

04/01/2019 Dr. Wu receives CEAS Faculty Development Award.

03/31/2019 Two projects were selected for funding through UC Office of Research Collaborative Research Advancement Grants Program - Track 1: Pilot Teams.

1/20/2019 Dr. Linping Sun from Changchun University of Technology joins our group as a visiting professor. Welcome Dr. Sun!

1/17/2019 The paper "Doping nanoscale graphene domain improves magnetism in hexagonal boron nitride" is published in Advanced Materialshttps://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201805778

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

  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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