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Our research group works on the heterogeneous catalysis for renewable energy and sustainable chemistry. We aim to develop catalysts based on atomic-scale design, electrodes, and electrochemical systmes 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, such as ligand and defect effects.. We are interested in multiple energy sources such as photo-/electro-/thermo-/magneto-energy to chemical energy conversion.

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07/09/2020 Postdoctoral research associates openings

We are hiring two postdoctoral research associates to fill research roles in electrocatalysis and reaction engineering for C1 molecules transformation. The research is mission driven to meet with the DOE target of efficient and scalable electroproduction of fuels and feedstocks from CO2, CO, and CH4. Experience with CO2 reduction and CH4 activation is preferred. The research will be primarily experimental on catalysts and reaction engineering, but knowledge of catalyst fundamentals and links to modeling of catalyst surface chemistry is of interest. Additionally, the candidates are expected to bring excellent communication skills, including the capacity to offer thoughtful and clear technical guidance on research projects, and clear and efficient writing. The expected start date is October 1 2020 or January 1 2021.

The chosen candidate is expected to conduct independent research in the areas of:

– Chemical/Electrochemical reaction engineering and chemical process

– Electrochemical system design and scale-up

– Electrocatalysts synthesis and characterization

– Multiscale modeling coupling the transport phenomena with electrochemical reaction

Please send your CV to Dr. Jingjie Wu (jingjie.wu@uc.edu) for inquiry.

06/25/2020 The joint project of CO2-to-C2H4 conversion together with ULL has been funded by DOE NETL with a total award of $1.25 M. This project will support our group  to develop electrodes for electrochemical CO2 reduction towards industrial application.

05/01/2020 Tianyu's paper "Enhance CO2-to-C2+ products yield through spatial management of CO transport in Cu/ZnO tandem electrodes" is accepted by Journal of Catalysis

04/12/2020 The  paper "Tandem Electrodes for Carbon Dioxide Reduction into C2+ Products at Simultaneously High Production Efficiency and Rate"  is published in Cell Reports Physical Science. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xcrp.2020.100051

03/12/2020 jianfang's paper "Confinement of intermediates in blue TiO2 nanotube arrays boosts reaction rate of nitrogen electrocatalysis"  is published in ChemCatChem. 

01/12/2020 Tianyu's paper "Nickel-nitrogen-carbon molecular catalysts for high rate CO2 electro-reduction to CO: on the role of carbon substrate and reaction chemistry"  is published in ACS Applied Energy Materials. 

02/01/2020 The  paper "Spontaneous self-intercalation of copper atoms into transition-metal dichalcogenides " in collaboration with Rice University and Wuhan University  is published by Science Advances. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aay4092


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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