Eric unveils the details of SEI layers that are relevant for ammonia e-synthesis

by on September 8, 2023 11:01 pm
Eric led a collaboration that investigated the Solid-Electrolyte Interphase in Ammonia Electrosynthesis and revealed its importance to produce ammonia from nitrogen reduction using electrons and was published in ACS Energy Letters! Read the work here:  

Steven is a JEDI champion!

by on August 22, 2023 3:31 am
Steven is awarded the Postdoc JEDI Award from Stanford! This Award is a recognition of current Stanford University postdoctoral scholars who have championed initiatives, activities, or efforts that advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at Stanford and beyond. We are so proud of him! Read more at

New publication from the group on plastics upcycling!

by on August 3, 2023 11:30 pm
Makenna’s hard work in converting plastics into alkylaromatics that can be used as sustainable lubricants has just been accepted for publication in ACS Sustain. Chem. Eng. journal! She worked hard to show that silica-alumina can be used rather than Pt to upcycle plastics. Great collaboration with colleagues at SLAC!

Welcome Henry, Alex, Sydney!

by on March 27, 2023 10:09 pm
The group welcomes three new members: PhD students Henry and Alex (Chemical Engineering) and Sydney (Mechanical Engineering).

Matteo receives ACS Catalysis Division Early Career in Catalysis Award!

by on February 28, 2022 5:48 am
The group’s work led to the Award, which recognizes independence and creativity of the researcher in the early stages of their career

Andrew publishes his work on using sulfur-treated titania for alcohol dehydration in Nanoscale!

by on February 28, 2022 5:44 am
Andrew published his latest work in the group demonstrating how a specific treatment to add sulfur to titania converts this oxide into an active and selective catalyst for alcohol dehydration! See his paper in Nanoscale  

New JACS paper by Nadia and Angel that prepared Pt/Cu bimetallic particles that are more active than Pt in propene combustion!

by on January 8, 2022 12:38 am
Nadia and Angel worked together to demonstrate, in our latest JACS paper, that Pt/Cu bimetallic nanocrystal catalysts are more active than pure Pt for the complete combustion of propene! Congratulations to the team and collaborators from BASF, SLAC and Stanford!

Chengshuang demonstrates the use of porous polymer layers to improve CO2 hydrogenation activity of Ru in PNAS!

by on January 8, 2022 12:36 am
Chengshuang developed a method to coat Ru/TiO2 catalysts with porous polymer layers and modify their reactivity, showing much improved C-C coupling during CO2 hydrogenation. Congratulations to the whole team and collaborators!

Dohyung shows how electrocatalysts can selectively oxidize biomass-derived polyols into useful chemicals in PNAS!

by on October 7, 2021 5:42 pm
Dohyung worked on the selective electro-oxidation of biomass-derived sorbitol and other polyols showing how a voltage cycling process results in Pt resulting in the formation of ketoses with unprecedented selectivity!

New paper in Science shows highly active sites from grain boundaries in palladium!

by on October 7, 2021 5:39 pm
Our recent work led by Weixin in collaboration with groups in Materials Science, at NIST and U. Wisconsin-Madison demonstrates highly active sites in palladium catalysts created by steam treatment that results in grain boundaries. Fantastic discovery and collaboration published in Science!