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Harris Corporation Engineering Center, Room 101A


Energy is not only the driver for improving the quality of human life but also critical to our survival. To power the planet for a better future, it is imperative to develop new processes for effective use of energy and to develop sustainable and clean energy resources. Catalysis, the essential technology for accelerating desired chemical transformations, plays an important role to realizing environmentally friendly and economically feasible processes for producing energy carriers and for converting them into directly usable energy. Design and synthesis of controlled nanostructures can help us address some key issues encountered in understanding the fundamental processes and dynamics of catalyzed reactions. We have recently synthesized both nanostructured metal oxides and shape-controlled metal nanocrystals, and applied them to the systematic investigation of catalytic processes for steam reforming of alcohols and the oxidation of carbon monoxide on nanoscale facets. The recent development of single atom catalysis also opens a new route for designing novel catalysts with better performances. Aberration-corrected electron microscopy techniques have been extensively used to elucidate the synthesis-structure-performance relationships of nanostructured catalysts. Our recent progresses in synthesizing novel metal oxide nanostructures for energy harvest and storage will also be discussed.

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