CHEM Semineri: “Surface Chemistry and Catalysis Of Cu2O Nanocrystal Model Catalysts”, Weixin Huang, 15:30 7 Temmuz (EN)

You are cordially invited to attend the seminar organized by the Department of Chemistry.

Title: Surface Chemistry and Catalysis Of Cu2O Nanocrystal Model Catalysts

Speaker: Prof. Weixin Huang
Department of Chemical Physics,
University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026, China

Date: July 7th 2023, Friday
Time: 15:30
Location: SB-Z14 (SB Building Ground Floor Seminar Room)

Traditional model catalysts based on single crystal and single crystal thin films with well-defined structures have been widely used for fundamental studies of complex heterogeneous catalysis, however, they have been mostly studied under UHV conditions greatly deviating from the conditions of working catalysts. Uniform catalytic nanocrystals with well-defined structures are an emerging novel catalysts that can be studied under the same conditions as working catalysts [1-3]. In this talk, I will present our work using uniform Cu2O cubes enclosed with the {100} facets, octahedral enclosed with the {111} facets, and rhombic dodecahedral enclosed with the {110} facets to explore surface structure-surface chemistry-catalytic performance relations in propylene oxidation reactions with O2 [4-6]. Our results demonstrate that uniform catalytic nanocrystals can not only serve as model catalysts extending the surface structure-surface chemistry relations acquired from single crystal-based model catalysts to the surface structure-surface chemistry-catalytic performance relations but also as the candidates for efficient catalysts.

[1] W. Huang, Acc. Chem. Res. 49 (2016) 520-527.
[2] S. Chen, F. Xiong, W. Huang, Surf. Sci. Rep. 74 (2019) 100471.
[3] W. Huang, Acc. Mater. Res. 4 (2023) 373-384.
[4] Q. Hua, T. Cao, X.-K. Gu et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 53 (2014) 4856-4861.
[5] Z. Zhang, H. Wu, Z. Yu et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 58 (2019) 4276-4280.
[6] W. Xiong, X.-K. Gu, Z. Zhang, Nat. Commun. 12 (2021) 5921.
Dr. Weixin Huang holds a Changjiang scholar distinguished professorship of Ministry of Education in physical chemistry at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). He received B.S. degree from USTC in 1996 and Ph. D degree from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001, then worked at University of Texas at Austin as a postdoctoral fellow and at Fritz-Haber-Institut der MPG as an AvH fellow. He joined in USTC as a full professor in Dec. 2004. His research interests are surface chemistry and catalysis of solid catalysts with well-defined structures ranging from single crystals to nanocrystals. He has published 239 papers as corresponding or first authors in the peer-reviewed journals including Acc. Chem. Res., Chem. Soc. Rev., Surf. Sci. Rep., Acc. Mater. Res., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Nat. Commun. and delivered > 150 plenary/keynote/invited talks and seminars. He won the Humboldt research fellowship of AvH Foundation, the “Young Scientist Prize” of the 13th International Congress on Catalysis, the “Youth Innovation Award” of Chinese Vacuum Society, the “Young Chemist Award” of Chinese Chemical Society, the Distinguished Youth Fund of National Natural Science Foundation, the Changjiang scholar distinguished professorship of Ministry of Education of China, the “Chinese Catalysis Youth Award” of Chinese Catalysis Society, the “Young Faculty Achievement Award” of USTC Alumni Foundation, the “Humboldt Research Award” of AvH Foundation. He is the editor of Applied Surface Science, a deputy-in-chief editor of Surface Science and Technology, an editorial board member of Catalysis Letters, Topics in Catalysis, Science China Chemistry and The Journal of Physical Chemistry A/B/C, and a committee member of Chinese Catalysis Society.