At Baylor, we are developing an interdisciplinary research program aimed at the synthesis of controlled inverse model oxide nanocatalysts and the atomic-level understanding of their structure-activity relationships in catalytic reactions for liquid fuel and automotive emission. Inverse  model catalysts offer the selection of the catalysts that are not possible in regular model catalysts but are important in energy and environmental applications. The work would provide understanding for the field of catalyst design. The controlled synthesis of oxide nanocatalysts will enrich the preparation of novel nanocatalysts. The understanding of the mechanisms and dynamics of catalytic transformation will potentially improve the reactivity and selectivity of the catalysts.

The synthesis and characterization of the inversed model nanocatalysts will mainly utilize two apparatuses. We will set up a scanning tunneling microscopy(STM) laboratory which is ideal for atomic level imaging study. The Metal Oxide Chemical Vapor Deposition(MOCVD) apparatus which is donated from Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory(EMSL), a nantional user facility at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory(PNNL) , will be employed to grow metal oxide thin films.

The program will consist of exciting and interdisciplinary topics of research, providing an excellent environment to develop skills for becoming competitive researchers in industry or academia. We offer various exciting projects for your undergraduate and graduate research.


Zhenrong Zhang
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics
Baylor UniversityOne Bear Place #97316, Waco, TX 76798
Phone: (254) 710-2419