Franklin (Feng) Tao Group

Franklin (Feng) Tao Group

at The University of Kansas


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    1. Wu, Z.*; Cheng,Y.Q.; Tao,F.; Daemen,L.L.; Foo,G.S.; Nguyen,L.;  Zhang,X.; Beste,A.; and Ramirez-Cuesta, A.J. “Direct neutron spectroscopy observation of cerium hydride species on a cerium oxide catalyst.”J. Am. Chem. Soc., Just Accepted Manuscript. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b05492
    2. Takanabe, K.* Khan, A. M.; Tang, Y.; Nguyen, L.; Ziani, A.; Jacobs, B. W.; Elbaz, A. M.; Sarathy, S. M.; Tao, F. Integrated in situ characterization of molten salt catalyst surface: evidence of sodium peroxide and OH radical formation.”  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, Just accepted, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201704758 and 10.1002/ange.201704758. 
    3. Lu,Y.; Zhang,R.; Cao,B.; Ge,B.; Tao,F.; Shan,J.; Nguyen,L.; Bao,Z.; Wu,T.; Pote,J.W.; Wang,B.; Yu F. “Elucidating the Copper–Hägg Iron Carbide Synergistic Interactions for Selective CO Hydrogenation to Higher Alcohols.” ACS Catal., Just Accepted Manuscript. DOI:10.1021/acscatal.7b01469
    4. Mueanngern,Y.; Yang,X.; Tang,Y.; Tao,F.; Baker, L.R.*.  “Catalysis at Multiple Length Scales: Crotonaldehyde Hydrogenation at Nanoscale and Mesoscale Interfaces in Platinum–Cerium Oxide Catalysts”, J. Phys. Chem. C, Article ASAP. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b03886
    5. Miao,X.; Yan,X.; Qu,D.; Li,D.; Tao,F.; Sun,Z.* “Red Emissive Sulfur, Nitrogen Codoped Carbon Dots and Their Application in Ion Detection and Theraonostics.” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces20179 (22), pp 18549–18556. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b04514
    6. Fung,V.; Tao,F.; Jiang,D*. “General Structure–Reactivity Relationship for Oxygen on Transition-Metal Oxides.” J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2017, 8, pp 2206–2211. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b00861
    7. Hong, Y.; Zhang, S.; Tao, F.; Wang, Y. “Stabilization of Iron-based Catalysts against Oxidation: An in situ Ambient Pressure XPS Study”, ACS Catalysis, 2017, DOI:1021/acscatal.7b00636
    8. Dou, J.;, Sun, Z.; Opaladea, A.; Wang, N.; Fu, W.; Tao, F.;*Operando chemistry of catalyst surface during catalysis”, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2017, 46, 2001-2027.
    9. Shan, J.; Zhang, S.; Choksi, T.; Nguyen, L.; Bonifacio, C.; Li, Y.; Zhu, W.; Tang, Y.; Zhang, Y; Yang, J; Greeley, J; Frenkel, A*; Tao, F* “Tuning Catalytic Performance through a Single or Sequential Post-Synthesis Reaction(s) in a Gas PhaseACS Catalysis, 2017, 7, 191-204.picture2
    10. Dou, J.; Tao, F.* “Selective Epoxidation of Cyclohexene with Molecular Oxygen on Catalyst of Nanoporous Au Integrated with MoO3 Nanoparticles“, Appl. Catal. A, 2017, 529, 134-142 .picture1
    11. Nguyen, L.; Liu, L.; Assefa, S.; Wolverton, C.; Schneider*, W. F.; Tao, F.*; “In situ studies of structural evolution of model catalyst Rh(110) at atomic scale during catalysis”; ACS Catalysis, 2016. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.6b02006126
    12. Jian, D.; Tang, Y.; Nguyen, L.; Tong, X.; Thapa, P. S.; Tao, F.* “Oxidation of cyclohexene catalyzyed by nanoporous Au(Ag) in liquid phase“, Catal. Lett., 2017,147,442-452.


    1. Tao. F.*; Tang, Y. “Heterogeneous Catalysis:More than skimming the surface“, Nat. Chem. 2016, 8, 902-903. DOI: 10.1038/nchem.2630 127
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    3. Tao, F.*Excavation of precious metal-based alloy nanoparticles for efficient catalysis”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016. DOI: 10.1002/anie.201606324123
    4. Liu, J.; Zhang, S.; Zhou, Y.; Fung, V.; Nguyen, L.; Jiang, D.; Shen, W.; Fan, J.*; Tao, F.*, “Tuning Catalytic Selectivity of Oxidative Catalysis through Deposition of Nonmetallic Atoms in Surface Lattice of Metal Oxide”, ACS Catalysis, 2016, 6, 4218-4228. cs-2015-02900x_0015
    5. Fung, V.; Tao, F.; D. Jiang*, “Understanding oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane on Co3O4 nanorods from density functional theory”, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016. DOI: 10.1039/
    6. Sohn, H.; Soykal. I.; Zhang, S.; Shan, J.; Tao, F.*; Miller, J. T.; Ozkan, U. S.*; “Effect of Cobalt on Reduction Characteristics of Ceria under Ethanol Steam Reforming Conditions: AP-XPS and XANES Studies”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120,
    7. Keturakis, C.; Zhu, M.; Gibson, E.; Daturi, M.; Tao, F.; Frenkel, F.; Wachs, I.*, “The Dynamics of CrO3-Fe2O3 Catalysts during the High Temperature Water-Gas Shift Reaction: Molecular Structures and Reactivity”, ACS Catalysis, 2016, 6, 4786-4798. cs-2016-012814_0006
    8. Tang, Y.; Nguyen, L.; Li. Y.; Wang, N.; Tao, F.* “Surface of a catalyst in a gas phase”, Current Rev. Chem Eng. 2016, 12, 52-61. picture1
    9. Nguyen, L.; Tao, F.* “Development of a reaction cell for in-situ/operando studies of surface of a catalyst under a reaction condition and during catalysis”, Rev. Sci. Instrum. 2016,87, 064101. DOI: 10.1063/1.4946877. 1-4946877-figures-online-f8
    10. Cao, S.; Tao, F.*; Tang, Y.; Li, Y.; Yu, J.* “Size- and Shape-Dependent Catalytic Performances of Oxidation and Reduction Reactions on Nanocatalysts”, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2016,45, 4747-4765. DOI: 10.1039/C6CS00094KGA
    11. Maligal-Ganesh, R. V.; Xiao, C. X.; Goh, T. W.; Wang, L. L.; Gustafson, J. ; Pei, Y. C.; Qi, Z. Y.; Johnson, D. D.; Zhang, S. R.; Tao, F.; Huang, W, Y*. “A Ship-in-a-Bottle Strategy To Synthesize Encapsulated Intermetallic Nanoparticle Catalysts: Exemplified for Furfural Hydrogenation”, ACS Catal. 2016, 6 (3), 1754–1763. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.5b02281.cs-2015-02281e_0010
    12. Nie, L.; Yu, J.; Tao, F.*Room-temperature Catalytic Oxidation of Formaldehyde on Catalysts“, Catal. Sci. Technol. 2016,6, 3649-3669. DOI: 10.1039/C6CY00062B. c6cy00062b-f17
    13. Tao, F.*; Crozier, P*“Atomic-Scale Observations of Catalyst Structures under Reaction Conditions and during Catalysis for Fundamental Understanding of Catalysis”Chem. Rev., 2016, 116 (6), 3487–3539. DOI: 10.1021/
    14. Nguyen, L.; Zhang, S.; Wang, L.; Li, Y.;Yoshida, H.; Patlolla, A.; Takeda, S.; Frenkel, A.; Tao, F.* “Reduction of Nitric Oxide with Hydrogen on Catalysts of Singly Dispersed Bimetallic Sites Pt1Com and Pd1Con “, ACS Catal., 2016, 6, 840-850. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.5b00842cs-2015-00842q_0016


    1. Shan, J.; Zhang, S. R.; Nguyen, L.; Tao, F.* et al. ” Tuning Catalytic Performance through a Single or Sequential Post-Synthesis Reaction in a Gas Phase”, Nat. Commun..
    2. Zhang, S.; Shan, J.; Nie, L.; Nguyen, L.; Wu, Z.; Tao, F.* “In-situ Studies of Surface of NiFe2O4 Catalyst During Complete Oxidation of Methane”, Surf. Sci., 2016, 648, 156. DOI: 10.1016/j.susc.2015.12.011110
    3. Tao, F.*; Shan, J. et al. ” Understanding Complete Oxidation of Methane on Spinel Oxides at a Molecular Level”, Nat. Commun., 2015, 6, 7798. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8798Picture1
    4. Zhang, S. …Tao, F.*“Catalysis on Singly Dispersed Bimetallic Sites”, Nat. Commun., 2015, 6, 7938. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8938Picture2
    5. Nguyen, L. … Tao, F.*“Preferential Oxidation of CO in H2 on Pure Co3O4-x and Pt/Co3O4-x“, Chemcatchem, 2015, 7, 2346-2353. DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201500320 nfig002
    6. Shan, J… Tao, F.*“Water-gas Shift on Pd/α‐MnO2 and Pt/α‐MnO2 “, Catal. Lett. 2015, 145, 1571-1580. DOI: 10.1007/s10562-015-1549-9 10562_2015_1549_figa_html


    1. Zeng, S.; Nguyen, L.; Cheng, F.; Liu, L.; Yu, Y.*; Tao, F.*Surface Structure and Chemistry of Pt/Cu/Pt(111) Near Surface Alloy Model Catalyst in CO”, Appl. Surf. Sci., 2014, 320, 225-230. DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2014.09.090 105
    2. Tao, F.*, Stach, E. A.; Browning, N. D. “Structure of Catalyst Particles from In-situ Electron Microscopy”, Chem. Comm. 2014, 50, 12417-12419, DOI: 10.1039/c4cc90211d ga-1
    3. Shan, J.; Huang, W.; Nguyen, L.; Yu, Y.; Zhang, S.; Li, Y.; Frenkel, A.; Tao, F.*, “Conversion of Methane to Methanol with a Bent Mono(μ-oxo)dinickel Anchored on Internal Surface of Micro-pores”, Langmuir, 2014, 30, 8558-8569.
      DOI: 10.1021/la501184bLangmuir 2014 30 8558
    4. Zugic, B.; Zhang, S.; Bell, D.; Tao, F.; Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, M.*. “Probing the Low-Temperature Water-Gas Shift Activity of Alkali-Promoted Platinum Catalysts Stabilized on Carbon Supports”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 3238-3245.
      DOI: 10.1021/ja4123889JACS-2014-136-3238
    5. Tao, F.*; Ma, Z. “Metal Salt-based Gold Nanocatalysts”, in Book “Metal Nanoparticles for Catalysis”, Edited by Franklin (Feng) Tao, Royal Society of Chemistry, June 2014. ISBN: 978-1-78262-033-4 bookcover


    1. Zhu, Y.; Zhang, S.; Shan, J.; Nguyen, L.; Zhan, S.; Gu, X.; Tao, F.*In Situ Surface Chemistries and Catalytic Performances of Ceria Doped with Palladium, Platinum, and Rhodium in Methane Partial Oxidation for the Production of Syngas, ACS Catal., 2013, 3, 2627-2639.
      DOI: 10.1021/cs400070yACS Catal. 2013 3 2627
    2. Sneed, B.; Brodsky, C.; Kuo, C. H.; Lamontagne, L.; Jiang, Y.; Wang, Y.; Tao, F.; Huang, W.;  Tsung, C. K.; Nanoscale-Phase-Separated Pd-Rh Boxes Synthesized via Metal Migration: An Archetype for Studying Lattice Strain and Composition Effects in Electrocatalysis”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 14691-14700.
      DOI: 10.1021/ja405387qJACS 2013 135 14691
    3. Wang, H.; Sun, K.; Tao, F.; Stacchiola, D.; Hu, Y.  “3D Honeycomb-Like Structured Graphene and Its High Efficiency as a CounterElectrode Catalyst for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells“, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 9210-9214.
      DOI: 10.1002/anie.201303497Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013 52 9210
    4. Zhang, S.; Shan, J.; Zhu, Y.; Nguyen, L.; Huang, W.; Yoshida, H; Takeda, S.; Tao, F.*, “Restructuring Transition Metal Oxide Nanorods for 100% Selectivity in Reduction of Nitric Oxide with Carbon Monoxide”, Nano Lett., 2013, 13, 3310-3314.
      DOI: 10.1021/nl4015292Nano Lett. 2013 13 3310
    5. Zhang, S.; Shan, J.; Zhu, Y.; Frenkel, A. I.; Patlolla, A.; Huang, W.; Yoon, S.; Wang, L.; Yoshida, H.; Takeda, S.; Tao, F.*WGS Catalysis and In Situ Studies of CoO1-x, PtCon/Co3O4, and PtmCom’/CoO1-x Nanorod Catalysts”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 8283-8293.
      DOI: 10.1021/ja401967yJACS 2013 135 8283
    6. Tao, F.*; Salmeron, M.* “In Situ Studies of Chemistry and Structure of Materials in Reactive EnvironmentsScience, 2011, 331, 171-174.  (video of interview was published along this article)
      DOI: 10.1126/science.1197461Science 2011-331-171
    7. Zhang, S.; Nguyen, L.; Zhu, Y.; Zhan, S.; Tsung, C.; Tao, F.*In-situ Studies of Nanocatalysis”, Acc. Chem. Res. 2013, 46, 1731-1739.
      DOI: 10.1021/ar300245gAcc. Chem. Res. 2013 46 1731
    8. Shan, J. J.; Zhu, Y.; Zhang, S.; Zhu, T.; Rouvimov, S.; Tao, F.*Catalytic Performance and In Situ Surface Chemistry of Pure α-MnO2 Nanorods in Selective Reduction of NO and N2O with CO”, J. Phys. Chem. C., 2013, 117, 8329-8335.
      DOI: 10.1021/jp4018103JPCC 2013 117 8329
    9. Wang, L.; Zhang, S.; Zhu, Y.; Patlolla, A.; Shan, J.; Yoshida, H.; Takeda, S.; Frenkel, A. I.; Tao, F.*Catalysis and In Situ Studies of Rh1/Co3O4 Nanorods in Reduction of NO with H2”, ACS Catal., 2013, 3, 1011-1019.
      DOI: 10.1021/cs300816uACS Catal. 2013 3 1011
    10. Tao, F.*; Ma, Z.*Water-gas Shift on Gold Catalysts: Catalyst Systems and Fundamental Studies”, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2013, 15, 15260-15270.!divAbstract
      DOI: 10.1039/C3CP51326BPCCP 2013 15 15260
    11. Tao, F.*, Nguyen, L.; Zhang, S. “Design of A New Reactor-Like High Temperature Near Ambient Pressure Scanning Tunneling Microscope for Catalysis Studies”, Rev. Sci. Instrum., 2013, 84, 034101.
      DOI: 10.1063/1.4792673Rev. Sci. Instrum. 2013 84 034101
    12. Nguyen, L. Zhang, S.; Ye, Y.; Zhu, Y.; Wang, L.; Tao, F.*Visualization of Surface Structure of Heterogeneous Catalysts under Reaction Conditions or during Catalysis with High-Pressure Scanning Tunneling Microscopy”, in Book “In-situ Characterization of Heterogeneous Catalysts” (ISBN: 978-1-118-00016-8) Wiley, 2013.
      ISBN: 978-1-118-00016-8Book In-situ Characterization of Heterogeneous Catalysts 2013
    13. Ye, Y.; Wang, L.; Zhang, S.; Zhu, Y.; Shan, J.; Tao, F.* “The Role of copper in catalytic performance of Fe-Cu-Al-O catalyst for water gas shift reactionChem. Comm. 2013, 49, 4385-4387.!divAbstract
      DOI: 10.1039/C2CC37416A  88
    14. Nguyen, L.; Cheng, F.; Zhang, S.; Tao, F.*Visualization of Surfaces of Pt and Ni Model Catalysts in Reactive Environments Using Ambient Pressure High Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Understanding the Restructurings of Surfaces of Model Metal Catalysts under Reaction Conditions at Near Ambient Pressure”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013, 117, 971-977. (Front Cover Story)
      DOI: 10.1021/jp3086842