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Franklin Tao

Franklin Tao

University of Notre Dame


Franklin (Feng) Tao joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of Notre Dame in 2010 after a postdoctoral fellowship at University of California at Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. He is a tenure-track assistant professor. He severs on editorial boards of Scientific Reports of Nature Publishing group and advisory editorial boards of Chemical Society of Reviews and Catalysis Science & Technology of RSC and a couple of other journals. He was elected as a fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry in 2013. He has published about 100 peer-reviewed articles. The research projects of Franklin (Feng) Tao group are in the interdisciplinary field of heterogeneous catalysis, nanoscience, analytical chemistry, and materials chemistry. They focus on important catalysis at nanoscale involved in chemical and energy transformation, pollution control, and environmental remediation. The goal of their research projects is to develop efficient nanocomposite catalytic systems using syntheses that build on information obtained from in-situ and operando studies. Their catalysis studies utilize next-generation analytical techniques including in-house (using monochromated Al Ka in his group) ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS) tracking surface chemistry of nanocatalysts under reaction conditions and during catalysis and ambient pressure high temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (APHT-STM). These techniques provide in-situ information at molecular level for catalytic reactions in chemical and energy transformations. The researches in Franklin (Feng) Tao group include (1) synthesis of nanostructured catalytic materials with controllable composition and structure, (2) measurement of catalytic performance, (3) in-situ and operando studies of structure of nanocatalysts under reaction conditions and during catalysis using AP-XPS, and (4) instrumentation for characterization of solid surfaces in reactive environment.