Our research is to provide molecular solutions and develop catalytic conversion technology for addressing the challenges in the fields of environment, health, medicine, and energy. We adopt a multidisciplinary strategy that integrates materials synthesis, spectroscopy, electronic structure theory, and kinetic and isotopic assessments, to deepen the fundamental understanding of physical and chemical events at molecular scale during chemical transformations. As part of our rigorous efforts in establishing structure and kinetic property correlations, we synthesize novel catalytic materials with well-defined atomic connectivity and compositions and then probe their structures and kinetic consequences.


January 2017:
Gabriel Negrelli Garcia (2016 summer student) wins 1st place in the Academic Research Competition during the 12th Chemical Engineering Week in the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo.
December 2016:
The group celebrates a successful 2016 by going skating!
November 2016:
Postdoctoral researcher Le Yang arrives in the lab.
October 2016:
Congratulations to Ziyu Bao (2016 summer student) for winning first place in the Robert G. Auld Student Paper Competition during the CSChE Conference in Quebec City.
September 2016:
Visiting scholars Haojie Geng and Niklas Pfriem arrive in the lab.

September 2016:
PhD student Zhenwei Wu arrives in the lab.
September 2016:
Fan’s paper “Alkanal Transfer Hydrogenation Catalyzed by Solid Brønsted Acid Sites” is published in Journal of Catalysis: doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2016.06.008.
August 2016:
The group trip to Collingwood is successful.
August 2016:
Junnan’s paper “Mechanistic Insights on C-O and C-C Bond Activation and Hydrogen Insertion during Acetic Acid Hydrogenation Catalyzed by Ruthenium Clusters in Aqueous Medium” is published in Journal of Catalysis: doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2016.04.024.
June 2016:
Yinan Xu (4th year thesis student 2015-2016, summer student 2014, 2015) and Manyi Zhao (4th year thesis student 2015-2016, summer student 2014) have graduated from the BASc program!