Introduction

    We are a team of passionate research chemists led by Dr. Hongbo Zhang at Nankai University. The group is designed to   address energy and environmental challenges from a foundamental perspective via combination studies with nano-fabrication, kinetic analysis and in-situ/operando characterizations. Specifically, we are interested in C-H bond activation, C-C bond coupling, selective hydrogenation/ dehydrogenation of small platform moleculars, such as CH4, ethanol, furfural and CO2 etc to generate value added chemicals and even gasolines/diesels. The in-situ and operando characterization techniques and spectroscopy include XAFS, FTIR, Raman, XPS, XRD and solid state NMR etc.

Publications
[8] Yanru Wang#, Chao Zhang#, Xiuyi Wang, Jinqiu Guo, Zhong-Ming Sun*, and Hongbo Zhang*, Site Selective CO2 Reduction over Highly Dispersed Ru-SnOx Sites Derived from [Ru@Sn9]6- Zintl Cluster; ACS Catal. 10, 7808-7819 (2020) (#: these authors contribute equally)

[7]  Jingjing Dai, Kaipeng Li, Zongjing Feng, Jun Xu, Yao Chen*, Hongbo Zhang*, Zhenjie Zhang.  Evidence on Primary Pore Size Dependence C-C Bond Coupling inside Zr-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks; 2020, J. Catal., (under review)

[6]  Hongbo Zhang, Malek Y. S. Ibrahim and David W. Flaherty*, Aldol Condensation among acetaldehyde and ethanol reactants on TiO2: Experimental evidence for the kinetically relevant nucleophilic attack of enolates; J. Catal. 361, 290-302 (2018).

[5]  Hongbo Zhang, Christian Canlas, A. Jeremy Kropf, Jeffrey W. Elam, James A. Dumesic and Christopher L. Marshall*, Enhancing the stability of copper chromite catalystsfor the selective hydrogenation of furfural with ALD overcoating (Ⅱ)--comparison between TiO2 and Al2O3 overcoating; J. Catal. 326, 172-181 (2015).

[4]  Hongbo Zhang, Xiangkui Gu, Christian Canlas, A. Jeremy Kropf, Jeffrey P. Greeley, Jeffrey W. Elam, James A. Dumesic , Peter C. Stair and Christopher L. Marshall*, Atomic Layer Deposition Overcoating: Tuning Catalyst Selectivity for Biomass Conversion;  Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 53, 12132 –12136 (2014).

[3]  Hongbo Zhang, Yu Lei, A. Jeremy Kropf, Guanghui Zhang, Jeffrey W. Elam, Jeffrey T. Miller, Fred Sollberger, Fabio Ribeiro, Cem M. Akatay, Eric A. Stach, James A. Dumesic and Christopher L. Marshall*, Enhancing the stability of copper chromite catalysts for the selective hydrogenation of furfural with ALD overcoating; J. Catal. 317, 284-292 (2014).

[2]  Hongbo Zhang, Xiulian Pan*, Xiuwen Han, Xiumei Liu, Xuefeng Wang, Wanling Shen, and Xinhe Bao*, Enhancing chemical reactions in a confined hydrophobic environment: an NMR study of benzene hydroxylation in carbon nanotubes; Chem. Sci. 4, 1075-1078 (2013)

[1]  Hongbo Zhang, Xiulian Pan*, Jingyue Liu, Weizhong Qian, Fei Wei, Yuying Huang and Xinhe Bao*, Enhanced catalytic activity of sub-nanometer titania clusters confined inside double-wall carbon nanotubes; ChemSusChem, 4 (7), 975-980 (2011).
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