Zili Wu

Zili Wu

Group Leader, Surface Chemistry & Catalysis


Dr. Zili Wu is currently the Leader of Surface Chemistry and Catalysis Group at Chemical Science Division and a Research & Development Staff member at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the Thrust1 Leader in the UNCAGE-ME Center, one of DOE’s Energy Frontier Research Centers. He obtained his PhD in physical chemistry at Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics in 2001 and spent over 3 years at Northwestern University as a postdoctoral associate before joining the staff of ORNL in 2006. He has over 15-year experiences in heterogeneous catalysis, applied spectroscopy and nanomaterial synthesis. His research interests lie in the fundamental understanding of catalytic active sites on the surfaces and interfaces involved in heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis and electrocatalysis, establishing structure-catalysis relationships in catalytic solids as a function of time and space, using in situ and operando characterization methods, and fabricating nanomaterials with well-defined structures. He is an active ACS member and has organized more than 10 ACS Symposia in the area of fundamental catalysis and energy materials.


- DOE-BES: Fundamentals of catalytic transformation over multi-functional catalysts
- DOE-BES: Photocatalysis for solar fuels with low dimensional materials
- DOE-BES: Understanding acid gases interaction with energy materials


Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=tyqZrsYAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao
ORCID: 0000-0002-4468-3240
Recent Publications (Total > 120; 1 edited book, 5 book chapters, H-index 35, citations 4000+; * denotes corresponding author):

Ren, Z.; Wu, Z. L.*; Song, W.; Xiao, W.; Guo, Y.; Gao, P.X., Low temperature propane oxidation over Co3O4 based nano-array catalysts: Ni dopant effect, reaction mechanism and structural stability. Appl. Catal. B: Environ.,180, 150-160, 2016.
Li, M. J.; Tumuluri, U.; Wu, Z. L.*, Dai, S., Dopants effect on the adsorption of CO2 on CeO2 surfaces. ChemSusChem, 8, 3651 – 3660, 2015.
Tumuluri, Uma; Li, Meijun; Cook, Brandon; Sumpter, Bobby; Dai, Sheng; Wu, Zili*, Surface Structure Dependence of SO2 Interaction with Ceria Nanocrystals with Well-Defined Surface Facets. J. Phys. Chem. C,119, 28895-28905, 2015.
Zhang, L.; Wu, Z. L.; Nelson, N. C.; Sadow, A.D.; Slowing, II.; Overbury, S. H., The role of CO2 as a soft oxidant for dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene to styrene over a high-surface-area ceria catalyst. ACS Catal., 5, 6426 - 6435, 2015.
Wu, Z. L.*, Mann, A. K. P.; Li, M.; Overbury, S. H., Spectroscopic Investigation of Surface Dependent Acid-base Property of Ceria Nanoshapes. J. Phys. Chem. C, 119, 7340-7350, 2015.
Lin, Y. Y.; Wu, Z. L.*; Wen, J.; Ding, K.; Poeppelmeier, K. R.; Marks, L. D., Adhesion and Atomic Structures of Gold on Ceria Nanostructures: The Role of Surface Structure and Oxidation State of Ceria Supports. Nano Letters, 15 (8), 5375-5381, 2015.
Zhu, H. Y.; Wu, Z. L.; Su, D.; Veith, G.; Lu, H.; Zhang, P.; Chai, S.; Dai, S., Constructing Hierarchical Interfaces: TiO2-Supported PtFe-FeOx Nanowires for Room Temperature CO Oxidation. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137 (32), 10156-10159, 2015.
Zhang, P. F.; Lu, H. F.; Zhou, Y.; Zhang, L.; Wu, Z. L.; Yang, S. Z.; Shi, H. L.; Zhu, Q. L.; Chen, Y. F.; Dai, S., Mesoporous MnCeOx solid solutions for low temperature and selective oxidation of hydrocarbons. Nat. Commun. 2015, doi:10.1038/ncomms9446.
Tao, F.; Shan, J.; Nguyen, L.; Wang, Z.; Zhang, S.; Zhang, L.; Wu, Z. L.; Huang, W.; Understanding complete oxidation of methane on spinel oxides at a molecular level. Nat. Commun., 2015, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms8798.
Wu, Z. L.*; Jiang, D. E.; Mann, A. K.; Mullins, D. R.; Qiao, Z. A.; Allard, L. F.; Zeng, C.; Jin. R.C.; Overbury, S. H., “Thiolate Ligands as a Double-edged Sword for CO Oxidation on CeO2-Supported Au25(SR)18 Nanoclusters,” J. Am. Chem. Soc.,, 136, 6111-6122, 2014.
Lin, Y. Y.; Wu, Z. L.; Wen, J. G.; Poeppelmeier, K. R.; Marks, L. D., Imaging the Atomic Surface Structures of CeO2 Nanoparticles. Nano Letters 14, 191-196, 2014.
Qiao, Z. A.; Wu, Z. L.*; Dai, S., “Shape-Controlled Ceria-based Nanostructures for Catalysis Applications,” ChemSuschem 6, 1821-1833, 2013.
Li, M. J.; Wu, Z. L.; Overbury, S. H., “Surface structure dependence of selective oxidation of ethanol on faceted CeO2 nanocrystals,” J. Catal. 306, 164-176, 2013.
Wu, Z. L.*; Li, M. J.; Overbury, S. H., "Probing the surface sites of ceria nanoshapes via methanol adsorption and reaction," ACS Catal. 2, 2224-2234, 2012.
Wu, Z. L.*; Li, M. J.; Overbury, S. H., "Raman spectroscopic study of the speciation of vanadia supported on ceria nanocrystals with defined surface planes," ChemCatChem 4, 236-242, 2012.
Wu, Z. L.*; Schwartz, V.; Li, M. J.; Rondinone, A. J.; Overbury, S. H., "Support shape effect in metal oxide catalysis: ceria-nanoshape-supported vanadia catalysts for oxidative dehydrogenation of isobutane," J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 3, 1517-1522, 2012.
Wu, Z. L.*; Li, M. J.; Overbury, S. H., "On the Structure Dependence of CO Oxidation over CeO2 Nanocrystals with Well-Defined Surface Planes," J. Catalysis 285, 61-73, 2012.
Wu, Z. L.*; Rondinone, A. J.; Overbury, S. H., "Structure of Vanadium Oxide Supported on Ceria by Multi-Wavelength Raman Spectroscopy," J. Phys. Chem. C 115, 25368-25378, 2011.
Wu, Z. L.*; Li, M. J.; Howe, J.; Meyer, H. M.; Overbury, S. H., Probing Defect Sites on CeO2 Nanocrystals with Well-Defined Surface Planes by Raman Spectroscopy and O2 Adsorption. Langmuir 26, 16595-16606, 2010.

Facilities Used

- Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences
- Spallation Neutron Source
- National Synchrotron Light Sources

Specialized Equipment

- In situ/operando multi-wavelength Raman spectroscopy for gas and aqueous phase catalysis
- In situ/operando infrared spectroscopy, SSITKA-IR of catalysis
- Micro-reactors for heterogeneous catalysis
- Photocatalysis and photoelectrochemistry for solar fuels
- Microcalorimetry for heat of adsorption and desorption measurements

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