Welcome to the Franklin (Feng) Tao group

We are interested in synthesis, evaluation of catalytic performance, and in-situ/operando characterization of nanocatalysts for chemical and energy transformations. We focus on fundamental understanding of important catalytic reactions at molecular level.


Luan Nguyen received a Graduate Research Award at the 62th American Vacuum Society national meeting.
Luan Nguyen received a Richard J. Kokes Award at the 24th North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society.
Shiran Zhang received a Graduate Research Award at the 61th American Vacuum Society national meeting.
Dr. Tao gave a keynote talk on the 3rd International Symposium on Advanced Electronic Microscopy for Catalysis in Germany organized by Prof. Robert Schlogl and Prof. Dangshen Su.
Dr. Tao’s editorial “Structure of catalyst particles from in-situ electron microscopy” was published in Chem. Comm DOI: 10.1039/C4CC90211D. Congratulations!
Dr. Tao transferred to University of Kansas as a tenured Miller associate professor.
Dr. Tao accepted invitation from the editor of Science China Materials, Professor Yadong Li to serve on the editorial board. Congratulations!
Dr. Tao received National Science Foundation Career Award. Congratulations!
Dr. Tao was chosen to serve on advisory board of 10th International Workshop on Oxide Surfaces (IWOX-X). Congratulations!
Dr. Tao was elected as a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). Congratulations!
Dr. Tao edited the themed issue “Bimetallic Nanocatalysts and Nanocatalysis” published in Chem Soc. Rev. (issue 24 in 2012). Congratulations! Thank all the contributors for their significant contribution to the publication of this issue.
Drs. Christopher Jones, Franklin (Feng) Tao, and Marc Garland’s editorial “Introduction to Special Issue on Operando and In Situ Studies of Catalysis” of the special issue (Issue 11 of ACS Catalysis in 2012): Operando and In-situ Studies of Catalysis, was published in ACS Catalysis 2012, 2, 2444. Congratulations!
Drs Christopher Jones, Franklin (Feng) Tao, and Marc Garland edited a special issue entitled “Operando and In-situ Studies of Catalysis” which was published in ACS Catalysis. (Issue 11 in 2012). Congratulations!
Dr. Tao accepted invitation from Editor of Chemical Society Reviews to serve on the advisory editorial board. Congratulations!
Dr. Tao’s editorial “Catalyst Synthesis by Design for the Understanding of Catalysis” was published in ChemCatChem 2012, 4, 1445. Congratulations!
Drs. Franklin (Feng) Tao and Shuhong Yu, Jimmy (Jingyue) Liu edited a special issue entitled “Synthesis of nanocatalysts” which was published in ChemCatChem. (Issue 10 in 2012). Congratulations!
Dr. Tao accepted invitation from journal Material of MFPI to serve on editorial board. Congratulations!
Dr. Tao was chosen as a recipient of 2012 Paul Holloway Award of American Vacuum Society. Congratulations!
Notre Dame undergraduate student, Mark Leong received 2011 Slatt Fellowship! Congratulations!
Dr. Tao was elected to serve on executive committee of Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry of American Chemical Society. Congratulations!
Dr. Tao accepted invitation from Journal Green of De Gruyter, Germany to serve on advisory editorial board. Congratulations!
Mark Leong join our group for his undergraduate research project. Welcome!
Yuan Zhu joined our group. Welcome!
Notre Dame undergraduate student, Jeffrey Ulrich joined our group. Welcome!
Dr. Tao started to move into new lab which is partially available at this moment.
Dr. Tao received the invitation to serve on the advisory editorial board of Catalysis Science and Technology, a catalysis journal of Royal Society of Chemistry.
Dr. Tao received an invitation from Dr. Elena Shevchenko to give an invited talk on a workshop “Chemically synthesized nanoparticles and catalysis-2011” organized by Argonne National Lab.
Dr. Tao received invitation from Dr. Vin Smentkowskito give an invited talk on Surface Analysis 2011 (33rd Symposium on Applied Surface Analysis), April 11-13, 2011.
Dr. Tao and Prof. Steven Bernasek accepted invitation to edit a book entitled “Functionalization of Semiconductor Surfaces” for Wiley.
Dr. Tao received invitation from editor of ChemCatChem to write a Mini Review about Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.
Dr. Tao received invitation from organizers of International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT) 2011 to give an invited talk.
Dr. Tao taught the first class of a graduate student course entitled “Surface Science, Nanoscience, and Catalysis”.
Dr. Tao received invitation from the editor of journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry to contribute a paper for a collection of invited, peer-reviewed articles by former winners of the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, in celebration of the International Year of Chemistry 2011.
08-02-2010 – 08-30-2010
Dr. Tao worked with maintenance office at the University of Notre Dame to configure and renovate the assigned space in Stepan Hall of Science after old instruments were moved out.
Dr. Tao accepted the invitation from Wiley to edit a book entitled “Heterogeneous Catalysis at the Nanoscale for Energy Applications”.
Dr. Tao received Finalist Prize (Certificate with Signatures) of Gerhard Ertl (Nobel Laureate 2007) Young Investigator Award for Excellence of Research in Surface Science.
Dr. Tao was chosen as a recipient of Eugene P. Wigner (Nobel Laureate 1963) Fellow of Oak Ridge National Lab.

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