Prof. Franklin (Feng) Tao, PhD

Departments of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
Miller Associate Professor
Primary office:
LSRL Building B
Room 112
1501 Wakarusa Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66047

Miller Associate Professor, 2014-present, University of Kansas
Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2017
Visiting Professorship, Nagoya University, Japan, 2017
Editor, Applied Surface Science, 2017-
National Science Foundation Career Award, 2014-2019
Miller Research Award, University of Kansas, 2014
Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), 2013
Paul Holloway Award, American Vacuum Society, 2012
Gerhard Ertl (Nobel Laureate 2007) Young Investigator Award (Finalist Prize), 2010
Eugene P. Wigner (Nobel Laureate 1963) Fellowship, ORNL, 2010
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2010, University of California at Berkeley
IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists (Dissertation), 2008
PhD, 2002-2006, Princeton University


PhD, Chemistry, Princeton University


CPE 721 (Thermodynamics)

CHEM 531 (Physical Chemistry Lab)

CHEM 511 (Biological Physical Chemistry Lab)


In-situ studies, nanocatalysis, synthesis

Selected Publications

Liu, J. & Tao, F. (in press). Tuning Catalytic Selectivity on Metal Oxide through Doping Nonmetallic Atoms. ACS Catalysis.

Tao, F. (2016). Atomic-scale observations of catalyst structures under reaction conditions. Chemical Reviews, 116, cr-2014-002657.

Zhang, R. & Tao, F. (2016). In-situ studies of NiFe2O4 surface during complete oxidation of methane. Surface Science, 648, 156-162.

Maligal-Ganesh, V. & Tao, F. (2016). A Ship-In-A-Bottle Strategy to Synthesize Encapsulated Intermetallic Nanoparticle Catalysts for Furfural Hydrogenation. ACS Catalysis, 6, 1754-1763.

Nguyen, L. & Tao, F. (2015). Preferential Oxidation of CO in H2 on Pure Co3O4-x and Pt/Co3O4-x. ChemCatChem, 7, 2346-2353.

Zhang, R. & Tao, F. (2015). Catalysis on singly dispersed bimetallic sites. Nature Communications, 6, 7938.

Nguyen, L. & Tao, F. (2015). Reduction of Nitric Oxide with Hydrogen on Catalysts of Singly Dispersed Bimetallic Sites Pt1Com and Pd1Con. ACS Catalysis, 6, 840-850.

Zhang, R. & Tao, F. (2015). Understanding complete oxidation of methane on spinel oxides at a molecular level. Nature Communications, 6, 7798.

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Selected Grants

Tao, Franklin, (Principal), Understanding Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane and Oxidative Coupling of Methane through In-situ Studies of Catalyst Surface during Catalysis and Computational Studies, DE-SC0014561, DOE, $450,000 ({ }), Submitted 03/15/2015 (09/15/2016 - 09/14/2019) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Tao, Franklin (Feng), (Principal), Catalysis on Singly Dispersed Bimetallic Catalytic Sites, NSF-14612121, NSF-Career Award, $598,000, (11/15/2014 - 09/14/2019) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Tao, Franklin, (Principal), Integrated Mesoscale Architectures for Sustainable Catalysis, DOE, $534,000, (09/15/2014 - 09/14/2018) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Tao, Franklin, (Principal), In-situ studies of photocatalysts in water-splitting process, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, $180,000, (04/15/2015 - 11/14/2017) . Foreign (company, govt, agencies, etc.). Status: Funded.

Tao, Franklin, (Principal), A new IT-SOFC based on dual-phase electrolyte tailored for efficient utilization for hydrocarbon fuels, DOE, $200,000, (04/15/2015 - 09/14/2017) . Federal. Status: Funded.

, , Collaborative Research: Integrated Measurement and Predictive Modeling of Adsorbate Coverage and Compositional Effects on Catalytic Activity, NSF, $165,000, (09/15/2013 - 09/14/2016) . Federal. Status: Funded.

, , New Vacuum X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer for Advanced Research in Interdisciplinary Research Areas, NSF, (09/15/2012 - 09/14/2015) . Federal. Status: Funded.

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