Our research group is housed in department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park. Our research stays at the interface of materials synthesis and catalytic science, with an emphasis on precisely controlling composition and constitution of nanostructured particles and membranes for energy conversion and storage, and water purification applications.
Baoyu is a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at the South China University of Technology. His research interest includes synthesis, simulation and catalytic characterization of microporous and mesoporous molecular sieve materials. Welcome!
Our laboratory consists of 1100 sq. ft of newly-renovated space on the 2nd floor of Building 090 (room #2223 and #2227) on the UMD main campus. This space includes a catalyst synthesis lab (2227) and a catalysis lab (2223). Click on the picture on the left to view the lab layout.
Su won A scholars Program for Indurstry-Oriented Research on Engineering (ASPIRE) Award to support her research on "Synthesis and characterization of mesopourous zeolite catalysts." Congratulations to Su!
Map's article on her intership expereince in our group (January, 2013)
Map reported her summer intership experience in our group on the News Paper of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She wrote "It has
been a great experience for me. I
learned a lot from there and after I
completed this internship, I have a
strong intention to apply the knowledge I got to my work, project and
future career with the hope that it
can help drive the future of science
and technology in Thailand to be
even better." The full story can be found here.
|Guanghui Zhu Joined the group as a Master student (January, 2013)|
Guanghui obatiend his BS degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China. He joined our group for his MS study starting from this Januray. He is co-advised by Dr. Choi and works on the project of "Micro-reactor design for efficient energy conversion". Welcome!
|Yao (Jason) He Joined the group as a visiting graduate student (January, 2013)|
Jason obtained his BE and MS degrees from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, respectively, both in Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is currently a PhD candidate in Engineering Thermal Physics at the South China University of Technology. He joined our group to work on the project of "Heterogeneous Conversion of Biomass Renewables". Welcome!
|Yiqing received the first place award of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s Annual Student Poster Contest. Congratulations! (October, 2012)|
Yiqing, Laleh, and Tery attended the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s Annual Student Poster Contest. Yiqing presented his poster, "Catalytic Characterization of Hierarchical Meso-/microporous MFI and MWW Zeolites", and was one of the four first place winners. The award was voted by the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s members and guests for the top 10 participants in the first round, and then was selected by a panel of industrial judges for the top five posters in the second round. The prize inlcudes a $100 check and an invitation to present his work at the monthly Catalysis Club meeting.
The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia was founded in 1949 to promote the advancement of knowledge of the science of catalysis. The Club is a nonprofit organization serving members in the Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware area. The club is currently sponsored by Air Products, Zeolyst, The PQ Corporation, Du Pont, Arkema, and Johnson Matthey Catalysis.
|Terry and Helen Joined the group (Aug. 2012)|
Helen is a rising senior in the rigorous Science and Technology Program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD. She hopes to gain research experience in order to enhance her scientific education and future career. She is working on the project "Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous zeolites" with Laleh.
|Map went back to Thailand (July, 2012)|
|Dr. Liu Awarded the ACS Petroleum Research Fund (PRF). (July, 2012)|
Dr. Liu Awarded the ACS Petroleum Research Fund (PRF). Full story here. (July, 2012)
|Sceince reported Self-Pillared Zeolite Nanosheets. (June, 2012)|
|Tom won ASPIRE Award (May, 2012)|
Thomas Hoff won A scholars Program for Indurstry-Oriented Research on Engineering (ASPIRE) Award to support his summer research on "Hydrolysis of Biomass over Heterogeneous Zeolite Catalysts." Congrduations to Tom!
|Map Joined the group (May, 2012)|
Pimolpong Sriyapai, a junior student from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, joined our group to start her summer research on "Nano-Engineering Zeolite Films on Proton Conducting Membranes" Welcome!
|Dr. Liu visited Grace (March, 2012)|
Dr. Liu was invited to visit W. R. Grace & Co. and to give a seminar on synthesis and characterization of micro/mesoporous zeolite catalysts.
|Welcome Yiqing and Laleh! (March, 2012)|
Yiqing and Laleh joined the group to start their PhD studies, Welcome! (March, 2012)
|Dr. Liu Joined UMD (Janary, 2012)|
|Welcome to join our group. (September, 2011)|
|Most read article in ACS Catalysis. (Janary, 2011)|