One of the goals of our research on transition metal alloy nanoparticles is to utilize Computational Chemistry tools to discover the ways to synthesize transition metal alloy nanoparticles with special phase properties as optimal catalysts for reactions of interest, such as oxygen reduction reaction and hydrogenation of coal. In this presentation, I will discuss the results of two alloy nanoparticles, PtAu and PtVFe. I will also present the synergetic results of unraveling PtVFe nanoparticles by coupling computational chemistry with experimental work.
Lichang Wang received her B. ChE. and M. ChE. in Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University, China, in 1985 and 1988, respectively, and her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1993 from University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Copenhagen, Denmark (1993-1994), University of Cambridge, U.K. (1994-1998), University College London, U. K. (1996-1997), and The Ohio State University (1998-2001) before joining the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 2001.