Luan Nguyen

Post Doctoral Researcher
Primary office:
CEBC Bldg. C room 145

Luan Nguyen received his B.S. in mathematics and chemistry from Grand Valley State University in 2011. He conducted his Ph.D. research at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame from 2011 – 2016. Luan’s doctoral research focused on in-situ surface characterization of catalysts during heterogeneous catalytic reactions using high pressure high temperature scanning tunneling microscope (HP-HT STM) and ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS). Unlike ex-situ characterization, in-situ study allows for identification of the active phase of a catalyst during a catalytic reaction hence provide insight for further development of enhanced catalysts. Currently, Luan is focusing instrumentation development to further push the capability of AP-XPS for in-situ investigation of solid catalysts in liquid reactants.


Selected Publications

  1. Shan, J.; Zhang, S.; Choksi, T.; Nguyen, L.; Bonifacio, C.; Li, Y.; Zhu, W.; Tang, Y.; Zhang, Y; Yang, J; Greeley, J; Frenkel, A*; Tao, F* “Tuning Catalytic Performance through a Single or Sequential Post-Synthesis Reaction(s) in a Gas Phase” ACS Catalysis, 2017, 7, 191-204.
  2. Jian, D.; Tang, Y.; Nguyen, L.; Tong, X.; Thapa, P. S.; Tao, F.* “Oxidation of cyclohexene catalyzyed by nanoporous Au(Ag) in liquid phase“, Catal. Lett., 2017,147,442-452.
  3. Huang, W.; Zhang, S.; Tang, Y.; Li, Y.;Nguyen, L.; Shan. J.; Xiao, D.; Gagne, R.; Frenkel, A. I.; Tao, F.* “Low-temperature transformation of methane to methanol on single sites anchored on internal surface of microporous silicate in liquid”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201604708
  4. Nguyen, L.; Liu, L.; Assefa, S.; Wolverton, C.; Schneider*, W. F.; Tao, F.*; “In situ studies of structural evolution of model catalyst Rh(110) at atomic scale during catalysis”; ACS Catalysis, 2016. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.6b02006
  5. Tao, F.*, Nguyen, L.; Zhang, S.; Li, Y.; Tang, Y.; Zhang, L.; Frenkel, A. I.; Xia, Y.; Salmeron, M. B.,“Formation of Second-generation Nanoclusters on Metal Nanoparticles Driven by Reactant Gases”Nano Lett. 2016,16 (8), 5001–5009. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b01718.
  6. Liu, J.; Zhang, S.; Zhou, Y.; Fung, V.; Nguyen, L.; Jiang, D.; Shen, W.; Fan, J.*; Tao, F.*, “Tuning Catalytic Selectivity of Oxidative Catalysis through Deposition of Nonmetallic Atoms in Surface Lattice of Metal Oxide”, ACS Catalysis, 2016, 6, 4218-4228. 
  7. Tang, Y.; Nguyen, L.; Li. Y.; Wang, N.; Tao, F.* “Surface of a catalyst in a gas phase”Current Rev. Chem Eng. 2016, 12, 52-61. 
  8. Nguyen, L.; Tao, F.* “Development of a reaction cell for in-situ/operando studies of surface of a catalyst under a reaction condition and during catalysis”Rev. Sci. Instrum. 2016,87, 064101. DOI: 10.1063/1.4946877. 
  9. Nguyen, L.; Zhang, S.; Wang, L.; Li, Y.;Yoshida, H.; Patlolla, A.; Takeda, S.; Frenkel, A.; Tao, F.* “Reduction of Nitric Oxide with Hydrogen on Catalysts of Singly Dispersed Bimetallic Sites Pt1Com and Pd1Con “, ACS Catal., 2016, 6, 840-850. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.5b00842
  10. Zhang, S.; Shan, J.; Nie, L.; Nguyen, L.; Wu, Z.; Tao, F.* “In-situ Studies of Surface of NiFe2O4 Catalyst During Complete Oxidation of Methane”, Surf. Sci., 2016, 648, 156. DOI: 10.1016/j.susc.2015.12.011
  11. Nguyen, L. … Tao, F.*, “Preferential Oxidation of CO in H2 on Pure Co3O4-x and Pt/Co3O4-x“, Chemcatchem2015, 7, 2346-2353. DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201500320
  12. Zeng, S.; Nguyen, L.; Cheng, F.; Liu, L.; Yu, Y.*; Tao, F.* “Surface Structure and Chemistry of Pt/Cu/Pt(111) Near Surface Alloy Model Catalyst in CO”, Appl. Surf. Sci., 2014, 320, 225-230. DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2014.09.090
  13. Shan, J.; Huang, W.; Nguyen, L.; Yu, Y.; Zhang, S.; Li, Y.; Frenkel, A.; Tao, F.*, “Conversion of Methane to Methanol with a Bent Mono(μ-oxo)dinickel Anchored on Internal Surface of Micro-pores”, Langmuir2014, 30, 8558-8569. DOI: 10.1021/la501184b
  14. Zhu, Y.; Zhang, S.; Shan, J.; Nguyen, L.; Zhan, S.; Gu, X.; Tao, F.* ”In Situ Surface Chemistries and Catalytic Performances of Ceria Doped with Palladium, Platinum, and Rhodium in Methane Partial Oxidation for the Production of Syngas”ACS Catal., 2013, 3, 2627-2639. DOI: 10.1021/cs400070y
  15. Zhang, S.; Shan, J.; Zhu, Y.; Nguyen, L.; Huang, W.; Yoshida, H; Takeda, S.; Tao, F.*, “Restructuring Transition Metal Oxide Nanorods for 100% Selectivity in Reduction of Nitric Oxide with Carbon Monoxide”, Nano Lett., 2013, 13, 3310-3314. DOI: 10.1021/nl4015292
  16. Zhang, S.; Nguyen, L.; Zhu, Y.; Zhan, S.; Tsung, C.; Tao, F.* “In-situ Studies of Nanocatalysis”, Acc. Chem. Res. 2013, 46, 1731-1739. DOI: 10.1021/ar300245g
  17. Tao, F.*, Nguyen, L.; Zhang, S. “Design of A New Reactor-Like High Temperature Near Ambient Pressure Scanning Tunneling Microscope for Catalysis Studies”, Rev. Sci. Instrum., 2013, 84, 034101. DOI: 10.1063/1.4792673
  18. Nguyen, L.; Cheng, F.; Zhang, S.; Tao, F.* “Visualization of Surfaces of Pt and Ni Model Catalysts in Reactive Environments Using Ambient Pressure High Temperature Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Understanding the Restructurings of Surfaces of Model Metal Catalysts under Reaction Conditions at Near Ambient Pressure”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013, 117, 971-977. (Front Cover Story) DOI: 10.1021/jp3086842
  19. Tao, F.*; Zhang, S.; Nguyen, L.; Zhang, X. “Action of Bimetallic Nanocatalysts under Reaction Conditions and during Catalysis: Evolution of Chemistry from High Vacuum Conditions to Reaction Conditions,Chem. Soc. Rev. 2012, 41, 7980-7993. DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35185D
  20. Sun, B.; Xu, K.; Nguyen, L.; Qiao, M.; Tao, F.*; “Preparation and Catalysis of Carbon-Supported Iron Catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis“, ChemCatChem, 2012, 4, 1498-1511. DOI: 10.1002/cctc.201200241
  21. Pei, Y.; Zhou, G.; Nguyen, L.;  Zong, B.; Qiao, M*.; Tao, F.*Synthesis and Catalysis of Chemically Reduced Metal–Metalloid Amorphous Alloys”, Chem. Soc. Rev. 2012, 41, 8140-8612. DOI: 10.1039/C2CS35182J
  22. McBane, G.; Nguyen, L.; Schinke, R.; “Photodissociation of Ozone in the Hartley Band: Product State and Angular Distributions”, J. Chem. Phys. 2010, 133, 144312. DOI: 10.1063/1.3491813

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