Nano and Interfacial Catalysis Group

Dr. Rentao Mu
2020-05-15 15:31:07

Dr. Rentao Mu received his BS (Chemistry, 2006) from Shandong Normal University and PhD (Physical Chemistry, 2012) from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS. Dr. Mu's research interest in the molecular-level understanding of correlation between the structure and catalytic performance in heterogeneous catalysis, by employing surface science techniques and in-situ characterizations.


§ Ph. D, Physical Chemistry – Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, 09/2006 ~ 05/2012

§ Bachelor, Chemistry – Shandong Normal University, 09/2002 ~ 07/2006


§ Associate Professor, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, 04/2019 ~ present

§ Associate Professor, Tianjin University, 03/2016 ~ 04/2019

§ Postdoctoral Researcher, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA, 11/2012 ~ 12/2015

§ Research Associate, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, 05/2012 ~ 10/2012


§ Surface and interfacial catalysis at metal and metal oxide catalysts

§ Catalysis of oxide defects

§ The role of water and hydroxyls in heterogeneous catalysis


§ 2016 “Thousand Youth Talents Plan” of Tianjin City

§ 2016 Young Scientist Prize of the 16th International Congress on Catalysis

§ 2012 Excellent Award of the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

§ 2012 Outstanding Graduate of the Chinese Academy of Sciences


1. Jimin Song, Sihang Liu, Chengsheng Yang, Guishuo Wang, Hao Tian, Zhi-jian Zhao, Rentao Mu* and Jinlong Gong, The Role of Al Doping in Pd/ZnO Catalyst for CO2 Hydrogenation to Methanol, Appl. Catal. B-Environ., 2019,

2. Shuai Wang+, Zhi-Jian Zhao+, Xin Chang, Jiubing Zhao, Hao Tian, Chengsheng Yang, Mingrun Li, Qiang Fu, Rentao Mu*, and Jinlong Gong*, Activation and Spillover of Hydrogen on Sub-1 nm Palladium Nanoclusters Confined within Sodalite Zeolite for the Semi-Hydrogenation of Alkynes, Angew. Chem. Int. Edit., 2019, 58, 7668-7672

3. Yanan Wang, Sihang Liu, Chunlei Pei, Qiang Fu, Zhi-Jian Zhao, Rentao Mu* and Jinlong Gong*, Modulating the Surface Defects of Titanium Oxides and Consequent Reactivity of Pt Catalysts, Chem. Sci., 2019, 10, 10531-10536

4. Hao Li, Shenjun Zha, Zhi-Jian Zhao, Hao Tian, Sai Chen, Zhongmiao Gong, Weiting Cai, Yanan Wang, Yi Cui, Liang Zeng, Rentao Mu*, and Jinlong Gong*, The Nature of Loading-Dependent Reaction Barriers over Mixed RuO2/TiO2 Catalysts, ACS Catal., 2018, 8, 5526-5532

5. Weiting Cai+, Rentao Mu+, Shenjun Zha, Guodong Sun, Sai Chen, Zhi-Jian Zhao, Hao Li, Hao Tian, Yu Tang, Franklin (Feng) Tao, Liang Zeng, Jinlong Gong*, Subsurface Catalysis-mediated Selectivity of Dehydrogenation Reaction, Science Advances, 2018, 4, eaar5418

6. Rentao Mu, Zhi-jian Zhao, Zdenek Dohnálek, Jinlong Gong*, Structural Motifs of Water on Metal Oxide Surfaces, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, 46, 1785-1806

7. Rentao Mu, Arjun Dahal, Zhi-Tao Wang, Zdenek Dohnálek, Greg A. Kimmel, Nikolay G. Petrik*, and Igor Lyubinetsky*, Adsorption and Photodesorption of CO from Charged Point Defects on TiO2(110), J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2017, 8, 4565-4572

8. Rentao Mu+, David C. Cantu+, Xiao Lin, Vassiliki-Alexandra Glezakou, Zhitao Wang, Igor Lyubinetsky, Roger Rousseau*, and Zdenek Dohnálek*, Dimerization Induced Deprotonation of Water on RuO2(110), J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2014, 5, 3445-3450

9. Rentao Mu, Qiang Fu*, Li Jin, Liang Yu, Guangzong Fang, Dali Tan and Xinhe Bao*, Visualizing Chemical Reactions Confined Under Graphene, Angew. Chem. Int. Edit., 2012, 51, 4856-4859

10. Rentao Mu, Qiang Fu*, Hong Xu, Hui Zhang, Yuying Huang, Zhen Jiang, Shuo Zhang, Dali Tan and Xinhe Bao*, Synergetic Effect of Surface and Subsurface Ni Species at Pt-Ni Bimetallic Catalysts for CO Oxidation, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 1978-1986

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