Nano and Interfacial Catalysis Group

Prof.Rentao Mu

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP)
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
457 Zhongshan Road,116023 Dalian P.R. China
Tel : +86 411 843797656
Fax : +86 411 8469 4447

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


· Professor, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, 07/2022 ~ present

· 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. Changping Liu, Le Lin, Hao Wu, Yijing Liu, Rentao Mu*, Qiang Fu*, Activating Lattice Oxygen of Single-layer ZnO for Catalytic Oxidation Reaction, Physical ChemistryChemical Physics, 25(2023)20121-20127

2. Cui Dong, Rentao Mu, Rongtan Li, Jianyang Wang, Tongyuan Song, Zhenping Qu, Qiang Fu*, Xinhe Bao*, Disentangling Local Interfacial Confinement and Remote Spillover Effects in Oxide-Oxide Interaction, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 145(2023)(31)17056-17065

3. Aiyi Dong#, Kun Li#, Rentao Mu*,Conghui Liu, Rongtan Li, Haoran Jia, Le Lin, Qiang Fu*, Effects of water adsorption on active site-dependent H2 activation over MgO nanoflakes, Nano Research, 16(2023)(7):9059-9064

4. Hui Xin, Le Lin, Rongtan Li, Dan Li, Tongyuan Song, Rentao Mu, Qiang Fu*, Xinhe Bao*, Overturning CO2 Hydrogenation Selectivity with High Activity via Reaction-Induced Strong Metal–Support Interactions, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 144(2022)(11)4874–4882

5. Yijing Liu#, Rankun Zhang#, Le Lin#, Yichao Wang, Changping Liu, Rentao Mu*, Qiang Fu*, Direct Observation of Accelerating Hydrogen Spillover via Surface-Lattice-Confinement Effect, Nature Communications, 14(2023)613

6. Rankun Zhang#, Le Lin#, Dongqing Wang, Yijing Liu, Yunjian Ling, Siqin Zhao, Rentao Mu*, Qiang Fu*, The Interplay between Hydroxyl Coverage and Reaction Selectivity of CO Conversion over the MnOHx/Pt Catalyst, ACS Catalysis, 12(2022)1191811926

7. Dongqing Wang, Le Lin, Rankun Zhang, Rentao Mu*, Qiang Fu*, Stabilizing Oxide Nanolayer via Interface Confinement and Surface Hydroxylation, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 13(2022)(28)6566–6570

8. Aiyi Dong#, Le Lin#, Rentao Mu*, Rongtan Li, Kun Li, Chao Wang, Yunjun Cao, Yunjian Ling, Yuxiang Chen, Fan Yang, Xiulian Pan, Qiang Fu*, Xinhe Bao*, Modulating the Formation and Evolution of Surface Hydrogen Species on ZnO through Cr Addition, ACS Catalysis, 12(2022)62556264

9. Yijing Liu, Rankun Zhang, Yunjian Ling, Le Lin, Rentao Mu*, Qiang Fu*, Dynamic Structural Evolution of Mn-Au Alloy and MnOx Nanostructures on Au(111) under Different Atmospheres, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 125(2021)1533515342

10. Yifan Li, Le Lin, Lijun Gao, Rentao Mu*, Qiang Fu*, Xinhe Bao, Predominance of Subsurface and Bulk Oxygen Vacancies in Reduced Manganese Oxide, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 125(2021)(14)7990–7998

11. Siqin Zhao, Le Lin, Wugen Huang, Rankun Zhang, Dongqing Wang, Rentao Mu*, Qiang Fu*, Xinhe Bao, Design of Lewis pairs via interface engineering of oxide-metal composite catalyst for water activation, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 12(2021)1443-1452

12. Shuai Wang+, Zhi-Jian Zhao+, Xin Chang, Jiubing Zhao, Hao Tian, Chengsheng Yang, Mingrun Li, Qiang Fu, Rentao Mu*, 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

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

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

15. 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

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

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

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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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