Nano and Interfacial Catalysis Group

Dr.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


· 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*, 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*, 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*, 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*, 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*, 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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