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Di Zhu, Ph.D. – Chemical Processing



Ph.D. Material Chemistry - University of Wisconsin, Madison

B.S., Chemistry - Peking University

Research interest:

Di is interested in developing and exploiting new catalytic methane conversion routes. His work spans the range from nonoxidative methane to ethylene conversion, photochemical methane activation, all the way to the application of solid oxide fuel cells. His past research focused on diamond photocatalysis, using emitted solvated electrons to reduce nitrogen and carbon dioxide, and heterogeneous catalysis including low temperature cellulose conversion.

Publications and Patents:

Di Zhu, Linghong Zhang, Rose Ruther and Robert J. Hamers, Photo-illuminated diamond as a solid-state source of solvated electrons in water for nitrogen reduction, Nature Materials, 12, 836-841, 2013

Zhu Di, Liu Ran-ran, Li Hai-long, Chen Tao, Tian Wenyu, Sun Mao, Li Chunli, Hydrothermal Synthesis of Titania Powder with Different Particle Sizes, Acta Scientiarum Naturalium Unversitatis Pekinensis, 2010, 46(4): 525-530

Jeffrey R. Christianson , Di Zhu , Robert J. Hamers, and J. R. Schmidt, Mechanism of N2 Reduction to NH3 by Aqueous Solvated Electrons, J. Phys. Chem. B, 118(1), 195-203, 2014

Linghong Zhang, Di Zhu, Gilbert M. Nathanson and Robert J. Hamers, Selective Photoelectrochemical Reduction of Aqueous CO2 to CO by Solvated Electrons, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014

Robert J Hamers, Jason Bandy, Di Zhu, Photoemission from diamond films and substrates into water: Dynamics of solvated electrons and implications for diamond photoelectrochemistry, Faraday Discussion, (accepted)

Robert J Hamers, Di Zhu, Photocatalytic Activation and Conversion of N2 and Other Small Molecules, under patent examining. (Selected as candidate for WARF Innovation Award)