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Xiao Cheng ZENG


Xiao Cheng ZENG

Professor, Part-time Principal Investigator



·Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Physical Chemistry, UCLA, 1992-1993

·Postdoctoral Fellow, Physical Chemistry, University of Chicago, 1989 - 1992

·Ph.D., Chemical & Condensed Matter Physics, The Ohio State University, 1989.

·B.S., Physics, Peking University, 1984.


 Publications Summary

·Total 476 journal papers (Google H-index: 70; Citations 17500+), including 2 papers in the journals Nature, 1 in Science, 2 in Science Advances, 4 in Nature Communications, 14 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, and other 105 papers in high-profile discipline journals: Journal of the American Chemical Society (45), Nano Letters (15), ACS Nano (18), Physical Review Letters (8), Angewandte Chemie International Edition (8), Advanced Materials (5), Advanced Energy Materials (3), Chemical Science (2), and Energy & Environmental Science (1).

·At present, 34 papers are cited 100+ times, and 119 papers are cited 50+ times.

·Ten papers were featured in Chemical & Engineering News (American Chemical Society).

·Four papers were featured in Chemistry World (Royal Society of Chemistry).




Recent Publications

·S. W. Wu, C. Q. Zhu, Z. He, H. Xue, Q. Fan, Y. Song, J. S. Francisco, and X. C. Zeng, and J. J. Wang, "Ion-specific ice recrystallization provides a facile approach for the fabrication of porous materials," Nat. Commun. 8, 15154 (2017).

·K. Nomura, T. Kaneko, J. Bai, J. S. Francisco*, K. Yasuoka, and X. C. Zeng, "Evidence of Low-Density and High-Density Liquid Phases and Isochore End Point for Water Confined to Carbon Nanotube," Prof. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 114, 4066-4071 (2017).

·C. Q. Zhu, Y. R. Gao, H. Li, S. Meng, L. Li, J. S. Francisco, and X. C. Zeng, "Characterizing hydrophobicity of amino acid side chains in a protein environment via measuring contact angle of a water nanodroplet on planar peptide network," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113, 12946-12951 (2016). 

·L. Li, M. Kumar, C. Q. Zhu, J. Zhong, J. S. Francisco, and X. C. Zeng, "Near-Barrierless Ammonium Bisulfate Formation via a Loop-Structure Promoted Proton-Transfer Mechanism on the Surface of Water," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 1816-1819 (2016).

·C. Q. Zhu, M. Kumar, J. Zhong, L. Li, J. S. Francisco, and X. C. Zeng, "New Mechanistic Pathways for Criegee-Water Chemistry at the Air/Water Interface," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 11164-11169 (2016).

·L. Li and X. C. Zeng, "Direct Simulation Evidence of Generation of Oxygen Vacancies at the Golden Cage Au16 and TiO2 (110) Interface for CO Oxidation," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136, 15857-15860 (2014).

·L. Li, Y. Gao, H. Li, Y Zhao, Y. Pei, Z. F. Chen, and X. C. Zeng, "CO Oxidation on TiO2 (110) Supported Subnanometer Gold Clusters: Size and Shape Effects," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 19336-19346 (2013).





Awards, Fellows, Invited Lectureships & Editorial Boards

  • Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), 2013

  • 67th American Chemical Society Midwest Award for Chemist of the Year, July, 2011.

  • University of Nebraska Outstanding Research & Creative Activity (ORCA) Award, April, 2010.

  • Elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2007

  • Elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2005

  • US & Canada John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 2004

  • Associate Editor, Nanoscale (Royal Society of Chemistry) 

  • Editorial Board, Molecular Simulation (Taylor & Francis) 





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