Nan Wang

Graduate Student
PhD in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering- Chemical Focus (In Progress)
Primary office:
G440 M2SEC


I received my Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Chongqing University in China. During my Master’s degree, I worked on the conversion of biomass to reducing sugars in ionic liquids. I am now working as a graduate research assistant with Professor Franklin (Feng) Tao on in-situ catalysis using high pressure scanning tunneling microscope. I am trying to find out how metal catalysts work in several gas reactions by investigating their surface restructure. I would like to pursue a career in research both in academia and industry after I graduate. In my spare time, I like watching movies and traveling.

Selected Publications

  1. N. Wang, J. Zhang, H. H. Wang, Q. Li, S. A. Wei, D. Wang*. Effects of metal ions on the hydrolysis of bamboo biomass in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride with dilute acid as catalyst. Bioresour. Technol., 173: 399-405, 2014.
  2. J. Cheng, N. Wang, D. Z. Zhao, D. D. Qin, W. Q. Si, Y. F. Tan, S.A. Wei, D. Wang*. The enhancement of the hydrolysis of bamboo biomass in ionic liquid with chitosan-based solid acid catalysts immobilized with metal ions. Bioresour. Technol., 220, 457-463, 2016.
  3. Tang, Y.; Nguyen, L.; Li. Y.; Wang, N.; Tao, F.* Surface of a catalyst in a gas phase. Current Rev. Chem Eng. 2016, 12, 52-61. 

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