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Ming Yang, Ph.D.

Jessica M. KellyAssistant Professor
Catalysis, Advanced Materials, Reaction Engineering for Energy and Environmental Applications
Phone: 864-656-6130
Office: 221 Earle Hall


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Tufts University, 2016
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, 2010
B.S., Chemistry, Nankai University, 2007
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, 2007

Research Interests

Professor Yang’s research is centered on the fundamental relationship between the chemical properties of solid materials and their catalytic performances. His current research focuses on the design, synthesis, reaction engineering of catalytic materials that enable negative emissions and sustainable energy productions.

The Yang Group utilizes a variety of wet chemistry, electrochemistry, thermal, and mechanical experimental methods to develop advanced catalysts that host active, selective, and stable catalytic centers with atomic precisions. Using advanced characterizations such as isotope experiments, microscopy analyses, and operand spectroscopies, the group aims to unveil those unique but broadly relevant reaction mechanisms associated with the high-performance catalysts for energy and environmental applications.

Before Clemson, Dr. Yang worked at General Motors R & R&D, bridging fundamental catalysis research with engineering implementation.

Ming Yang research group

Selected Publications - Full List Google Scholar


“Enhancing oxygen reduction performance of oxide-CNT through in-situ generated nanoalloy bridging”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 2020, 263: 118297.

“Activation of subnanometric Pt on Cu-modified CeO2 via redox-coupled atomic layer deposition for CO oxidation”, Nature Communications, 2020, 11: 4240.

“Nanocluster and single-atom catalysts for thermocatalytic conversion of CO and CO2”, Catalysis Science & Technology 2020, 10, 5772.

“Tuning single‐atom Pt1‐CeO2 catalyst for efficient CO and C3H6 oxidation: Size effect of ceria on Pt structural evolution”, ChemNanoMat 2020, 6, 1797.

“Single-atom gold oxo-clusters prepared in alkaline solutions catalyse the heterogeneous methanol self-coupling reaction”, Nature Chemistry 2019, 11, 1098.

“Surpassing the single-atom catalytic activity limit through paired Pt-O-Pt ensemble built from isolated Pt1 atoms”, Nature Communications 2019, 10: 3808.

“Single-site Pt/La-Al2O3 stabilized by barium as an active and stable catalyst in purifying CO and C3H6 emissions”, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 2019, 244, 327.

“Aftertreatment protocols for catalyst characterization and performance evaluation: low temperature oxidation, storage, three-way, and NH3-SCR catalyst test protocols”, Emission Control Science and Technology 2019, 5, 183.

“Tackling CO poisoning with single-atom alloy catalysts,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 2016, 138, 6396.

“Design of single-atom metal catalysts on various supports for the low-temperature water-gas shift reaction,” Catalysis Today 2017, 298, 216.


"Selective hydrogenation of 1, 3-butadiene on platinum-copper alloys at the single-atom limit", Nature Communications 2015, 6: 8550.

“A common single-site Pt(II)-O(OH)x- species stabilized by sodium on active and inert supports catalyzes the water-gas shift reaction,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015, 137, 3470.

“Catalytically active Au-O(OH)x- species stabilized by alkali ions on zeolites and mesoporous oxides,” Science 2014, 346, 1498.

“Atomically dispersed Au-(OH)x species bound on titania catalyze the low-temperature water-gas shift reaction,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 2013, 135, 3768.

Before 2011

“Effects of CO2 and steam on Ba/Ce-based NOx storage reduction catalysts during lean aging”, Journal of Catalysis 2010, 271, 228.

“Pd-supported interaction-defined selective redox activities in Pd−Ce0.7Zr0.3O2−Al2O3 model three-way catalysts”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2009, 113, 12778.

"Pd/Support Interface-Promoted Pd− Ce0. 7Zr0. 3O2− Al2O3 Automobile Three-Way Catalysts: Studying the Dynamic Oxygen Storage Capacity and CO, C3H8, and NO Conversion", Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2009, 113, 3212.