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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
Social: Twitter - @MingYangClemson


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, and reaction engineering of catalytic materials that enable negative emissions and sustainable energy production.

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 operando spectroscopies, the group aims to unveil those unique but broadly relevant reaction mechanisms associated with high-performance catalysts for energy and environmental applications. Before Clemson, Dr. Yang worked at General Motors R&D, bridging fundamental catalysis research with engineering implementation.

Sponsors and Donor

Sponsors include NSF, ACSPRF, NASA EPSCoR, GM.

Selected Publications - Full List Google Scholar


“Dual-site catalysts featuring platinum-group-metal atoms on copper shapes boost hydrocarbon formations in electrocatalytic CO2 reduction”, Nature Communications 2023, 14, 3075.

“Reaction-driven evolutions of Pt states over Pt-CeO2 catalysts during CO oxidation”, Applied Catalysis B 2023, 330, 122662.

“Crowded supported metal atoms on catalytically active supports may compromise intrinsic activity: a case study of dual-site Pt/α-MoC catalysts”, Applied Catalysis B 2023, 329, 122532.

“NCNT grafted perovskite oxide as an active bifunctional electrocatalyst for rechargeable zinc-air battery”, Materials Today Nano 2023, 21, 100287.

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

“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 2019, 244, 327.

“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.

“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.

Yang group members