Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin (2014)
Member: American Chemical Society (ACS)
Member: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Research at Dr. Zhang’s lab focuses on developing theoretical frameworks and computational methods to accelerate the discovery of materials. In particular, we are interested in catalytic materials and other functional materials that enable efficient chemical transformation and energy storage. We run virtual experiments on High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters, where chemical reactions or materials are simulated at the atomic scale. Current research interests are:
- Core/shell materials: the structure-property correlation, understanding based on the electronic structure, stability assessment.
- Computational design of catalytic materials for CO2 reduction, H2/O2-H2O electrochemical conversion and other chemical transformation and energy storage applications.
- Developing methods that enable a dynamic understanding of nanoparticle catalysis: the coupling between the morphologic evolution of the particle and its catalytic performance.
- Developing a general multi-scale computational framework to model catalytic combustion processes.
|2016-2018||Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Pennsylvania|
|2015-2016||Postdoctoral Research Associate, Stanford University|
|2014-2015||Postdoctoral Research Associate, UT Austin|
|2009-2014||Graduate Research Assistant, UT Austin|
|2011-2013||Research Educator, Freshman Research Initiative, UT Austin|
Selected Publications (Google Scholar)
- Lucci, F. R.; Zhang, L.; Thuening, T.; Uhlman , M. B.; Schilling, A. C.; Henkelman, G.; Sykes, E. C. H., “The Effect of Single Pd Atoms on the Energetics of Recombinative O2 Desorption from Au (111)“. Surf. Sci., 2018, 677, 296–300.
- Akbashev, A.R.; Zhang, L.; Chueh, W.C.; Vojvodic, A. “Activation of SrTiO3 with Subsurface SrRuO3 for Oxygen Evolution Reaction”, Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, 11, 1762-1769 (Inside Cover)
- Shin, K.; Zhang, L.; An, H.; Ha, H.; Yoo, M.; Lee, H. M.; Henkelman, G.; Kim, H. Y. “Interface Engineering for A Rational Design of Poison-free Bimetallic CO Oxidation Catalysts”, Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 5244-5253.
- Luo, L.; Zhang, L.; Duan, Z.; Lapp, A. S.; Henkelman, G.; Crooks R. M. “Efficient CO Oxidation Using Dendrimer-Encapsulated Pt Nanoparticles Activated with <2% Cu Surface Atoms”, ACS Nano., 2016, 10, 8760-8769.
- Zhang, L.; Chill, S.; Henkelman, G. “Distributed Replica Dynamics”, J. Chem. Phys., 2015, 143, 174112.
- Zhang, L.; Anderson, R. M; Crooks R. M; Henkelman, G. “Correlating Structure and Function of Metal Nanoparticles for Catalysis”, Surf. Sci., 2015, 640, 65-72.
- Zhang, L.; Henkelman, G. “Computational Design of Alloy-Core@Shell Metal Nanoparticle Catalysts”, ACS Catal., 2015, 5, 655-660.
- Zhang, L. and Henkelman, G. “Design of Pt-shell Nanoparticles with Alloy Cores for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction”, ACS Nano, 2013, 7, 9168-9172.