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Prof. Hongfei Lin’s Group

Prof. Hongfei Lin

Research Area

Energy: H2, biofuel, clean fuel, solar fuel, storage

Catalysis: Solid acids and acid reaction, hydrocarbon transformation, chemoselective hydrogenation and oxidation, reforming

Material: Zeolites, amorphous catalysts, organic frameworks, oxides, and nanomaterials

Spectroscopy: Solid state NMR, in situ NMR, in situ DRIFTs, in situ UV/vis and Raman

Environment: CO2 capture and conversion, waste-to-chemical

Biographical Information

Dr. Lin received his B.E and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. He has been a postdoctoral fellow for two years in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, where his research was focused on developing advanced functional materials for catalysis and optoelectronics applications. He then worked in industry for three years conducting research on alternative energy including catalytic conversion of biomass to liquid hydrocarbon fuels, renewable hydrogen production, and catalytic transformation of natural gas to liquid fuels.
Dr. Lin’s current research activities are focused on coupling chemical processes with novel material systems for renewable energy and clean fuel production. In particular, the multifunctional heterogeneous catalysts are designed on a molecular level aiming to develop the highly efficient and cost-effective process of converting solid biomass to liquid transportation fuels or renewable chemicals. Furthermore, fundamental studies of advanced materials using modern characterization techniques are investigated to better control the catalytic process and to maximize the overall efficiency.