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Catalytic Materials Synthesis




Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Capability Experts

Ji Su ([email protected])


LBNL is actively developing "Catalytic Materials Hub" (CMH) for HyMARC to facilitate the catalysis-relevant projects in the program. CMH can provide catalyst design, synthesis, reaction testing for collaboration in HyMARC.

CMH's synthesis capability can provide:

  • Design and synthesis of advanced single-metal-site catalysts, super-synergistic binuclear-site catalysts and bimetallic-catalysts
  • Synthesis of traditional supported metal nanoparticle catalyst with size and shape control of the metal particles
  • Synthesis of various metal oxide with size, shape, porosity, dimension controls.
  • Traditional zeolite and perovskite (dimension controls)
  • Graphene oxide nanosheet with large lateral size

CMH's synthesis capability in developing:

  • Ir and Ni based electrocatalysts
  • Synergistic molten metal alloy catalyst
  • Zeolite nanotube and zeolite nanosheet
  • High entropy oxides.


Available for use in collaboration with HyMARC.


Microscopic enlargements of eight synthesized catalyst samples.

Figure 1. The synthesized catalyst samples.


  • L. Chen, P Verma, K. Hou, Z. Qi, S. Zhang, Y. Liu, J. Guo, V. Stavila, M. Allendorf, L. Zheng, M. Salmeron, D. Prendergast, G. Somorjai, and J. Su, "Reversible Dehydrogenation and Rehydrogenation of Cyclohexane and Methyl-cyclohexane by Single Metal Platinum Catalyst," Nat Commun. (2022) 13, 1092.
  • L. Chen, Z. Qi, X. Peng, J. Chen, C. Pao, X. Zhang, M. Young, D. Prendergast, J. Guo, G. Somorjai, and J. Su, "Insights into the Mechanism of Methanol Steam Reforming Tandem Reaction over CeO2 Supported Single-site Catalysts," J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2021) 143, 31, 12074–12081.
  • L. Chen, K. Hou, Y. Liu, Z. Qi, Q. Zheng, Y. Lu, J. Chen, J. Chen, D. Prendergast, L. E. Klebanoff, V. Stavila, M. D. Allendorf, J. Guo, L. Zheng, J. Su, G. A. Somorjai, "Efficient Hydrogen Production from Methanol Using a Single-Site Pt1/CeO2 Catalyst," J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2019) 141, 45, 17995-17999.
  • J. Su, C. Xie, C. Chen, Y. Yu, G. Kennedy, G. A. Somorjai, P. Yang, "Insights into the Mechanism of Tandem Alkene Hydroformylation over a Nanostructured Catalyst with Multiple Interfaces," J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2016) 138, 11568–11574.
  • Current unpublished results.