Xuan Zhao

Associate Professor

SM 305
Office Hours
Xuan Zhao

About Dr. Zhao


B.S. Chemistry, 1993, Nankai University
M.S. Chemistry, 1996, Peking University
Ph.D. Inorganic, 2002, Texas A&M University

Previous Experience

2002-2005, Post Doc, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

My research involves areas of inorganic, organometallic, bioinorganic chemistry and chemical biology, with particular interest in the design and engineering of models for the oxygen-evolving center in photosystem II, through either synthetic methods using organic ligands or biosynthetic approach using small, stable and well-characterized proteins.

Recent Publications

  • Lewandowska-Andralojc, A.; Baine, T.; Zhao, X.; Muckerman, J. T.; Fujita, E.; Polyanskya, D. E. Mechanistic studies of hydrogen evolution in aqueous solution catalyzed by a tertpyridineamine cobalt complex. Inorg. Chem. 2015, submitted.

  • Vennampalli, M.; Liang, G.; Katta, L.; Webster, C. E.; Zhao, X. Electronic Effects on Mononuclear Cobalt Complex with Pentadentate Ligand for Catalytic H2 Evolution, Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 10094-10100.

  • Vennampalli, M.; Liang, G.; Webster, C. E.; Zhao, X. Water Oxidation by Mononuclear Rhthenium Complex with a Pentadentate Isoquinoline-Bipyridyl Ligand. Eur. J. Inorg. Chem., 2014, 715-721.

Please see CV for a comprehensive list of publications