Prof. John C. Flake's Laboratory

Flake-labBen Peterson

Yuxin FangBen Peterson

Yuxin FangBen Peterson


Yuxin Fang (left)

My research is to develop the selective and efficient electrochemical catalyst for reduction of CO2. Converting CO2 into valuable fuels enable us to realize renewable energy storage and sustainable carbon neutral cycle. Inspired by the enzyme catalysis in natural photosynthesis, we mimic the nature by synthesizing the catalyst using the leverage between organic ligand and transition metals to tune the reaction product selectivity with energy supply from potential controlled source. Ligands (thiol,ect.) on metal surface (such as: Au,Cu,etc.) are found to tune the selectivity by surface reconstruction, changing electronic binding energy and modifying surface pKa for protonation.