Rentao Mu

Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS

Research Areas

Heterogenous catalysis, surface chemistry


2006.9-2012.5 Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, Physical Chemistry, PhD

2002.9-2006.7 Shandong Normal University, Chemistry, Bachelor


Work Experience

2019.4-present Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, Associate Professor

2016.3.-2019.3 Tianjin University, China, Associate Professor

2012.11-2015.12 Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA, Postdoc

2012.5-2012.10 Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS, Researcher



(1) Activation and Spillover of Hydrogen on Sub‐1 nm Palladium Nanoclusters Confined within Sodalite Zeolite for the Semi‐Hydrogenation of Alkynes, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2019, Corresponding author

(2) Hydroxyl-mediated ethanol selectivity of CO2 hydrogenation, Chemical Science, 2019, First author

(3) The Nature of Loading-Dependent Reaction Barriers over Mixed RuO2/TiO2 Catalysts, ACS Catalysis, 2018, Corresponding author

(4) Subsurface catalysis-mediated selectivity of dehydrogenation reaction, Science Advances, 2018, First author

(5) Adsorption and Photodesorption of CO from Charged Point Defects on TiO2(110), The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2017, First author

(6) Probing equilibrium of molecular and deprotonated water on TiO2(110), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017, First author

(7) Structural motifs of water on metal oxide surfaces, Chemical Society Reviews, 2017, First author

(8) Dimerization induced deprotonation of water on RuO2(110), The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2014, First author

(9) Visualizing chemical reactions confined under graphene, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2012, First author

(10) Synergetic effect of surface and subsurface Ni species at Pt− Ni bimetallic catalysts for CO oxidation, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011, First author

Research Interests

Surface and interfacial catalysis, metal and metal oxide catalysts, catalysts' defect, single atom catalysts