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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Cun Wen

Title: Research Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Website: Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity
Phone: 803-777-0165
Office: Horizon 1
Room 138
541 Main Street
Columbia, SC  29208
Dr. Cun Wen

CV of Dr. Wen


Ph.D., East China University of Science and Technology, 2010
B.S., East China University of Science and Technology, 2004


Dr. Wen's research background is in energy catalysis with a focus on understanding reaction mechanisms and catalyst synthesis. During Cun's Ph.D. study, he investigated why hot spots form during methane partial oxidation. Cun's combinatorial research approach revealed that lattice oxygen reducibility is the key factor governing hot spot formation; sophisticated catalysts can be tuned for improved lattice oxygen reducibility. Thus, Cun joined the University of Notre Dame du lac and the University of South Carolina to pursue nanoscale catalyst synthesis skills.

Selected Publications

  • Wen, C., Dunbar, D., Zhang, X., Lauterbach, J., and Hattrick-Simpers, J., Self-healing catalysts: Co3O4 nanorods for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, Chem Commun, 2014, Vol 50, 4575-4578.
  • Wen, C., Barrow, E., Hattrick-Simpers, J., and Lauterbach, J., One-step production of long-chain hydrocarbons from waste-biomass-derived chemicals using bi-functional heterogeneous catalysts, Phys Chem Chem Phys, 2014, Vol 16, 3047 - 3054.
  • Wen, C., Zhu, Y., Ye, Y., Zhang, S., Cheng, F., Liu, Y., Wang, P., and Tao, F., Water–Gas Shift Reaction on Metal Nanoclusters Encapsulated in Mesoporous Ceria Studied with Ambient-Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, ACS Nano, 2012, Vol 6, 9305–9313.
  • Wen, C., Liu, Y., and Tao, F., Integration of surface science, nanoscience, and catalysis, Pure Appl Chem, 2011, Vol 83, 243-252.
  • Wen, C., Liu, Y., Guo, Y., Wang, Y., and Lu, G., Strategy to eliminate catalyst hot-spots in the partial oxidation of methane: enhancing its activity for direct hydrogen production by reducing the reactivity of lattice oxygen, Chem Commun, 2010, Vol 46, 880-882.