Catalysis Science & Technology Emerging Investigator- Bin Wang

Dr. Bin Wang is a Professor, Conoco-DuPont Professor, in the School of Sustainable Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering at the University of Oklahoma (OU), Norman, and his research is focused on computational chemistry and molecular engineering with an emphasis on advanced energy materials and catalysis.

He obtained a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENSL, France) in 2011. Before joining OU in 2014, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. He received an Early Career award from the US Department of Energy, an ACS COMP OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, OU Regents’ Award for Superior Research and Creative Activity, and was recognized as an ACS Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (I&EC Research) Influential Researcher. He is currently the secretary of the ACS Division of Catalysis Science and Technology.

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Read Bin’s Emerging Investigator article ‘Mechanistic insights into the conversion of polyalcohols over Brønsted acid sites‘, DOI: 10.1039/D3CY00524K

1. How do you feel about Catalysis Science & Technology as a place to publish research on this topic?

In this work, funded by the US National Science Foundation, a graduate student Quy Nguyen performed DFT calculations to investigate the dehydration reaction of a diol molecule and revealed the mechanism of competing reaction pathways, which also provides insights for converting polar polymers, such as ethylene vinyl alcohol, or EVOH, a copolymer carries similar chemical functionality and widely used in multilayer packaging. The calculated reaction profiles agree well with experimentally measured selectivity by my colleagues in the same department. The plastic conversion and recycling has been an emerging topic in the society and a popular one in this journal. Catalysis Science and Technology is a great place to publish this work, and we are very happy to contribute to this research area and to this journal.

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