Dr Pu Zhao

Pu Zhao

Department of Chemistry

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Dr. Pu Zhao received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from Fudan University (China) in 2011 before she went to the University of Cambridge for her Ph.D. on carbon dioxide capture using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). She currently works in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory of Oxford as a postdoctoral research associate. Her research focuses on heterogeneous catalysis using new solid-state materials, particularly zeolites and MOFs. Zeolites and MOFs are porous solids that resemble a sponge. The microsized pores inside these materials offer confined space to house metal catalysts to accelerate many important chemical reactions. Dr. Pu Zhao uses these materials to efficiently produce clean energy (e.g. hydrogen) commodities (e.g. plastics), and fine chemicals. To understand the chemical reactions inside zeolites and MOFs, she intensively employs synchrotron X-ray and neutron based experimental techniques. Thus reaction pathways can be studied at the atomic level.