Xiao Cheng Zeng, Chancellor's University & Willa Cather Professor
Xiao Cheng Zeng
Chancellor's University & Willa Cather Professor
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
536 Hamilton Hall
Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0304
"Research activities in my group include computational and theoretical studies of liquids, solids, thin films, interfaces, nanotubes, and nano-clusters. We are also interested in computational nanotribology and modeling of atomic force microscopy (AFM). Research tools include Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics computer simulation, density-functional theory and ab initio quantum chemical calculations."
Publications on Nano Ice, Water, Hydrophobic Interactions
- R. X. He, L. Li, J. Zhong, C. Q. Zhu, J. S. Francisco, and X. C. Zeng, "Resolving the HONO formation mechanism in the ionosphere via ab initio molecular dynamic simulations," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113, 4629-4633 (2016). UNL News, April 12, 2016, Latest News Space, Apr. 13, 2016, A Window to University in China, Apr. 28, 2016.
- Y. Huang, C. Zhu, L. Wang, X. Cao, Y. Su, X. Jiang, S. Meng, J. J. Zhao, and X. C. Zeng, "A new phase diagram of water under negative pressure: The rise of the lowest-density clathrate s-III," Sci. Adv. 2, e1501010 (2016). UNL News, February 12, 2016, Phys.Org, Feb. 12, 2016, Cosmos Magazine, Feb. 15, 2016, Science alert, Feb. 15, 2016, Technology Grip, Feb. 15, 2016, Sci-News.com, Feb. 15, 2016, ScienceNet.cn, Feb. 19, 2016.
- L. Li, M. Kumar, C. Q. Zhu, J. Zhong, J. S. Francisco, and X. C. Zeng, "Near-Barrierless Ammonium Bisulfate Formation via a Loop-Structure Promoted Proton-Transfer Mechanism on the Surface of Water," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 1816-1819 (2016). Featured on February 8, 2016 in Chem. & Eng. News, USTC News, Feb. 9, 2016.
- H. Li, J. S. Francisco, and X. C. Zeng, "Unraveling the mechanism of selective ion transport in hydrophobic subnanometer channels," Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112, 10851-10856 (2015). UNL Today, Aug. 28, 2015, Phys.Org (Aug. 25, 2015), Chinese Academy of Sciences.
- W. H. Zhao, L. Wang, J. Bai, J. S. Francisco, and X. C. Zeng, "Spontaneous Formation of One-Dimensional Hydrogen Gas Hydrate in Carbon Nanotubes," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136, 10661-10668 (2014). JACS Spotlights (7/30/2014), and JACS Cover (7/30/2014), highlighted by USTC (7/31/2014), and by UNL Today (8/15/2014).
Publications on Gold Clusters and Other Nanostructures
- [39 Citations] J. Dai and X. C. Zeng, "Titanium Trisulfide Monolayer: Theoretical Prediction of a New Direct-Gap Semiconductor with High and Anisotropic Carrier Mobility," Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 54, 7572-7576 (2015). UNL Today, June 23, 2015, Popular Mechanics, July 6, 2015.
- W. W. Xu, Y. Gao, and X. C. Zeng, "Unraveling structures of protection ligands on gold nanoparticle Au68(SH)32," Sci. Adv. 1, e1400211 (2015). Chem. Eng. News, April 27, 2015, ScienceDaily, April 28, 2015, Phys.Org, UNL Today, April 27, 2015, WEB TECHKING.com, BEFORE IT'S News.
- S. Chen and X. C. Zeng, "Design of Ferroelectric Organic Molecular Crystals with Ultrahigh Polarization," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136, 6428-6436 (2014). Chem. Eng. News, April 28, 2014, JACS Spotlights, April 30, 2014, UNL Today (April 30, 2014).
- R. Zhou, B. Qu, J. Dai, and X. C. Zeng, "Unraveling Crystalline Structure of High-Pressure Phase of Silicon Carbonate," Phys. Rev. X 4, 011030 (2014). UNL Today (Feb. 28, 2014), Omaha World Herald (Feb. 27, 2014), Phys. Org. News, and Nanowerk.
- [85 Citations] C. Liu, Y. Tan, S. Lin, H. Li, X.J. Wu, L. Li, Y. Pei, and X. C. Zeng, "CO Self-Promoting Oxidation on Nanosized Gold Clusters: Triangular Au3 Active Site and CO Induced O-O Scission," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 2583-2595 (2013). Chem. & Eng. News, Feb. 11, 2013.
Other Recent Publications
- M. H. Wu and X. C. Zeng, "Intrinsic Ferroelasticity and/or Multiferroicity in Two-Dimensional Phosphorene and Phosphorene Analogues," Nano Lett. 16, 3236-3241 (2016). Huazhong Univ. Sci. Tech. News (May 10, 2016).
- M. H. Wu, S. Dong, K. Yao, J. Liu, and X. C. Zeng, "Ferroelectricity in Covalently functionalized Two-dimensional Materials: Integration of High-mobility Semiconductors and Nonvolatile Memory," Nano Lett. 16, 7309-7315 (2016).
- J. Dai, M. Li, and X. C. Zeng, "Group IVB transition metal trichalcogenides: a new class of 2D layered materials beyond graphene," WIREs: Comp. Mol. Sci. 6, 211-222 (2016).
- S. Y. Willow, X. C. Zeng, S. S. Xantheas, K. S. Kim, and S. Hirata, "Why is MP2-water "cooler" and "denser" than DFT-water?," J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 7, 680-684 (2016).
- C. Q. Zhu, M. Kumar, J. Zhong, L. Li, J. S. Francisco, and X. C. Zeng, "New Mechanistic Pathways for Criegee-Water Chemistry at the Air/Water Interface," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 11164-11169 (2016).
- Z. Xiao, D. Wang, Q. Dong, Q. Wang, W. Wei, J. Dai, X. C. Zeng, and J. S. Huang, "Unraveling the hidden function of a stabilizer in a precursor in improving hybrid perovskite film morphology for high efficiency solar cells," Energy Environ. Sci. 9, 867-872 (2016).
- Y. N. Arai, K. Yasuoka, and X. C. Zeng, "Self-Assembly of Janus Oligomers into Onion-like Vesicles with Layer-by-Layer Water Discharging Capability: A Minimalist Model," ACS Nano 10, 8026-8037 (2016). Nebraska Today, Sept. 22, 2016.
- B. Zhu, F. C. Wang, J. Bai, X. C. Zeng, and H. A. Wu, "Compression Limit of Two-Dimensional Water Constrained in Graphene Nanocapillaries," ACS Nano 9, 12197-12204 (2015).
- Q. Hu, W. L. Guo, and X. C. Zeng, "Water in Inhomogeneous Nanoconfinement: Coexistence of Multilayered Liquid and Transition to Ice Nanoribbons," ACS Nano 9, 9877-9884 (2015).
- J. Zhong, Y. Zhao, L. Li, H. Li, J. S. Francisco, and X. C. Zeng, "Interaction of the NH2 Radical with the Surface of a Water Droplet," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 12070-12078 (2015).
- L. Li, P. F. Li, N. Lu, J. Dai, and X. C. Zeng, "Simulation evidence of hexagonal-to-tetragonal ZnSe structure transition: a monolayer material with wide-range tunable direct bandgap," Adv. Sci., 1500290 (2015). Materials View China, Nov. 5, 2015, Inside Cover, Dec. 15, 2015.
- H. J. Feng, T. R. Paudel, E. Y. Tsymbal, and X. C. Zeng, "Tunable Optical Properties and Charge Separation in CH3NH3SnxPb1-xI3/TiO2-Based Planar Perovskites Cells," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 137, 8227-8236 (2015).
- S. Chen, A. Enders, and X. C. Zeng, "Influence of Structural Fluctuations, Proton Transfer, and Electric Field on Polarization Switching of Supported Two-Dimensional Hydrogen-Bonded Oxocarbon Monolayers," Chem. Mater. 27, 4839-4847 (2015).
- W. H. Zhao, J. Bai, L. Wang, L. F. Yuan, J. L. Yang, J. S. Francisco, and X. C. Zeng, "Formation of bilayer clathrate hydrates," J. Mater. Chem. A 3, 5547-5555 (2015).
- M. H. Wu, H. Fu, L. Zhou, K. L. Yao, and X. C. Zeng, "Nine New Phosphorene Polymorphs with Non-Honeycomb Structures: A Much Extended Family," Nano Lett. 15, 3557-3562 (2015). Huazhong Univ. Sci. Tech. News, April 17, 2015.
- B. Qu, B. Zhang, L. Wang, R. Zhou, X. C. Zeng, "Mechanistic Study of the Persistent Luminescence of CaAl2O4:Eu,Nd," Chem. Mater. 27, 2195-2202 (2015).
- F. Y. Li, Y. F. Li, X. C. Zeng, and Z. F. Chen, "Exploration of High-Performance Single-Atom Catalysts on Support M1/FeOx for CO Oxidation via Computational Study," ACS Catal. 5, 544-552 (2015). Cover in ACS Catalysis, February 6, 2015, and featured in UNL Today, February 27, 2015.
- H. Li, L. Li, A. Pedersen, Y. Gao, N. Khetrapal, H. Jonsson, and X. C. Zeng, "Magic-Number Gold Nanoclusters with Diameters from 1 to 3.5 nm: Relative Stability and Catalytic Activity for CO Oxidation," Nano Lett. 15, 682-688 (2015).
- L. Li and X. C. Zeng, "Direct Simulation Evidence of Generation of Oxygen Vacancies at the Golden Cage Au16 and TiO2 (110) Interface for CO Oxidation," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136, 15857-15860 (2014).
- B. Schaefer, R. Pal, N. S. Khetrapal, M. Amsler, A. Sadeghi, V. Blum, X. C. Zeng, S. Goedecker, and L. S. Wang, "Isomerism and Structural Fluxionality in the Au26 and Au26- Nanoclusters," ACS Nano 7, 7413-7422 (2014).
- W.-H. Zhao, L. Wang, J. Bai, L.-F. Yuan, J. L. Yang, and X. C. Zeng, "Highly Confined Water: Two-Dimensional Ice, Amorphous Ice, and Clathrate Hydrates," Acc. Chem. Res. 47, 2505-2513 (2014).
- W.-H. Zhao, J. Bai, L.-F. Yuan, J. L. Yang, and X. C. Zeng, "Ferroelectric hexagonal and rhombic monolayer ice phases," Chem. Sci. 5, 1757-1764 (2014).
- Y. Zhao, H. Li, and X. C. Zeng, "First-principles molecular dynamics simulation of atmospherically relevant anion solvation in supercooled water droplet," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 15549-15558 (2013).
- L. Li, Y. Gao, H. Li, Y Zhao, Y. Pei, Z. F. Chen, and X. C. Zeng, "CO Oxidation on TiO2 (110) Supported Subnanometer Gold Clusters: Size and Shape Effects," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 19336-19346 (2013).
- C. Liu, S. Lin, Y. Pei, and X. C. Zeng, "Semiring Chemistry of Au25(SR)18: Fragmentation Pathway and Catalytic Active site," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 18067-18079 (2013).
- C. Zhu, H. Li, Y. Huang, X. C. Zeng, and M. Sheng, "Microscopic Insight into Surface Wetting: Relations between Interfacial Water S tructure and the Underlying Lattice Constant," Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 126101 (2013).
- N. Arai, K. Yasuoka, T. Koishi, T. Ebisuzaki, and X. C. Zeng, "Understanding Molecular Motor Walking along a Microtubule: A Thermosensitive Asymmetric Brownian Motor Driven by Bubble Formation," J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135, 8616-8624 (2013).
- [183 Citations] J. Dai and X. C. Zeng, "Bilayer Phosphorene: Effect of Stacking Order on Bandgap and Its Potential Applications in Thin-Film Solar Cells," J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 5, 1289-1293 (2014).
- T. Kaneko, J. Bai, K. Yasuoka, A. Mitsutake, and X. C. Zeng, "New Computational Approach to Determine Liquid Solid Phase Equilibria of Water Confined to Slit Nanopores," J. Chem. Theory Comput. 9, 3299-3310 (2013).
- T. Koishi, K. Yasuoka, S. Y. Willow, S. Fujikawa, and X. C. Zeng, "Molecular Insight into Different Denaturing Efficiency of Urea, Guanidinium, and Methanol: A Comparative Simulation Study," J. Chem. Theory Comput. 9, 2540-2551 (2013). Cover in Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, June 11, 2013.
- Ruben D. Parra (1999), now an Associate Professor at DePaul University
- Kwang-Jin Oh (2000), now a Senior Research Scientist at Korea, Institute of Science and Technology Information
- Tikhon Bykov (2003), now an Assistant Professor at McMurry University (Texas)
- Satya Bulusu (2007), postdoc (York University, Canada)
- Wei An (2008), postdoc (University of Alabama)