Welcome to Prof. Xiao's Group


Dr. Xiao is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. The Xiao Research Group focuses on the fundamental research on heterogeneous catalysis science and chemical reaction engineering. Our research is is funded by Louisiana Space Grant Consortium (NASA) and the Louisiana Materials Design Alliance (NSF). If you are interested in joining the group as an undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral researcher, please send your CV to Dr. Xiao's email at yxiao@latech.edu.


From left to right: Mst. Nusrat Yasmin, Robert Martin, Tobias Misicko, Dr. Xiao, Sarah Siharath, Caroline Cresap, Piper Smith, and Xiaoyang Gao.

We focus on experimental and theoretical research on heterogeneous catalysis and chemical reaction engineering. The present research topics include

    Catalytic activation of methane
    Hydrogen generation
    Safety analysis of chemical reactors


    November 2023:

    Dr. Xiao will chair the session of "Catalysis on Low Dimensional Materials" at the 2023 AIChE Annual Meeting on Sunday, November 5, 2023, 3:30 PM - 6:00 PM, Plaza International Ballroom J (Convention Level, Hyatt Regency Orlando) in Orlando, FL. Check the Agenda .

    October 2023:

    Dr. Xiao gave a talk at the Energy Transition Research Symposium on 10/6/2023 at LSU Energy, Coast & Environment Bldg. (93 S. Quad Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70803), entitled: "Environmentally Sustainable Carbon-Free Hydrogen Generation by Catalytic Dehydrogenation of Short Alkanes". Check the Agenda .

    September 2023:

    We welcome Caroline Cresap to join the group as an undergraduate research assistant!

    We welcome Mst. Nusrat Yasmin to join the group as a PhD graduate research assistant!

    We welcome Piper Smith to join the group as an undergraduate research assistant!

    Our paper is accepted by LSU's Energy Transition Research Symposium. Dr. Xiao will give a presentation of hydrogen generation on 10/6/2023 at LSU Energy, Coast & Environment Bldg. (93 S. Quad Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70803). Check more info here.

    August 2023:

    Great News! We received the Louisiana Materials Design Alliance (LAMDA) Track 1 B Award grant, supported by the National Science Foundation and the Louisiana Board of Regent.

    Our paper "Two-dimensional Atomically Thin Pt Layers on MXenes: The Role of Electronic Effects During Catalytic Dehydrogenation of Ethane and Propane" is published in the journal of Nano Research, DOI: 10.1007/s12274-023-6022-2 PDF | Link


    July 2023:

    Great News! We received the Research Enhancement Award (REA) grant from The Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE), a NASA EPSCoR Program.

    June 2023:

    We welcome two high school students research assistants Mir Ali and Piper Smith joining the group.

    During the 27th International Symposium for Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE27) in Québec City, Québec in Canada on June 11-14, 2023, Dr. Xiao gave an oral talk: "Atomically Thin Platinum Nanolayers on MXene for Catalytic Non-oxidative Coupling of Methane".

    March 2023:

    Welcome Henrik Ketting joining the group as a graduate research assistant! Welcome Sarah Siharath and Robert Martin joining the group as undergraduate research assistants!

    February 2023:

    A collaborative paper entitled " Hollow macroporous CeO2/β-Bi2O3 heterostructure sphere via one-step spray solution combustion synthesis for efficient photocatalysis" is published in the journal of Applied Surface Science, DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2023.156718, Link


    Dr. Xiao, along with two colleagues, is organizing the "Catalysis on Low Dimensional Materials" session at the 2023 AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. We seek submissions on single-atom catalysis, and 2D catalysis such as MXene, MOF, COF, etc. Please check out more info here.

    The Xiao Group members, including Tobias K. Misicko, Xiaoyang Gao, and Dr. Xiao, will present research at Southeastern Catalysis Society (SECS) in Tuscaloosa, AL on February 27-28, 2023.

    January 2023:

    Dr. Xiao will give a Nanoseminar in the IfM auditorium of Louisiana Tech University at 4 pm on Wednesday, 1/11/2023 - "Atomically Thin Nanolayer Materials for the Catalytic Activation of Short Alkanes".

    The Xiao Group receives the Research and Economic Development Travel Grant and IfM Research Innovation Initiative Grant.

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