Neng Guo, Ph.D.
Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Avenue, Bldg. 205; Argonne, IL 60439-4837
Tel: (630) 252-0584; Fax: (630) 252-9917
Innovative research scientist with specific areas of concentration that include catalyst
characterization, reactor testing of both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts. Strong
inorganic, organometallic, polymer and materials chemistry. Excellent interpersonal,
presentation, leadership and teaching skills. Highly self-motivated, creative, productive, and
Capable of learning new materials quickly by reading literature and discussing with others
�� Postdoctoral Associate in Heterogeneous Catalysis 2007–present
Supervisors: Dr. Jeffrey T. Miller and Dr. Christopher L. Marshall
Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439, USA
�� Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry 2001–2007
Advisor: Prof. Tobin J. Marks
Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA
�� B.S. in Chemistry 1996–2001
Advisor: Prof. Yitai Qian
University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, 230026, CHINA
�� Argonne National Laboratory
• Synthesized and characterized supported metal (Ir, Pt, Au, Ru, Pd and Ag) and alloy
(RuPt and PdPt) nanoparticles. Heterogeneous catalysts exhibited novel properties for
alkane dehydrogenation, water-gas shift and selective hydrogenation of crotonaldehyde
• Designed and carried out in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments at the
Advanced Photon Source. Projects yielded unique structural information of the active
species under real reaction conditions. Program involved strong collaboratory interactions
between Argonne and Northwestern, Purdue, PSU, UIC, Rice, UCLA and Los Alamos
• Trained and mentored two graduate students from UIC on the use of glovebox and
Schlenk line as well as catalyst preparation, characterization and testing.
�� Northwestern University
• Synthesized and characterized air–sensitive group IV metallocene catalysts and
organoborane cocatalysts. Catalysts afforded more long chain branching in ethylene
polymerization and incorporated record high styrene in ethylene–styrene
• Elucidated the metal-metal cooperative effects in group IV metallocene–catalyzed
ethylene and styrene homopolymerization and ethylene-styrene copolymerization.
Mechanistic insights enabled the synthesis of polyolefins with desired properties by
rational design of novel bimetallic catalysts.
• Synthesized and characterized high permittivity, high breakdown strength metal oxide–
polymer nanocomposite materials for energy storage. The energy density exceeded those
reported for conventional ceramics, polymers and composites. Findings have inspired one
graduate student and one postdoc to continue the project.
• Trained and mentored two graduate students and one postdoc on different projects in the
same research group.
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�� Synthesis and Characterization of:
• Supported metal and alloy nanoparticles
• Air- and moisture-sensitive compounds
• Metal oxide-polymer nanocomposites, homopolymers and copolymers
• Nanostructured inorganic materials
�� Characterization Techniques
• X-ray absorption spectroscopy, chemisorption, nitrogen physisorption, FTIR, GC-MS,
and variable temperature-programmed methods
• TEM, SEM, XRD, profilometry, TGA, DSC, GPC, MALDI-TOF and ICP
• NMR (solution 1H, 11B, 13C, 19F, 29Si, 31P and solid state 13C) and single crystal x-ray
�� Catalyst Evaluation
• Determination of activities, selectivities and reaction pathways
• Reaction kinetics for both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis
�� Design and Assembly of Experimental Setups
• Schlenk line, high-vacuum line and plug flow reactors
• Static vacuum atomic layer deposition (ALD) setup
• Liquid phase XAFS cell
�� Coordinated and arranged the group meeting schedules of a 40+ person research
�� Safety officer of a 20+ person subgroup
Postdoctoral Research at Argonne National Laboratory
�� Guo, N.; Fingland, B. R.; Williams, W. D.; Kispersky, V. F.; Jelic, J.; Delgass, W. N.;
F. H.; Meyer, R. J.; Miller, J. T. “Determination of CO, H2O and H2 Coverage by XANES and
EXAFS on Pt and Au Nanoparticles during Water-Gas Shift Reaction.” Submitted to Physical
Chemistry Chemical Physics.
�� Guo, N.; Williams, L. A.; Marshall, C. L.; Miller, J. T.; Marks, T. J. “Supported Single-site
Zirconocene Catalysts. An Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure Study” Manuscript in
��Trovitch, R. J.; Guo, N.; Li, H.; Janicke, M. T.; Marshall, C. L.; Miller, J. T.; Sattelberger,
John, K. D.; Baker, R. T. “Spectroscopic Characterization of Alumina-supported
Bis(allyl)iridium Complexes: Site-isolation, Reactivity, and Decomposition Studies.” Inorg.
Chem. 2010, 49, 2247-2258.
�� Setthapun, W.; Guo, N.; Feng, H.; Libera, J. A.; Elam, J. W.; Miller, J. T.; Marshall, C. L.
“Nanolith Supported Pd Catalysts for Methanol Decomposition and Partial Oxidation.”
Manuscript in preparation
Ph.D. Research at Northwestern University
�� Guo, N.; DiBenedetto, S. A.; Tewari, P.; Lanagan, M. T.; Ratner, M. A.; Marks, T. J.
“Nanoparticle, Size, Shape, and Interfacial Effects on Leakage Current Density, Permittivity,
Breakdown Strength of Metal Oxide-Polyolefin Nanocomposites. Experiment and Theory.”
Chem. Mater. 2010, 22, 1567-1578.
�� Guo, N.; Stern, C. L.; Marks, T. J. “Bimetallic Effects in the Homopolymerization of
and Copolymerization of Ethylene and Styrenic Comonomers. Scope, Kinetics, and
Mechanism.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 2246-2261.
�� Guo, N.; DiBenedetto, S. A.; Kwon, D.; Wang, L.; Russell, M. T.; Lanagan, M. T.;
A.; Marks, T. J. “Supported Metallocene Catalysis for In Situ Synthesis of High Energy
Metal Oxide Nanocomposites.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2007, 129, 766-767.
�� Guo, N.; Li, L.; Marks, T. J. “Bimetallic Catalysis for Styrene Homopolymerization and
Ethylene-Styrene Copolymerization. Exceptional Comonomer Selectivity and Insertion
Regiochemistry.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2004, 126, 6542-6543.
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�� Wang, J.; Guo, N.; Chen, M. C.; Marks, T. J. “Polynuclear Catalysis: Enhanced
Cooperativity between Different Single-site Olefin Polymerization Catalysts by Ion Pairing
a Tetranuclear Cocatalyst.” Manuscript in preparation.
�� Wang, J.; Li, H.; Guo, N.; Li, L.; Stern, C. L.; Marks, T. J. “Covalently Linked
Catalysts for Olefin Polymerization.” Organometallics 2004, 23, 5112-5114.
Undergraduate Research at University of Science and Technology of China
�� Han, Z.; Guo, N.; Li, F.; Zhang, W.; Zhao, H.; Qian, Y. “Solvothermal Preparation and
Morphological Evolution of Stannous Oxide Powders.” Mater. Lett. 2001, 48, 99-103.
�� Han, Z.; Guo, N.; Tang, K.; Yu, S.; Zhao, H.; Qian, Y. “Hydrothermal Crystal Growth and
Characterization of Cerium Hydroxycarbonates.” J. Cryst. Growth 2000, 219, 315-318.
�� “Structure, Dynamics, and Alkane Dehydrogenation Properties of a Supported Single-site
Organoiridium Catalyst.” Catalysis Club of Chicago 2009 Spring Symposium, Naperville, IL,
United States, May 18, 2009.
�� “Supported Organoiridium Catalysts for Alkane Dehydrogenation.” Abstracts of Papers,
ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, United States, August 17-21, 2008.
�� “Bimetallic Effects in the Homopolymerization of Styrene and Copolymerization of
Styrenic Comonomers. Scope, Kinetics, and Mechanism.” Advances in Polyolefins 2007,
Rosa, CA, United States, September 23-26, 2007.
�� “Supported Metallocene Catalysis for In Situ Synthesis of High Energy Density Metal
Nanocomposites.” Abstracts of Papers, 233rd ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL, United
March 25-29, 2007.
�� “Bimetallic Catalysis for Styrene Homopolymerization and Ethylene-Styrene
Exceptional Comonomer Selectivity and Insertion Regiochemistry.” Abstracts of Papers,
ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA, United States, March 13-17, 2005.
�� Gordon Research Conference on Inorganic Chemistry, Biddeford, ME, United States, June
�� 21st NAM Conference, San Francisco, CA, United States, June 7-12, 2009.
�� Gordon Research Conference on Organometallic Chemistry, Newport, RI, United States,
Awards and HonorsBest Poster Award, Spring Symposium of the Catalysis Club of Chicago
�� Northwestern University Departmental Fellowship 2001–2002
�� Graduated from University of Science and Technology of China with Distinction June
�� Outstanding Student Scholarship, University of Science and Technology of China
�� Outstanding Freshman Scholarship, University of Science and Technology of China 1996
�� American Chemical Society 2002–present
�� Chicago Local Section of the American Chemical Society 2002–present
�� North American Catalysis Society 2004–present
�� Catalysis Club of Chicago 2004–present