Jong Suk Yoo

Graduate Student


My research goal at SUNCAT is to develop novel catalyst materials from the first principles. Density functional theory calculations are employed to investigate the reaction pathways of catalytic reactions on the molecular scale. The scaling relations of adsorption energies are incorporated into a micro-kinetic model to derive the kinetics of catalytic reactions as functions of a few independent descriptors. The interpolation concept of adsorption energy is used to conveniently identify potentially interesting alloy catalyst materials. Currently, I am particualrly focused on developing novel catalyst materials for formic acid decomposition and the direct conversion of methane into methanol.

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Understanding trends in C–H bond activation in heterogeneous catalysis. Allegra A. Latimer, Ambarish R. Kulkarni, Hassan Aljama, Joseph H. Montoya, Jong Suk Yoo, Charlie Tsai, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Felix Studt, Jens K. Nørskov . Nature Materials , 16 , 225- 229 . 2017. Methanol Partial Oxidation on Ag(111) from First Principles. Hassan Aljama, Jong Suk Yoo, Jens K Nørskov, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Felix Studt . ChemCatChem , 8 , 1- 6 . 2016.
Barriers of Electrochemical CO2 Reduction on Transition Metals. Chuan Shi, Karen Chan, Jong Suk Yoo, Jens K. Nørskov . Organic Process Research and Development , 20 , 1424- 1430 . 2016. Direct Water Decomposition on Transition Metal Surfaces: Structural Dependence and Catalytic Screening. C. Tsai, K. Lee, J. S. Yo, X. Liu, H. Aljama, L. D. Chen, C. F. Dickens, T. S. Geisler, C. J. Guido, T. M. Joseph, C. S. Kirk, A. A. Latimer, B. Loong, R. J. McCarty, J. H. Montoya, L. Power, A. R. Singh, J. J. Willis, M. M. Winterkorn, M. Yuan, Z. Zhao, J. Wilcox, J. K. Nørskov . Catalysis Letter , 146 , 718- . 2016.
Theoretical Insight into the Trends that Guide the Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide to Formic Acid. J. S. Yoo, R. Christensen, T. Vegge, J. K. Nørskov, F. Studt . ChemSusChem , 9 , 358- . 2016. Effect of Boron Modifications of Palladium Catalysts for the Production of Hydrogen from Formic Acid. Jong Suk Yoo, Zhi-Jian Zhao, Jens K. Nørskov, Felix Studt . ACS Catalysis , 5 , 6579- 6586 . 2015.
Predicting Promoter-Induced Bond Activation on Solid Catalysts Using Elementary Bond Orders. Charlie Tsai, Allegra A. Latimer, Jong Suk Yoo, Felix Studt, Frank Abild-Pedersen . The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters , 6 , 3670- 3674 . 2015. On the role of the surface oxygen species during A-H (A = C, N, O) bond activation: a density functional theory study. Jong Suk Yoo, Tuhin S. Khan, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Jens K. Nørskov, Felix Studt . Chemical Communications , 51 , 2621- 2624 . 2015.
Theoretical Analysis of Transition-Metal Catalysts for Formic Acid Decomposition. Jong Suk Yoo, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Jens K. Nørskov, Felix Studt . ACS Catalysis , 4 , 1226- 1233 . 2014.