Fang Xu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of Texas at San Antonio

Office: BSE 0.104L
Phone: (210) 458-5774

Professional Training

2016 – 2020     Postdoc and research associate, Harvard University
2011 – 2016     Ph.D. in Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook
2007 – 2011     B.Sc. in Chemistry, Nanjing University


2020     The University of Texas System Rising STARs award
2019     Best Overall Abstract Presentation, 2nd NanoScientific Symposium on SPM
2019     Honorable Mention for the International Precious Metals Institute Award
2016     John Marburger III Fellowship for Science, Engineering and Mathematics
2015     Kokes Award for the 24th North American Catalysis Society Meeting

Selected Publications

  • Xu, F., Chen, W., Walenta, C.A., O’Connor, C.R., Friend, C.M. Dual Lewis site creation for activation of methanol on Fe3O4(111) thin films. Chem. Sci. 11 (9):2448-2454, 2020. DOI: 10.1039/C9SC06149E
  • Xu, F., Fampiou, I., O’Connor, C.R., Karakalos, S., Hiebel, F., Kaxiras, E., Madix, R.J., Friend, C.M. Water facilitates oxygen migration on gold surfaces. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 20:2196-2204, 2018. DOI: 10.1039/C7CP06451A
  • Xu, F., Madix, R.J., Friend, C.M. Spatially nonuniform reaction rates during selective oxidation on gold. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140:12210-12215, 2018. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b07438 (featured in JACS Spotlights, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b10120)
  • Graciani, J., Mudiyanselage, K., Xu, F., Baber, A.E., Evans, J., Senanayake, S.D., Stacchiola, D.J., Liu, P., Hrbek, J., Sanz, J.F., Rodriguez, J.A. Highly active copper-ceria and copper-ceria-titania catalysts for methanol synthesis from CO2. Science 345:546-550, 2014. DOI: 10.1126/science.1253057