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Junming Sun, PhD

Junming Sun

Junming Sun, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor & Major Professor

Working with Dr. Yong Wang

Bio-mass conversion, catalytic bio-oil upgrading, hydrogen and fuel production by ethanol steam reforming, nano-catalysis, and synthesis of nano-metal/metal oxide

Office: 149 Wegner Hall 📞509-335-1880

The Gene and Linda Voiland
School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
1505 Stadium Way, Room 105
P.O. Box 646515
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6515

Education

  • Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian, China, 2006
  • M.Sc. Applied Chemistry, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China, 2002
  • B.Sc. Applied Chemistry, Qingdao University of Science & Technology, Qingdao, China, 1998

Research Experience

  • Assistant Research Professor & Major Professor – Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA, 12/2011–Present
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA, USA, 12/2008–12/2011
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate – Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis, CA, USA, 04/2007–12/2008
  • Guest Scientist – Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China, 07/2006–04/2007

Research Interests

  • Tuning surface acid-base properties of (mixed) metal oxides for C-C coupling of small oxygenates to olefins
  • Functional control of (bi)metallic catalysts for hydrodeoxygenation and steam reforming reactions
  • Syntheses and catalysis of nano-structured materials with controlled facets/particles size/pore structures

Selected Publications

  1. Rebecca A.L. Baylon, Junming Sun, Kevin J. Martin, Padmesh Venkitasubramanian and Yong Wang “Beyond ketonization: selective conversion of carboxylic acids to olefins over balanced Lewis acid–base pairs”, Chemical Communications, 2016, 52, 4975-4978.
  2. Junming Sun, Rebecca A.L. Baylon, Changjun Liu, Donghai Mei, Kevin J. Martin, Padmesh Venkitasubramanian and Yong Wang “Key roles of Lewis Acid-Base Pairs on ZnxZryOz in Direct Ethanol/Acetone to Isobutene Conversion Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2016, 2, 507-517.
  3. Junming Sun, Ayman M. Karim, Donghai Mei, mark Engelhard, Xinhe Bao, Yong Wang “New insights into reaction mechanism of ethanol steam reforming on Co-ZrO2Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2015, 162, 141-148.
  4. He Zhang, Junming Sun, Changjun Liu, Yong Wang “Distinct water activation on polar/non-polar facets of ZnO nanoparticles” Journal of Catalysis, 2015, 331, 57.
  5. Junming Sun, Yong Wang “Recent advances in catalytic conversion of ethanol to chemicalsACS Catalysis, 2014, 4, 1078–1090. (Front cover page featured) DOI: 10.1021/cs4011343
  6. Junming Sun, Ayman M. Karim, He Zhang, Libor Kovarik, Xiaohong Shari Li, Alyssa J. Hensley, Jean-Sabin McEwen, and Yong Wang. “Carbon Supported Bimetallic Pd-Fe Catalysts for Vapor-phase Hydrodeoxygenation of GuaiacolJournal of Catalysis 2013, 306, 47–57. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2013.05.020
  7. Zhehao Wei, Junming Sun, Yan Li, Abhaya K. Datye, Yong Wang “Bimetallic catalysts for hydrogen generationChemical Society Reviews, 2012, 24, 7994-8008.
  8. Junming Sun, Kake Zhu, Feng Gao, Chongmin Wang, Jun Liu, Charles H.F. Peden, and Yong Wang. “Direct Conversion of Bio-ethanol to Isobutene on Nanosized ZnxZryOz Mixed Oxides with Balanced Acid-Base Sites”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2011, 133, 11096. (C&EN highlighted) DOI: 10.1021/ja204235v
  9. Junming Sun, Miaofang Chi, Lobo L. Rodrigo, Mehraeen Shareghe, Browning Nigel, and Gates C. Bruce. “Tantalum Clusters Supported on Silica-Alumina: Influence of Support Composition and Chemistry on Cluster Structure”, Langmuir, 2009, 25, 10754–10763. DOI: 10.1021/la901295d
  10. Junming Sun, Ding Ma, He Zhang, Xiumei Liu, Xiuwen Han, Xinhe Bao, Gisela Weinberg, Norbert Pfänder, and Dangsheng Su. “Toward monodispersed silver nanoparticles with unusual thermal stability”, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2006, 49, 15756–15764. DOI: 10.1021/ja064884j

Publications listed at Google Scholar

List format:
Title (Link to document)
Authors
Source Publication
Cited by Year
Title1–63 Cited by Year
Key Roles of Lewis Acid–Base Pairs on Zn x Zr y O z in Direct Ethanol/Acetone to Isobutene Conversion

J Sun, RAL Baylon, C Liu, D Mei, KJ Martin, P Venkitasubramanian, …
Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2016
1 2016
Effect of ZnO facet on ethanol steam reforming over Co/ZnO

N Yu, H Zhang, SD Davidson, J Sun, Y Wang
Catalysis Communications 73, 93-97, 2016
1 2016
Beyond ketonization: selective conversion of carboxylic acids to olefins over balanced Lewis acid–base pairs

RAL Baylon, J Sun, KJ Martin, P Venkitasubramanian, Y Wang
Chemical Communications, 2016
  2016
Effect of Water on Ethanol Conversion over ZnO

MM Rahman, SD Davidson, J Sun, Y Wang
Topics in Catalysis 59 (1), 37-45, 2016
1 2016
Conversion of ethanol to 1, 3-butadiene over Na doped Zn x Zr y O z mixed metal oxides

RAL Baylon, J Sun, Y Wang
Catalysis Today 259, 446-452, 2016
2 2016
Distinct water activation on polar/non-polar facets of ZnO nanoparticles

H Zhang, J Sun, C Liu, Y Wang
Journal of Catalysis 331, 57-62, 2015
  2015
The effect of ZnO addition on H 2 O activation over Co/ZrO 2 catalysts

SD Davidson, J Sun, Y Wang
Catalysis Today, 2015
1 2015
Aqueous phase hydrodeoxygenation of polyols over Pd/WO 3-ZrO 2: Role of Pd-WO 3 interaction and hydrodeoxygenation pathway

C Liu, J Sun, HM Brown, OG Marin-Flores, JT Bays, AM Karim, Y Wang
Catalysis Today, 2015
  2015
Use of byproduct acetic acid from oxidative methods of making acrylic acid and/or methacrylic acid

J Sun, C Liu, Y Wang, K Martin, P Venkitasubramanian
US Patent 9,156,746, 2015
  2015
Effect of cobalt particle size on acetone steam reforming

J Sun, H Zhang, N Yu, S Davidson, Y Wang
ChemCatChem 7 (18), 2932-2936, 2015
6 2015
Beyond Ketonization: Selective Conversion of Carboxylic Acids to Olefins over Balanced Lewis Acid-Base Pairs

J Sun
24th North American Catalysis Society Meeting, 2015
  2015
Stable mixed oxide catalysts for direct conversion of ethanol to isobutene and process for making

J Sun, C Liu, Y Wang, K Martin, P Venkitasubramanian, C Smith
US Patent App. 14/683,787, 2015
2 2015
Processes for making methacrylic acid

J Sun, C Liu, Y Wang, K Martin, P Venkitasubramanian
US Patent App. 14/683,257, 2015
1 2015
New insights into reaction mechanisms of ethanol steam reforming on Co–ZrO 2

J Sun, AM Karim, D Mei, M Engelhard, X Bao, Y Wang
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 162, 141-148, 2015
15 2015
Hierarchically structured catalysts for cascade and selective steam reforming/hydrodeoxygenation reactions

J Sun, AM Karim, XS Li, J Rainbolt, L Kovarik, Y Shin, Y Wang
Chemical Communications 51 (93), 16617-16620, 2015
  2015
Conversion of ethanol to hydrocarbons on hierarchical HZSM-5 zeolites

KK Ramasamy, H Zhang, J Sun, Y Wang
Catalysis Today 238, 103-110, 2014
14 2014
The effect of ZnO addition on Co/C catalyst for vapor and aqueous phase reforming of ethanol

SD Davidson, J Sun, Y Hong, AM Karim, AK Datye, Y Wang
Catalysis Today 233, 38-45, 2014
7 2014
Enhanced Fe2O3 Reducibility via Surface Modification with Pd: Characterizing the Synergy within Pd/Fe Catalysts for Hydrodeoxygenation Reactions

AJR Hensley, Y Hong, R Zhang, H Zhang, J Sun, Y Wang, JS McEwen
ACS Catalysis 4 (10), 3381-3392, 2014
15 2014
Synergistic catalysis between Pd and Fe in gas phase hydrodeoxygenation of m-cresol

Y Hong, H Zhang, J Sun, KM Ayman, AJR Hensley, M Gu, MH Engelhard, …
ACS Catalysis 4 (10), 3335-3345, 2014
17 2014
Influence of ZnO facets on Pd/ZnO catalysts for methanol steam reforming

H Zhang, J Sun, VL Dagle, B Halevi, AK Datye, Y Wang
ACS Catalysis 4 (7), 2379-2386, 2014
8 2014
Stable mixed oxide catalysts for direct conversion of ethanol to isobutene and process for making

PV Sun JUNMING, Liu CHANGJUN, Wang Yong, Colin Smith, Kevin Martin
WO Patent WO2014070354 A1, 2014
  2014
RENEWABLE ISOBUTENE AND ISOPRENE FROM A MIXTURE OF ACETIC ACID AND PROPIONIC ACID

J SUN, C (US). LIU, Y (US). WANG, C (US). SMITH, K (US). MARTIN, …
WO Patent WO/2014/070,733, 2014
  2014
Recent advances in catalytic conversion of ethanol to chemicals

J Sun, Y Wang
ACS Catalysis 4 (4), 1078-1090, 2014
48 2014
Catalytic fast pyrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass

C Liu, H Wang, AM Karim, J Sun, Y Wang
Chemical Society Reviews 43 (22), 7594-7623, 2014
82 2014
Supported metal catalysts for alcohol/sugar alcohol steam reforming

SD Davidson, H Zhang, J Sun, Y Wang
Dalton Transactions 43 (31), 11782-11802, 2014
11 2014
Renewable olefins from a mixture of acetic acid and propionic acid

J Sun, C Liu, Y Wang, C Smith, K Martin, P Venkitasubramanian, J Terrian
US Patent App. 14/105,249, 2013
1 2013
Ethanol steam reforming on Co/CeO2: the effect of ZnO promoter

S Davidson, J Sun, Y Wang
Topics in Catalysis 56 (18-20), 1651-1659, 2013
10 2013
Carbon-supported bimetallic Pd–Fe catalysts for vapor-phase hydrodeoxygenation of guaiacol

J Sun, AM Karim, H Zhang, L Kovarik, XS Li, AJ Hensley, JS McEwen, …
Journal of Catalysis 306, 47-57, 2013
59 2013
Renewable para-xylene from acetic acid

J Sun, C Liu, Y Wang, C Smith, K Martin, P Venkitasubramanian
US Patent App. 14/060,217, 2013
1 2013
A study of Zn x Zr y O z mixed oxides for direct conversion of ethanol to isobutene

C Liu, J Sun, C Smith, Y Wang
Applied Catalysis A: General 467, 91-97, 2013
12 2013
Catalytic Hydrodeoxygenation of Lignin Derived Compounds: Synergic Effect between Pd and Fe

Y Hong
23rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting, 2013
  2013
Mechanistic Understanding of Acetone Steam Reforming on Cobalt Nanoparticles

J Sun
23rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting, 2013
  2013
Direct Conversion of Ethanol to Isobutene on Zn x Zr y O z mixed oxides: Identification of Active Sites

C Smith
23rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting, 2013
  2013
Minimizing the Formation of Coke and Methane on Co Nanoparticles in Steam Reforming of Biomass-Derived Oxygenates

J Sun, D Mei, AM Karim, AK Datye, Y Wang
ChemCatChem 5 (6), 1299-1303, 2013
14 2013
Supported bimetallic PdAu nanoparticles with superior electrocatalytic activity towards methanol oxidation

Z Yin, M Chi, Q Zhu, D Ma, J Sun, X Bao
Journal of Materials Chemistry A 1 (32), 9157-9163, 2013
22 2013
The Effect of Sodium on the Catalytic Properties of VOx/CeO2 Catalysts for Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Methanol

Y Li, Z Wei, J Sun, F Gao, CHF Peden, Y Wang
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2013
15 2013
17O Solid-State NMR Study on the Size Dependence of Oxygen Activation over Silver Catalysts

X Wang, X Han, Y Huang, J Sun, S Xu, X Bao
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 116 (49), 25846-25851, 2012
4 2012
Carbon as a hard template for nano material catalysts

K Zhu, J Sun, H Zhang, J Liu, Y Wang
Journal of Natural Gas Chemistry 21 (3), 215-232, 2012
11 2012
Highly Dispersed and Active ReO x on Alumina-Modified SBA-15 Silica for 2-Butanol Dehydration

X She, JH Kwak, J Sun, J Hu, MY Hu, C Wang, CHF Peden, Y Wang
ACS Catalysis 2 (6), 1020-1026, 2012
5 2012
Bimetallic catalysts for hydrogen generation

Z Wei, J Sun, Y Li, AK Datye, Y Wang
Chemical Society Reviews 41 (24), 7994-8008, 2012
72 2012
Direct Conversion of Bio-ethanol to Isobutene on Nanosized Zn x Zr y O z Mixed Oxides with Balanced Acid–Base Sites

J Sun, K Zhu, F Gao, C Wang, J Liu, CHF Peden, Y Wang
Journal of the American Chemical Society 133 (29), 11096-11099, 2011
76 2011
Solvent evaporation assisted preparation of oriented nanocrystalline mesoporous MFI zeolites

K Zhu, J Sun, J Liu, L Wang, H Wan, J Hu, Y Wang, CHF Peden, Z Nie
ACS Catalysis 1 (7), 682-690, 2011
27 2011
A comparative study between Co and Rh for steam reforming of ethanol

AM Karim, Y Su, J Sun, C Yang, JJ Strohm, DL King, Y Wang
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 96 (3), 441-448, 2010
52 2010
Tantalum Clusters Supported on Silica- Alumina: Influence of Support Composition and Chemistry on Cluster Structure

J Sun, M Chi, RJ Lobo-Lapidus, S Mehraeen, ND Browning, BC Gates
Langmuir 25 (18), 10754-10763, 2009
4 2009
Textural manipulation of mesoporous materials for hosting of metallic nanocatalysts

J Sun, X Bao
Chemistry-A European Journal 14 (25), 7478-7488, 2008
80 2008
Precise Measurement of the Metal Nanocluster Size in a Supported Catalyst: Ta/SiO2

S Mehraeen, J Sun, B Reed, N Okamoto, A Kulkarni, B Gates, …
Microscopy and Microanalysis 14 (S2), 174-175, 2008
  2008
Reactivity of Binuclear Tantalum Clusters on Silica: Characterization by Transient Time-Resolved Spectroscopy

S Nemana, J Sun, BC Gates
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 112 (19), 7477-7485, 2008
4 2008
Organic molecule-modulated phase evolution of inorganic mesostructures

J Sun, D Ma, H Zhang, F Jiang, Y Cui, R Guo, X Bao
Langmuir 24 (6), 2372-2380, 2008
7 2008
Macro–mesoporous silicas complex and the carbon replica

J Sun, D Ma, H Zhang, X Bao, G Weinberg, D Su
Microporous and mesoporous materials 100 (1), 356-360, 2007
22 2007
Engineered complex emulsion system: toward modulating the pore length and morphological architecture of mesoporous silicas

H Zhang, J Sun, D Ma, G Weinberg, DS Su, X Bao
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 110 (51), 25908-25915, 2006
86 2006
Toward monodispersed silver nanoparticles with unusual thermal stability

J Sun, D Ma, H Zhang, X Liu, X Han, X Bao, G Weinberg, N Pfänder, D Su
Journal of the American Chemical Society 128 (49), 15756-15764, 2006
163 2006
Phase evolution in the alkane–P123–water–TEOS quadru-component system: a feasible route to different complex mesostructured materials

J Sun, D Ma, H Zhang, C Wang, X Bao, DS Su, A Klein-Hoffmann, …
J. Mater. Chem. 16 (16), 1507-1510, 2006
35 2006
Large-pore mesoporous SBA-15 silica particles with submicrometer size as stationary phases for high-speed CEC separation

R Tian, J Sun, H Zhang, M Ye, C Xie, J Dong, J Hu, D Ma, X Bao, H Zou
Electrophoresis 27 (4), 742-748, 2006
56 2006
Ultrafast enzyme immobilization over large-pore nanoscale mesoporous silica particles

J Sun, H Zhang, R Tian, D Ma, X Bao, DS Su, H Zou
Chemical communications, 1322-1324, 2006
73 2006
Alkanes-assisted low temperature formation of highly ordered SBA-15 with large cylindrical mesopores

J Sun, H Zhang, D Ma, Y Chen, X Bao, A Klein-Hoffmann, N Pfänder, …
Chemical communications, 5343-5345, 2005
57 2005
Unusual mesoporous SBA-15 with parallel channels running along the short axis

H Zhang, J Sun, D Ma, X Bao, A Klein-Hoffmann, G Weinberg, D Su, …
Journal of the American Chemical Society 126 (24), 7440-7441, 2004
137 2004
Study on Cu/SiO~ 2 Catalyst for Efficient Synthesis of Indole via One-Step Method

L Shi, J Sun, S Ren, T Cai, X Wang
Chinese Journal of Catalysis 25 (5), 384-386, 2004
3 2004
High Activity and Selectivity of Cu/SiO2 Catalyst for the Direct Synthesis of Indole

SHI Lei, SUN Jun Ming, W Xin Ping, SU Xan Yun, CAI Tian Xi
Chinese Chemical Letters 13 (3), 211-212, 2002
8 2002
Study on Cu/SiO_2 Catalyst for Direct Synthesis of Indole [J]

J SUN, L SHI, X WANG, X SU, T CAI
Journal of Molecular Catalysis (China) 3, 014, 2002
6 2002
Efficient Direct Synthesis of Indole over novel Ag/SiO2 Catalyst

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  2001
Liu, C., Pacific Northwest National Lab Sun, J., Washington State University Smith, C., Washington State University Wang, Y., Pacific Northwest National Lab

C Liu, J Sun
 
Ethanol Conversion On ZrO2: The Role of Brönsted and Lewis Acidic Sites

C Liu, J Sun, C Smith, Y Wang
 
Tantalum Clusters Supported on Silica-Alumina and on ?-Al2O3: Influence of Support Composition and Chemistry on Cluster Structure

J Sun, BC Gates
 

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Research Highlights

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The research of Dr. Junming Sun and Dr. Yong Wang was recently featured in ChemComm. See the PDF: Beyond ketonization. View the abstract of Dr. Sun’s catalysis research at ChemComm.

ChemComm Magazine - featured article
The research of Dr. Junming Sun and Dr. Yong Wang was recently featured in ChemComm. See the PDF overview about hierarchically structured catalysts. View the abstract of Dr. Sun’s catalysis research at ChemComm.

ACS Catalysis Cover, April 2014
The research of Dr. Junming Sun and Dr. Yong Wang was recently featured on the cover of ACS Catalysis. Read more about Dr. Sun’s catalysis research.