Yizhi Xiang

Yizhi Xiang

Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., Zhejiang University of Technology 2010.
  • B.S., Zhejiang University of Technology 2005.

Professional experience

  • 08/2017 – present: Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
  • 11/2016 – 07/2017: Scientist/Project Leader, NICE America Research, Inc.
  • 12/2013 – 10/2016: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington State University
  • 04/2011 – 11/2013: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Research Interests

Dr. Xiang’s research is focused on the development of heterogeneous catalytic process for sustainable energy and chemical feedstock. Specifically, we are interested in the conversion, either directly or indirectly, of non-petroleum resources, such as natural gas, coal, and biomass to petrochemical products e.g. liquid fuels, aromatics and short olefins. Detailed present research focusing on:

  1. Catalytic conversion of natural gas and natural gas liquids
  2. Selective catalytic CO and/or CO2 hydrogenation
  3. Nanosized catalytic materials: design, synthesis, and characterization
  4. Transient Kinetics Analysis

Selected publication

  1. Xiang Y., Kruse N., Tuning the Catalytic CO Hydrogenation to Straight- and Long-Chain Aldehydes, Terminal Alcohols and Olefins/Paraffins. Nat Commun. 2016, 7, 13058.
  2. Iablokov V., Xiang Y., Meffre A., Fazzini P.F., Chaudret B., Kruse N., Size-Dependent Activity and Selectivity of Fe/MCF-17 in the Catalytic Hydrogenation of Carbon Monoxide Using Fe(0) Nanoparticles as Precursors. ACS Catal. 2016, 6, 2496-2500
  3. Xiang Y., Barbosa R., Li X.N., Kruse N., Ternary Cobalt-Copper-Niobium Catalysts for the Selective CO Hydrogenation to Higher Alcohols. ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 2929-2934
  4. Xiang Y., Barbosa R., Kruse N. Higher Alcohols through CO Hydrogenation over CoCu Catalysts: Influence of Precursor Activation. ACS Catal. 2014, 4(8), 2792-2800.
  5. Xiang , Chitry V., Liddicoat P., Felfer P., Cairney J., Ringer S., Kruse N. Long-Chain Terminal Alcohols through Catalytic CO Hydrogenation. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135(19), 7114-7117.