• Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2016

University of California, Davis – Davis, CA

  • D. Chemical Engineering, 2012

University of California, Davis – Davis, CA

  • S. Chemical Engineering, 2008

University of Akron – Akron, OH

  • S. Chemical Engineering, 2006

Zhejiang University – Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor– Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, Washington State University, 2016–present
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor– Materials Science and Engineering Program, Washington State University, 2016–present

Research Interests

Dr. Wu’s research lies at the blurry interfaces between surface science, materials chemistry, nanogeoscience and nanotechnology, the goal of which is to understand the fundamental and general reaction mechanisms on surfaces and in pores for rational design and synthesis of nanostructured materials with unique functionality and high performance. His work advances the petroleum and chemical industries, enabling alternative and sustainable energy, petrochemical conversion, environmental remediation, and nanomedicine. The specific research focuses include,

  • Tuning surface heterogeneity for energy storage and conversion
  • Carbon dioxide capture, sequestration and conversion
  • Synthesis, characterization and application of new inorganic and hybrid porous materials
  • Nanostructured medicine for cancer therapy
  • Actinide environmental chemistry

 Selected Publications

  • Liu, X. Guo, A. Navrotsky, Li Shi, and D. Wu, “Thermodynamic Complexity of Sulfated Zirconia Catalysts”, J. Catal. 2016, 342, 158-163.
  • Sun, D. Wu, K. Liu, X. Guo, and A. Navrotsky, “Energetics of Alkali and Alkaline Earth Ion-exchanged Zeolite A”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120(28), 15251-15256
  • Guo, D. Wu, H. Xu, P. C. Burns, and A. Navrotsky, “Thermodynamic Studies of Studtite Thermal Decomposition Pathways via Amorphous Intermediates UO3, U2O7, and UO4”, J. Nucl. Mater., 2016, 478, 158-163
  • Wu, X. Guo, H. Sun, and A. Navrotsky, “Interplay of Confinement and Surface Energetics in the Interaction of Water with a Metal-Organic Framework”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2016, 120(14), 7562-7567
  • Guo, E. Tiferet, L. Qi, A. Lanzirotti, M. Newville, M. H. Engelhard, R. K. Kukkadapu, D. Wu, E. S. Ilton, M. Asta, S. R. Sutton, H. Xu and A. Navrotsky, “U(V) in Metal Uranates: A Combined Experimental and Theoretical Study of MgUO4, CrUO4 and FeUO4”, Dalton Trans. 2016, 45, 4622-4632.
  • Wu, X. Guo, H. Sun, and A. Navrotsky, “Energy Landscape of Water and Ethanol on Silica Surfaces”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2015, 119(27), 15428-15433
  • Wu, X. Guo, H. Sun, and A. Navrotsky, “Thermodynamics of Methane Adsorption on Copper HKUST-1 at Low Pressure”, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2015,6 (13), 2439-2443
  • Wu, and A. Navrotsky, “Probing the Energetics of Organic-Nanoparticle Interactions: Ethanol on Calcite”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 2015, 112, 5314-5318
  • Wu, T. M. McDonald, Z. Quan, S. V. Ushakov, P. Zhang, J. R. Long, and A. Navrotsky, “Thermodynamic Complexity of Carbon Capture in Alkylamine-Functionalized Metal-Organic Frameworks”, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2015, 3, 4248-4254
  • Sun, D. Wu, X. Guo, B. Shen, J. Liu, and A. Navrotsky, “Energetics of Confinement of Hexane in Ca-Na Ion Exchanged Zeolite A”,J. Phys. Chem. C, 2014, 118 (44), 25590-25596
  • Quan, D. Wu, J. Zhu, W. H. Evers, J. M. Boncella, L. A. Siebbeles, Z. Wang, A. Navrotsky, and H. Xu, “Energy Landscape of Self-Assembled Superlattices of PbSe Nanocrystals”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 2014, 111, 9054-9057
  • Wu, S. Hwang, S. I. Zones, and A. Navrotsky, “Guest-Host Interactions of a Rigid Organic Molecule in Porous Silica Frameworks”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 2014, 111, 1720-1725
  • Wu, J. J. Gassensmith, D. Gouvêa, S. Ushakov, J. F. Stoddart, and A. Navrotsky, “Direct Calorimetric Measurement of Enthalpy of Adsorption of Carbon Dioxide on CD-MOF- 2, a Green Metal-Organic Framework”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135(18), 6790-6793