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Haiyan Zhao, Ph.D., P.E.

Haiyan Zhao, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor


Center for Advanced Energy Studies 257



Mailing Address

Center for Advanced Energy Studies
995 MK Simpson Boulevard
Idaho Falls, ID 83401

  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2009
  • M.S., Tsinghua University, 2003
  • B.S., Tianjin University, 2000

  • Catalysis for environment and fuels
  • Electrochemistry
  • Corrosion
  • Molten salts/ionic liquids
  • Pyroprocessing
  • Fuel cycle
  • Waste form

Dr. Zhao’s research and teaching interests have focused on the core area of chemical engineering and fundamental understanding for the application of energy and environmental challenges. Before joining the University of Idaho, she worked at Advanced Photon Source in the Argonne National Laboratory using Synchrotron X-ray probes for catalytic materials characterization as postdoctoral research associate then assistant chemist. Dr. Zhao runs the Materials and Chemistry Laboratory at Idaho Falls Center with research capability funded by DOE infrastructure and NRC faculty development.

Dr. Zhao has won more than 20 external grants and contracts as PI and co-PI totaling $ 5 million. Due to her outstanding achievements, Dr. Zhao was recognized as CAES Fellow at the center of advanced energy studies in 2021.

Dr. Zhao speaks Mandarin and English. She has great working experience with international students and minority groups.

Total citations:1839 times, h-index:17

Google Scholar Profile

  • Steven D. Herrmann, Haiyan Zhao, Kaustubh Bawane, Lingfeng He, Kevin Tolman, Xiaofei Pu, Synthesis and Characterization of Uranium Trichloride in Alkali-Metal Chloride Media, Accepted by Journal of Nuclear Materials, 2022, 565,153728.
  • Steven D. Herrmann, Brian R. Westphal, Shelly X. Li & Haiyan Zhao (2022) Parametric Study of Used Nuclear Oxide Fuel Constituent Dissolution in Molten LiCl-KCl-UCl3, Nuclear Technology, 208:5, 871-891, DOI: 10.1080/00295450.2021.1973180
  • Steven D. Herrmann, Haiyan Zhao, Meng Shi, Matthew M. Jones & Michael N. Patterson (2022) Halogenation of used aluminum matrix test reactor fuel – a bench-scale demonstration with surrogate materials, Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, 59:3, 395-406, DOI: 10.1080/00223131.2021.1974595
  • Meng Shi; Junhua Jiang; Haiyan Zhao, Electrodeposition of Aluminum in the 1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium Tetrachloroaluminate Ionic Liquid, Electrochem 2021, 2(2), 185-196;
  • Steve Hermann, Haiyan Zhao, Meng Shi, Michael Patterson, Controlled Conversion of Sodium Metal From Nuclear Systems to Sodium Chloride, Journal of Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Waste Technology of the Korean Radioactive Waste Society, JNFCWT Vol.19 No.2.
  • Meng Shi, Shelly Li, Haiyan Zhao. Electrolytic Reduction of Titanium Dioxide in Molten Li2O/ LiCl. Electrochem 2021, 2(2), 224-235;
  • Daniel O’Nolan, Haiyan Zhao, Zhihengyu Chen, Antonin Grenier, Michelle L Beauvais, Mark Newton, Tina Nenoff, Peter J Chupas, Karena Chapman, A multimodal analytical toolkit to resolve correlated reaction pathways: the case of nanoparticle formation in zeolites, Chem. Sci., 2021, 12, 13836-13847, DOI: 10.1039/D1SC04232G
  • Lynn M. Wendt, Bradley D. Wahlen, Michelle R. Walton, Jason A. Nguyen,Yingqian Lin, Rebecca M. Brown, Haiyan Zhao, Exploring filamentous fungi depolymerization of corn stover in the context bioenergy queuing operations,, 2021 Dec.
  • Drew Glenna, Matthew Lawson, Haiyan Zhao, Electrochemical Corrosion Study of Structural Materials in Molten FLiNaK Salts, Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, Vol. 124, 2021
  • Juan Paolo Octavio, Haiyan Zhao, Meng Shi, Matthew Lawson, Electrochemical Corrosion Study of Structural Materials in Molten FLiNaK Salts, Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, Vol. 123, 2021
  • Wendt LM, Zhao H, Review on Bioenergy Storage Systems for Preserving and Improving Feedstock Value. Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 2020, 8:370. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2020.00370
  • Meng Shi, Shelly Li, Haiyan Zhao High Current Efficiency of NiO Electro - reduction in Molten Salt. doi: 10.1149/2.0781814jes J. Electrochem. Soc. 2018 volume 165, issue 14, E768-E772 
  • Meng Shi, Shelly Li, Haiyan Zhao High Current Efficiency of NiO Electro - reduction in Molten Salt. doi: 10.1149/2.0781814jes J. Electrochem. Soc. 2018 volume 165, issue 14, E768-E772
  • Meng Shi,* Shelly Li, Haiyan Zhao. Effect of Electrodes and Salts Impurity on the Cyclic Voltammetry in Molten Li2O/ LiCl. ANS Transactions, June, 2018
  • Eugene Engmann*, Haiyan Zhao, Meng Shi*, Dong Ding±, Ting He±, Parametric Study of Electrochemical Techniques for Corrosion of Stainless Steel 304 in Molten Eutectic Carbonate Salts, ANS Transactions, Nov, 2018
  • Dewen Hou, Tianmo Liu, Meng Shi*, Haiming Wen and Haiyan Zhao, Deformation Mechanisms in a Rolled Magnesium Alloy Under Tension Along the Rolling Direction, Microsc Microanal 2018, 24(3): 207–213. doi: 10.1017/S1431927618000284
  • Li, L.; Wang, L.; Li, R.; Qu, D.; Zhao, H.; Chapman, K. W.; Chupas, P. J.; Liu, H., Pressure-induced polyamorphism in lanthanide-solute metallic glasses. physica status solidi (RRL) – Rapid Research Letters 2017, 11 (6), n/a-n/a.
  • Li, R.; Wang, L.; Li, L.; Yu, T.; Zhao, H.; Chapman, K. W.; Rivers, M. L.; Chupas, P. J.; Mao, H.-k.; Liu, H. †, Multiple scaling power in liquid gallium under pressure conditions. Physical Review B 2017, 95 (22), 224204.
  • Haiyan Zhao, S. Ted Oyama,Hans-Joachim Freund, Radosław Włodarczyk, Marek Sierka  “Nature of Active Sites in Ni2P Hydrotreating Catalysts as Probed by Iron”  Applied Catalysis B, 2015, 164 (0), 204-216.
  • Yu Lei, Haiyan Zhao, Rosa Diaz Rivas, Sungsik Lee, Junling Lu, Eric Stach, Randall E. Winans, Jeffrey T. Miller, Karena W. Chapman, Peter J. Chupas, and Jeffrey W. Elam “The Change of Lattice Parameters in 1-3 nm Platinum Nanoparticles”  Journal of American Chemistry Society, 2014, 136 (26), 9320-9326.
  • J. R. Gallagher, T. Li, H. Zhao, J. J. Liu, Y. Lei, X. Zhang, Y. Ren, J. W. Elam, R. J. Meyer, R. E. Winans, and J. T. Miller. “In-situ Diffraction of Highly Dispersed Supported Platinum Nanoparticles” Catalysis Science and Technology, 2014, 4, 3053-3063
  • Kevin A. Beyer, Haiyan Zhao, Olaf Borkiewicz, Mark A. Newton, Karena W. Chapman, and Peter J. Chupas “Simultaneous diffuse reflection infrared spectroscopy and X-ray pair distribution function measurements” Journal of Applied Crystallography, 2014, 47, 1118-1131.
  • Hanson, J. C.; Si, R.; Xu, W.; Senanayake, S. D.; Mudiyanselage, K.; Stacchiola, D.; Rodriguez, J. A.; Zhao, H.; Beyer, K. A.; Jennings, G.; Chapman, K. W.; Chupas, P. J.; Martínez-Arias, A., “Pulsed-reactant in situ studies of ceria/CuO catalysts using simultaneous XRD, PDF and DRIFTS measurements” Catalysis Today, 2014, (229), 64-71.
  • Chapman, K. W.; Beyer, K. A.; Zhao, H.; Chupas, P. J., “Correlating structure and chemistry through simultaneous in situ pair distribution function and infrared spectroscopy measurements” CrystEngComm 2013, 15 (45), 9377-9381.
  • Sava, Dorina; Chapman, Karena; Rodriguez, Mark; Greathouse, Jeffery; Crozier, Paul; Zhao, Haiyan; Chupas, Peter; Nenoff, Tina. "Competitive I2 Sorption by Cu-BTC from Humid Gas Streams" Chemistry of Materials, 2013, 25 (13), 2591-2596.
  • Yu Lei, Junling Lu, Haiyan Zhao, Bin Liu, Ke-Bin Low, Tianpin Wu, Joseph A. Libera, Jeffrey P. Greeley, Peter J. Chupas, Jeffrey T. Miller and Jeffrey W. Elam, “Resolving Precursor Deligation, Surface Species Evolution, and Nanoparticle Nucleation during Palladium Atomic Layer Deposition” Journal of Physical Chemistry, C, 117 (2013) 11141.
  • Hui Wang, Jeffrey T. Miller, Mohsen Shakouri, Chunyu Xi, Tianpin Wu, Haiyan Zhao, M. Cem Akatay. "XANES and EXAFS studies on metal nanoparticle growth and bimetallic interaction of Ni-based catalysts for CO2 reforming of CH4" Catalysis Today, 207 (2013) 3-12.
  • Phuong Bui; Juan Antonio Cecilia; S T Oyama, Atsushi Takagaki; Haiyan Zhao, Dan Li; Enrique Rodríguez. "Studies of the Synthesis of Transition Metal Phosphides and their Activity in the Hydrodeoxygenation of a Biofuel Model Compound" Journal of Catalysis, 294 (2012) 184–198.
  • Haiyan Zhao, Karena W Chapman, Peter J. Chupas. "Fast Time-Resolved Pair Distribution Function Studies of Supported Gold Nanoparticle Formation" Zeitschrift für Kristallographie 227 (2012) 268-271.
  • D. Li, P. Bui, H.Y. Zhao, S. T. Oyama, T. Dou, Z. H. Shen. " Rake mechanism for the deoxygenation of ethanol over a supported Ni2P/SiO2 catalyst" Journal of Catalysis. 290 (2012) 1-12.
  • S. T. Oyama, H. Y. Zhao, H.J.-Freund, K.Asakura, R. Wlodarczyk, M. Sierka. "Unprecedented Selectivity to the Direct Desulfurization (DDS) Pathway in a Highly Active FeNi Bimetallic Phosphide Catalyst" Journal of Catalysis, 285 (1) (2012) 1-5.
  • Zhao, H.; Nenoff, T. M.; Jennings, G.; Chupas, P. J.; Chapman, K. W.. "Determining Quantitative Kinetics and the Structural Mechanism for Particle Growth in Porous Templates" Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2 (21) (2011) 2742-2746.
  • Haiyan Zhao, D. Li, P. Bui and S. Ted Oyama. "Hydrodeoxygenation of guaiacol as model compound for pyrolysis oil on transition metal phosphides hydroprocessing catalysts" Applied Catalysis A: General, 391 (2011) 305-310.
  • Haiyan Zhao, S. Ted Oyama, E.D. Naeemi. "Hydrogen Storage Using Heterocyclic Compounds: the hydrogenation of 2-Methylthiophene" Catalysis Today, 149 (2010) 172-184.
  • S. Ted Oyama, Travis Gott, Haiyan Zhao and Yong-Kul Lee. "Transition Metal Phosphide Hydroprocessing catalysts: A Review" Catalysis Today, 143 (2009) 94-107.

  • IDR filed from Idaho National Laboratory: Electrochemical deposition of Al from ionic liquids based on alkyl methylimidazolium tetrachloroaluminates, Junhua Jiang, Haiyan Zhao†, Meng Shi*

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