Yuanbing   Mao

Associate Professor  

Dr. Yuanbing Mao

Dr. Yuanbing Mao is a chemist by training with expertise on nanoscience. He loves to work with students in both classroom and labs.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Nanoscience, materials science, inorganich chemistry, and food science
  • Education

    • PhD, Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2006
    • MS, Chemistry, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2000
    • BS, Chemistry, Xiangtan University, 1997
  • Currently Teaching

    UNIV 4000 16 - Directed Research:
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    Course Evaluations
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    CHEM 7300 02 - Thesis I:
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Selected Publications


  • Héctor De Santiago, Santosh Gupta, and Yuanbing Mao. "A green, facile and cost-effective method to prepare polyhydroxylated fullerene with high purity and its vibrational, thermal and optical characterizations," Separation and Purification Technology 210, (2018): 927–934.

  • Yuanbing Mao, Santosh Gupta, Jose Zuniga, P. Ghosh, and Maya Abdou. "Correlating Structure and Luminescence Properties of Undoped and Eu3+ doped La2Hf2O7 Nanoparticles Prepared with Different Co-Precipitating pH Values through Experimental and Theoretical Studies," Inorganic Chemistry (2018).

  • Lingbo Mao, Swati Mohan, and Yuanbing Mao. "Delafossite CuMnO2 as an Efficient Bifunctional Oxygen and Hydrogen Evolution Reaction Electrocatalyst for Water Splitting," (2018).

  • Swati Mohan and Yuanbing Mao. "Dependence of (photo)electrochemical properties on geometry factors of hydrothermally synthesized delafossite copper gallium oxide CuGaO2 toward oxygen evolution reaction," Journal of The Electrochemical Society 165, no. 10 (2018): H1-H7.

  • Loreana Molero, Luissanyi Campos, Luis Sosa , Yuanbing Mao, Nancy Flores, Efren Delgado, and Karen Lozano. "Development and Characterization of Glandless Cottonseed Meal/Pullulan Fine Fiber Mats," Archives of Nanomedicine 1, no. 4 (2018): 5.

  • Mandana Akia, Dulce Capitanachi, Misael Martinez, Carlos Hernandez, Hector de Santiago, Yuanbing Mao, and Karen Lozano. "Development and optimization of alumina fine fibers utilizing a centrifugal spinning process," Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 262, (2018): 175-181.

  • Jose Zuniga, Santosh Gupta, Madhab Pokhrel, and Yuanbing Mao. "Exploring optical properties of La2Hf2O7:Pr3+ nanoparticles under UV and X-ray excitation for potential lighting and scintillating applications," New Journal of Chemistry 42, (2018): 9381-9392 .

  • Lin Wei, Karen Lozano, and Yuanbing Mao. "Microwave Popped Co(II)-Graphene Oxide Hybrid: Bifunctional Catalyst for Hydrogen Evolution Reaction and Hydrogen Storage," Engineered Science (2018).

  • Jose Zuniga, Maya Abdou, Santosh Gupta, and Yuanbing Mao. "Molten-Salt Synthesis of Complex Metal Oxide Nanoparticles," Journal of Visualized Experiments (2018).

  • Yuanbing Mao, Maya Abdou, Santosh Gupta, and Jose Zuniga. "On Structure and Phase Transformation of Uranium Doped La2Hf2O7 Nanoparticles as an Efficient Nuclear Waste Host," Materials Chemistry Frontiers (2018).



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Alexis Racelis. An Integrated Approach to Graduate Research, Education, and Engagement, USDA-NIFA-National Needs Fellows Program, $242,000.00 (July 15, 2017 - June 14, 2022)

  • Yuanbing Mao. MRI: Acquisition of a Spark Plasma Sintering System for Functional Ceramics at Rio Grande Valley, Texas, NSF, $230,000.00 (September 2018 - August 2020)

  • Karen Lozano. UTRGV-UMN Partnership for Fostering Innovation by Bridging Excellence in Research and Student Success, National Science Foundation, $3,000,000.00 (September 2015 - August 2020)

  • Yuanbing Mao. From Synthesis, Local and Electronic Structures, to Optical and Scintillating Properties of Lanthanoid Hafnate Nanoparticles, NSF, $175,000.00 (June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2020)

  • Yuanbing Mao. IFSEEN-Integrating Food Science/Engineering & Education Network: An Educational Linkage to Collaboratively Generate Future Hispanic Food Safety/Science Professionals and Leaders, USDA NIFA, $2,000,000.00 (September 1, 2015 - August 31, 2019)

  • Yuanbing Mao. Investigating Crystal and Local Structures and Phase Transformations of Lanthanoid Hafnates Ln2Hf2O7 Nanoparticles (NPs) via Spectroscopy and Diffraction, Oak Ridge National Lab, (August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2019)

  • Yuanbing Mao. Evaluating delivery potential of psyllids for theraputics, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Collaborative Agreement, $45,000.00 (September 30, 2017 - September 29, 2018)

  • Yuanbing Mao. From Synthesis and Nano-Effects to Luminescent and X-ray Imaging Properties, Research Enhancement Seed Grant, College of Sciences, $24,000.00 (February 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018)

  • Yuanbing Mao. Hydrogen storage via functionalized nanoporous materials, AFOSR, $785,000.00 (April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2017)

  • Yuanbing Mao. Luminescent core-shell nanostructures as radiation indicators, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), $500,000.00 (September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2016)



Selected Presentations


  • Yuanbing Mao and Swati Mohan. "Dependence of Oxygen Evolution Reaction Performance on Geometry Factors of Delafossite Copper Gallium Oxides," Materials Challenges in Alternative Renewable Energy 2018 (MCARE 2018), Vancouver, BC, Canada (August 2018)

  • Yuanbing Mao. "Doping induced phase transition in La2Hf2O7:U nanoparticles and its implication on speciation of uranium ion," Materials Challenges in Alternative Renewable Energy 2018 (MCARE 2018) , Vancouver, BC, Canada (August 2018)

  • Yuanbing Mao. "Impact of Gamma-Ray Irradiation on Rare-Earth Hafnate Nanocrystals," Materials Challenges in Alternative Renewable Energy 2018 (MCARE 2018) , Vancouver, BC, Canada (August 2018)

  • Yuanbing Mao. "Complex Metal Oxide Nanomaterials for Energy Applications," School of Materials and Energy, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China (June 2018)

  • Yuanbing Mao. "(Photo)electrocatalytic Properties of p-Type Delafossite CuMO2 Oxides," 2018 MRS Spring Meeting, Phoenix, AZ (April 2018)

  • Yuanbing Mao. "Design of Hierarchical Nanostructured ZnO Network for Efficient Photoelectrocatalytic Water Splitting," 2018 MRS Spring Meeting, Phoenix, AZ (April 2018)

  • Yuanbing Mao. "Effect of Gamma-Ray Irradiation on Rare-Earth Hafnate Nanocrystals," 2018 MRS Spring Meeting, Phoenix, AZ (April 2018)

  • Yuanbing Mao. "(Photo)electrocatalytic Properties of Copper Gallium Delafossite Nanoflakes, ," 255th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA (March 2018)

  • Jaycob Pena and Yuanbing Mao. "Delafossite CuBO2 Nanoparticles as an Efficient Electrocatalyst for Water Splitting, ," 255th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA (March 2018)

  • Yuanbing Mao. "Effects of metal oxide nanoparticles on the growth of Kale, ," 255th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA (March 2018)

Current Courses

UNIV 4000 16 - Directed Research:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
CHEM 7300 02 - Thesis I:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses