Name Insoo Ro
Position professor
Tel +82-2-970-6604
Fax 02-977-8317
2012 Rice University/ Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, Chemical Engineering
2017 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin/ Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Chemical Engineering
2019 University of California-Santa Barbara/ Postdoctoral Scholar
Selected Publications
-Precise Synthesis of Heteroatom RhOx-ReOx Atomically Dispersed Site Pairs and Catalytic Consequences for Ethylene Hydroformylation. ACS Catalysis 2019, 9, 10899-10912.

-Structural Evolution of Atomically Dispersed Pt Catalysts Dictates Reactivity. Nature Materials 2019, 18, 746-751.

-Approaches for Understanding and Controlling Interfacial Effects in Oxide-Supported Metal Catalysts. ACS Catalysis 2018, 8, 7368-7387.

-Intrinsic Activity of Interfacial Sites for Pt-Fe and Pt-Mo Catalysts in the Hydrogenation of Carbonyl Groups. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 2018, 231, 182-190.

-The Role of Pt-FexOy Interfacial Sites for CO Oxidation. Journal of Catalysis 2018, 358, 19-26. (Selected as one of most downloaded articles in Journal of Catalysis in last 90 days as of March-May 2018)

-Catalysts Synthesized by Selective Deposition of Fe onto Pt for the Water-Gas Shift Reaction. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 2018, 222, 182-190.

-Measurement of Intrinsic Catalytic Activity of Pt monometallic and Pt-MoOx Interfacial Sites over Visible Light Enhanced PtMoOx/SiO2 Catalyst in Reverse Water Gas Shift Reaction. Journal of Catalysis 2016, 344, 784-794.

-Synthesis Gas Conversion over Rh-based Catalysts Promoted by Fe and Mn. ACS Catalysis 2017, 7,4550-4563.

-The Role of the Cu-ZrO2 Interfacial Sites for Ethanol Conversion and Methanol Synthesis from CO2 and H2. ACS Catalysis 2016, 6, 7040-7050.

-Intrinsic Kinetics of Plasmon-enhanced Reverse Water Gas Shift on Au and Au-Mo Interfacial Sites Supported on Silica. Applied Catalysis A: General 2016, 521, 182-189 (Invited article: Special issue on “Recent Developments in Photocatalysis”)

-Reverse Water–Gas Shift on Interfacial Sites Formed by Deposition of Oxidized Molybdenum Moieties onto Gold Nanoparticles. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2015, 137, 10317-10325.

-Stabilizing Cobalt Catalysts for Aqueous-phase reactions by Strong Metal-support Interaction. Journal of Catalysis 2015, 330, 19-27.

-Plasmon-enhanced Reverse Water Gas Shift Reaction over Oxide Supported Au Catalysts. Catalysis Science & Technology 2015, 5, 2590-2601. (Highlighted in front cover page in the printed issue of the journal (November 5, 2015))

-Plasmon-Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting with Size-Controllable Gold Nanodot Arrays. ACS Nano 2014, 8, 10756-10765.
Journal Papers
- Ligand structure effect in oil-soluble phosphorus-containing molybdenum precursors for slurry-phase hydrocracking of heavy oil, Journal of Catalysis, vol.402 pp.194~207, 2021
- Synthesis of Heteroatom Rh–ReOx Atomically Dispersed Species on Al2O3 and Their Tunable Catalytic Reactivity in Ethylene Hydroformylation, Microscopy and Microanalysis, 2021
- Support functionalization as an approach for modifying activation entropies of catalytic reactions on atomically dispersed metal sites, Journal of Catalysis, 2021
- A Heterogeneous Pt-ReOx/C Catalyst for Making Renewable Adipates in One Step from Sugar Acids, ACS Catalysis, vol.11 No.1 pp.95~109, 2021
Conference Papers
- Seungyeon Lina Lee, Ji Qi, Insoo Ro, Phillip Christopher, Stavros Caratzoulas, Dionisios Vlachos, Theoretical Insights into the Heterogeneous Hydroformylation of Ethylene on Atomically Dispersed Rh-Oxide Promoter Pairs on γ-Al2O3 Support, Theoretical Insights into the Heterogeneous Hydroformylation of Ethylene on Atomically Dispersed Rh-Oxide Promoter Pairs on γ-Al2O3 Support, Boston, USA, 2021
- 노인수, Precise engineering of local environments of atomically dispersed Rh catalysts for alkene hydroformylation, Metal-Support Interactions in Heterogeneous Catalyst, 광주 컨벤션센터, 2020
- 노인수, Precise synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of multi-functional catalysts, KIChE Young Investigators SymposiumI, 온라인 (코로나로 인해 온라인으로 변경), 2020
-Method to Reduce CO2 to CO Using Plasmon-enhanced Photocatalysis, US9738529 B2.
- 방향족 LOHC를 이용한 탈수소화 촉매 및 연속 반응 공정기술 개발, 한국가스공사 가스연구원, 2021.09.~2022.09.
- 로디움 촉매의 기하학적 및 전자구조 원자단위 제어를 통한 합성가스로부터 효과적인 oQygenates 생산, 한국연구재단, 2020.06.~2022.05.
- Miwon Young Scientist Award, Miwon Young Scientist Award, The Korean Society of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 2021
-Guest Editor, Special Issue "Design and Application of Innovation Catalysts for Hydrogenation," Energies (
-Review Editor, Environmental Chemical Engineering

-Awards and Honors
2017 Student Research Grants Competition Research Travel Award, University of Wisconsin
2017 Kokes Award, North American Catalysis Society Meeting
2016 Doh WonSuk Memorial, Korean Institute of Chemical Engineering (KIChE)-US Chapter
2016 International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE) Travel Award, Dow Chemical
2012 Magna Cum Laude, Rice University
2012 William W. Akers Senior Process Design Award (1st Prize), Rice University
2010 William M. McCardell Merit Scholarship, Rice University
2010-2012 President’s Honor Roll, Rice University