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Khi-Rui TSAI(1913-2016)


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Address: State Key Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Solid Surfaces
Brief Introduction
  • PhD, Ohio State University (1950)
  • Professor (1956 - )
  • Member of the Chinese Academy of Science (1980 - )
  • Ph.D., Ohio State University (1950)
  • B.Sc., Xiamen University (1937)


Research Interests
  • Coordination catalysis, nitrogenase catalysis and metal-catalyzed ammonia synthesis, catalysis in C1 chemistry, catalyst characterization methodology and structure-function relationship.


Representative Publications
  1. X. Dong, H.B. Zhang, G.D. Lin, Y.Z. Yuan, K.R. Tsai, Highly active CNT-promoted Cu-ZnO-Al2O3 catalyst for methanol synthesis from H-2/CO/CO2, Catal. Lett., 85(3-4), 237-246 (2003).
  2. H.B. Zhang, G.D. Lin, H.L. Wan, Y.D. Liu, W.Z. Weng, J.X. Cai, Y.F. Shen, K.R. Tsai, Active-oxygen species on non-reducible rare-earth-oxide-based catalysts in oxidative coupling of methane, Catal. Lett., 73(2-4), 141-147 (2001).
  3. K.R. Tsai, D.A. Chen, H.L. Wan, H.B. Zhang, G.D. Lin, P.X. Zhang, Forty years of applied catalysis research at Xiamen University and its interaction with fundamental catalysis research, Catal. Today, 51(1), 3-23 (1999).
  4. H.L. Wan, Y.Z, Yuan, J.X. Gao, H.B. Zhang, K.R. Tsai, Evolution and significance of molecular design conception in the development of stereo-selective transition-metal complex catalysts, Chem. J. Chinese Univ.(in Chinese), 18(7), 1185-1193 (1997).
  5. H.L. Wan, J.W. Huang, F.Z. Zhang, Y.Wu, L.S. Xu, J.L. Li, K.R. Tsai, Molecular recognition in nitrogenase catalysis and two proton-relay pathways from P-cluster to M-center, In C. Elmerich, A. Kondorosi, W.E. Newton, eds., 'Biological Nitrogen Fixation for the 21st Century' (Proc. of the 11th Int. Congr. on Nitrogen Fixation), 78-79. Dordrecht: Kluwer Acad. Publ. (1997).
  6. H.L. Wan, J.W. Huang, F.Z. Zhang, Z.H. Zhou, H.T. Zhang, L.S. Xu, K.R. Tsai, Chemical probe approach in the study of structure-function relationship of nitrogenase M-cluster and P-cluster pair. J Xiamen Univ. (Nat. Sci.) (in Chinese), 35, 890-899 (1996).
  7. K.R. Tsai, H.L. Wan, On the structure-function relationship of nitrogenase M-cluster and P-cluster pair, J. Cluster Sci, 6(4), 495-501 (1995).
  8. Y.D. Liu, H.B. Zhang, G.D. Lin, K.R. Tsai, Molecular catalysis in oxidative coupling of methane, In K.R. Tsai, S.Y. Peng et al. eds. 'Catalysis in C1 Chemistry(in Chinese)', 47-78. Beijing: Chem Ind. Press (1995).
  9. H.Y. Wang, J.P. Liu, K.R. Tsai, Molecular catalysis in ethanol synthesis from syngas, In K.R. Tsai,S.Y. Peng et al. eds. Catalysis in C1 Chemistry(in Chinese), 167-186, Beijing: Chem Ind. Press (1995).
  10. Y.D. Liu, H.B. Zhang, G.D. Lin, Y.Y. Liao, K.R. Tsai, Insitu Raman spectroscopic study of oxygen adspecies on a Th-La-Ox catalyst for methane oxidative coupling reaction, J. Chem. Soc. Chem. Commun., 1871-1872 (1994).
  11. H.Y. Wang, J.P. Liu, J.K. Fu, H.L. Wan, K.R. Tsai, Study on the mechanism of ethanol synthesis from syngas by insitu chemical trapping and isotopic exchange reactions, Catal. Lett., 12, 87-96 (1992).
  12. Y.H. Du, D.A. Chen, K.R. Tsai, Promoter action of rare-earth oxidesin Rh/SiO2 catalysts for conversion of syngas to ethanol, Appl. Catal., 35, 77-92 (1987).
  13. J.P. Liu, H.Y. Wang, J.K. Fu, Y.G. Li, K.R. Tsai, In situ chemical trapping of ketene intermediate in syngas conversion to ethanol over promoted rhodium catalysts, Proc. 9th Intl, Congr. Catal, 537-544, (Calgary, 1988).
  14. D.W. Liao, H.B. Zhang, Z.Q. Wang, K.R. Tsai, Raman Spectra of Chemisorbed Species on Ammonia Synthesis Iron Catalysts, Scientia Sinica( Ser. B), (Engl. Ed.), 30(3), 246 (1987).
  15. K.R. Tsai, H.L. Wan, Corodination catalysis by transition metal complexes, in M. Tsutsui,Y. Ishi, Y.Z. Huang eds. 'Fund. Res. Organomet. Chem.', 1-12, Univ. Park Press, Baltimore, U.S.A., (1982).
  16. K.R. Tsai, Development of a model of nitrogenase active-centre and mechanism of nitrogenase catalysis, In W.E. Newton,W.H. Orme-Johnson eds ' Nitrogen Fixation', Vol. I, 373-387 Univ. Park Press, Baltimore, U.S.A. (1980).
  17. K.R. Tsai, Catalysis by coordination activation, Chinese Uinv. J. Nat. Sci. (Chem. & C. E., Test. Ed.)(in Chinese), 470-486 (1965).
  18. T.J. Zhou, H.L. Wan, K.R. Tsai, Polarization field, polarization energy, and lattice energy of α-TiCl3 layer crystal, J. Xiamen Univ. ( Nat. Sci.)(in Chinese), 11(1), 1-10 (1964).
  19. K.R. Tsai, Estimation of repulsive exponents in the calculation of lattice energies of ionic crystals, Scientia Sinica(in Chinese), 13, 47 (1964).
  20. J.X. Lin, K.R. Tsai, Spontaneous polarization, polarization energy and lattice energy of barium titanate crystals, J. Xiamen Univ. ( Nat. Sci.) (in Chinese), 9(2), 79-86 (1962).