Department of Chemistry News

March 9, 2019

Dianne Xiao to join faculty

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Dianne Xiao will join us as Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

Dr. Xiao completed her undergraduate studies in chemistry at Harvard, where she investigated the chemistry of trinuclear manganese complexes with Professor Theodore Betley. After graduating summa cum laude in 2011, she left her home state to pursue her Ph.D. under the direction of Professor Jeffrey Long at the University of California–Berkeley. As an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, she studied metal–oxo and dioxygen chemistry in redox-active metal–organic frameworks, for applications in hydrocarbon oxidation catalysis and O2/N2separations. She moved to Stanford University in 2016, where she is currently an Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow working with Professor Matthew Kanan to develop new chemical methods for CO2 utilization.

Dr. Xiao will launch her research program at the University of Washington in July 2019. Her independent program will focus on how controlling both the local and long range self-assembly and structure of porous materials can lead to enhanced transport properties, new catalytic activity, and novel emergent behavior. Targeted applications include electrochemical energy conversion, molecular separations, and bio-inspired chemical catalysis.

For more information about Dr. Xiao and her research, please visit her faculty page and research group website.