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Rong Kou

Assistant Research Professor


  • Mechanical Engineering

159 EEL




  • BS, Chemical Engineering, 1999
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, 2003
  • Ph D, Chemical Engineering, 2006


Journal Articles

  • Guoxing Li, Heng Jiang, Rong Kou, Daiwei Wang, Au Nguyen, Meng Liao, Pei Shi, Alexander Silver and Donghai Wang, 2022, "A Superior Carbonate Electrolyte for Stable Cycling Li Metal Batteries Using High Ni Cathode", ACS ENERGY LETTERS, pp. 2282-2288
  • Sehkyu Park, Yuyan Shao, Rong Kou, Vilayanur V. Viswanathan, Silas A. Towne, Peter C. Rieke, Jun Liu, Yuehe Lin and Yong Wang, 2011, "Polarization Losses under Accelerated Stress Test Using Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Supported Pt Catalyst in PEM Fuel Cells", JOURNAL OF THE ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY, 158, (3), pp. B297-B302
  • Rong Kou, Yuyan Shao, Donghai Mei, Zimin Nie, Donghai Wang, Chongmin Wang, Vilayanur V. Viswanathan, Sehkyu Park, Ilhan A. Aksay, Yuehe Lin, Yong Wang and Jun Liu, 2011, "Stabilization of Electrocatalytic Metal Nanoparticles at Metal-Metal Oxide-Graphene Triple Junction Points", JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 133, (8), pp. 2541-2547
  • Yuyan Shao, Sheng Zhang, Rong Kou, Xiqing Wang, Chongmin Wang, Sheng Dai, Vilayanur Viswanathan, Jun Liu, Yong Wang and Yuehe Lin, 2010, "Noncovalently functionalized graphitic mesoporous carbon as a stable support of Pt nanoparticles for oxygen reduction", JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, 195, (7), pp. 1805-1811
  • Donghai Wang, Rong Kou, Daiwon Choi, Zhenguo Yang, Zimin Nie, Juan Li, Laxmikant V. Saraf, Dehong Hu, Jiguang Zhang, Gordon L. Graff, Jun Liu, Michael A. Pope and Ilhan A. Aksay, 2010, "Ternary Self-Assembly of Ordered Metal Oxide-Graphene Nanocomposites for Electrochemical Energy Storage", ACS NANO, 4, (3), pp. 1587-1595
  • Rong Kou, Qingyuan Hu, Donghai Wang, Vijay T. John, Zhenzhong Yang and Yunfeng Lu, 2009, "Direct synthesis of ordered mesoporous polymer/carbon nanofilaments with controlled mesostructures", JOURNAL OF POROUS MATERIALS, 16, (3), pp. 315-319
  • Rong Kou, Yuyan Shao, Donghai Wang, Mark H. Engelhard, Ja Hun Kwak, Jun Wang, Vilayanur V. Viswanathan, Chongmin Wang, Yuehe Lin, Yong Wang, Ilhan A. Aksay and Jun Liu, 2009, "Enhanced activity and stability of Pt catalysts on functionalized graphene sheets for electrocatalytic oxygen reduction", ELECTROCHEMISTRY COMMUNICATIONS, 11, (5), pp. 954-957
  • Donghai Wang, Daiwon Choi, Juan Li, Zhenguo Yang, Zimin Nie, Rong Kou, Dehong Hu, Chongmin Wang, Laxmikant V. Saraf, Jiguang Zhang, Ilhan A. Aksay and Jun Liu, 2009, "Self-Assembled TiO2-Graphene Hybrid Nanostructures for Enhanced Li-Ion Insertion", ACS NANO, 3, (4), pp. 907-914
  • Yuyan Shao, Jun Wang, Rong Kou, Mark Engelhard, Jun Liu, Yong Wang and Yuehe Lin, 2009, "The corrosion of PEM fuel cell catalyst supports and its implications for developing durable catalysts", ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA, 54, (11), pp. 3109-3114
  • Yuyan Shao, Rong Kou, Jun Wang, Chongmin Wang, Vish Viswanathan, Jun Liu, Yong Wang and Yuehe Lin, 2009, "The Durability Dependence of Pt/CNT Electrocatalysts on the Nanostructures of Carbon Nanotubes: Hollow- and Bamboo-CNTs", JOURNAL OF NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, 9, (10), pp. 5811-5815
  • Donghai Wang, Zhen Ma, Sheng Dai, Jun Liu, Zimin Nie, Mark H. Engelhard, Qisheng Huo, Chongmin Wang and Rong Kou, 2008, "Low-temperature synthesis of tunable mesoporous crystalline transition metal oxides and applications as Au catalyst supports", JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 112, (35), pp. 13499-13509
  • Yuyan Shao, Rong Kou, Jun Wang, Vilayanur V. Viswanathan, Ja Hun Kwak, Jun Liu, Yong Wang and Yuehe Lin, 2008, "The influence of the electrochemical stressing (potential step and potential-static holding) on the degradation of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell electrocatalysts", JOURNAL OF POWER SOURCES, 185, (1), pp. 280-286
  • Qingyuan Hu, Rong Kou, Jiebin Pang, Timothy L. Ward, Mei Cai, Zhengzhong Yang, Yunfeng Lu and Jing Tang, 2007, "Mesoporous carbon/silica nanocomposite through multi-component assembly", CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, (6), pp. 601-603
  • Donghai Wang, Hans Peter Jakobson, Rong Kou, Jing Tang, Robert Z. Fineman, Donghong Yu and Yunfeng Lu, 2006, "Metal and semiconductor nanowire network thin films with hierarchical pore structures", CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS, 18, (18), pp. 4231-4237

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