Dianne J. Xiao

Assistant Professor
Klaus and Mary Ann Saegebarth Endowed Faculty Fellow
Dianne Xiao

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CHB 304H
Accepting new graduate students


Ph.D. University of California–Berkeley, 2016
A.B. Harvard University, 2011

Dianne Xiao earned her A.B. degree from Harvard University in 2011 and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016, where she was an NSF graduate research fellow with Professor Jeffrey Long. She completed her postdoctoral studies with Professor Matthew Kanan at Stanford University as an Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow. Dianne joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington as an Assistant Professor in 2019.

The overarching goal of research in the Xiao group is to endow porous materials with the enhanced reactivity and physical properties needed to meet rising global challenges in clean energy and sustainability. Projects include developing 1) new porous conductors that use renewable electricity, rather than heat derived from burning fossil fuels, to drive chemical processes, and 2) new heterogeneous catalysts to convert sustainable feedstocks, such as biomass, into useful products.