Hua Guo

Distinguished Professor

Photo: Hua Guo
Clark Hall 206B
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Research Area/s:

Theoretical and Computational Chemistry,  Physical Chemistry


  • B.S. in Chemistry, 1982, Chengdu Institute of Electronic Engineering
  • M.S. in Chemistry, 1985, Sichuan University
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, 1988, Sussex University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Chemistry, 1990, Northwestern University


We are interested in theoretical and computational studies of electronic and vibrational spectra and reaction dynamics of polyatomic molecular systems. These molecular systems are prevalent in gaseous environments such as interstellar clouds, atmospheres, and in combustion. We develop and apply quantum mechanical solutions to understand these fundamental processes.

We are also interested in studying reactions on surfaces. Using various theoretical tools, we investigate the mechanisms and dynamics of surface reactions related to heterogeneous catalysis, particularly those involved in energy conversion.

Selected Publications

1.   R. Otto, J. Ma, A. W. Ray, J. S. Dalutz, J. Li, H. Guo, and R. E. Continetti, Science, 343, 396 (2014), Imaging dynamics on the F + H2O → HF + OH potential energy surfaces from wells to barrier.

2.   P. M. Hundt, B. Jiang, M. van Reijzen, H. Guo, and R. D. Beck, Science, 344, 504 (2014), Vibrationally promoted dissociation of water on Ni(111).

3.   B. Jiang and H. Guo, Phys. Rev. Lett., 114, 166101 (2015), Dynamics of water dissociative chemisorption on Ni(111): Effects of impact sites and incident angles.

4.   B. Zhao, Z. Sun, and H. Guo, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137 15964 (2015), State-to-state mode specificity: Energy sequestration and flow gated by transition state.

5.   C. Xie, J. Ma, X. Zhu, D. R. Yarkony, D. Xie, and H. Guo, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 138, 7828 (2016), Nonadiabatic tunneling in photodissociation of phenol.

6.   R. J. Maurer, B. Jiang, H. Guo, and J. C. Tully, Phys. Rev. Lett., 118, 256001 (2017), Mode specific electronic friction in dissociative chemisorption on metal surfaces: H2 on Ag(111).

7.   J. A. DeVine, M. L. Weichman, B. Laws, J. Chang, M. C. Babin, G. Balerdi, C. Xie, C. L. Malbon, W. C. Lineberger, D. R. Yarkony, R. W. Field, S. T. Gibson, J. Ma, H. Guo, and D. M. Neumark, Science, 358, 336 (2017), Encoding of vinylidene isomerization in its anion photoelectron spectrum.