Dang Le


Mentor: Dr. W. David Wei

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"Although school may teach me the fundamental skill set for a job, research has taught me to collaborate with others, struggle in an obscure field and experiment with success and failure, all necessary for my future endeavors."


Chemical Engineering



Research Interests

  • Plasmonics/Semiconductors
  • Superconductors
  • Cryogenics

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program 2016
  • College of Engineering Dean's List
  • 2016 UF SASE National Conference Scholarship
  • Grisham Scholarship


  • UF Freshman Leadership Engineering Group
  • UF Society of Asian Scientist and Engineers
  • UF Bowling Club


  • North Central Florida Regional Science Bowl

Hobbies and Interests

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Traveling
  • Origami

Research Description

Enhancing the Photocatalytic Reaction of CO Oxidation Through Embedding Plasmonic Nanoparticles within a Metal Organic Framework
Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs), a class of crystalline porous materials composed of inorganic metal ions and organic linker units, rapidly emerged in the field of heterocatalysis to act as catalysts by themselves or serve as supporters for catalytic active nanometals. Metal@MOFs, which are heterostructures of metal nanoparticles (MNP) encapsulated within MOFs, are one of the most intriguing heterocatalysts for various organic reactions with both high catalytic activity and selectivity. Plasmonic materials can concentrate the energy source (UV or visible light) onto the catalysts, MOFs, to convert the energy source into chemical energy to increase the rate of the reaction. The purpose of this project will be to analyze the catalytic activity of Au@UiO-66 in the oxidation of CO by looking at the different plasmonic properties of Au to understand the photocatalytic mechanism for this reaction.