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Jason Weaver, Ph.D.

Jason F. Weaver

Exxon Mobil Gator Alumni Faculty Endowed Professor

Areas of Interest

Surface Chemistry of Metals and Metal Oxides
Reaction Kinetics and Catalysis
Oxide Thin Films
Our research focuses on advancing the molecular-level understanding of chemical reactions occurring on solid surfaces. Such reactions are fundamental to heterogeneous catalysis and semiconductor processing, yet remain poorly understood at the molecular level. My students and I investigate surface chemical reactions using a wide array of analysis methods based on ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) surface chemistry and physics, including methods that provide information about surface reaction kinetics, adsorbed intermediates, atomic-scale surface structure and the chemical states of adsorbed molecules and atoms of the solid. We also make rigorous comparisons between our experimental data and predictions of molecular simulations, and find that this approach is a powerful way in which to identify the elementary processes governing surface chemical reactions.


Exxon Mobil Gator Alumni Faculty Endowment for Chemical Engineering, 2018
William P. and Tracy Cirioli Term Professor, 2017
American Vacuum Society Fellow
National Science Foundation CAREER Award


Ph.D., 1998, Stanford University

Courses Taught

Selected Publications

  • “Facile dehydrogenation of ethane on the IrO2(110) surface”, Y. Bian, M. Kim, T. Li, A. Asthagiri and J.F. Weaver, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140 (2018) 2665-2672.
  • “Understanding the intrinsic surface reactivity of single and multilayer PdO(101) on Pd(100)”, V. Mehar, M. Kim, M. Shipilin, M. Van den Bossche, J. Gustafson, L.R. Merte, U. Hejral, H. Grönbeck, E. Lundgren, A. Asthagiri and J.F. Weaver, ACS Catal. 8 (2018) 8553-8567.
  • “Growth and structure of Tb2O3(111) films on Pt(111)”, C. Lee, V. Mehar and J. F. Weaver, J. Phys. Chem. C 122 (2018) 9997-10005.
  • “Kinetic coupling among metal and oxide phases during CO oxidation on partially-reduced PdO(101): Influence of gas-phase composition”, J.F. Weaver, J. Choi, V. Mehar and C. Wu, ACS Catal. 7 (2017) 7319−7331.
  • “Low-temperature activation of methane on the IrO2(110) surface”, Z. Liang, T. Li, M. Kim, A. Asthagiri and J.F. Weaver, Science 356 (2017) 298-301.
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