Horia Metiu

Distinguished Professor
Joint Appt: Physics

Office Hours

Monday (2-3pm, Chem 4148A)
Wednesday (2-3pm, Chem 4148A)
By Appointment

Contact Phone

(805) 893-2256

Office Location

Chem 4148A



Dr. Metiu obtained his Ph.D. at MIT in 1974. After postdoctoral research at MIT and the University of Chicago, he joined the UCSB faculty in 1976. His awards include an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1978), a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1979), the Exxon Solid State Chemistry ACS award (1979), the UCSB Faculty Research Lectureship (1987), a Humboldt Senior Scientist Award (2003), and the American Chemical Society Division of Physical Chemistry Award in Theoretical Chemistry (2015). He was an Associate Editor of the Journal of Chemical Physics from 1999 through 2012.


My group is performing quantum mechanical computations and experiments (in collaboration with Professors Buratto, Gordon, and McFarland) to search for new catalysts for converting natural gas or CO2 into useful chemicals. We are also involved in experimental and computational work to use electrochemistry to find a good system for energy storage.


Full List

Does phenomenological kinetics provide an adequate description of heterogeneous catalytic reactions?, Burçin Temel, Hakim Meskine, Karsten Reuter, Matthias Scheffler, and Horia Metiu, J. Chem. Phys. 126, 204711/1-12 (2007)

Catalysis by very small Au clusters, Steeve Chrétien, Steven K. Buratto, and Horia Metiu, Current Opinion in Solid State and Materials Science 11, 62-75 (2008)

Methane complete and partial oxidation catalyzed by Pt-doped CeO2, Wei Tang, Zhenpeng Hu, Miaojun Wang, Galen D. Stucky, Horia Metiu, and Eric W. McFarland, J. Catalysis 273, 125-127 (2010)

Chemistry of Lewis acid-base pairs on oxide surfaces (Feature Article), Horia Metiu, Steeve Chrétien, Bo Li, Zhenpeng Hu, and Xiao Ying Sun, J. Phys. Chem. C 116, 10439-10450 (2012)

Catalysis by doped oxides, Eric W. McFarland and Horia Metiu, Chemical Reviews 113, 4391-4427 (2013)

Catechol and HCl adsorption on TiO2(110) in vacuum and at the water-TiO2 interface, Henrik H. Kristoffersen, Joan-Emma Shea, and Horia Metiu, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 6, 2277-2281 (2015)