Catalysis and Reaction Engineering

Catalysis is the study of materials used to enhance reaction rates and product selectivities. Reaction Engineering describes the processes that use these catalysts to make the final products. Ongoing research in these areas includes:  Spectroscopic studies of model, single-crystal methanol-reforming catalysts under ultra-high vacuum conditions; Preparation of core-shell nanoparticles, prepared by self-assembly methods, for enhanced resistance against metal sintering; Characterization of the redox properties of mixed oxides for selective partial oxidation reactions. High-temperature electrochemical production of chemicals is also under investigation.

Affiliated Researchers

Primary Faculty

Dohyung Kim

Assistant Professor


Peter Psarras

Research Professor


John M. Vohs