Fabio H. Ribeiro

R. Norris and Eleanor Shreve Professor of Chemical Engineering

FRNY 2158
Purdue University
School of Chemical Engineering
Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
480 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2100
(765) 494-7799 (office)
(765) 494-0805 (fax)
Joined Purdue in 2003
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Instituto Militar de Engenharia, Brazil, 1982
M.S. Chemistry, Instituto Militar de Engenharia, Brazil, 1984
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 1986
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 1989
Research Fellow: Catalytica Inc., Mountain View, California
Postdoctoral Fellow, U.C. Berkeley (Chemistry) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley

Research Interests

Our general research interest is in the kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic processes. Heterogeneous catalysis will continue to be a key technology for the foreseeable future, especially as environmental regulations become more stringent and we look into transforming biomass into fuels. We study fundamental aspects of problems of current interest and employ a wide range of research approaches based on our previous research background in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and industrial practice. We work by combining measurements on high surface area catalyst with the ones on flat, non-porous replicas of the catalyst that are optimized for surface science analysis. Modeling the kinetics and calculating kinetic parameters by first-principle methods complements the experimental effort. One area of particular interest is the development of techniques and equipment fabrication to study catalysts under dynamic reaction conditions.

Our fundamental approach to problems has made interactions with industry quite effective. We usually involve industrial partners in our research. We have been working in the areas of, catalytic combustion of hydrocarbons, water-gas shift reaction for fuel cell applications, partial oxidation of hydrocarbons, NOx traps for automotive applications and transformation of biomass into fuels.

Link to H2Biomass Group

We are a part of the Purdue Catalysis Center, which fosters interaction among faculty and students in catalysis research groups by collaborating on research projects, sharing resources and facilities, and holding weekly joint group meetings.

Research Group

Graduate Students

  • Harshavardhan Choudhari
  • Yanran Cui
  • Viktor Cybulskis
  • John Degenstein
  • Michael Detwiler
  • Mckay Easton
  • Amir Gharachorlou
  • James Harris
  • Dhairya Mehta
  • Atish Parekh
  • Shankali Pradhan
  • Kaiwalya Sabnis
  • Arthur Shih
  • Ian Smith
  • Fred Sollberger
  • Han-Ting Tseng
  • Vinod Venkatakrishnan
  • Anuj Verma

Research Associates

  • Zhenglong Li

Awards and Honors

Henry J. Albert Award from the International Precious Metals Institute, 2012
Editor, Journal of Catalysis
Chair, AIChE Catalysis & Reaction Engineering (CRE) Division, 2010
Purdue University Faculty Scholar, 2006-11
New York Catalysis Society Excellence in Catalysis Award, 2005
NSF CAREER award, 1997

Selected Publications

"Identification of the Active Cu Site in Standard Selective Catalytic Reduction with Ammonia on Cu-SSZ-13," S. A. Bates, A. A. Verma, C. Paolucci, A. A. Parekh, T. Anggara, A. Yezerets, W. F. Schneider, J. T. Miller, W. N. Delgass, F. H. Ribeiro, Journal of Catalysis, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2014.01.004 (2014)

"Reusable Unsupported Rhenium Nanocrystalline Catalyst for Acceptorless Dehydrogenation of Alcohols via Novel Y -C-H Activation," J. Yi, J. T. Miller, D. Y. Zemlyanov, R. Zhang, P. J. Dietrich, F. H. Ribeiro, S. Suslov, and M. M. Abu-Omar, Angewandte Chemie, 53(3), 833-836 (2014)

"High-pressure fast-pyrolysis, fast-hydropyrolysis and catalytic hydrodeoxygenation of cellulose: Production of liquid fuel from biomass," V. K. Venkatakrishnan, J. C. Degenstein, A. D. Smeltz, W. N. Delgass, R. Agrawal and F. H. Ribeiro, Green Chemistry, DOI: 10.1039/C3GC41558A (2014)

"Enhanced Reaction Rate for Gas Phase Epoxidation of Propylene using H2 and O2 by Cs Promotion of Au/TS-1," W.-S. Lee, M. C. Akatay, E. A. Stach, F. H. Ribeiro and W. N. Delgass, Journal of Catalysis, 308, 98-113 (2013)

"Size and Support Effects for the Water-Gas Shift Catalysis over Gold Nanoparticles Supported on Model Al2O3 and TiO2", M. Shekhar, J. Wang, W. Lee, W. D. Williams, S. M. Kim, E. A. Stach, J. T. Miller, W. N. Delgass, F. H. Ribeiro, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134, 4700-4708 (2012)