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Fabio H. Ribeiro

R. Norris and Eleanor Shreve Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director, NSF Engineering Research Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources

FRNY 2158
Purdue University
Davidson 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

  • Jeremy Arvay
  • Richard S. Caulkins
  • James Harris (co-advised with Rajamani Gounder)
  • Casey Jones (co-advised with Rajamani Gounder)
  • Ishant K. Khurana
  • Trevor Lardinois (co-advised with Rajamani Gounder)
  • Cory A. Milligan
  • Garrett Mitchell
  • Ranga Rohit Seemakurthi (co-advised with Jeffrey Greeley)
  • Arthur J. Shih
  • Abhijit Talpade
  • Han-Ting Tseng

Awards and Honors

Herman Pines Award from the Catalysis Club of Chicago, 2015
AIChE Fellow, 2014
Purdue College of Engineering Faculty Award of Excellence on Research, 2014
Henry J. Albert Award from the International Precious Metals Institute, 2012
Editor, Journal of Catalysis
Chair, AIChE Catalysis & Reaction Engineering (CRE) Division, 2010

Selected Publications

“Dynamic Multinuclear Sites Formed by Mobilizing Single Atoms: A New Concept in “Heterogeneous” Catalysis”, Christopher Paolucci, Ishant Khurana, Atish A. Parekh, Sichi Li, Arthur J. Shih, Hui Li, John R. Di Iorio, Jonatan D. Albarracin-Caballero, Aleksey Yezerets, Jeffrey T. Miller, W. Nicholas Delgass, Fabio H. Ribeiro, William F. Schneider, Rajamani Gounder, Science, 357, 898–903, 2017.

“Water Activation and Carbon Monoxide Coverage Effects on Maximum Rates for Low Temperature Water-Gas Shift Catalysis”, W. Damion Williams, Jeffrey P. Greeley, W. Nicholas Delgass , and Fabio H. Ribeiro, Journal of Catalysis, 347, 197–204, 2017.

“Catalysis Science of NOx Selective Catalytic Reduction with Ammonia over Cu-SSZ-13 and Cu-SAPO-34”, Christopher Paolucci, John R. Di Iorio, Fabio H. Ribeiro, Rajamani Gounder, William F. Schneider, Advances in Catalysis, 59, 1-106, 2017.

“High-Pressure Vapor-Phase Hydrodeoxygenation of Lignin-Derived Oxygenates to Hydrocarbons by a PtMo Bimetallic Catalyst: Product Selectivity, Reaction Pathway, and Structural Characterization”, Sara L. Yohe, Harshavardhan J. Choudhari, Dhairya D. Mehta, Paul J. Dietrich, Michael D. Detwiler, Cem M. Akatay, Eric A. Stach, Jeffrey T. Miller, W. Nicholas Delgass, Rakesh Agrawal, and Fabio H. Ribeiro, Journal of Catalysis, 344, 535–552, 2016.

“Catalysis in a Cage: Condition-Dependent Speciation and Dynamics of Exchanged Cu Cations in SSZ-13 Zeolites”, Christopher Paolucci, Atish A. Parekh, Ishant Khurana, John R. Di Iorio, Hui Li, Jonatan Albarracin, Arthur Shih, Trunojoyo Anggara, W. Nicholas Delgass, Jeffrey T. Miller, Fabio H. Ribeiro, Rajamani Gounder, and William F. Schneider, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138 (18), 6028–6048, 2016.