Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Jeff Greeley obtained his B.S. in chemical engineering with highest honors from University of Texas-Austin in 1997, and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. He also holds a 1999 Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics with Distinction from Cambridge University. From 2004 to 2006, he was the Hans Christian Ørsted Postdoctoral Fellow at the Technical University of Denmark, working with Professor Jens Norskov.
Before coming to Purdue he led a team at Argonne National Laboratory, where he focused on computational studies of nanomaterials for renewable energy applications. His research looks at the use of first principles Density Functional Theory calculations performed on massively parallel computer architectures to study the surface and interfacial properties of heterogeneous catalysts, electrocatalysts, and energy storage materials. He seeks to develop novel strategies to understand molecular-level transformations, including chemical bond breaking and formation, electrochemical charge transfer, and surface-phase stability, at these interfaces. Working closely with experimental collaborators, he works to apply insights derived from these fundamental investigations to the prediction and testing of new engineered materials for metal and oxide catalysts, fuel cells, electrolyzers, and batteries.