Purdue Catalysis Center

The Purdue Catalysis Center is a highly interactive association of the research groups of Professors Mahdi Abu-Omar, Nicholas Delgass, Rajamani Gounder, Jeffrey Greeley, Jeffrey Miller, and Fabio Ribeiro
  • Welcome to the Purdue Catalysis Center!
  • Working in the Laboratory.
  • The Engineering Fountain
  • Molecular simulations
  • The Bell Tower and Hovde Hall overlooking the Engineering Fountain
While each individual group expertly represents specific subsets of catalysis, the interaction of these groups results in a research entity capable of tackling fundamental questions of catalytic activity with expertise in areas ranging from materials synthesis to electronic structure calculations, including chemical kinetics and a number of characterization techniques.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Purdue Catalysis Center is to:
  • Promote quality and innovative research in the area of catalysis
  • Serve as a platform for collaborative research efforts fostering the interaction between industry, national labs, and academia.
  • Educate a new generation of catalysis researchers in the theory and best practices of catalytic science.


Objective

Advances in catalysis will be driven by design of increasingly selective active sites, enabled by new synthesis chemistries, detailed chemical and kinetic characterization, and strong guidance from theory. To achieve this, we have built a team with experts in the following areas:

Area of Expertise Goal
Materials synthesis Achieve well-defined active sites of specified composition, geometry, and spatial positioning
Catalyst characterization Observe local chemistry of active sites and their interaction with adsorbed and reaction molecules, ideally in operando
Chemical kinetics Propose sequence of elementary reaction steps and describe both steady state and dynamic response data
Electronic structure calculations Test “picture” of catalytic reaction, use trends to predict optimum catalysts, compute energies that are hard to measure
The Purdue Catalysis Center is uniquely positioned to push this research frontier forward and eager to bring its strengths to address new catalytic challenges.