Anuj Verma

Graduate Research Assistant

Co-advised by Professors Fabio Ribeiro and W. Nicholas Delgass

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Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (2010)
Purdue University, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (2010 – present)


  • Outstanding paper presentation award at the 2013 Graduate Student Organization (GSO) Symposium, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, August (2013)
  • Eastman travel grant in fall 2012 to cover expenses for travel, and present a paper at the 2012 AIChE annual meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, October (2012)
  • Outstanding poster presentation award at the 2012 Chicago Catalysis Club Symposium, B.P. Research Center, Naperville, IL, May (2012)
  • Ambuja Cement award for securing rank 1 in the senior year of chemical engineering at MUICT, Mumbai, March (2011)
  • Acharya P.C. Ray National Award for the best chemical engineering design project awarded by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IICHE), November (2010)

Project Description

My Ph.D. thesis focuses on understanding of the active site requirements of Cu–zeolites for ammonia selective catalytic reduction (NH3-SCR) for diesel engine exhaust. By understanding the site requirements, one can elucidate the mechanism of Standard SCR on these catalysts which in turn can be used to synthesize better catalysts. Using a combination of reaction kinetics, UV-Visible infrared spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, we have identified isolated Cu ions within the zeolite as the active site for Standard SCR while clustered Cu ions are more facile toward non selective oxidation reactions (such as NO oxidation).

Publications and Presentations

Journal Articles

  • A. A. Verma, S. A. Bates, T. Anggara, C. Paolucci, A. A. Parekh, K. Kamasamudram, A. Yezerets, J. T. Miller, W. N. Delgass, W. F. Schneider, and F. H. Ribeiro, NO oxidation: A Probe Reaction on Cu-SSZ-13, J. Catal., 2014.
  • S. A. Bates, A. A. Verma, C. Paolucci, A. A. Parekh, T. Anggara, A. Yezerets, W. F. Schneider, J. T. Miller, W. N. Delgass, and F. H. Ribeiro, Identification of Active Cu Sites in Standard Selective Catalytic Reduction with Ammonia on Cu-SSZ-13, J. Catal., 2014.

  • Select Conference Presentations

    • A.A. Verma, A.A. Parekh, V.F. Kispersky, S.A. Bates, J. Wang, T. Anggara, W.F. Schneider, A.Yezerets, W.N. Delgass, F.H. Ribeiro, 2012 AICHE Annual Meeting, Determination of Active Sites for NO Oxidation on Cu-ZSM-5, Pittsburgh, PA (October 2012)
    • A.A. Verma, T. Anggara, S.A. Bates, A.A.Parekh, C. Paolucci, W.F. Schneider, K. Kamasamudram, A. Yezerets, J.T. Miller, W.N. Delgass, F.H. Ribeiro, 2013, Spring Symposium of Michigan Catalysis Society, Evidence of Cu ion clustering in Cu-SSZ13 using dry NO oxidation kinetics, Dearborn, MI (May 2013)
    • A.A. Verma, T. Anggara, S.A. Bates, A.A. Parekh, C. Paolucci, W.F. Schneider, A. Yezerets, K. Kamasamudram, J.T. Miller, W.N. Delgass, F.H. Ribeiro, 2013, 23rd North American Meeting, NO Oxidation : A Probe Reaction on Cu-SSZ-13, Louisville, KY (June 2013)