Prospective Members

This page is designed with the perspective student in mind. Information about applying to the Purdue Graduate School is provided, as well as a high-level overview of the research we conduct and where our graduates end up doing.


should you join?


will you do?


can you go afterward?

WHY should you join? (top)

The Purdue Catalysis Center is uniquely positioned to push the catalysis frontier forward and eager to bring its strengths to address new catalytic challenges. It should be emphasized that we are able to do this due to the collaborative nature of our research.

If you are interested in joining us, apply to the Chemical Engeineering program at Purdue!

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WHAT will you do? (top)

Now, what will you do? Members of the PCC work on a variety of different projects. This section lists the phenomena currently being studied by the Purdue Catalysis Center by principal investigator (PI). Notice that many projects overlap, thus allowing the modelling, synthesis, and characterization aspects of our research to aid in our fundamental understanding of catalysis.


  • NOx removal from automotive exhaust
  • Light alkane and alkene conversion
  • Solvent effects on catalysts in liquid media


  • Partial oxidation of hydrocarbons
  • Water-gas shift
  • Nitrogen cycle electrocatalysis
  • Biomass to fuels
  • Multifuncional materials for energy storage
  • Quantum Monte Carlo simulations


  • NOx removal from automotive exhaust
  • Aqueous phase glycerol reforming
  • Propane dehydrogenation
  • Propylene epoxidation
  • Oxidative coupling of methane
  • Biomass to liquid fuels
  • Water-gas shift
  • Surface science


  • Shale Gas Conversion to Petrochemicals and Fuels

WHERE can you go afterward? (top)

At one point or another, you may have asked yourself or wondered about career opportunities after graduate school. Below is a list of where our recent graduates have gone.


  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Air Products
  • Albemarle
  • BASF
  • BP
  • Caterpillar
  • Clariant
  • Dow Chemical
  • ExxonMobil
  • Intel
  • Johnson Matthey
  • Phillips 66
  • Praxair
  • Pervin & Gertz, Inc.
  • Shell
  • Total
  • Toyota
  • UOP

National Laboratories

  • Argonne National Laboratory, Assistant Scientist
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Assistant Scientist
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Assistant Scientist


  • University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • University of Minnesota, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • University of California - Berkeley, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Stanford University, Postdoctoral Researcher
  • California Institute of Technology, Postdoctoral Researcher