Distinguished Professor Bala Subramaniam, who directs the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC), performs various catalysis research. Researchers at the CEBC are developing cost-competitive chemical manufacturing processes that prevent waste and conserve natural resources. CEBC's internationally recognized faculty members offer a novel mix of expertise in developing catalytic processes.
Dr. Alan Allgeier utilizes experiences from his twenty-year career in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries to envision and realize revolutionary technologies for the sustainable manufacture of chemicals and materials. His expertise in heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis and reactor design have been instrumental in production of large scale (monomers for nylon and polyesters) and small scale (clinical-scale pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals) products.
Juan J Bravo-Suárez
Dr. Juan J. Bravo-Suárez’s lab contributes to the development of heterogeneous catalysts for conversion of renewables, abundant feedstocks, and pollutants by a combination of tailor-made catalytic materials, kinetics and in situ/operando spectroscopic techniques and methodologies.
Kevin Charles Leonard
Associate Professor Kevin C. Leonard's research focuses on experimental and data-driven approaches to elucidate electrocatalytic transformation mechanisms on heterogeneous surfaces. Prof. Leonard's research program's overarching goal is to use this understanding to design new electrocatalytic systems to improve the efficiency of and reduce emissions associated with fuel and chemical production.
Specifically, ongoing projects include catalyst design to produce value-added products utilizing water and CO2 as feedstocks, in-situ nano-scale characterization equipment development to intelligently design catalysts, and applying artificial intelligence applications to catalysis.
Ana Rita Morais
Dr. Morais' lab is called the Food, Energy, and Water Laboratory for Sustainability (FEWLS). Their mission is "to study and develop integrated technologies for producing sustainable food & feed products, fuels, chemicals, and potable freshwater for our future generations. Our ultimate goal is not to simply feed our curiosity. We thrive in creating, studying and developing technologies that are part of conceptual systems, which are optimized for environmental sustainability and economical profitability. We hope our holistic research approach can offer a clear difference to our society."