Research Areas: Heterogeneous Catalysis, Fuel Cells, Petroleum Chemistry
B.A. Reed College, 1983.
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1988.
NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris, 1988-89.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Washington, 1990.
My research interests are in the areas of surface and materials chemistry, with an emphasis on the development of new heterogeneous catalysts for use in environmentally important chemical processes. Current projects are focused on hydrotreating catalysis, the hydrodesulfurization (HDS) process in particular, and hydrogen generation from fossil fuels. Hydrodesulfurization is an industrial process in which sulfur is selectively removed from organosulfur compounds present in fossil fuels. Catalyst systems currently under investigation for the HDS process include oxide-supported phosphides. In the area of hydrogen generation, we are investigating gold-iron oxide catalysts for the water-gas shift process.