Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor
- Postdoctoral Associate, University of Illinois, 1979
- Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- B.S. SUNY, Fredonia
Our research involves the synthesis by molecular design of environmentally friendly catalysts, surfaces, ceramics, adhesives and other materials. Characterization of the structural, surface, bulk, optical, magnetic, electronic, morphologic and thermal properties of these materials is also a vital part of this work. Synthesis, characterization, and catalytic studies of porous transition metal oxide materials is being pursued. Redox catalytic cycles can be developed based on changes in oxidation states of these materials. Some of the catalytic reactions include activation of CO2, water splitting, selective oxidation of hydrocarbons, gas oil cracking, Fischer Tropsch, biomass conversion, and others. Microwave heating is being used to make novel nano-size materials as well as to drive catalytic reactions. Other applications include adsorption, sensors, and battery materials. All of this work involves new ways to make materials and carry out applications in an environmentally sound manner.