Paul Dauenhauer

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Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
College of Science and Engineering

Award Year
University Award
Distinguished McKnight University Professors
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Catalysis for Sustainable Energy and Materials

Producing energy with limited impact on the environment is a leading challenge for engineers in the 21st century. Paul Dauenhauer’s research uses catalysts to control and optimize reactions to convert water, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide to manufacture carbon-neutral fuels, materials including biodegradable plastics, carbon-sequestering solids, and liquid hydrogen carriers such as ammonia. Transformational reactions and catalytic materials are designed using mechanistic insight, fundamental chemical kinetics, and quantitative mathematical modeling of catalytic systems.