ITQ Severo Ochoa Lecture «Establishing New Paradigms in the Design of Heterogeneous Catalysts»

El miércoles 3 de julio de 2024, se llevará a cabo el ITQ Severo Ochoa Lecture titulado «Establishing New Paradigms in the Design of Heterogeneous Catalysts».

La ponencia la impartirá Jeffrey D. Rimer, Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Houston, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

La jornada se realizará a las 12h p.m. en el Salón de Actos del ITQ (UPV-CSIC).



This talk will address recent progress in the design of zeolite and metal oxide catalysts. A common objective of zeolite catalyst design is to overcome the inherent mass transport limitations of nanopores; however, the complex pathways of zeolite crystallization make it difficult to control their physicochemical properties. In this talk, I will highlight several methods to tailor zeolite crystal size, morphology, and composition in ways that reduce diffusion limitations and/or control acid siting, thereby enabling the design of catalysts with superior performance compared to materials obtained by conventional synthesis routes. Our research has explored methods of structure direction employing organics, inorganics, and combinations thereof to reduce synthesis times and tailor physicochemical properties. Additional studies of zeolite synthesis have shown how heteroatoms can be integrated in both conventional and hierarchical zeolites to enhance catalyst performance.4 Among the hierarchical zeolites we have recently synthesized are self-pillared pentasils that exhibit four-fold increases in both catalyst lifetime and total turnovers; and a new class of catalysts, referred to as finned zeolites, which are prepared by seeded growth to introduce fin-like protrusions with identical crystallographic registry as the interior crystal. The second part of the talk will focus on metal oxides where we have demonstrated how the use of molten salts can tailor crystal habit to yield structured catalysts with high index facets not easily obtained by conventional synthesis techniques. Advances in the design of mixed metal oxides using molten salts have led to the discovery of exceptional and highly durable catalysts for the oxidative coupling of methane reaction.


Biografía de Jeffrey D. Rimer:

Jeff Rimer is the Abraham E. Dukler Endowed Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston. Jeff received B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and Allegheny College, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at New York University prior to joining Houston in 2009. Jeff’s research in the area of crystal engineering focuses on the rational design of materials with specific applications in the synthesis of microporous catalysts and adsorbents, and the development of therapeutics to inhibit crystal formation in pathological diseases. Jeff is a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors and has received numerous awards. He is an executive committee member for the International Zeolite Association and has chaired two Gordon Research Conferences on Crystal Growth & Assembly and Nanoporous Materials & Their Applications. Jeff is also an Associate Editor of Crystal Growth & Design and serves on the advisory boards for the AIChE Journal, Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, and Green Carbon.