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Latest News:

Aug. 2015 - Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas D. McNamara for defending!


Jun. 2015 - Nick and Jongsik presented at NACS in Pittsburgh, PA


Jun. 2015 - Jongsik's paper was pubslihed in CrystEngComm


May 2015 - Greg, Nick, Dallas, Marshall, Jongsik ,and Nikhil presented at CCC


May 2015 - Jongsik's paper was published in Eur. J. Inorg. Chem


May 2015 - Greg won a poster award at the 2015 Spring CCC Symposium. Nice work!


May 2015 - Dallas received the ND CEST Bayer Fellowship - Congrats!


Apr. 2015 -

Congratulations Greg for being the first Hicks student to defend their PhD!


Apr. 2015 -

Congrats to Marshall for passing candidacy!


Mar. 2015 - Dallas, Nick, and Jongsik presented at the 249th ACS Conference in Denver, CO


Mar. 2015 - Dallas gave poster and oral presentations at the 1st annual NDCBE Symposium. Greg, Marshall, Nick, and Jongsik also presented posters








Welcome to the Hicks Research Group homepage! 

Our research group is primarily focused in the area of heterogeneous catalysis.  We seek to understand how the properties and structures of catalysts affect activity and selectivity for specific reactions.  We couple our experimental results with detailed characterization of the heterogeneous catalysts to develop relationships between the catalyst structure and the resulting catalytic activity. We also study catalyst stability at reaction conditions, as fundamental understanding of stability is required for advanced catalyst development and for process commercialization. We currently have projects focused on the synthesis and characterization of new catalytic materials for biofuels applications.  For these reactions, we examine many catalytic processes to convert biomass to biofuels: catalytic pyrolysis, catalytic liquefaction, and gasification.  In other projects, we are employing new synthesis procedures to enhance the stability of metal organic framework catalytic materials. 


University of Notre Dame | Department of Chemical Engineering

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