Heterogeneous Catalysis | Materials Research
Welcome to the Hicks Group!
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
182 Fitzpatrick Hall | Notre Dame, IN 46556 | 574-631-3661
September 2016 - Nikhil and Yolanda presented posters at the CBE research symposium
August 2016 - Yolanda passed her comprehensive exam. Congrats!
August 2016 - Congratulations to Dr. Dallas Rensel for successfully defending and job offer at Great Batch!
June 2016 - Dallas's paper was published in Applied Catalysis A
May 2016 - Congratulations to Dr. Jongsik Kim for successfully defending!
May 2016 - Jongsik and Dallas presented posters at CCC
May 2016 - Dr. Hicks earned tenure and a promotion to Associate Professor! Congrats!
Mar 2016 - Jongsik and Nick's paper was accepted in Applied Catalysis A
Feb. 2016 - Nick has accepted a position at Johnson Matthey
Dec. 2015 - Nick and Jongsik's paper was published in Energy and Fuels
Nov. 2015 - Prof. Hicks presented at 2015 AICHE Conference
Oct. 2015 - Yolanda Bonita joined the Hicks Group. Welcome!
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!
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