Our Team

Dionisios G. Vlachos

Interim Director, Unidel Dan Rich Chair in Energy Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Office: 250M ISE | (302) 831-2830 | vlachos@udel.edu

Dionisios (Dion) G. Vlachos is the Unidel Dan Rich Chair in Energy Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware, Director of the Delaware Energy Institute (DEI), and Director of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI), an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). 



Research Interests:

Reaction mechanisms and kinetics, rational design of catalysts, sustainable energy, renewable fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass, recycling and upcycling of plastics, shale gas conversion, process intensification and electrification (plasma, microwaves, joule), multiscale modeling, artificial intelligence

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Wilfred Chen

Gore Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office: 224 Colburn Lab | (302) 831-6327 | wilfred@udel.edu



Research Interests:

Cellular and metabolic engineering, synthetic biology for biofuel production, protein therapeutics, viral detection, drug discovery, protein purification.

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Shimshon Gottesfeld

Adjunct Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Office: 369 ISE | shimshon@udel.edu



Research Interests:

Electrocatalysis, electrochemistry, fuel cells.

Professional Biography

Marianthi Ierapetritou

Bob and Jane Gore Centennial Chair of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Office: 223 CLB | 302-831-6641 | mgi@udel.edu



Research Interests:

Process operations, design and synthesis of flexible production systems focusing on pharmaceutical manufacturing, energy and sustainability process modeling and operations, modeling of biopharmaceutical production

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Emil Hernández-Pagán

Asst. Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Office: 172 Brown Lab | (302) 831-2944 | emilhp@udel.edu



Research Interests:

Inorganic/materials chemistry & characterization, nanomaterials, electrochemistry, (photo)catalysis, renewable energy, surface chemistry

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Dongxia Liu

Robert K. Grasselli Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Office: 329 CLB | (302) 831-6725 | liud@udel.edu



Research Interests:

Catalysis and materials synthesis, targeting for controlling composition and constitution of nanostructured materials for membrane and catalyst technologies as well as reaction engineering to address the challenging issues in renewable energy and chemical production, fuel conversion, sustainable water supply, and environmental remedy

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Raul F. Lobo

Claire D. LeClaire Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office: 332 CLB | (302) 831-1261 | lobo@udel.edu



Research Interests:

Development of novel porous materials for catalysis and separations, the chemistry of zeolites, catalysis for energy and the environment, and the scientific aspects of catalyst synthesis.

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Randolph McGee

Senior Scientist, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Office: 317 Colburn Lab | 610-938-1650 | rcvmcgee@udel.edu



Research Interests:

Metals, material characterization, sythesis, nanomaterials, adsorption, x-ray diffraction, advanced materials

Joel Rosenthal

Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Office: 034 BRL/102C BRL | (302) 831-0716 | joelr@udel.edu



Research Interests:

Homogeneous catalysis and small molecule activation, electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, chemistry of consequence to renewable energy and molecular energy conversion

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Andrew V. Teplyakov

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Office: 112 Lammot DuPont Laboratory | (302) 831-1969 | andrewt@udel.edu



Research Interests:

Experimental and computational surface and thin film chemistry, diffusion barriers, nucleation, growth, self-assembly, surface modification

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Levi T. Thompson

Dean, College of Engineering

Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering

Office: 102 DUP | (302) 831-8017 | ltt@udel.edu



Research Interests:

Design, synthesis and characterization of chemicals and nanostructured materials for catalytic and energy storage applications. Of particular interest is the development structure-function relationships that enable the design of highly efficient materials.

Professional Biography

Donald A. Watson

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Office: 205 Lammot DuPont Laboratory | (302) 831-8728 | dawatson@udel.edu



Research Interests:

Exploration of new transition metal catalysts for organic synthesis and energy storage

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Mary P. Watson

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Office: 209 Lammot DuPont Laboratory | (302) 831-1529 | mpwatson@udel.edu



Research Interests:

Discovery of new transition metal-catalyzed reactions of nontraditional electrophiles for organic synthesis

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Yushan Yan

Henry Belin DuPont Chair of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Director, Center for Clean Hydrogen

Office: 377 ISE | (302) 831-2552 | yanys@udel.edu



Research Interests:

Electrochemical energy devices; membranes and catalysts for fuel cells, electrolyzers, redox flow batteries, and solar hydrogen; and zeolite thin films for semiconductor and aerospace applications

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Former Directors and Faculty



James R. Katzer


Mark Barteau


Feng Jiao


Bruce C. Gates


Jingguang Chen


Michael T. Klein


Dion G. Vlachos


Henry C. Foley


Raul F. Lobo




Douglas J. Buttrey


William H. Calkins

(dec. 2015)

Susan Groh

Assoc. Prof. Emerita

Jochen A. Lauterbach

U. South Carolina

Jon H. Olson

(dec. 2014)

Douglas P. Ridge


Arthur Sleight

Prof. Emeritus (OSU)

Robert S. Weber


Kenneth B. Bischoff

(dec. 2006)

Douglas J. Doren

Prof. Emeritus

Richard F. Heck

(dec. 2015)

William H. Manogue

(dec. 2010)

Morat Orazov


Glen L. Schrader

U. Arizona

Alvin B. Stiles

Brian G. Willis

U. Connecticut

John E. Bulkowski

Assoc. Prof. Emeritus

Cecil Dybowski

U. Delaware

Marylin C. Huff


Arthur B. Metzner

(dec. 2006)

Leonidas Petrakis


George C.A. Schuit

(dec. 2001)

Douglass F. Taber

Prof. Emeritus

Bingjun Xu

Peking University

John L. Burmeister

Prof. Emeritus

Harvey Gold


Theodore A. Koch

(dec. 2014)

G. Alexander Mills

(dec. 2014)

Arnold L. Rheingold


S. Ismat Shah

U. Delaware

Klaus H. Theopold

Prof. Emeritus

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