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Eduardo Wolf

Eduardo Wolf

Anthony Earley Professor of Energy and Environment Emeritus

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Anthony Earley Professor of Energy and Environment Emeritus
College of Engineering


Phone: 574-631-5897

Office: 305 Cushing Hall


Ph.D, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1975

M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1972

B.S., Civil and Chemical Engineering, University of Chile, 1969


Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame (1975-1979)
Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame (1979-1985)
Visiting Researcher, Exxon Research Development Labs, Baton Rouge (1983)
Professor, University of Notre Dame (1985-present)
Visiting Scientist, Istitute de Recherches sur la Catalize, Lyon, France (1990)
Visiting Scientist, Instituto Polutecno de Valencia, Spain (1997)
Visiting Professor, Caltech (1997)
Visiting Scientist, Universita de Bologna, Bologna, Italy (2005)
Anthony Earley Professor of Energy and the Environment (2013)

Professional Activities

Founder and first president of the AICHE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division (1996)
Member of Editorial Board: Catalysis Letters, Catalysis Reviews Science and Engineering, Topics in Catalysis, Applied Catalysis (2000-2010)


Last five years (2009-2014)
162.     Wolf, E.E. ( with S. Schuyten, S. Guerrero, J. T. Miller, T. Shibata) “EXAFS Characterization and Oxidation States of Cu and Pd in Pd-CuO/ZnO/ZrO2 Catalysts for Hydrogen Production by Methanol Partial Oxidation" Applied Catalysis A, 352 (2009) 133-148.

163.   Wolf  E. E. (with S. Guerrero a, M. Di Serio ) Parallel Reactor Activity Studies During the Preferential Oxidation of CO on TiO2 Supported Oxides and TiO2 nanotubes, Catal. Lett. 130 (2009), 19-27

164.    Wolf, E.E. (with S. Guerrero, J. T. Miller, A. J. Kropf) "In-situ FTIR, EXAFS, and Kinetics Studies of the Promotion Behavior of Pt-Nb2O5/Al2O3 Catalysts during the Preferential Oxidation of CO",  J. Catalysis, 62, 2009, 102-110.

165.    Wolf, E. E. (with P. Deshlahra, and W. F. Schneider) “A Periodic DFT Study of CO Chemisorption on Pt(111) in the Presence of Uniform Electric Fields”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 113, (2009 4125-4133.

166.    Wolf, E.E., (with S. Guerrero) “Monte Carlo Simulation of Stiff Systems of Catalytic Reactions by Sampling Normally Distributed Rate Probabilities”, AICHE J.  55, (2009) 3022-25.

167.    Wolf, E.E. (with P. Deshlahra, B. Tiwari, G.H. Bernstein, L.E. Ocola)” FTIR Sensitivity Enhancement on Pt/SiO2/Au Layered Structures: A novel method for CO adsorption studies on Pt surfaces” Surface Science, 604 (2010) 70.

168.    Wolf, E.E. (with A. Kumar, A. Mukasyan ):  Impregnated Layer Combustion Synthesis method for preparation of multicomponent catalysts for the production of hydrogen from oxidative reforming of methanol", Applied Catalysis A: General, 372 (2010) 175-183.

169.    Wolf, E.E., (with S. Guerrero) “Kinetic Monte Carlo Simulation of the Preferential Oxidation of CO on supported Pt catalysts using Normally-Distributed Rate Probabilities”, Chem. Eng. Sci, 66 (2011) 4477-87.

170.    Wolf, E.E. (with Kumar, A., and A.S. Mukasyan) "Modeling Impregnated Layer Combustion Synthesis of Catalysts for Hydrogen Generation from Oxidative Reforming of Methanol", Industrial Engineering and Chemistry Research, 49 (2010) 1100.

171.     Wolf, E.E. (with P. Deshlahra) “ Theoretical Analysis and Experimental Results of a Novel Multilayer Enhanced IRAS (MEIRAS) Method to Study CO Adsorption on Pt/SiO2/Au Thin Film Structures, J. Phys. Chem. C, 114, (2010) 16505-16

172.     Wolf, E.E. (with Deshlahra, P., Pfeifer, K.; and G.H. Bernstein) “Progress towards a catalytic nanodiode: chemisorption and reaction studies on nanofabricated model catalysts”, Appl. Catal. A, 391, (2011) 22-30.

173.     Wolf, E.E, (with S.A. Kumar and A. Mukasyan) “Solution combustion synthesis of metal nanopowders: Copper and copper/nickel alloys”, AIChE J., 57(12) (2011) 3473- 3479.

174.     Wolf, E.E. (with A. Kumar, and A. S. Mukasyan) “ Solution combustion synthesis of metal nanopowders: Nickel—Reaction pathways”, AIChE J. 57(8), (2011) 2207-2214.

175.     Wolf, E.E. (with A. Kumar, and A.S. Mukasyan ) ”Combustion synthesis of Ni, Fe and Cu multi-component catalysts for hydrogen production from ethanol reforming”, Applied Catalysis A: General, 401(1-2) (2011) 20-28 .

176.     Wolf, E.E. (with G. Carotenuto, Kumar A, Mukasyan, A.S, Miller J.T,  and E. Santacesaria) "Hydrogen production by ethanol decomposition and oxidative reforming over copper/copper-chromite based catalysts prepared by combustion synthesis", Catalysis Today 203 (2013) 163–175.

177.     Wolf, E.E. (with Deshlahra, P.; Schneider, W. F.; and G.H.Bernstein) “ Direct control of electron transfer to surface-CO bond in a Pt/TiO2 catalytic diode”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 (2011) 16459-16467 .

178.     Wolf, E.E. (with Deshlahra, P., and W.F. Schneider) “Influence of Dipole-Dipole Interactions on Coverage-Dependent Adsorption: CO and NO on Pt(111),” Langmuir, 28 (2012) 8408-8417.

179.     Wolf, E.E. (with Cross, A, and A. Mukasyan) “ Combustion Synthesis of a Nickel Supported Catalyst: Effect of Metal Distribution on the Activity during Ethanol Decomposition”. Industrial Engineering Chemistry Research, 51 (37) (2012) 12004-08.

180.      Wolf, E.E. (with Manukyan, K; Cross, A; Rouvimov, S; and S.A. Mukasyan) “Combustion synthesis of graphene materials”. Carbon, 62 (2013) 302-311.

181.      Wolf, E.E. (with Manukyan, K; Cross, A; Roslyakov, S; Rouvimov, S; and S.A. Mukasyan) “Solution Combustion Synthesis of Nano-Crystalline Metallic Materials; Mechanistic Studies”. J. Phys Chem. C, 117 (2013) 24417-427.

182.     Wolf, E.E. (with P. Deshlahra ) “Polarized IR MEIRAS Study of the Surface Orientation of CO Adsorption on Pt nanowires Catalysts”. J. Phys Chem C., 118(16) (2014) 8369-78.

183.     Wolf, E.E. (with Manukyan, K; Cross, S; Rouvimov, Miller, J; and S.A. Mukasyan) “ Low temperature decomposition of hydrous hydrazine over FeNi/Cu nanoparticles”. Applied Catalysis A, General, 476 (2014) 47-53.

184.     Wolf, E.E. “Methane to light hydrocarbons via oxidative coupling of methane: Lessons from the past to search fro a selective heterogeneous catalyst”. The Physical Chem. Letters, 5(6) (2014) 986-988.

BOOK: "Methane Conversion by Oxidative Processes:  Fundamentals and Engineering Aspects", E. E. Wolf (Editor), Van Nostrand Reinhold, NY, 1991, 548 pages.


"Nickel Catalyzed Carbon Infiltration of Carbon Fiber Substrates", 5,312,679 , 5/7/94, E.E. Wolf and P. McAllister.

"Method for Microfabrication of  Supported Catalysts". 5, 688,474, 11/18/97, E.E. Wolf.

"A highly active and selective Pd-Cu-Zn-ZrO2 Catalysts for hydrogen production from   the oxidative reforming of methanol”, 7,659,227, 2/9/2010


Kaneb Award for Creative Teaching

Ibedrola Award for Visiting Scientists, Spain

Summary of Activities/Interests

Heterogeneous catalysts are used in 90% of chemical processes in the chemical and petroleum industries as ell as in environmental applications. Research in our group focuses in the rational design of novel catalytic materials and novel catalytic reactors. The research approach combines experimental techniques involving advanced high throughput catalysts evaluation techniques, with spectroscopic techniques to characterize the surface and the adsorbed intermediates involved in the reaction (See fig. 1) with theoretical simulations of reactions' pathways. High throughput experimentation includes infrared thermography followed by evaluation in a ten-channel parallel flow reactor. The most active catalysts is studied in detail by kinetics measurements, surface analysis, and microscopic techniques to determine the structure and composition of the surface. Characterization includes scanning probe microscopy (STM, AFM),, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), x-ray diffraction, x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), and gas adsorption. The above information is used to develop a model of the surface that is integrated into either an elementary reaction model or in a Monte Carlo simulation to develop a structure-activity correlation and synthesize new catalysts based on this knowledge.

Current research projects are focused in the catalysis for the production and purification of hydrogen for fuel cells. Hydrogen is produced by catalytic reforming of hydrogen bearing molecules, such as methanol or hydrocarbons (fig. 2), and needs to be purified via the selective oxidation of carbon monoxide without oxidizing hydrogen. We are studying such reaction on new interfacial metal-oxide catalysts that are active and selective at low temperature. We are also studying the generation of hydrogen via the catalytic partial oxidation of methanol in a replaceable cartridge for small fuel cells. A novel method for catalysts preparation involving combustion synthesis is being developed in collaboration with Prof. A. Mukasyan.

Another line of research focuses on the partial oxidation of alkanes to olefins using a new membrane reactor that can operate under autothermal and safe conditions for oxidation reactions. Studies involving the rational design of new selective catalysts by high throughput methods and modeling the membrane reactor are underway for the partial oxidation of propane to acrolein.

A further advanced project involving the microfabrication of supported catalysts is underway with Oak Ridge National Laboratories.


College of Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department Announce International Collaboration

May 12, 2015

The Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering has entered into a five-year agreement with the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile, that encourages academic exchange and collaborative initiatives at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

ND Alum Named Endowed Chair of the Center of Catalysis for Renewable Fuels at South Carolina

August 31, 2012

John R. Regalbuto joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina as the Smartstate (endowed) Chair of the Center of Catalysis for Renewable Fuels in the fall of 2011