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Thomas  Degnan

Thomas F. Degnan

Education

MBA, University of Minnesota, 1980

Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1976

B.S., University of Notre Dame (magna cum laude), 1973

Biography

Anthony and Sarah Earley Professor of Energy and the Environment, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (1/1/2015 – Present)

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (retired) (9/1/2014 – 12/31/2014)

Manager, New Leads and Breakthrough Technology, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. Clinton, NJ (8/1/ 2006 – 9/1/2014)

Laboratory Director, Catalyst Technology and R&D Computing, ExxonMobil Process Research Laboratory, Baton Rouge, LA and Clinton, NJ (5/1/2002 – 7/31/2006)

Laboratory Director, Petroleum Sciences Laboratory, Corporate Strategic Research, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. Clinton, NJ, (6/1/2000 – 4/30/2002)

Laboratory Director, Active Materials Laboratory, Corporate Strategic Research Corporate Strategic Research, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. Clinton, NJ, (11/1/1999 – 5/30/2000)

Group Manager, Catalyst Technology Process Research Laboratory, Mobil Technology Company, Princeton, NJ (1993 – 1999)

Scientist, Catalyst Technology, Process Research Laboratory, Mobil Technology Company, Princeton, NJ (1989-1993)

Sr. Research Associate, Corporate Research Laboratory, Mobil Technology Company, Princeton, NJ (1987-1989)

Research Associate, Corporate Research Laboratory, Mobil Technology Company, Princeton, NJ (1985 – 1987)

Associate, Process Research, Mobil Technology Company, Paulsboro, NJ (1983 - 1985)

Sr. Research Engineer, Corporate Research Laboratory, Mobil Research and Development Corporation Princeton, NJ (1980 – 1983)

Supervisor, 3M Corporate Research Laboratories, 3M Company, St. Paul, MN (1979 – 1980)

Advanced Research Engineer, 3M Corporate Research Laboratories, 3M Company, St. Paul, MN (1977-1979)

Research Engineer, 3M Corporate Research Laboratory, 3M Company, St. Paul, MN (1976-1977)

Summary of Activities/Interests

Professional Activities

Editor-in-Chief, Focus on Catalysts, Elsevier (2015)

Director, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, AIChE (2013-present)

Finance Committee, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2013 – present)

Award Selection Committee, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2015)

Chair, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division, AIChE (2014-2015)

Vice-Chair, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division, AIChE (2013-2014)

Lead Trustee, North American Catalysis Society, NACS (2013 – present)

Member, National Academy of Engineering (2013-present)

Member, International Zeolite Association (1985 – present)

Member, North American Catalysis Society (1977 – present)

Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (1973 – present)

Chair, Research and Development Council of New Jersey (2013)

Vice-Chair, Research and Development Council of New Jersey (2012)

Board of Directors, Research and Development Council of New Jersey (2008-2013)

 

Awards

National Academy of Engineering Membership (2013)

Ralph Ciapetta Lecturer Award, North American Catalysis Society (2012-2013)

Industrial Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society (2012)

Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division Practice Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2010)

Heroes of Chemistry Award, American Chemical Society (2007)

 

Publications

2015

T.F.Degnan, “China’s Gamble on Coal-to-Olefins,” Focus on Catalysts, Elsevier,  Issue 10, October 2015, 1–2 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.focat.2015.09.001

T.F.Degnan, “University - Company Catalyst Research Collaborations,” Focus on Catalysts, Elsevier, Issue 10, September 2015, 1-2

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.focat.2015.08.001

T. F. Degnan, “Chemical Reaction Engineering Challenges in the Refining and Petrochemical Industries – The Decade Ahead,” Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, August 2015, 9:75–82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.coche.2015.09.003

T.F.Degnan, “Paul Burg Weisz,” Memorial Tributes, Vol.19, National Academies Press, 2015, 313

T.F.Degnan, “Enzymes, Critical Catalysts for Biomass Conversion,” Focus on Catalysts, Elsevier, Issue 10, August 2015, 1-2

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.focat.2015.07.047

T.F. Degnan, “Bioplastics – Plenty of Room to Grow,” Focus on Catalysts, Elsevier, Issue 10, July 2015, 1-2

 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.focat.2015.07.001

 

Selected publications prior to 2015

J. C. Vartuli and T. F. Degnan, “Applications of Mesoporous Molecular Sieves in Catalysis and Separations,” Chapter 23 in Introduction to Zeolite Science and Practice, J. Cejka (ed), Vol 168, pp. 837ff, Stud Surf. Sci. & Catal., Elsevier (2007).

T. F. Degnan, “Recent Progress in the Development of Zeolitic Catalysts for the Petroleum Refining and Petrochemical Manufacturing Industries,” Stud. Surf. Sci. & Catal, Elsevier, Vol 170(B), pp. 54-65 (2007).

G. Cao, T. F. Degnan, and M. Kerby, “Recent Advances In Catalyst Technology For High Quality Fuels and Lubes,” Proceedings of the 7th Tokyo Catalyst Conference (TOCAT), July 2006.  Science and Technology in Catalysis:   (proceedings of the fifth Tokyo conference on advanced catalytic science and technology, Tokyo, July 23-28, 2006 ) Tokyo Conference on Advanced Catalytic Science and Technology No5, Tokyo , JAPON (2006)  2007 , vol. 172, pp. 169-172.

J. C. Vartuli, W. J. Roth, and T. F. Degnan, "Mesoporous Materials (M41S): From Discovery to Application," Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Marcel Dekker, (2003).

 

Books

R. H. Heck and T. F. Degnan, editors, "Fundamentals of Resid Upgrading,” AIChE Symposium Series No. 273, Volume 85, 1989.

N. Y. Chen, T. F. Degnan, and C. M. Smith, Molecular Transport and Reaction in Zeolites - Design and Application of Shape Selective Catalysts, John Wiley, VCH Publishers Inc., New York, Wenheim (1994) 316 pp.

 

Patents

 105 Issued United State Patents

Advisee(s)

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