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Thomas  Degnan

Thomas F. Degnan

Email: tdegnan1@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-2617

Office: 240C McCourtney Hall

Education

MBA, University of Minnesota, 1980

Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1976

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

Biography

3M Company, Central Research (1976 – 1980)

Mobil Oil, Research, and Development (1980 – 1999)

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering (1999 – 2003)

ExxonMobil Refining and Supply (2002 – 2006)

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering (2006 – 2014)

Anthony and Sarah Earley Professor of Energy and the Environment, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 

 (2015 – Present)

Summary of Activities/Interests

Professional Activities

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

Member, AIChE Academy, Advisory Committee (2016 - Present)

Board of Directors, North American Catalysis Society, NACS (2013 – Present)

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

Advisory Board, Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware (2013 – Present)

Advisory Board, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University (2011 – Present)

Advisory Board, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Stanford University, (2017 – Present)

 

Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2016)

National Academy of Engineering Membership (2013)

Ralph Ciapetta Lecturer, 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

T. F. Degnan, “Current and Prospective Applications of Metal Oxide Catalysts in the Petroleum Refining and Petrochemical Industries, “ Chapter 8 in Metal Oxides in Heterogeneous Catalysis, J. C. Vedrine (ed.) Elsevier, Amsterdam (2017) ISBN-13: 978-0128116319

T. F. Degnan, “ Transforming Excess Electricity and CO2 into ‘Regenerative Methanol’,” Focus on Catalysts, Volume 2017 (10) October 2017, pp. 1-2, Elsevier, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.focat.2017.09.001

T. F. Degnan, “Clariant Pursues Collaborations to Advance Catalyst Business in China and Europe,” Focus on Catalysts,  Volume 2017 (9) September 2017, pp 1-2, Elsevier, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.focat.2017.08.001

T. F. Degnan, “Firms Seek to Develop Catalytic Routes to More Environmentally Compatible Polyester,” Focus on Catalysts, Volume 2017 (8) August 2017, pp 1-2, Elsevier, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.focat.2017.07.001

T. F. Degnan, “Bio-based aniline: a new route to an “old” intermediate,” Focus on Catalysts, Volume 2017 (7) July 2017, pp 1-2, Elsevier, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.focat.2017.06.001

T. F. Degnan, “John Goodenough’s Encore Battery,” Focus on Catalysts, Volume 2017 (6) June 2017, p. 1, Elsevier, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.focat.2017.05.059

T. F. Degnan, “New Chinese, Indian, and European Research Facilities Announced,” Focus on Catalysts, Volume 2017 (5) May 2017, p. 1, Elsevier, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.focat.2017.05.001

 

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.

 

Recent U.S. Patents (of 108 U.S. Patents)

US 9,605,218 B2 – “Integrated Hydrocracking and Slurry Hydroconversion of Heavy Oils” March 28, 2017

US 9,605,217 B2 – “Sequential Hydroconversion of Heavy Oil” March 28, 2017

US 9,499,752 B2 “Slurry Hydroconversion with High Activity Catalysts,” November 22, 2016

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