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William Schneider

William F. Schneider

Dorini Family Chair of Energy Studies and Department Chair

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Dorini Family Chair of Energy Studies and Department Chair
College of Engineering

Email: wschneider@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-8754

Office: 370 Nieuwland Hall

Education

Ph.D. Chemistry, Ohio State University (1991)

B.S. Chemistry, University of Michigan-Dearborn (1986)

Biography

Dorini Family Chair of Energy Studies and Department Chair, University of Notre Dame (2020-present)

Professor, University of Notre Dame (2009-present)

Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame (2004-2009)

Staff Technical Specialist, Ford Motor Company (2001-2004)

Technical Specialist, Ford Motor Company (1991-2001)

 

Professional Activities

Executive Editor, Journal of Physical Chemistry

 

Recent Publications

L. M. Herder, J. M. Bray and W. F. Schneider, “Comparison of Cluster Expansion Fitting Algorithms for Interactions at Surfaces,”Surf. Sci.2015640, 104-111. doi:10.1016/j.susc.2015.02.017

J. M. Bray and W. F. Schneider, “First-Principles Analysis of Structure Sensitivity in NO Oxidation on Pt,” ACS Catal.20155, 1087-1099. doi:10.1021/cs501783q

J. P. Clay, J. P. Greeley, F. H. Ribeiro, W. N. Delgass, and W. F. Schneider, “DFT Comparison of Intrinsic WGS Kinetics over Pd and Pt,” J. Catal.2014320, 106-117. doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2014.09.026

C. Paolucci, A. A. Verma, S. A. Bates, V. F. Kispersky, J. T. Miller, R. Gounder, W. N. Delgass, F. H. Ribeiro, and W. F. Schneider, “Isolation of the Cu Redox Steps in Standard SCR on Cu-SSZ-13,” Angew. Chemie201453, 11828-11833.doi:10.1002/ange.201407030

K. Frey, D. J. Schmidt, C. Wolverton and W. F. Schneider, “Implications of coverage-dependent O adsorption for catalytic NO oxidation on the late transition metals,” Catal. Sci. Technol20144, 4356-4365. doi:10.1016/10.1039/c4cy00763h

G. Mozurkewich, L. D. Simoni, M. A. Stadtherr, and W. F. Schneider, “Performance Implications of Chemical Absorption for the Carbon-Dioxide-Cofluid Refrigeration Cycle,” Int. J. Refrig.201446, 196-206. doi:10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2014.06.014

S. Seo, M. Quiroz-Guzman, M. A. DeSilva, T. B. Lee, Y. Huang, B. F. Goodrich, W. F. Schneider, and J. F. Brennecke, “Chemically Tunable Ionic Liquids with Aprotic Heterocyclic Anion (AHA) for CO2 Capture,” J. Phys. Chem. B2014118, 5740-5751.doi:10.1021/jp502279w

T. R. Gohndrone, T. B. Lee, M. A. DaSilva, M. Quiroz-Guzman, W. F. Schneider, and J. F. Brennecke, “Competing Cation- and Anion-CO2 Reactions in Azolide Ionic Liquids,” ChemSusChem20147, 1970-1975. doi:10.1002/cssc.201400009

W. Chen, W. F. Schneider, and C. Wolverton, “Trends in Atomic Adsorption on Pt3M(111) Transition Metal Bimetallic Surface Overlayers,” J. Phys. Chem. C2014118, 8342-8349. doi:10.1021/jp410607k

A. A. Verma, S. A. Bates, T. Anggara, C. Paolucci, A. A. Parekh, K. Kamasamudram, A. Yezerets, J. T. Miller, W. N. Delgass, W. F. Schneider, and F. H. Ribeiro, “NO oxidation: A Probe Reaction on Cu-SSZ-13,” J. Catal.2014312, 179-190.doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2014.01.017

S. A. Bates, A. A. Verma, C. Paolucci, A. A. Parekh, T. Anggara, A. Yezerets, W. F. Schneider, J. T. Miller, W. N. Delgass, and F. H. Ribeiro, “Identification of Active Cu Sites in Standard Selective Catalytic Reduction with Ammonia on Cu-SSZ-13,” J. Catal.,2014312, 87-97. doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2014.01.004

J. M. Bray, I. Skavdahl, J.-S. McEwen, and W. F. Schneider, “First-principles Reaction Site Model for Coverage-Sensitive Surface Reactions: Pt(111)-O Temperature-Programmed Desorption,” Surf. Sci. Lett.2014622, L1-L6.doi:10.1016/j.susc.2013.12.005

Awards

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2011)

BP Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award, College of Engineering, University of Notre Dame (2009)

Professional Growth and Scholarship Award, Alumni Society, University of Michigan-Dearborn (2008)

Summary of Activities/Interests

The goal of research in the Schneider group is to develop molecular-level understanding, and ultimately to direct molecular-level design, of chemical reactivity at surfaces and interfaces. This heterogeneous chemistry is a key element of virtually every aspect of the energy enterprise, and is fundamental to environmental processes on the earth and in the atmosphere. Examples range from the preparation of clean fuels from crude oil or coal, to the transformation of chemical to electrical energy in fuel cells, to the remediation of exhaust from fossil fuel combustion, to even the sequestration of CO2 via mineralization. While the processes and technologies of interest are very different when viewed macroscopically, at the molecular level unifying chemical and physical phenomena emerge.

First-principles simulations based on density functional theory (DFT) allow this reactivity to be probed at the molecular scale, providing insight and guidance for the development of improved catalytic materials and processes. Understanding gained at the molecular level allows us to better control-and ultimately to tailor-chemical systems to perform functions more cleanly, efficiently, and durably. The problems we address cut across the traditional boundaries of chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, environmental science, and materials science, and our work both draws on and impacts all of these fields.

News

Two CBE faculty to serve key positions with The Journal of Physical Chemistry C

July 1, 2020

William F. Schneider and Edward J. Maginn, in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, have been appointed to new editorial roles at The Journal of Physical Chemistry C.

ND Engineering taps Schneider to lead chemical and biomolecular engineering

April 1, 2020

William F. Schneider, the H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor of Engineering, has been appointed the new chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering beginning July 1, 2020. He succeeds Edward J. Maginn, the Dorini Family Professor of Energy Studies, who has served as department chair for the last eight years and will return to the faculty.

ND Engineering taps Schneider to lead chemical and biomolecular engineering

April 1, 2020

William F. Schneider, the H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor of Engineering, has been appointed the new chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering beginning July 1, 2020. He succeeds Edward J. Maginn, the Dorini Family Professor of Energy Studies, who has served as department chair for the last eight years and will return to the faculty.

Researchers awarded DOE/NETL grant to develop one-step process for converting natural gas into liquids

February 18, 2020

A team of Notre Dame engineering researchers has been awarded a grant from the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to design, develop and test a one-step, plasma-assisted catalytic process for direct conversion of natural gas to liquid chemicals.

Researchers awarded DOE/NETL grant to develop one-step process for converting natural gas into liquids

February 18, 2020

A team of Notre Dame engineering researchers has been awarded a grant from the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory to design, develop and test a one-step, plasma-assisted catalytic process for direct conversion of natural gas to liquid chemicals.