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Iglesia

Enrique Iglesia

Theodore Vermeulen Professor in Chemical Engineering
College of Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley
Faculty Senior Scientist, Chemical Sciences, E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Director, Berkeley Catalysis Center:
http://catcenter.cchem.berkeley.edu
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Catalysis (1997-2010)
President, North American Catalysis Society
LSAC group web site:
http://iglesia.cchem.berkeley.edu
Recent Publications: http://iglesia.cchem.berkeley.edu/publications.html


email: iglesia@berkeley.edu
office: 103 Gilman
phone: 925-323-5559
fax: 510-642-4778
lab: 271, 276, 297, 374, 376, 391, & 393 Tan
lab phone: 510-642-6892 (2nd floor)
510-643-0930 (3rd floor)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Heterogeneous catalysis and chemical reaction engineering

Professor Iglesia has been involved in studies of heterogeneous catalysts for the direct and indirect conversion of methane to higher hydrocarbons, uses of light alkanes in desulfurization and de-NOx, reactions, dehydrogenation of light alkanes to alkenes and aromatics, catalytic reforming and cracking processes, for low-temperature isomerization, alkylation, and combustion reactions. Current research projects also include the practical use of catalytic membranes to combine reaction and separation functions in alkane dehydrogenation and conversion processes and the development of theoretical methods for predicting the structure, transport, and chemical properties of porous solid catalysts. His research group at Berkeley combines expertise and facilities for the synthesis of novel catalytic solids, their in-situ structural and mechanistic characterization, and the detailed modeling of kinetic and transport processes in catalytic processes relevant to oil refining and petrochemical synthesis.

BIOGRAPHY

Education
Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, 1977; Princeton University
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, 1982; Stanford University

Professional Appointments
Theodore Vermeulen Chair in Chemical Engineering (2009-date)
Chancellor Professor of Chemical Engineering (2006-2009)
Professor of Chemical Engineering (1993-date)
Faculty Senior Scientist, Chemical Sciences Division, E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Director, Berkeley Catalysis Center (1999-date)
Exxon Research and Engineering Co.(1982-1993): Research Associate; Head, Catalysis Section

Honors and Awards
2014 Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
2013 Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
2013 Honorary Fellow, Chinese Chemical Society
2012 ENI Prize, New Frontiers in Hydrocarbons
2012 Gabor Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis, American Chemical Society
2011 Francois Gault Lectureship Award, European Federation of Catalysis Societies
2011 Alpha Chi Sigma Institute Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
2011 Cross Canada Lecturer, Chemical Institute of Canada
2010 Fellow, American Chemical Society
2010 Best Teacher Award, Department of Chemical Engineering
2009 Tanabe Prize in Acid-Base Catalysis
2008 National Academy of Engineering
2007 Humboldt Senior Scientist Research Award, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
2007 Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia
2006 Robert Burwell Award, North American Catalysis Society
2005 Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of California
2005 George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon Chemistry, American Chemical Society
2004 Award for Excellence in Natural Gas Conversion
2003 Richard H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
1998 Best Teacher Award, Berkeley AIChE Chapter
1997 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis, North American Catalysis Society
1996 Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (1996)

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