The major research avenue of our group is the study of the preparation of solid catalysts. A typical example is the platinum or rhodium containing automobile catalytic converter used to eliminate carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, and hydrocarbons from auto exhaust.
Our current efforts involve the use and comparison of different methods for synthesis of a variety of catalysts especially using Strong Electrostatic Adsorption ( SEA ) in producing catalysts with high dispersion.
In a second vein of work, we look at a further step of catalyst preparation. After impregnation and drying, the catalyst is put through a series of heat and chemical treatments to activate the metal.
John R. Regalbuto
John Regalbuto is Professor of Chemical Engineering and CeEE Endowed Chair in Renewable Fuels in the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina. His professional experience includes positions with the National Science Foundation, UOP Resarch Center, Argonne National Laboraty and Amoco Oil Company. He is the recipient of the Excellence in Catalysis Award and a Fellow of the AIChE. John received a BS from Texas A&M and an MS and PhD from University of Notre Dame.