Energy Center

Fabio Ribeiro

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Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
School of Chemical Engineering
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907


Our general research interest is in the kinetics of heterogeneous catalytic processes. Heterogeneous catalysis will continue to be a key technology for the foreseeable future, especially as environmental regulations become more stringent and other sources of energy are needed. We study fundamental aspects of problems of current interest and employ a wide range of research approaches based on our previous research background in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and industrial practice. We work by combining measurements on high surface area catalyst with the ones on flat, non-porous replicas of the catalyst that are optimized for surface science analysis. Modeling the kinetics and calculating kinetic parameters by first-principle methods complements the experimental effort. One area of particular interest is the development of techniques and equipment fabrication to study catalysts under dynamic reaction conditions. Our fundamental approach to problems has made interactions with industry quite effective. We usually involve industrial partners in our research. We have been working in the areas of, catalytic combustion of hydrocarbons, water-gas shift reaction for fuel cell applications, partial oxidation of hydrocarbons, and NOx traps for automotive applications.  

Expertise: Surface Science and Kinetics of Heterogeneous Catalytic Reactions




B.S. Chem Engineering, Instituto Militar de Engenharia, Brazil, 1982 M.S. Chemistry, Instituto Militar de Engenharia, Brazil, 1984 M.S. Chem Engineering, Stanford University, 1986, Ph.D. Chem Engineering, Stanford University 1989


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