Engineering seminar to discuss catalyst design

Published: Oct 12, 2009 7:33:00 AM
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Auburn University's Department of Chemical Engineering will host a seminar by Mark Barteau, Robert L. Pigford Chair of Chemical Engineering and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Delaware, on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center. Barteau will discuss his research, "Lessons Learned from Catalyst Design." It is the latest seminar in the department's inaugural Basore Distinguished Lectureship and Visitation Program.

Barteau will present challenges that researchers face when attempting to design better catalysts from a molecular-level. He will describe the methodology used to combat these challenges by focusing on reactions where selectivity is the overriding consideration. Barteau currently serves as the senior vice provost for research and strategic initiatives at the University of Delaware. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as master's and doctoral degrees from Stanford University. Barteau has received numerous honors, including an election to the National Academy of Engineering. He was named one of the "100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era" by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes