Catalysis, Separations & Reaction Engineering


The seminal contributions of CEMS Professors Amundson, Aris, Carr, Cussler, Schmidt, Smyrl and others established a strong tradition of excellence for catalysis, separations and reactors in Minnesota. Currently, eight research groups (Bhan, Cussler, Dauenhauer, McCormick, Neurock, Smyrl, Tsapatsis, Zhang) perform collaborative work in these areas ranging from experiments and simulations to identify reaction mechanisms, to the synthesis of new enzymes, microbes, nanoporous catalysts, separation membranes and adsorbents and their use in novel sustainable processes for the production of fuels, pharmaceuticals, specialty and commodity chemicals, and other products.