The Peterson group.
Picture taken Summer 2013.
The active site in Au CO2 electrocatalysts
Electronic structure calculations and precision synthesis suggest edge sites are active for CO2 reduction while corner sites give H2.Explore More
How sulfur changes the activity of ruthenium catalysts in supercritical-water biomass gasification.Explore More
Atomistic catalyst design course
ENGN2770, to be taught in the Fall of 2013, will cover the surface reactivities of catalysts.Explore More
The fundamental reactivity of heterogeneous catalysts is dictated by their atomic configurations, electronic structure, and the interaction with adsorbates. Our laboratory utilizes high-performance computing to understand the reactivity of existing catalysts and to develop design principles for new catalysts. Our experimental facilities include synthesis capabilities, a high-pressure reaction cell, and electrochemical / analytical testing facilities.
Located in the School of Engineering under the direction of Andrew Peterson, the Catalyst Design Lab combines a theoretical understanding of heterogeneous catalytic systems with laboratory-based experimental testing. Catalysts are crucial for transforming our energy economy, and our laboratory focuses on catalysts for electrofuels and biofuels.