Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame



Eduardo Wolf

Office:  172 Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering

Phone:  574-631-5897


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Current Position
Anthony Earley Professor of Energy and the Environment, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Davis
B.S., Civil and Chemical Engineering, University of Chile

Research Interests
My research work focuses on understanding the mechanism of heterogeneous catalysis as related to processes for energy conversion and environmental control of gas emissions. We use specialized spectroscopic tools to study catalytic reactions under reaction conditions, some developed in our laboratory. We interpret the experimental results using engineering computational tools to model the reaction mechanisms on catalytic surfaces and obtain kinetic expressions to predict process performance. In my long career at ND in this field, I have studied the catalytic conversion of coal to synthesis gas, gas to liquids conversion, methane and alkane conversion, and lately hydrogen production from bio-alcohols and photocatalytic processes. My educational focus is on teaching graduate level fundamental aspects of engineering processes in which chemical reactions occur (Chemical Reaction Engineering), fundamental of catalysis, and I have also taught an undergraduate course on Global Sustainability in the Notre Dame Engineering abroad programs in London-England and Alcoy (Spain).

Key Words
Catalysis, Methane Conversion, Hydrogen Production, Photocatalysis During Water Dissociation, Combustion Synthesis

Relevant Energy Publications

  1. Methane Conversion by Oxidative Processes: Fundamentals and Engineering Aspects", E. E. Wolf (Editor), Van Nostrand Reinhold, NY, 1991, 548 pages.
  2. Wolf, E.E. (with F. Gracia, J. Miller and J. Kropf) “In-situ FTIR, EXAFS and activity studies of the effect of crystallite size on Pt/Al2O3 catalysts during CO oxidation, J. Catal. 220 382-391 (2003).
  3. Wolf, E. E. (with V. Subramanian and P. Kamat) “The influence of metal metal ion concentration on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 –Au composite nanoparticles, Langmuir, 19(2) 469-474 (2003).
  4. Wolf, E.E. (with S. Schuyten, and D. J. Suh) “Infrared Thermography and High-throughput activity techniques for catalysts evaluation for hydrogen generation from methanol”, in " Combinatorial and High Throughput Discovery and Optimization of Catalysts and Materials”, R. Potyrailo and W.F. Maier, CRC press (2005).
  5. Wolf, E.E. (with Deshlahra, P.; Schneider, W. F.; and G.H.Bernstein) “Direct control of electron transfer to surface-CO bond in a Pt/TiO2 catalytic diode”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133 (2011) 16459-16467.