Office: 240B McCourtney Hall
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S., Chemistry, Kentucky Wesleyan College
B.E., Chemical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Hicks’ research group is primarily focused in the area of heterogeneous catalysis. We seek to understand how the properties and structures of catalysts affect activity and selectivity for specific reactions. We couple our experimental results with detailed characterization of the heterogeneous catalysts to develop relationships between the catalyst structure and the resulting catalytic activity. We also study catalyst stability at reaction conditions, as fundamental understanding of stability is required for advanced catalyst development and for process commercialization. We currently have projects focused on the synthesis and characterization of new catalytic materials for biofuels applications. For these reactions, we examine many catalytic processes to convert biomass to biofuels: catalytic pyrolysis, catalytic liquefaction, and gasification. In other projects, we are employing new synthesis procedures to enhance the stability of metal organic framework catalytic materials.
Heterogeneous catalysis, C-H Bond Activation, CO2 Conversion, Biofuels, Hydrodeoxygenation, Mesoporous Materials, Metal-Organic Frameworks
Relevant Energy Publications
- McNamara, N.D. and Hicks, J.C. CO2 capture and conversion with a multifunctional polyethyleneimine- tethered iminophophine iridium catalyst/adsorbent. ChemSusChem, 7, 1114-1124 (2014).
- Kim, J.; Neumann, G.T.; McNamara, N.D.; and Hicks, J.C. Exceptional control of carbon-supported transition metal nanoparticles using metal-organic frameworks. Journal of materials Chemistry A, 2, 14014-14027 (2014).
- Kim, J.; McNamara, N.D.; Her, T.H.; and Hick, J.C. Carbothermal Reduction of Ti-Modified IRMOF-3: An adaptable synthetic method to support catalytic nanoparticles on carbon. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 5, 11479-11487 (2013).