William Schneider

H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor of Engineering; Concurrent Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

CENTER: Engineering Research Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR)


The Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR) is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center that brings together researchers from Purdue University, the University of New Mexico, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, and the University of Texas at Austin. This team will join industry, academia, and government to cultivate engineering discovery and education to develop innovative process designs for economic production of liquid chemicals and transportation fuels from shale gas hydrocarbons. Researchers also will explore novel approaches for converting methane to chemical intermediates, which can then be used as a feedstock for conversion to liquid fuels.


The Schneider group is interested in problems in energy and the environment that benefit from molecular scale, chemical insight. The group uses computationally intensive molecular simulations to understand and predict chemical properties and reactivity from first-principles. Two areas of particular emphasis are heterogeneous catalytic reactions for conversion of energy-related molecules (NOx conversion to N2; water-gas shift catalysis; selective oxidations) and the chemistry of CO2 capture and conversion.

Professor Schneider is the H. Clifford and Evelyn A. Brosey Professor of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.  He has been a professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a concurrent professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 2004. Professor Schneider also serves as a senior editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 1991.