Juan Bravo-Suarez, assistant professor in chemical engineering, complements on-going expertise at CEBC in catalyst development and surface science. He also adds in-situ vibrational spectroscopy. A former CEBC research associate, he also served as a lab manager for ADM before joining the KU faculty.
Marco Caricato, assistant professor in chemistry, brings expertise in electronic structure calculation that complements CEBC’s already strong molecular simulation capabilities. Before joining the KU faculty, he served a four-year postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University, followed by four years as a research scientist at Gaussian, Inc.
Franklin Tao, an internationally known rising star in catalyst synthesis and surface characterization, left the University of Notre Dame to join KU with joint appointments in chemistry and chemical engineering. Tao’s research focuses on probing the characteristics of catalyst surfaces at working conditions. Roughly 1,400 square feet of lab space was extensively renovated to accommodate his specialized equipment, including an x-ray photoelectron spectrometer and a high temperature scanning tunneling microscope.