WELCOME to the Center for Interfacial Reaction Engineering (CIRE). Our center includes researchers from the
University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and the University of Tulsa. Our goal is to convert novel scientific concepts into practical applications that will result in industrial collaborations and economic development.
CIRE leverages expertise in diverse areas with focus on the nanoscale to generate innovative technologies. These areas include heterogeneous catalysis, nanomaterials, colloidal and interfacial science, thermodynamics, and molecular modeling.
CIRE attempts to capitalize the current advances in nanotechnology to bring these concepts to the commercial practice in the fields of energy generation, conversion, and conservation.
We invite you to browse our web site and learn more about our research.
This material is based on work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, DOE/EPSCOR
Tacking hydrophobic organosilyl groups onto the surface of a common zeolite helps overcome the catalyst’s inability to function effectively when liquid water is the reaction medium, chemical engineers have found. The researchers believe their water-repelling zeolite could be a hit for high-pressure water/oil emulsion processing of biomass into fuels and chemicals. The protecting group strategy could also benefit other types of catalysts that are inhibited by water, they say.