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Daniel E. Resasco

Daniel Resasco

Douglas and Hilda Bourne Chair
George Lynn Cross Professor

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (1984)
Yale University
B.S. Chemical Engineering (1975)
Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina

Professor, Chemical Engineering Department Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (1983-90); Visiting Professor, Yale University (1986-87, 1991); B. Houssay Award for Scientific Achievement, National Research Council of Argentina (1987); Chairman, Chemical Engineering Department, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (1987-88); Senior Scientist, Sun Company, Inc., Pennsylvania (1991-93); Executive Committee, International Congress on Catalysis (1996); Editorial Board of Applied Catalysis (1996-2001); Associate Editor of Journal of Catalysis (since 2001).


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Nanotube Research

Center for Interfacial Reaction Engineering (CIRE)

Center for Biomass Refining (CBR)

Southwest NanoTechnologies

Advanced Energy Consortium Project (AEC)

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Professor Daniel Resasco holds the Douglas Bourne Chair of the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering at the University of Oklahoma. He is also George Lynn Cross Professor, the highest research honor bestowed by the University.  He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina (1975) and his Ph.D. from Yale University (1984).  He has received the 2004 Oklahoma Chemist of the Year from the American Chemical Society, the Yale Award for Advancement of Basic and Applied Science from the Yale Science and Engineering Association, Yale University, the Regents Award for Superior Research, University of Oklahoma (1999), the Sam A. Wilson Professorship, and the J. and K. Smalley Presidential Professorship (1996).  He received the Big XII Rising Star Award from the Big XII Center for Economic Development, Innovation, and Commercialization and was finalist for the Small Times US Innovator of the Year in 2007.   In 1987 he received the B. Houssay Award for Scientific Achievement from the National Research Council of Argentina. He has also served as a Chairman in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (1987-88). From 1991 to 1993 he was appointed Senior Scientist at Sun Company, Inc., Pennsylvania. He has been member of the Executive Committee of the International Congress on Catalysis (1996) and Associate Editor of the Journal of Catalysis, for which he is now a member of the Editorial Board.  He is founder of SouthWest Nanotechnologies Inc., a major producer of high quality single-walled carbon nanotubes.

The goal of our research is to understand the relationship between the catalytic performance and the microscopic structure and composition of the material, in addition to the links between the synthesis process and the final catalyst. Achieving this goal requires a combination of studies involving materials synthesis, characterization of materials under reaction conditions, and precise measurement of the catalytic behavior. In this interdisciplinary effort we employ a variety of techniques, including surface spectroscopies (DRUV-VIS, FTIR), x-ray absorption (EXAFS, XANES), X-ray diffraction, microcalorimetry, electron microscopy, resonance techniques, and temperature programmed methods (TPD, TPR, TPO), "in situ" Raman spectroscopy, together with steady-state and transient catalytic activity measurements.

We conduct our investigations on a variety of materials- zeolites, supported metals, and strong solid acids. Our fundamental studies are designed to be applicable to industrial processes in two broad areas:

  • Molecular design of fuels with improved properties (cetane number, octane number, clean combustion)

  • Synthesis of nanostructured materials based on single-walled carbon nanotube

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Selected Publications

Interfacial Reactions

·       “Amphiphilic silica nanoparticles at the decane-water interface: Insights from atomistic simulations.” Heng Fan, Daniel E. Resasco, and Alberto Striolo, Langmuir (2011), 27, 5264 -5274.

·       "Nanostructured Carbon-Metal Oxide Hybrids as Amphiphilic Emulsion Catalysis." Maria P. Ruiz, Jimmy Faria, Santiago Drexler, Teerawit Prasomsri, and Daniel E. Resasco, ChemSusChem (2011),4, 964-974.

·       "Phase-Selective Catalysis in Emulsions Stabilized by Janus Silica Nanoparticles." Jimmy Faria, Maria P. Ruiz, and Daniel E. Resasco, Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis (2010), 352, 2359-2364.

·       "Solid Nanoparticles that Catalyze Biofuel Upgrade Reactions at the Water/Oil Interface." Steven Crossley, Jimmy Faria, Min Shen, and Daniel E. Resasco, Science (2010), 327,68-72.


Catalytic Strategies for Improving Fuel Quality

·       “Effect of extra-framework cesium on the deoxygenation of methylester over CsNaX zeolites.” Tanate Danuthai, Tawan Sooknoi, Siriporn Jongpatiwut, Thirasak Rirksomboon, Somchai Osuwan and, Daniel E. Resasco, Appl. Catal. A-General (2011), 409, 74–81.

·       "Anisol and guaiacol hydrodeoxygenation over monolithic Pt-Sn catalysts.” Miguel Angel Gonzalez -Borja and Daniel E. Resasco, Energy Fuels(2011), 25, 4155–4162.

·       “Selective conversion of furfural to methylfuran over silica-supported Ni-Fe bimetallic catalysts.” Surapas Sitthisa, Wei An, and, Daniel E. Resasco, Journal of Catalysis. (2011), 284, 90–101.

·       “What Should We Demand from the Catalysts Responsible for Upgrading Biomass Pyrolysis Oil?” Guest Commentary, Daniel E. Resasco, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. (2011), 2, 2294–2295.

·       “Catalytic conversion of anisole over HY and HZSM-5 zeolites in the presence of different hydrocarbon mixtures.” Teerawit Prasomsri, Anh T. To, Steven Crossley, Walter E. Alvarez, Daniel E. Resasco, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (2011), 106, 204-211.

·       “Bifunctional transalkylation and hydrodeoxygenation of anisole over a Pt/HBeta catalyst.” Xinli Zhu, Lance L. Lobban, Richard G. Mallinson, Daniel E. Resasco, Journal of Catalysis (2011), 281, 21-29.

·       “Hydrodeoxygenation of furfural over supported metal catalysts: A comparative study of Cu, Pd, and Ni.” Surapas Sitthisa and Daniel E. Resasco, Catalysis Letters (2011), 141, 784-791.

·       “Conversion of furfural and 2-methylpentanal on Pd/SiO2 and Pd–Cu/SiO2 catalysts.” Surapas Sitthisa, Trung Pham, Teerawit Prasomsri, Tawan Sooknoi, Richard G. Mallinson, Daniel E. Resasco, Journal of Catalysis (2011), 280, 17–27.

·       “CO Adsorption on Noble Metal Clusters: Local Environment Effects.” Brian H. Morrow, Daniel E. Resasco, and Alberto Striolo, Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2011), 115, 5637-5647.

·       “Kinetics and mechanism of hydrogenation of furfural on Cu/SiO2 catalysts.” Surapas Sitthisa, Tawan Sooknoi, Yuguang Ma, Perla B. Balbuena, Daniel E. Resasco, Journal of Catalysis (2011), 277, 1-13.

·       “Direct conversion of triglycerides to olefins and paraffins over noble metal supported catalysts.” Martina Chiappero, Phuong T. M. Do, Steven Crossley, Lance L. Lobban, and Daniel E. Resasco, Fuel (2011), 90, 1155-1165.


Synthesis of Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes

·       "Role of water on the surface-guided growth of horizontally aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes on quartz."
Dachuan Shi a, Wesley D. Tennyson a, Joel C. Keay , Ernest S. Sanchez , Matthew B. Johnson , Daniel E. Resasco ,Chemical Physics Letters (2012), 525–526, 82–86.

·       “Vascular targeted single-walled carbon nanotubes for near-infrared light therapy of cancer.” Prickett Whitney M, Van Rite Brent D., Resasco Daniel E. and Harrison Roger G, Nanotechnology (2011), 22, 455101 (7pp) doi:10.1088/0957-4484/22/45/455101.

·       “Study of the growth of conductive single-wall carbon nanotube films with ultra-high transparency.” Shi Dachuan, Resasco Daniel E., Chemical Physics Letters (2011), 511, 356-362.