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Daniel E. Resasco

Daniel Resasco

Gallogly Chair in Engineering #1
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); Distinguished Overseas Professorship, Shanghai China, December 2017; Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).  December 2014; Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award, May 2013; Oklahoma Chemist of the Year, American Chemical Society (ACS) October 2004; Associate Editor of Journal of Catalysis (2001-2008); Editorial Board of Journal of Catalysis (2001 to date); Editorial Board of Applied Catalysis (1996 to date); Editorial Board of Catalysis Reviews (2014 to date); Editorial Board of Chinese Journal of Catalysis (2014 to date)


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Nanotube Research

Center for Interfacial Reaction Engineering (CIRE)

Center for Biomass Refining (CBR)

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Professor Daniel Resasco holds the Inaugural Gallogly Chair of 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.  

The goal of Resasco’s 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 (detailed kinetics, obtained under carefully controlled reaction conditions to properly account for parasitic effects, such as mass transfer limitations) . In this interdisciplinary effort, a variety of techniques is employed, 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.  A closely collaboration with experts in theoretical model allows Resasco’s group to develop atomistic reaction mechanisms based in the combination of theory and experiments.

Investigations are conducted on a variety of materials- zeolites, supported metals, and strong solid acids. These fundamental studies are designed to be applicable to industrial processes in several areas:

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

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

-          Upgrading of biomass to valuable chemicals and fuels

Selected Publications

-          “Multistage torrefaction and in situ catalytic upgrading to hydrocarbon biofuels: analysis of life cycle energy use and greenhouse gas emissions” George G Zaimes, Andrew W Beck, Rajiv R Janupala, Daniel E Resasco, Steven P Crossley, Lance L Lobban, Vikas Khanna, Energy & Environmental Science 2017, 10, 1034-1050

-          “Structure, activity, and selectivity of bimetallic Pd-Fe/SiO2 and Pd-Fe/𝛾-Al2O3 catalysts for the conversion of furfural, Natalia Pino, Surapas Sitthisa, Qiaohua Tan, Talita Souza, Diana López, Daniel E. Resasco, Journal of Catalysis 350, 30–40 2017

-           “Controlling Phenolic Hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) by Tailoring Metal-O Bond Strength via Specific Catalyst Metal Type and Particle Size Selection” Nhung Duong, Qiaohua Tan, Daniel E. Resasco, Comptes Rendus Chimie 2017,

-          “Polymer-Stabilized Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotube Dispersions in High-Salinity Brines”, MJ Kadhum, D Swatske, J Weston, DE Resasco, B Shiau, JH Harwell, Energy & Fuels 31 (5), 5024-5030, 2017

-          “Hydrodeoxygenation of phenol over zirconia supported catalysts. The effect of metal type on reaction mechanism and catalyst deactivation” Camila Abreu Teles, Raimundo Crisostomo Rabelo-Neto, Gary Jacobs, Burtron H Davis, Daniel E Resasco, Fabio Bellot Noronha, 2017, ChemCatChem

-          “Enhancing the Acylation Activity of Acetic Acid by Forming an Intermediate Aromatic Ester” Nhung N. Duong, Bin Wang, Tawan Sooknoi, Steven P. Crossley and Daniel E. Resasco, ChemSusChem2017 DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201700394

-          “Reaction mechanism for the conversion of 𝛾-valerolactone (GVL) over a Ru catalyst: a first-principles study, Reda M. Bababrik, Bin Wang, Daniel E. Resasco, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2017, 56 (12), pp 3217–3222

-          “Simultaneous upgrading of furanics and phenolics via hydroxyalkylation/aldol condensation reactions” Tuong V Bui, Tawan Sooknoi, Daniel E. Resasco. ChemSusChem DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201601251 2017

-          “Mechanistic analysis of the role of metal oxophilicity in the hydrodeoxygenation of anisole” Qiaohua Tan, Gonghua Wang, Alex Long, Arne Dinse, Corneliu Buda, John Shabaker, Daniel E. Resasco, Journal of Catalysis, 347, 102–115, 2017

-          “Fine‐Tuning the Acid–Base Properties of Boron‐Doped Magnesium Oxide Catalyst for the Selective Aldol Condensation” TN Pham, L Zhang, D Shi, MR Komarneni, MP Ruiz, DE Resasco, J Faria, ChemCatChem 8 (23), 3611-3620, 2016

-          “Zeolite-catalysed C–C bond forming reactions for biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals” Daniel E Resasco, Bin Wang, Steven Crossley, Catalysis Science & Technology, Royal Society of Chemistry, 6, 2543-2559, 2016

-          “Factors that Determine Zeolite Stability in Hot Liquid Water” Lu Zhang, Kuizhi Chen, Banghao Chen, Jeffery L. White, Daniel E. Resasco Journal of the American Chemical Society, 137, 11810–11819, 2015

-          “Effect of zirconia morphology on hydrodeoxygenation of phenol over Pd/ZrO2“ Priscilla Magalhães de Souza, Raimundo C. Rabelo Neto, Luiz E. P. Borges, Gary Jacobs, Burtron H. Davis, Uschi Graham, Daniel Resasco, and Fabio B. Noronha, ACS Catalysis, 5 (12), 7385-7398, 2015

-          “Water Interactions in Zeolite Catalysts and Their Hydrophobically Modified Analogues” K Chen, J Kelsey, JL White, L Zhang, D Resasco, ACS Catalysis 5 (12), 7480-7487 2015

-          “Carbon Nanotube/Zeolite Hybrid Catalysts for Glucose Conversion in Water/Oil Emulsions” Jimmy Faria, M. Pilar Ruiz, Daniel E. Resasco, ACS Catalysis, 5, 4761–4771, 2015

-          “Hydride transfer between a phenolic surface pool and reactant paraffins in the catalytic cracking of m-cresol/hexanes mixtures over an HY zeolite” Anh T. To, Daniel E. Resasco,  Journal of Catalysis, 329, 57-68, 2015

-          “Tuning the Acid-Metal Balance in Pd/ and Pt/Zeolite Catalysts for the Hydroalkylation of m-Cresol” Felipe Anaya, Lu Zhang, Qiaohua Tan, Daniel E. Resasco, Journal of Catalysis – 328, 173–185, 2015

-          “Different Product Distributions and Mechanistic Aspects of the Hydrodeoxygenation of m-Cresol over Platinum and Ruthenium Catalysts” Qiaohua Tan, Gonghua Wang, Lei Nie, Arne Dinse, Corneliu Buda, John Shabaker, Daniel E. Resasco, ACS Catalysis, 5, 6271–6283, 2015

-          “Generation of synergistic sites by thermal treatment of HY zeolite. Evidence from the reaction of hexane isomers” A.T. To, R.E. Jentoft, W.E. Alvarez, S.P. Crossley, D.E. Resasco, Journal of Catalysis 317, 11-21, 2014

-          “Kinetics and Mechanism of m-Cresol Hydrodeoxygenation on a Pt/SiO2 Catalyst.  Lei Nie, Daniel E. Resasco, Journal of Catalysis 317, 22–29, 2014

-          “Enhanced Activity and Selectivity of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis Catalysts in Water/Oil Emulsions” Dachuan Shi, Jimmy Faria, Tu N. Pham, Daniel E. Resasco, ACS Catalysis4, 1944–1952, 2014

-          “Reaction Kinetics and Mechanism of the Ketonization of Aliphatic Carboxylic Acids with Different Carbon Chain Length over a Ru/TiO2 Catalyst” Tu N Pham; Dachuan Shi; Daniel E Resasco, Journal of Catalysis 314, 149–158, 2014

-          “Propagation of Interfacially Active Carbon Nanohybrids in Porous Media MJ Kadhum, DP Swatske, JH Harwell, B Shiau, DE Resasco.  Energy & Fuels 27 (11), 6518-6527, 2013

-          Ketonization of Carboxylic Acids: Mechanisms, Catalysts, and Implications for Biomass Conversion, TN Pham, T Sooknoi, SP Crossley, DE Resasco, ACS Catalysis 3 (11), 2456-2473, 2013

-          “Silylated hydrophobic zeolites with enhanced tolerance to hot liquid water” Paula A. Zapata, Yi Huang, Miguel A. Gonzalez-Borja, and Daniel E. Resasco, Journal of Catalysis (50th Anniversary Issue) 308, 82-97, 2013

-          “Aqueous Phase Ketonization of Acetic Acid over Ru/TiO2/Carbon CatalystsTu N. Pham, Dachuan Shi, Tawan Sooknoi, Daniel E. Resasco, Journal of Catalysis 295, 169–178, 2012

-          “Hydrophobic zeolites for biofuel upgrading reactions at the liquid-liquid interface in water/oil emulsions” Paula A. Zapata, Jimmy Faria, M. Pilar Ruiz, Rolf E. Jentoft, Daniel E. Resasco, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134, 8570–8578, 2012

-          “Selective Conversion of Furfural to Methylfuran over Silica-supported Ni-Fe Bimetallic Catalysts,” Surapas Sitthisa, Wei An, and Daniel E. Resasco, Journal of Catalysis 284, 90–101, 2011

-          “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, 280, 17–27, 2011

-          “Phase-Selective Catalysis in Emulsions Stabilized by Janus Silica-Nanoparticles” Jimmy Faria, M. Pilar Ruiz, Daniel E. Resasco, Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis, 352, 2359–2364, 2010

-          “Solid Nanoparticles that Catalyze Biofuel Upgrade Reactions at the Water-/Oil Interface, ” Steven Crossley, Jimmy Faria, Min Shen, Daniel E. Resasco, Science, 327, 68, 2010