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Daniel E. Resasco

Daniel E. Resasco

Daniel E. Resasco

Gallogly Chair in Engineering #1 of Chemical Engineering
George Lynn Cross Professor

Phone: (405) 325-4370
Office: Sarkeys Energy Center, Room T-327
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Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (1984)
Yale University
B.S. Chemical Engineering (1975)
Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina

Research Focus

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Energy and Fuels
  • Biomass conversion
  • Nanotechnology

Experience and Awards

  • Editor of Catalysis Reviews (2021 to date)
  • Exceptional Achievements in Catalysis.  Catalysis Division, American Chemical Society, August 2022
  • Great Plains Catalysis Society Award, GPCS (OK, KS, MO, NE) August 2022
  • R.B. Anderson Catalysis Award. Catalysis Division of Chemical Institute of Canada, May 2022 
  • Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE), August 2021
  • Excellence in Catalysis Award. Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York. May 2021
  • ExxonMobil Lectureship.  Department of Chemical Engineering. University of Massachusetts, April 2021
  • Hall of Fame of the Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Society, September 2021, OKC
  • Chair of Catalysis Division of the American Chemical Society 2019/2020)
  • N.N. Bakhshi Lectureship Award in Chemical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Sept. 2018
  • External Fellow, National Academy of Sciences of Argentina, May 2018
  • Distinguished Overseas Professorship, Shanghai China, December 2017
  • Editorial Board of Chinese Journal of Catalysis (2014 to date)
  • Editorial Board of Catalysis Reviews (2014 to date)
  • Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).  December 2014
  • Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award, May 2013
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Catalysis (2001-2008)
  • Oklahoma Chemist of the Year, American Chemical Society (ACS) October 2004
  • Editorial Board of Journal of Catalysis (2001 to date)
  • Executive Committee, International Congress on Catalysis (1996)
  • Editorial Board of Applied Catalysis (1996 to date)
  • Senior Scientist, Sun Company, Inc., Pennsylvania (1991-93)
  • Professor, Chemical Engineering Department Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (1983-90)
  • B. Houssay Award for Scientific Achievement, National Research Council of Argentina (1987)
  • National Academy of Sciences of Argentina, External Fellow, May 2018
  • Chairman, Chemical Engineering Department, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (1987-88)
  • Visiting Professor, Yale University (1986-87, 1991)


Daniel Resasco obtained his PhD (1984) from Yale University.  He specializes in heterogeneous catalysis and nanostructured materials. Author of 330+ publications and 40+ industrial patents.  His work has been cited more than 33,000 times and his h-index is 95. Resasco has received numerous awards for his work on heterogeneous catalysis and nanotube synthesis, including the Exceptional Achievements in Catalysis of the Catalysis Division from the American Chemical Society; the Anderson Catalysis Award from the Chemistry Institute of Canada; the Excellence in Catalysis Award from the Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York; the Great Plain Catalysis Society Award; the Bakhshi Lectureship Award, University of Saskatchewan, Canada; the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award; the Oklahoma Chemist of the Year.  American Chemical Society (ACS).  He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) and the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, a member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), a member of the National Academy of Sciences of Argentina, the Inaugural Gallogly Chair of Engineering, and the D. Bourne Chair of Chemical Engineering. He is inventor of a nanotube production process (CoMoCAT) and founder of SouthWest Nanotechnology.  Resasco is editor of Catalysis Reviews and has been editor of Journal of Catalysis, as well as member of the editorial boards of Journal of Catalysis, Applied Catalysis A, Applied Catalysis B, Chinese J. Catalysis, and Catalysis Reviews.  He has been Chair of the Catalysis Division of the American Chemical Society, President and co-founder Great Plains Catalysis Society.

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
  1. “The Role of Defect Sites and Oxophilicity of the Support on the Phenol Hydrodeoxygenation Reaction” Camila A. Teles, Priscilla Souza, Adriano Henrique Braga, Raimundo C.Rabelo-Neto, Alejandra Teran, Gary Jacobs, Daniel E. Resasco, Fabio B. Noronha. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2019 -
  2. “Synergistic bimetallic Ru-Pt catalysts for the low-temperature aqueous phase reforming of ethanol” Zhao, Zheng; Zhang, Lu; Tan, Qiaohua; Yang, Feifei; Faria, Jimmy; Resasco, Daniel, AICHE Journal, 65, 151-160, 2019.
  3. “Commentary: Distributed processes for biomass conversion could aid UN Sustainable Development Goals” Daniel E. Resasco, Bin Wang and David Sabatini, Nature Catalysis,1, 731–735, 2018.
  4. “Catalytic upgrading of biomass pyrolysis vapors and model compounds using niobia supported Pd catalyst” Camila A. Teles, Priscilla M. de Souza, Raimundo C. Rabelo-Neto, Michael B. Griffin, Calvin Mukarakate, Kellene A. Orton, Daniel E. Resasco, Fábio B. Noronha, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 238, 38–50, 2018.
  5. “Improving stability of cyclopentanone aldol condensation MgO-based catalysts by surface hydrophobization with organosilanes” D Ngo, T Sooknoi, D Resasco, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 237, 835-843, 2018.
  6. “Hydrophobic zeolites for the upgrading of biomass-derived short oxygenated compounds in water/oil emulsions”, N Pino, T Bui, G Hincapié, D López, DE Resasco, Applied Catalysis A: General 559, 94-101 2018.
  7. “Systems-Level Analysis of Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Coproducing Biobased Fuels and Chemicals: Implications for Sustainability”, AW Beck, AJ O’Brien, GG Zaimes, DE Resasco, SP Crossley, V Khanna, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 6 (5), 5826-5834 2018.
  8. “Enhanced chemical activity and wettability at adjacent Brønsted acid sites in HZSM-5” M Zeets, DE Resasco, B Wang, Catalysis Today, 312, 44-50, 2018.
  9. “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, 21, 155-163, 2018.
  10. “Hydrodeoxygenation of phenol over Pd catalysts. Effect of support on reaction mechanism and catalyst deactivation” Priscilla M de Souza, Raimundo C Rabelo-Neto, Luiz EP Borges, Gary Jacobs, Burtron H Davis, Daniel E Resasco, Fabio B Noronha, ACS Catalysis, 7, 2058-2073, 2017.
  11. “Encapsulation of multi-walled carbon nanotubes with copolymer to disperse in aqueous media, S Hanumansetty, E O’Rear, DE Resasco, Journal of Polymer Research 2017, 24 (12), 228
  12. “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
  13. “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
  14. “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, ChemCatChem, 9, 2017, 2850–2863
  15. “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, ChemSusChem,  2017, 10, 2823–2832
  16. “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
  17. “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
  18. “A Systems-Level Roadmap for Biomass Thermal Fractionation and Catalytic Upgrading Strategies” Jeffrey A. Herron, Tyler Vann, Nhung Duong, Daniel E. Resasco, Steven Crossley, Lance L. Lobban, Christos T. Maravelias Journal of Energy Technology, 5, 130–150, 2017
  19. “Simultaneous upgrading of furanics and phenolics via hydroxyalkylation/aldol condensation reactions” Tuong V Bui, Tawan Sooknoi, Daniel E. Resasco. ChemSusChem, 10 (7), 1631-1639 2017
  20. “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
  21. “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