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Marc D. Porosoff

  • Assistant Professor

PhD, Columbia University, 2015

4305 Wegmans Hall
(585) 276-7401
Fax: (585) 273-1348

Selected Honors & Awards

NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (2015-2017)
Robert L. Pigford Teaching Assistant Award, University of Delaware (2012)



Research Interests

COReduction; Heterogeneous Catalysis; Catalyst Structure-Property Relationships; CChemistry; Upgrading Light Alkanes

Recent Publications

Porosoff, M.D.; Baldwin, J.W.; Peng, X.; Mpourmpakis, G.; Willauer, H.D.; "Potassium-Promoted Molybdenum Carbide as a Highly Active and Selective Catalyst for CO2 Conversion to CO," Chemsuschem, 2017, 11, 2408-2415.

Porosoff, M.D.; Yan, B.; Chen, J.G.G., "Catalytic Reduction of COby H2 for Synthesis of CO, Methanol and Hydrocarbons: Challenges and Opportunities," Energy and Environmental Science, 2016, 9, 1-62-73.

Porosoff, M.D.; Myint, M.N.Z.; Kattel, S.; Xie, Z.; Gomez, E.; Liu, P.; Chen, J.G.G., "Identifying Different Types of Catalysts for CO2 Reduction by Ethane Through Dry Reforming and Oxidative Dehydrogenation," Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2015, 54, 51-15501-15505.

Porosoff. M.D.; Kattel, S.; Li, W.; Liu, P.; Chen, J.G., "Identifying Trends and Descriptors for Selective CO2 Conversion to CO over Transition Metal Carbides," Chemical Communications, 2015, 32, 6988-6991.

Porosoff, M.D.; Yang, X.; Boscboinik, J.A.; Chen, J.G., "Molybdenum Carbide as Alternative Catalysts to Precious Metals for Highly Selective Reduction of CO2 to CO" Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2014, 126, 6823-6827.

Porosoff, M.D.; Chen, J.G.G., "Trends in the Catalytic Reduction of CO2 by Hydrogen Over Supported Monometallic and Bimetallic Catalysts," Journal of Catalysis, 2013, 301, 30-37.

Research Overview

New catalysts for upgrading C1 and C2 resources (CO2, CO, CH4, C2H6) represent significant opportunities for efficient energy storage and low-cost production of plastics, chemicals and fuels.  Understanding the relationships between chemical reactivity and catalyst electronic/structure properties are extremely important for developing catalysts that exploit particular reaction pathways.  This approach requires controlled synthesis of catalysts combined with in situ techniques and theoretical calculations.  In particular, target areas of research are three types of catalytic reactions for improved shale gas utilization and lowering CO2 emissions: (I) Catalyst development for CO2  hydrogenation, (II) Selective synthesis of light olefins from CO and H2 and (III) Catalytic dehydrogenation of light alkanes to olefins by CO2.  Experimental work combines an mix of catalyst synthesis and characterization, reactor studies and in situ spectroscopy.