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Marc D. Porosoff

  • Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

PhD, Columbia University, 2015

Office Location
4405 Wegmans Hall
(585) 276-7401
(585) 273-1348
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Selected Honors & Awards

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


ChE 461 - Advanced Kinetics and Reactors Design

Recent Publications

Liu, R.; El Berch, J.N.; House, S.; Meil, S.W.; Mpourmpakis, G.; Porosoff, M.D., "Reactive Separations of CO/CO2 mixtures over Ru-Co Single Atom Alloys," ACS Catalysis, 2023, 13, 4, 2449-2461. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.2c05110

Juneau, M.; Yaffe, D.; Liu, R.; Agwara, J.N.; Porosoff, M.D., "Establishing tungsten carbides as active catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation," Nanoscale, 2022. DOI: 10.1039/d2nr03281c.

Agwara, J.N.; Bakas, N.J.; Neidig, M.L.; Porosoff, M.D., "Challenges and Opportunities of Fe-based Core-Shell Catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis," ChemCatChem, 2022, e202200289. DOI: 10.1002/cctc.202200289

Liu, R.; Leshchev, D.; Stavitski, E.; Juneau, M.; Agwara, J.N.; Porosoff, M.D., "Selective hydrogenation of CO2 and CO over potassium promoted Co/ZSM-5," Applied Catalysis B-Environmental, 2021, 284, 119787. DOI 10.1016/j.apcatb.2020.119787

Wang, D.; Xie, Z.; Porosoff, M.D.; Chen, J.G., "Recent Advances in Carbon Dioxide Hydrogenation to Produce Olefins and Aromatics," CHEM, 2021, 7, 9, 2277-2311. DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2021.02.024

Juneau, M.; Pope, C.; Liu, R.J.; Porosoff, M.D., "Support Acidity as a Descriptor for Reverse Water-Gas Shift Over Mo2C-Based Catalysts," Applied Catalysis A-General, 2021, 620, 118034. DOI:10.1016/j.apcata.2021.118034

Liu, R.J.; Ma, Z.; Sears, J.D.; Juneau, M.; Neidig, M.L.; Porosoff, M.D., "Identifying Correlations in Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis and CO2 hydrogenation over Fe-based ZSM-5 Catalysts," Journal of CO2 Utilization, 2020, 41, 101290. DOI:10.1016/j.jcou.2020.101290

Juneau, M.; Vonglis, M.; Hartvigsen, J.; Frost, L.; Bayerl, D.; Dixit, M.; Mpourmpakis, G.; Morse, J.R.; Baldwin, J.; Willauer, H.; Porosoff, M.D., "Assessing the Viability of K-Mo2C for Reversed Water-Gas Shift Scale-Up: Molecular to laboratory to Pilot Scale," Energy and Environmental Science, 2020, 13, 8, 2524-2539. DOI: 10.1039/d0ee01457e

Juneau, M.; Liu, R.J.; Peng, Y.; Malge, A.; Ma, Z.; Porosoff, M.D., "Characterization of Metal-elite Composite Catalysts: Determining the Environment of the Active Phase," ChemCatChem, 2020, 12, 1-28. DOI:org/10.1002/cctc.201902139

Morse, J.R.; Juneau, M.; Baldwin, J.W.; Porosoff, M.D.; Willauer, H.D., "Alkali Promoted Tungsten Carbide as a Selective Catalyst for the Reverse Water Gas Shift Reaction," Journal of CO2 Utilization, 2019, 35, 38-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcou.2019.08.024

Ma, Z.; Porosoff, M.D., "Development of Tandem Catalysts for CO2 Hydrogenation of Olefins," ACS Catalysis, 2019, 9, 3, 2639-2656.

Dixit, M.; Peng, X.; Porosoff, M.D.; Wilauer, H.D.; Mpourmpakis, G., "Elucidating the Role of Oxygen Coverage in CO2 Reduction on Mo2C," Catalysis Science & Technology, 2017, 7, 23, 5521-5529.

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.

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.

Research Overview

Research Interests

  • CO2 Reduction, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Catalyst Structure-Property Relationships, C1 Chemistry, Upgrading Light Alkanes