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Marc D. Porosoff

  • Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

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)


CHE 150 - Green Energy 
CHE 461 - Advanced Kinetics and Reactors Design

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications


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 CO Utilization, 2020, 41, 101290. DOI:DOI:10.1016/j.jcou.2020.101290

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 COUtilization, 2019, 35, 38-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcou.2019.08.024

Ma, Z.; Porosoff, M.D., "Development of Tandem Catalysts for CO 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 CO 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 CO 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.