Welcome to Catalysis for a Sustainable Environment

The CSE group consists of faculty and students in Columbia University's Earth and Environmental Engineering department. Our research interests vary widely, from hydrogen generation for fuel cells to synthetic natural gas, but every project is united by the goal of improving our planet with sustainable catalysis engineering.


Catalysis for a Sustainable Environment
Earth and Environmental Engineering
Columbia University in the City of New York
927 S.W. Mudd
500 W. 120th Street
New York, New York, 10027

: Robert Farrauto rf2182@columbia.edu
: Main office 212-854-6390
: Mobile 732-829-7127

Research Philosophy

“Catalysis for a sustainable Environment”

We are committed to applied and fundamental research to enhance the world’s environment. Our research activities address critical issues of importance to a sustainable future including clean air, alternative energy sources such as materials for the hydrogen economy and managing green-house gases by capture and conversion to useful products.

  1. We seek clean air via catalytic pollution abatement using heterogeneous supported catalysts. Applications in emission control from vehicles and stationary sources are a primary focus. We seek cost effective catalytic materials with sustained life to reduce emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen.
  2. We develop new catalysts and cost effective processes to convert infrastructure fuels (natural gas, ethanol and sulfur-containing liquid fuels) to generate hydrogen for the emerging hydrogen economy. This technology will serve as a temporary solution while renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind are being developed.
  3. We recognize that fossil fuels will continue to be primary sources of energy for the near future. Given this we must manage the green-house gas and global warming issues associated with their continuing use. We are developing new adsorbents and catalysts to capture and convert carbon dioxide to useful recyclable products.

Members of Catalysis for a Sustainable Environment

Professor Dr. Robert (Bob) Farrauto

Professor of Practice and Principle Investigator

Robert (Bob) Farrauto spent 37 years in the R&D department of BASF (formerly Engelhard Corporation) in Iselin, NJ. In 2007 he was promoted to Vice President, Research and Development and Manager of the BASF hydrogen generation program at their R&D Center in Iselin, New Jersey. His major responsibilities have included the development of advanced automobile emission control catalysts and catalysts for the chemical and alternative energy industries. He is the 2008 recipient of the Ciapetta Lectureship Award sponsored by the North American Catalysis Society and the 2005 Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Practice Award sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Professor Dr. Robert Farrauto

Professor of Practice and Principle Investigator
Education:
  • PhD - Chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA)
  • Bachelor of Science - Chemistry, Manhattan College (USA)
Specialties:
  • Automotive Three Way Catalysts
  • Environmental Catalysts
  • Alternative Energy Catalysts
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion
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PhD Students

Emi Leung

PhD awarded May 2016
Currently employed FuelCell Energy, Danbury CT
Education:
  • Master of Science - Chemical Enginnering, Yokohama National University (Japan)
  • Bachelor of Science - Chemical Engineering, Tokyo University of Science (Japan)
Specialties:
  • Environmental Catalysis
  • Material Science
Career goals:
  • Industry
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Qinghe (Angela) Zheng

PhD awarded May 2016
Currently employed at Research Triangle Institute Raleigh, North Carolina
Education
  • Master of Science - Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University (USA)
  • Bachelor of Science - Chemical Engineering, Nanjing Forestry University (China)
Specialties:
  • H2 Generation
  • Automotive Catalysts
  • Three Way Catalysis
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion
Career goals:
  • Industry
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Shuoxun (Ashley) Wang

Education
  • University of Science and Technology of Beijing, China
Specialties:
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion
Career goals:
  • Industry

Tamara Siqueira Moraes

Education
  • Instituto Militar de Engenharia, Brazil
Specialties:
  • Steam Reforming
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion
Career goals:
  • Industry

Masters Students

Revati Deshpande

Education
  • Master of Science - Chemical Engineering, Columbia University (USA)
  • Bachelor of Tech - Chemical Engineering, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University (India)

Daniel Eida

Education
  • Bachelor of Science - Environmental Science, Duke University (USA)

Harshit Mahajan

Education
  • Bachelor of Engineering - Chemical Engineering, Panjab University (India)

Undergraduate Students

Kyle Misquitta

Education:
  • Bachelor of Science Chemical Engineering - Columbia University 2017 (USA)
Specialties:
  • Environmental Catalysis

Akiko Shimizu

Education:
  • Bachelor of Science Earth & Environmental Engineering - Columbia University 2016 (USA)
Specialties:
  • Environmental Catalysis

Kelly Conway

Specialties:
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion

Diana Jaramillo

Specialties:
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion

Anh Nguyen

Specialties:
  • Carbon Dioxide Capture and Conversion

Alumni

Dr. McKenzie Kohn

Johnson Matthey

Dr. Christiane Janke

BASF Germany

Dr. Amanda Simson

University of New Haven, CT - Assistant Professor USA

Dr. Ioannis Valsamakis

Joule Inc USA

Dr. Melis Duyar

Stanford University Post-Doctorate USA

Frederico Carneiro

ITI International USA

Christine Wang

Independent contractor USA

Martha Arellano

Mexico

Yi Li

Catalyst Company of China China