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.
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.
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.