Levi T. Thompson
Richard E. Balzhiser Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory
FAX: (734) 763-0459
Nitride/carbide catalysts, fuel processing, micro-fuel cells and micro-reactor
Thompson Research Group Page
|Ph.D.||University of Michigan||Chemical Engineering||1986|
|M.S.E.||University of Michigan||1986|
|M.S.E.||University of Michigan||Chemical Engineering||1983|
|B.ChE||University of Delaware||Chemical Engineering||1982|
|University of Michigan
Chemical Engineering Department
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Richard E. Balzhiser Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering,
|University of Michigan
College of Engineering
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, 2001-2005
|University of California, Berkeley, CA
Department of Chemical Engineering
Visiting Professor, 1995-1996
Department of Materials and Target Technology
Research Scientist, 1986-1988
Honors and Awards
|Henry R. Johnson Award, 2001|
|HONORS College of Engineering Excellence in Service Award, 2001|
|Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Teaching Award
|Award for Outstanding Performance and Leadership from ABPAFS, 1995
|Department of Chemical Engineering Excellence in Service Award, 1994|
|Union Carbide Corp. Innovation Recognition Award, 1992, 1993|
|Department of Chemical Engineering Excellence in Research Award, 1993|
|NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1991|
|Dow Chemical Good Teaching Award, 1990|
|Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Teaching Award, 1989|
|Michigan Catalysis Society
Nanostructured Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage
Research in his group focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of chemicals and nanostructured materials for catalytic and energy storage applications. With regard to catalysis, our particular interest is in developing structure-function relationships that allow design of highly efficient catalysts. Reactions of particular interest include those involved in:
- hydrogen production (e.g. water gas shift and photoelectrochemical reactions)
- synfuels production (e.g. Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis, and CO2 hydrogenation)
- biomass deoxygenation (e.g. hydrodeoxygenation and decarbonylation)
- NOx abatement (e.g. oxidation and selective catalytic reduction)
We are also developing new materials for use in high energy density electrochemical storage devices. Current projects focus on:
- nanostructured nitrides and carbides for supercapacitors
- nanostructured oxides for lithium and magnesium ion batteries
- metal coordination complexes for redox flow batteries
“Selective Adsorption of Dibenzothiophene by Functionalized Metal Organic Framework Sorbents,” F. Shi, M. Hammoud and L. Thompson, Appl. Catal. B 103, 261 (2011).
“High Activity Carbide Supported Catalysts for Water Gas Shift,” N. Schweitzer, J. Schaidle, O.K. Ezekoye, X. Pan, S. Linic and L.T. Thompson, J. ACS 133, 2378 (2011).
“Activated Carbons for Hydrothermal Decarboxylation of Fatty Acids,” J. Fu, F. Shi, L.T. Thompson, X. Lu and P.E. Savage, ACS Catal. 1(3), 227 (2011).
“Non-Aqueous Manganese Acetylacetonate Electrolyte for Redox Flow Batteries,” A.E.S. Sleightholme, A. Shinkle, Q. Liu, Y. Li, C.W. Monroe, L.T. Thompson, J. Power Sources 196(13), 5742 (2011).
"Catalytic Properties of Ag Promoted ZnO/Al2O3 Catalysts for Hydrogen Production by Steam Reforming of Ethanol,” M-N. Chen, D-Y. Zhang, L.T. Thompson and Z. Ma, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy 36(13), 7516 (2011).
“Understanding the Effects of Sulfur on Mo2C and Pt/Mo2C Catalysts: Methanol Steam Reforming,” A. Lausche, J. Schaidle and L. Thompson, Appl. Catal. A 401(1/2), 29 (2011).
“Electrode Kinetics in Non-Aqueous Vanadium Acetylacetonate Redox Flow Batteries,” A. Shinkle, A.E.S. Sleightholme, L.T. Thompson and C.W. Monroe, J. Appl. Electrochem. 41 (10), 1191 (2011).
"Hydrogen Production from Steam Reforming of Ethanol over Pd Promoted ZnO/Al2O3 Catalysts,” M-N. Chen, D-Y. Zhang, L.T. Thompson and Z. Ma, Acta Phys.-Chim. Sin. 27 (9), 2185 (2011).
“Tungsten Carbide-Supported Pd Electrocatalysts for Triglyceride Hydrogenation in a Solid Polymer Electrolyte Reactor,” A.G. Lausche, K. Okada and L.T. Thompson, Electrochem. Commun. 15(1), 46–49 (2012).
“Degradation Mechanisms in the Non-aqueous Vanadium Acetylacetonate Redox Flow Battery,” A. Shinkle, A.E. Sleightholme, L.D. Griffith, L.T. Thompson and C.W. Monroe, J. Power Sources B206, 490 (2012).
“Thermally Integrated Fuel Processor Design for Fuel Cell Applications,” S. Choi, W. Northrop and L.T. Thompson, Internat. J. Hydrogen Energy 37(4), 3447 (2012).
“Charge Storage on Nanostructured Early Transition Metal Nitrides and Carbides,” P. Pande, P. Rasmussen and L.T. Thompson, J. Power Sources 207, 212 (2012).
“On the Preparation of Molybdenum Carbide Supported Metal Catalysts,” J.A. Schaidle, N.M. Schweitzer, O.T. Ajenifujah, and L.T. Thompson, J. Catal. 289, 210 (2012)
Courses Taught at Michigan
Undergraduate ChE Courses
ENG 100 Introduction to Engineering: Design for Energy Sustainability
ChE 342 - Heat and Mass Transfer
ChE 344 - Reaction Engineering & Design (shared)
ChE 360 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I
ChE 486 - Chemical Process Simulation and Design
ChE 496/696 Introduction to Electrochemical Systems
Graduate ChE Courses
ESE 505/ME 571 Energy Generation and Storage
ChE 509 - Statistical Analysis of Engineering Experiments
ChE 542 - Intermediate Transport Phenomena
ChE 628 - Industrial Catalysis
ChE 697 Experimental Methods for the Synthesis and Characterization of Advanced Catalytic and Electronic Materials
ChE 696 Special Topics in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
Continuing Education Courses
"Reaction Engineering and Applied Catalysis" (with P. E. Savage) University of Michigan Engineering Summer Course, 3-day course, taught every summer.