University of Innsbruck, Austria
PhD Chemistry ’78
BS Chemistry ’75
Our research program is focused on fundamental and applied research problems in heterogeneous catalysis, sensors, and energy storage materials. A major theme is the development of correlations between surface structure of materials and their reactivity. The laboratories are equipped with comprehensive catalyst and materials characterization facilities.
In the area of heterogeneous catalysis, we focus on correlations between the catalyst structure and composition and catalytic function in reactions of industrial importance. Principles of nucleation, clustering, and growth of small particles on support materials are under investigation, with emphasis on bimetallic catalyst systems and oxide catalysts. Of particular interest are geometric and electronic interactions between catalyst components as a means to modify catalytic activity and selectivity. A major thrust of our research efforts is the characterization of supported catalysts by analytical and high-resolution electron microscopy. The microstructural characterization results are then brought into context with X-ray diffraction, atomic absorption, neutron activation analysis, gas chemisorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data. In-situ spectroscopic techniques such as Fourier-Transform infrared spectroscopy are utilized to monitor adsorbed surface species under reaction conditions. These characterization data are then used to interpret kinetic results for hydrogen or oxygen transfer reactions obtained in flow reactors. Current catalysis projects include autothermal reforming of hydrocarbons, direct reforming solid oxide fuel cell catalysts, automotive emission control catalysis, Fischer-Tropsch catalysis, partial oxidation of hydrocarbons, photocatalytic oxidation and water splitting, and biomass conversion.
In the area of sensors, our group has developed microelectronic gas sensors for a wide range of important applications, from monitoring the purity of microelectronic processing gases to environmental sensing and automotive exhaust gas sensing and diesel particulate sensing. Chemical species are detected on the basis of several principles, including gas adsorption-induced resistance and work function changes.
In the energy storage area, we work on synthesis and characterization of battery electrode materials, with special focus on prototyping of multivalent intercalation cathode materials.
North American Catalysis Society
James and Judith Street Professor of Chemical Engineering (2009-present)
Director, Researching Fresh Solutions to the Energy/Water/Food Challenge in Resource-Constrained Environments (REFRESCH) (2013 – present)
Director, Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory, (2013-2015)
Interim Director, Energy Institute (2011-2012)
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering (1990-present)
Associate Director, Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory (1986-2000)
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering (1984-1990)
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering (1980-1984)
Engineering Research Assistant, Department of Chemical Engineering (1979-1980)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Chemical Engineering (1978-1979)
Visiting Professor, University of Innsbruck, Austria, (1987-1988)
Visiting Professor, Technical University, Vienna Austria, (1987)
Guest Professor, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China (2011-2013)
ChE 230 – Thermodynamics I
ChE 342 – Heat and Mass Transfer
ChE 344 – Reaction Engineering and Design
ChE 460 – Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
ChE 470 – Colloids and Interfaces
ChE 486 – Chemical Process Simulation and Design I
ChE 487 – Chemical Process Simulation and Design
ChE 496 – Selected Topics: Hydrogen Technology I
ChE 542 – Intermediate Transport Phenomena
ChE 628 – Industrial Catalysis
ChE 696 – Selected Topics: Chemical Sensors
ChE 696 – Selected Topics: Fuel Cells and Fuel Processors
ChE 696 – Selected Topics: Hydrogen Technology
ChE 696 – Selected Topics: Fossil and Renewable Fuels
ChE 697 – Problems in Chemical Engineering: Thin Films and Catalysis
U-M Chemical Engineering Department Excellence Award, 2005
College of Engineering Excellence in Service Award, 1996
Giuseppe Parravano Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research, 1994
Research Excellence Award, College of Engineering, U of M, 1989
Class of 1938 E Distinguished Service Award, U of M, 1986
“In situ tracing of atom migration in Pt/NiPt hollow spheres during catalysis of CO oxidation”, Jialong Liu, Wei Liu, Qian Sun,Shouguo Wang, Kai Sun, Johannes Schwank and Rongming Wang, Chemical Communications 50 (2014) 1804-1807 , DOI: 10.1039/C3CC47772J.
Crystalline structure refinements and properties of Ni/TiO2 and Ni/TiO2-Ce catalysts and application to catalytic reaction of “CO+ NO”,, Adolfo Romero-Galarza, Kevin A. Dahlberg, Xiaoyin Chen, Johannes W. Schwank, Applied Catalysis A: General478 (2014) 21-29.
“Evaluation of Ni/SDC as anode material for dry CH4 fueled Solid Oxide Fuel Cells”, Zhiming Wang, Yongdan Li, and Johannes W. Schwank, Journal of Power Sources 248 (2014) 239-245. ( DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2013.09.043).
“Nature of the two-step temperature-programmed decomposition of PdO supported on alumina”, X. Chen, J. W. Schwank, G.B. Fisher, Y. Cheng, M. Yagner, R. W. McCabe, M. B. Katz, G.W. Graham, and X. Pan, Applied Catalysis A: General, 475 (2014) 420-426.
“Effect of Diluent Gas on Ethylene Epoxidation Activity over Various Ag-Based Catalysts on Selective Oxidation Supports”, Atiporn Chongterdtoonskul, Thitiporn Suttikul, Malee Santikunaporn, Johannes W. Schwank, Sumaeth Chavadej, Journal Of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 386 (2014) 5-13.
“A review on TiO2-based nanotubes formed via hydrothermal synthesis: formation mechanism, structure modification, and photocatalytic applications”, Nan Liu, Xiaoyin Chen, Jinli Zhang, Johannes W. Schwank, Catalysis Today 225 (2014) 34-51.
“Gasification characteristics of carbon species derived from model reforming compound over Ni/Ce-Zr-O catalysts”, Xiaoyin Chen, Edwin Yik, Jonathon Butler, Johannes W. Schwank, Catalysis Today 233 (2014) 14-20.
“Structural evolution of NiAu nanoparticles under ambient conditions directly revealed by atom-resolved imaging combined with DFT simulation”, Xia Xiang, Jinlan Nie, Kai Sun, Wei Liu, Johannes Schwank, Shifa Wang, Mian Zhong, Fei Gao, Xiaotao Zu, Nanoscale 6 (2014), 12898 -12904.
“Ni-Based Monolith n-Dodecane Reforming Catalysts: Optimization of O/C and Effect of Ni Interaction with Cordierite”, Xiaoyin Chen, Kevin A Dahlberg, Benjamin D. Gould, and Johannes W. Schwank, Ind. Eng. Chem Res., 54(16) (2015) 4136 – 4147. DOI: 10.1021/ie504067b.
“Strontium-doped samarium manganite as cathode materials for oxygen reduction reaction in solid oxide fuel cells, W. Li, C. Y. Xiong, L.C. Jia, J. Pu, B. Chi, X. Chen, J.W. Schwank, J. Li, Journal of Power Sources 284 (2015) 272-278.
“Aging, re-dispersion, and catalytic oxidation characteristics of model Pd/Al2O3 automotive three-way catalysts, Xiaoyin Chen, Yisun Cheng, Chang Yup Seo, Johannes W. Schwank, Robert McCabe, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 163 (2015) 499-509.
“One-pot oxydehydration of glycerol to value-added compounds over metal-doped SiW/HZSM-5 catalysts: Effect of metal type and loading”, Sarawalee Thanasilp, Johannes W. Schwank, Vissanu Meeyoo, Sitthiphong Pengpanich, and Mali Hunsom,Chemical Engineering Journal 275 (2015) 113 -124.
“DRIFTS study of photo-assisted catalytic CO + NO redox reaction over CuO/CeO2-TiO2”, Nan Liu, Xiaoyin Chen, Jinli Zhang, Johannes W. Schwank, Catalysis Today 258 (2015) 139-147.
“Pd model catalysts: Effect of aging environment and lean redispersion,” Jason A. Lupescu, Johannes W. Schwank, Kevin A. Dahlberg, Chang Yup Seo, Galen B. Fisher, Sabrina L. Peczonczyk, Kevin Rhodes, Mark J. Jagner, Larry P. Haack, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 183 (2016) 343-360.
“Pd model catalysts: Effect of aging duration on lean redispersion,” Jason A. Lupescu, Johannes W. Schwank, Galen B. Fisher, Xiaoyin Chen, Sabrina L. Peczonczyk, Andrew R. Drews, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 185 (2016) 189-202.
“Synthesis and evaluation of mesopore structured ZSM-5 and CuZSM-5 catalyst for NH3-SCR reaction: Studies of simulated exhaust and engine bench testing,” Zhenguo Li, Junhua Li, Tao Zhang, Wenkang Su, Huazhen Chang, Xiaoning Ren, Shuangxi Liu, Jidong Gao, Xiaoyin Chen, Johannes W. Schwank. RSC Advances 6 (104) (2016) 102570-102581.
“Liquid phase oxydehydration of glycerol to acrylic acid over supported silicotungstic acid catalyst: Influence of reaction parameters”, Sarawalee Thanasilp, Johannes W. Schwank, Vissanu Meeyoo,Sitthiphong Pengpanich, Mali Hunsom, Silpakorn U Science &Tech J 10(2), (2016) 9-21.
“New approaches to water purification for resource-constrained settings: Production of activated biochar by chemical activation with diammonium hydrogenphosphate”, Mohit Nahata, Chang Yup Seo, Pradeep Krishnakumar, Johannes Schwank. Front. Chem. Sci. Eng., DOI: 10.1007/s11705-017-1647-x (2017).
“Facile, one-pot synthesis of Pd@CeO2 core@shell nanoparticles in aqueous environment by controlled hydrolysis of metalloorganic cerium precursor,” ChangYup Seo, Eongyu Yi, Mohit Nahata, Richard M. Laine, Johannes W. Schwank, Materials Letters (2017), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.matlet.2017.06.114 online: http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0167577X17310145