Sustainability: Catalysis, Continuous Manufacturing and Porous Materials

The Allgeier Research Group embraces the role of Chemical Engineering in delivering essential innovations to improve sustainability.  The UN World Commission on Environment and Development provided a guiding definition: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”  Contributing to the goals of sustainability, The Allgeier Research Group seeks to: 1) develop fundamental understanding of heterogeneous catalysts and processes to efficiently use renewable resources and existing fossil fuel resources, 2) advance the ongoing revolution in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals by continuous manufacturing and 3) develop innovative characterization methods for sustainable porous materials for both biomedical and industrial applications.


Professor Alan M. Allgeier


Dr. Alan M. Allgeier joined The University of Kansas in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (CPE) as an associate professor in the Fall of 2017 after 20 years in industry, split between the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. Currently, he has a joint appointment with both the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC). Dr. Allgeier received his B.S. Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) and subsequently obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). He has garnered recognitions during his career, including the 1994 Sigma Xi Award at Northwestern University for excellence in graduate research, being elected to Chair the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society from 2008-2010, the 2011 Amgen (internal) Green Chemistry Award and in 2014, he was selected as the Russell Malz Awardee for Service to Catalysis from the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society.  

Dr. Allgeier began his professional career with DuPont in 1997, first as a post-doc and then as Senior Research Chemist focusing on heterogeneous catalysis and three-phase reactions for production of Nylon monomers and specialty chemicals.  Following DuPont’s divestiture of Nylon in 2004, Dr. Allgeier joined Amgen, Inc. to help establish the Amgen Catalysis and Hydrogenation Group and to conduct process development and clinical manufacturing.  In 2011 he joined DuPont Central Research reaching the level of Senior Principal Scientist and was a technology leader for surface and particle science in the Corporate Center for Analytical Sciences. With his transition from industry to academia, Dr. Allgeier is bringing his expertise in catalysis, characterization science, and pharmaceutical manufacturing to The University of Kansas, where he is building a group focused on sustainability with emphasis on catalysis, reaction engineering and porous materials.

 


Richard and Elizabeth Hoover


The University of Kansas alumni, Richard and Elizabeth Hoover, have enabled Drs. Alan M. Allgeier and Mark B. Shiflett to establish the Applied Chemical Engineering Research Laboratory. With their $1 million donation, they seek to help students extend academic concepts to applied engineering in an effort to better prepare them for an industrial career. Their generosity facilitates long-term programs and acquisition of specialized equipment that give KU students marketable, industry-relevant skills. Richard and Elizabeth have a special interest in augmenting undergraduate education, which is synergistic to the goals of the Allgeier and Shiflett Research Groups. Dr. Allgeier leverages his two decades of industrial experience to define exciting student research programs spanning pharmaceutical manufacture, biorenewable products and materials characterization.  Undergraduate students play a pivotal role in the development and growth of both the Allgeier and Shiflett Research Groups, from contributing to the design and construction of laboratory equipment to participating in industry-sponsored research and even launching new research projects, independently.  With enthusiasm and the generous gift of The Hoovers, we are building something special at KU!


Continuous Manufacturing for Pharmaceuticals



Homogeneous & Heterogeneous Catalysis



Porous Materials Development & Characterization