Catalysis & Reaction Engineering


Green and Efficient Routes

Part of a revolution in the chemical industry, in catalysis, a certain chemical substance (catalyst) is added to the system to alter the rate of the reaction. The Green Chemistry principle #4, promotes efficient and sustainable processes, avoiding the caveats of stoichiometric procedures, reducing the consumption of energy and resources.


Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalytic reactions enable worldwide technology development, including the production of a vast majority of fuels and chemicals. Greener catalyzed reactions are achieved through the use of organic, inorganic, and biological catalysts.

Aiming at a Sustainable Future

The catalysis division of our group seeks to understand reaction mechanisms and elucidate design principles in both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. Our current interests cover biomass conversion and synthesis of pharmaceuticals.

Meeting Demands

To improve the sustainability of catalysis in pharma applications, we also seek to convert catalytic transformations from precious metal catalysts to earth abundant metal catalysts in continuous flow processes.


We apply isotopic labeling, reaction kinetics, and a variety of catalyst characterization tools while collaborating on computational modeling to develop mechanism proposals that guide future catalyst optimization. Rooted in Dr. Allgeier's two decades of industrial experience, our group has particular expertise in elucidating mechanisms of catalyst deactivation and developing strategies to extend the useful life of catalysts. These interests encompass applications of high-cost, specialized catalysts used in the pharmaceutical industry.

The Catalysis Team in the Research Allgeier Group - Spring 2019