Dr. Dadyburjor serves also as a Resident Faculty Fellow at the National Energy
Technology Laboratory of the US Department of Energy. His research interests are primarily
in heterogeneous catalysis and the production of fuels and chemicals from
indigenous and cheap feedstocks. Research topics
include the deactivation and regeneration of catalysts, the design of novel
catalysts specific for selective reactions, the production of synthesis gas
(a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen) from natural gas (methane), and
products from synthesis gas.
Current projects include the production of
diesel and gasoline fuels from synthesis gas and/or biomass, and the design
of catalysts for water-gas shift reactions. Recent projects include
production of useful chemicals from green- house gases, the production of
high-molecular-weight alcohols, the design and use of cheap catalysts for hydrotreatment, specifically hydrodenitrogenation
reactions, and of disposable catalysts in coal liquefaction, the
co-liquefaction of coal and waste materials such as used tires, the
activity-selectivity-coking behavior of cracking catalysts, and diagnoses
of deactivation in zeolite catalysts.
Dr. Dadyburjor is a member of the Board of
Directors of the Council for Chemical Research, where he serves as the
academic lead for the Action Network for Research Collaboration. He is also on the Editorial Board of
the Journal of Fuel Chemistry and Technology. During 1997-2000, Dr.
Dadyburjor served as a Guest Professor at the Institute
of Coal Chemistry, China; he has been a Visiting Professor at
the University of California, Berkeley;
at the Fritz-Haber-Institut, Germany; and also at Switzerland, Israel,
He has given several keynote and plenary lectures: in 1998, he was a
keynote speaker at the Fourteenth National Symposium in Catalysis in India, and
in 1987 he gave the keynote talk at the Fourth International Symposium on
Catalyst Deactivation. He has been a member of several Program Committees,
including the Executive Committee for the 11th International Congress on
Catalysis, 1996. In 1983, he was Co-Chairman of the first Engineering
Foundation Conference on Chemical Reaction Engineering. Dr. Dadyburjor is a
Fellow of AIChE. He serves as Councilor of the
Pittsburgh Local Section of AIChE. He has served as Chair of Area 1b
(Kinetics, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering) of the National Program
Committee of AIChE (currently Section 20 of AIChE).
W.P. Ma, E.L. Kugler
and D.B. Dadyburjor, “Potassium Effects on Activated-Carbon-Supported
Iron Catalysts for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis,”
Energy and Fuels, 21, 1832-1842 (2007).
E.L. Kugler, C.H.
Clark, J.H. Wright, J.C. Hanson, Z. Song, T. Cai,
J. Hrbek and D.B. Dadyburjor, “Preparation, Interconversion
and Characterization of Nanometer-sized Molybdenum Carbide
Catalysts,” Topics in Catalysis, 39(3-4) 257-262 (2006).
H. Shao, E.L. Kugler, W. Ma and D.B. Dadyburjor,
“Effect of Temperature on Structure and Performance of In-House
Cobalt-Tungsten Carbide Catalyst for Dry Reforming of Methane,”
I&EC Research 44, 4914-4921 (2005).
T.E. Fout, J.W. Zondlo and D.B. Dadyburjor,
"Ferric-Sulfide-Based Catalysts Made Using Reverse Micelles: Effect of
Preparation on Performance in Coal Liquefaction," Catalysts Today, 63,
L. Feng, X. Li, E.L. Kugler and D.B. Dadyburjor,
"A Temperature-Programmed Study on Alkali-Promoted Carbon-Supported
Molybdenum Catalysts," J. Catalysis, 190, 1-13 (2000).
E.L. Kugler, L. Feng, X. Li and D.B. Dadyburjor,
"Effect of Ni on K-Doped Molybdenum-on-Carbon Catalysts:
Temperature-Programmed Reduction and Reactivity to Higher-Alcohol
Formation," Studies Surf. Sci. Catal., 130,
R.K.Sharma, J. Yang, J.W. Zondlo and D.B.
Dadyburjor, "Effect of Process Conditions on Co-Liquefaction Kinetics
of Waste Tire and Coal," Catalysis Today, 40, 307-320 (1998).
A.K. Gunturu, E.L. Kugler, J.B. Cropley and D.B. Dadyburjor, "A Kinetic Model for
the Synthesis of High-Molecular-Weight Alcohols over a Sulfided
Co-K-Mo/C Catalyst," I&EC Research, 37, No.6 ,
R.K. Sharma, J.S. MacFadden, A.H. Stiller and
D.B. Dadyburjor, "Direct Liquefaction of Coal Using Aerosol-Generated
Ferric-Sulfide-Based Mixed-Metal Catalysts," Energy and Fuels, 12, No.
2, 312-319 (1998).
Z. Liu, and D.B. Dadyburjor, "Analysis of Coupled Deactivation
Effects: Interaction of Sodium and Coke in Cracking over Zeolites," Catalysis Today, Special Issue on
Catalyst Deactivation, 37, 249-253 (1997).
A. Chadha, C.D. Stinespring, A.H. Stiller, J.W.
Zondlo and D.B. Dadyburjor, "Characterization and Activity of
Ferric-Sulfide-Based Catalyst in Model Reactions of Direct Coal
Liquefaction: Effect of Preparation Conditions," I&EC Research,
36, 284-295 (1997).
D.H. Smith, S. Ramanathan and D.B. Dadyburjor,
"Temperature Dependence of Emulsion Morphologies and the Dispersion
Morphology Diagram. III. Inversion Hysteresis Lines for Emulsions of Middle
and Bottom Phases of the System C6H13(OC2
H4)2OH/n-Tetradecane/Water," J. Phys. Chem.,
100, 17558-17562 (1996).
A.H. Stiller, J.-P. Wann, D. Tian,
J.W. Zondlo and D.B. Dadyburjor, "Co-Processing of Agricultural and
Biomass Waste with Coal," Fuel Proc. Technol., 49, 167-175 (1996).
R.K. Sharma, A.H. Stiller and D.B. Dadyburjor, "Effect of Preparation
Conditions on the Characterization and Activity of Aerosol-Generated
Ferric-Sulfide-Based Catalysts for Direct Coal Liquefaction," Energy
and Fuels, 10, 757-765 (1996).
Z. Liu, S. Matoba, S. Osanai,
T. Shiro-oka and D.B. Dadyburjor, "Activity
Coking Rate of Catalyst Deactivated by Fast-Coking Species Added to the
Feed," Contributed to Deactivation and Testing of
Hydrocarbon-Conversion Catalysts, P. O'Connor, G. Woolery
and T. Takatsuka eds., ACS Symposium Series 634,
D. Tian, R. Sharma, A.H. Stiller, C.D.
Stinespring, and D.B. Dadyburjor, "Direct Liquefaction of Coal Using
Ferric-Sulfide-Based Mixed-Metal Catalysts Containing Magnesium and
Molybdenum," Fuel, 75, 751-758 (1996).
Z. Liu, J. Yang, J.W. Zondlo, A.H. Stiller, and D.B. Dadyburjor,
"In-situ Impregnated Iron-Based Catalysts for Coal Liquefaction,"
Fuel, 75, 51-57 (1996).