The major research avenue of the Regalbuto group is the study of the preparation of solid catalysts. A typical example is the platinum or rhodium containing automobile catalytic converter used to eliminate carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, and hydrocarbons from auto exhaust.
Our current efforts involve the use and comparison of different methods for synthesis of a variety of catalysts especially using Strong Electrostatic Adsorption ( SEA ) in producing catalysts with high dispersion.
In a second vein of work, we look at a further step of catalyst preparation. After impregnation and drying, the catalyst is put through a series of heat and chemical treatments to activate the metal.
Professor of Chemical Engineering and CeEE Endowed Chair in Renewable Fuels
College of Engineering and Computing
University of South Carolina
Regalbuto Research Group
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