CCST Seminar: Alan Allgeier

Biography: Dr. Alan Allgeier is a Sr. Principal Scientist with DuPont Science and Engineering.  He earned his B.S. in Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University in 1992 and defended his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 1996 at Northwestern University under the guidance of Prof. Chad A. Mirkin.  He has split his professional career between the pharmaceutical industry (Amgen, Inc) and the chemical industry (DuPont), garnering significant expertise in catalysis and process chemistry.  In 2011 he moved to the Surface and Particle Science group in DuPont with responsibility for characterization of particle systems and porous materials, including catalysts.  Much of his work at DuPont is in the field of sustainable chemistry via catalysis.  Dr. Allgeier has authored 20 journal articles, co-invented 25 patents, served as guest editor for Topics in Catalysis and served as chair of the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society and the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia.  He has been honored with the inaugural Amgen Green Chemistry Award (2011) and the Russell Malz Award for Service in Catalysis (2014).


Abstract: “Catalysis for Sustainable Chemistry: Process Development and Catalyst Characterization”


Catalysis is a key technology for ensuring sustainable economic development and addresses many of the Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry.  In this presentation we will explore improvements to the productivity of catalysts for a traditional petrochemical based process to monomers and then explore biorenewable feedstocks for monomer production. Throughout the discussion the importance of catalyst characterization to advancing catalyst technologies will be explored.  We have explored Pt-W / SiO2 catalysts prepared from either meta-tungstate or para-tungstate precursors and characterize the influence of catalyst preparation conditions upon the resulting microstructure and electronic properties.  Full characterization of catalysts from carbon monoxide chemisorption, electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA), transmission electron microscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy and other techniques will be described.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 10:00am to 11:00am

Colburn Lab, 366 CLB
University of Delaware- Colburn Lab, University of Delaware, 150 Academy St, Newark, DE 19716-3196, USA

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Students, Lectures & Programs, Community, Lectures and Programs



Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Center Catalytic Science & Technology


ENGR - Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
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Mary Walsh

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