University of Delaware - College of Engineering



Raul F Lobo

Raul Lobo
  • Claire D. LeClaire Professor
  • Director, Center for Catalytic Science & Technology (CCST)

332 CLB
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware 19716
302-831-1048 (fax)

  • Doctorate - 1994 California Institute of Technology
  • Masters - 1993 California Institute of Technology
  • Bachelors - 1989 University of Costa Rica

"Zeolites and other ordered nanoporous materials are truly fascinating. Not only their wide range of applications which include catalytic, adsorption and ion exchange unit operations, but also their symmetry, their structural complexity and the possibility to fine tune their properties to fit a particular application has made them a subject of research of ever increasing importance. The availability of materials with different pore shapes and sizes always of the same length scale of small organic molecules and all of the same size due to their crystalline nature are a challenge to scientists and engineers who want to make a meaningful contribution to the chemical industries and the environment.

The goal of this research program is to gain fundamental understanding of the properties of these materials and the relations of these properties with the materials structure and chemical composition. Chemical engineering principles are then used to modify the properties of the microporous solids to fulfill the requirements of a specific application such as a chemical reaction, the selective adsorption of a particular molecule, enhanced thermochemical stability, etc."

XSelected Publications

For a complete listing of publications, please view the Full CV.
  1. Do, P.T.M., McAteee, J.R., Watson, D.A., Lobo, R.F., "Elucidation of Diels-Alder Reaction Network of 2,5-dimethylfuran and ethylene on HY Zeolite Catalysts", ACS Cat. 3, 41, (2013)
  2. Foster, A. J.; Do, P. T. M.; Lobo, R. F., "The Synergy of the Support Acid Function and the Metal Function in the Catalytic Hydrodeoxygenation of m-Cresol", Topics in Catalysis 55, 118, (2012)
  3. Fickel, D.W., D'Addio, E., Lauterbach, J.A., Lobo, R.F., "The ammonia selective catalytic reduction activity of copper-exchanged small-pore zeolites", Appl. Cat. B-Env. 142, 104, (2011)
  4. Hould, N.D.; Foster, A.; Lobo, R.F., "Zeolite Beta Mechanism of Nucleation and Growth", Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 142, 104, (2011)
  5. Boppana, V.B.R., Lobo, R. F., "Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Molecules on Mesoporous Visible-Light active Sn(II)-dopped Titania", J. Catal 281, 156, (2011)
  6. Pham, T.D., Liu, Q.L., Lobo, R.F., "Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen Adsorption on Cation-Exchanged SSZ-13 Zeolites", Langmuir 29, 832, (2013)
  7. Al Majnouni, K.A.; Yun, J.H.; Lobo, R.F., "High-Temperature Produced Catalytic Sites Selective for n-Alkane Dehydrogenation in Acid Zeolites: The Case of HZSM-5", ChemCatChem 3, 1333, (2011)
  8. Smith, M.A., Lobo, R. F., "A fractal description of the pore structure in block-copolymer templated mesoporosu silicates", Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 131, 204, (2010)
  9. Martinez-Inesta, M.A.M., Lobo, R. F., "Investigation of the structure of platinum clusters supported in zeolite beta using the pair distribution function", J. Phys. Chem. C. 111, 8573, (2007)
  10. J.M. Fedeyko; J.D. Rimer; D.G. Vlachos; R.F. Lobo, "Spontaneous Formation of Silica Nanoparticles in Basic Solutions of Small Tetraalkylammonium Cations", Journal of Physical Chemistry B 108, 12271, (2004)


  1. Process for Preparing Methylamines Using Acidic Molecular Sieve Catalysts. (60-109975): D. Corbin, R. F. Lobo, S. Schwarz, 1998
  2. Process for Preparing Methylamines Using Acidic Chabazite-type Zeolite Catalysts. (60-064493): D. Corbin, S. Schwarz, R. F. Lobo, 1997
  3. Zeolite CIT-1. (5512267): R. F. Lobo and M. E. Davis, 1996

XSelected Awards

For a complete listing of awards, please view the Full CV.
  1. Ipatieff Prize (American Chemical Society: 2004)
  2. Innovation Recognition Program (Dow Chemical Company: 2001)
  3. Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar: 1999
  4. Young Scholar of the Frances Alison Society: 1999
  5. Outstanding Young Faculty of the College of Engineering: 1999
  6. Recipient of the CAREER Award for Young Investigators of the NSF: 1997

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