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. Wulfers, M.J., Teketel, S., Ipek, B. and Lobo, R.F., "Conversion of methane to methanol on copper-containing small-pore zeolites and zeotypes", Chem. Comm. 51, 4447, (2015)
  2. Loiland, J.L. and Lobo R.F., "Low Temperature Catalytic NO oxidation over Microporous Materials", J. Catal. 311, 412, (2014)
  3. Yun, J.H., Lobo, R.F., "Radical Cation Intermediates in Propane Dehydrogenation and Propene Hydrogenation over H-[Fe]- Zeolites", J. Phys. Chem. C. 118, 27292, (2014)
  4. Jae, J.H., Zheng, W., Lobo, R.F., Vlachos, D.G., "Production of Dimethylfuran from Hydroxymethylfurfural through Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation with Ruthenium Supported on Carbon", ChemSusChem 6, 1158, (2013)
  5. Do, P. T. M.; Foster, A. J.; Chen, J. G.; Lobo, R. F., "Bimetallic effects in the hydrodeoxygenation of meta-cresol on gamma-Al2O3 supported Pt-Ni and Pt-Co catalysts", Green Chemistry 14, 1388, (2012)
  6. Boppana, V.B.R., Schmidt, H., Jiao, F., Doren, D.G., Lobo R.F., "Structure Analysis and Photocatalytic Properties of Zinc Gallium Oxonitrides", Chem. Eur. J. 17, 12417, (2011)
  7. Hould, N.D.; Foster, A.; Lobo, R.F., "Zeolite Beta Mechanism of Nucleation and Growth", Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 142, 104, (2011)
  8. 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. 102, 441, (2011)
  9. Fedeyko, J. M.; Vlachos, D. G.; Lobo, R. F., "Formation and structure of self-assembled silica nanoparticles in basic solutions of organic and inorganic cations", Langmuir 21, 5197, (2005)
  10. Feuerstein, M.; Lobo, R. F., "Characterization of Li cations in zeolite LiX by solid-state NMR spectroscopy and neutron diffraction", Chem. Mater. 10, 2197, (1998)


  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. Outstanding Young Faculty of the College of Engineering: 1999
  4. Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar: 1999
  5. Young Scholar of the Frances Alison Society: 1999
  6. Recipient of the CAREER Award for Young Investigators of the NSF: 1997

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