PIRE US Partner Institutions Description
University of New Mexico
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin- Madison
Iowa State University


PIRE International Partner Institutions Description
Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany
The Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interface, Germany
Haldor Topsoe A/S, Denmark
The University of Turku, Finland
Technical University of Denmark
Utrecht University, Netherlands
Twente University, Netherlands



PIRE Partners - The University of New Mexico

The University of New Mexico Center for Micro-Engineered Materials (CMEM) serves as a focal point for materials science research and education at UNM. The research performed by the CMEM faculty is highly leveraged because of close collaboration with research scientists from Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Sandia Center for Integrated Nanotechnology (CINT).

Faculty from Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Physics work in the Center to develop new technologies to make the U.S. more competitive in ceramic science and engineering. The projects are interdisciplinary in nature and use state-of-the-art equipment within the Center and the Advanced Materials Laboratory, a facility operated jointly by UNM and Sandia National Laboratories.

The Center for Micro-Engineered Materials has been a site for the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program since 1994. 

Farris Engineering Center
Research Lab

Prof. Abhaya Datye, (PI)
Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
Director, Center for Micro-engineered Materials

For more information visit: www.unm.edu/~cmem and http://www.soe.unm.edu/



PIRE Partners - The University of Virginia

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia was founded in 1908 and today continues a strong tradition of excellence in both research and education. We are a nationally-ranked department comprised of an energetic faculty leading first-rate research programs. These programs cover a diverse range of topics including biotechnology, nanotechnology, future energy sources, fuel cells, catalysis, environmental engineering, computer and molecular simulation, electrochemistry, materials development, separations technology and thermodynamics. Faculty and graduate students draw on the wide range of excellent research facilities available in the department and participate in a number of multidisciplinary research centers across the School of Engineering and the University of Virginia.

The University of Virginia

Prof. Robert J. Davis, (co-PI)
Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering

Prof. Mathew Neurock, (co-PI)
Department of Chemical Engineering

For more information visit http://www.che.virginia.edu/



PIRE Partners - The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Innovative research is the heart of the graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our faculty is an outstanding group of scholars whose interests span both traditional and emerging areas of research in chemical engineering. Their work puts them at the forefront of chemical engineering research, and many have been recognized for their contributions with awards from national and international organizations.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison
Engineering Fountain

Prof. James A. Dumesic, (co-PI)
Steenbock Professor, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

For more information visit: http://www.engr.wisc.edu/che/
and http://depts.washington.edu/centc/



PIRE Partners - Iowa State University


The Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) is an outgrowth of the Bioeconomy Initiative - a campus wide effort, launched in 2002, to investigate the use of biorenewable resources as sustainable feedstocks for producing chemicals, fuels, materials, and energy. Today,  the BEI has over 140 faculty affiliated members who contribute to the Bioeconomy Initiative with over $37 million in cumulative sponsored research funding from industry and federal agencies ranging from the Department of Agriculture to the National Science Foundation.  

Iowa State University
BEI Research Lab

Assoc. Prof. Brent Shanks
, (co-PI)
Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

For more information visit http://www.biorenew.iastate.edu/homepage.html
and http://www.cbe.iastate.edu/



PIRE Partners - Netherlands


Eindhoven University of Technology

The catalysis research group at the Einhoven University of Technology focuses on the molecular basis of heterogeneous, homogeneous, and electro-catalysis, as well as molecular surface chemistry, based on methods from inter alia spectroscopy, computational chemistry, surface science, and chemical technology. The research aims towards the conceptual description of catalysis at a molecular level, the predictability of the catalytic reactivity, and the design of reactions. Learn more about the Einhoven University catalysis group here.

Utrecht University - The Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science (DINS)

The Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science (DINS) is one of the research institutes of the Faculty of Science of Utrecht University. The Institute comprises six research groups from the Departments of Chemistry and Physics and Astronomy. In the Debye Institute approximately 175 scientists, 35 support staff, and 45 master students are active. The Institute is named after the Dutch scientist Peter Debye (1884-1966), who was one of the first true chemical physicists and physical chemists, and Nobel laureate.

Twente University - MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology

MESA+ is one of the largest nanotechnology research institutes in the world, delivering competitive and successful high quality research. It uses a unique structure, which unites scientific disciplines, and builds fruitful international cooperation to excel in science and education. MESA+ has created a perfect habitat for start-ups in the micro- and nano-industry to establish and to mature. Learn more about Twente University here.


Prof. Hans Niemantsverdreit (host: Netherlands site)
Eindhoven University of Technology

Prof. Bert Weckhuysen (collaborator)
Utrecht University

Prof. Krijn de Jong (collaborator)
Utrecht University

Prof. Harry Bitter (collaborator)
Utrecht University

Prof. Leon Lefferts (collaborator)
Twente University



PIRE Partners - Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Berlin


The department AC in the Fritz-Haber-Institute aims to gain a generalized understanding of heterogeneous catalysis as a multi-scale phenomenon. To achieve this goal the department develops and applies in situ methodology and combines the obtained information with kinetic data. The rationale behind this approach is the realization that catalysts are dynamic materials whose active centres are formed or transformed under reaction conditions.

The Fritz Haber Institute

Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl, (host: Germany site)
Director, Department of Inorganic Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Matthias Scheffler, (collaborator)
Director, Theory Department

For more information visit: http://www.fhi-berlin.mpg.de/



PIRE Partners - The Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interface


The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is an independent, non-profit research organization. It was founded on February 26, 1948, and is the successor organization to the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, which was established in 1911.

The Max Planck Society currently maintains 80 institutes, research units, and working groups that are devoted to a wide range of especially promising research areas. Each institute has a special statutory task be it to research the structure of matter, the function of our nervous system, or the birth and development of stars and galaxies. Max Planck Institutes work largely in an interdisciplinary setting and in close cooperation with universities and research institutes in Germany and abroad to generate cutting-edge knowledge and technological breakthroughs and to produce highly qualified, internationally competitive junior scientists and researchers.

The Max Planck Institute

Prof. Dr. Markus Antonietti (collaborator)
Director, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces

For more information visit: http://www.mpikg.mpg.de/english/cont_issues/news/index.html



PIRE Partners - Haldor Topsoe


Topsoe is the Catalyst and Technology Company. For more than 50 years, we have supplied the full range of catalysts required for production of ammonia, hydrogen, synthesis gas, methanol, formaldehyde, and sulphuric acid. Topsoe holds a position as one of the major catalyst manufacturers serving these industries worldwide.

Development of new and improved catalysts in our research facilities is undertaken in parallel with the development of process technology based on these catalysts. This combination of catalyst and process know-how has given Topsoe a unique standing as the only company capable of supplying catalysts, process licenses, and engineering design to the chemical and petrochemical industries.

Haldor Topsoe Aerial View

Dr. Claus Hviid Christensen (collaborator)

Dr. Stig Helveg (collaborator)
Research Scientist

For more information visit: http://www.topsoe.com/



PIRE Partners - Finland


The University of Turku is an internationally acknowledged, multidisciplinary scientific university located on the Southwest coast of Finland, in the vivid student city of Turku. With 21,000 students and 3,000 employees, it is one of the major universities in Finland.

Visit Abo Akademi University web site.


Prof. Dmitry Murzin (host: Finland site)
Abo Akdemi University, Department of Chemical Engineering



PIRE Partners - The Technical University of Denmark


Situated just a few hours flight from the capitals of Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, Germany and the Baltic States, DTU lies at the heart of Scandinavia and Northern Europe and is a leading-edge institution in the thriving design and engineering culture of the region.

DTU has elite researchers in all its fields of research. However, there are a number of high-technological profile areas in which DTU is currently and will continue to speculate and invest an extraordinary amount of resources to be an apparent leader. These profile areas span all DTU´s departments and build on the indispensable foundation formed by the basic technical research into natural science. DTU´s current profile areas are :

  • Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Information and Communication Technology (IKT)
  • Energy and environmental technology
  • Food science and medicotechnology
  • Space and robotic technology
The Technical University of Denmark
DTU Lecture

Prof. Ib Chorkendorff (host: Denmark site)
Department of Physics
Director, Center for Individual Nanoparticle Functionality (CINF)

Prof. Jens K. Nørskov, (collaborator)
Department of Physics, Director Center for Atomic-scale Materials

Design For more information visit: http://www.dtu.dk/english.aspx