Phone: (787) 832-4040 Ext. 3589


Office: 207-E

Lab(s): 101-J

Current Course(s): Reaction Engineering; Chemical Process Safety and Economics; Chemical Engineering Process Design 

PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

BS in Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Heterogeneous Catalysis

Reaction Engineering

Renewable Energy

Postdoctoral Research Scholar: Dr. Ayad Nacy

Graduate Students: Sandra Albarracin Suazo; Wella Vidal Urquiza

Undergraduate Students: Kevin Sanchez; Belma del Mar Sandoval; Gerardo Rivera; Genesis Ruiz; Justin Borrero

  1. Xi, Y.; Yang, W.; Ammal, S.C.; Lautherbach, J.; Pagan-Torres, Y.J.; Heyden, A., Mechanistic Study of the ceria supported, re-catalyzed deoxydehydration of vicinal OH groups. Catalysis Science & Technology 2018, 8, 5750-5762.
  2. Pagan-Torres, Y.J.; Lu, J.; Nikolla, E.; Alba-Rubio, A.C.; Well –Defined Nanostructures for Catalysis by Atomic Layer Deposition. Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis 2017, 177, 643-676.
  3. Wang, B.; Albarracín-Suazo, S.; Pagán-Torres, Y.; Nikolla, E., Advances in Methane Conversion Processes. Catalysis Today 2017, 285, 147-158.
  4. Montejo-Valencia, B.D.; Pagán-Torres, Y.J.; Martínez-Iñesta, M.M.; Pagán-Torres, Y. J.; Curet-Arana, M.C., Density Functional Theory (DFT) Study to Unravel the Catalytic Properties of M-Exchanged MFI, (M = Be, Co, Cu, Mg, Mn, Zn) for the Conversion of Methane and Carbon Dioxide to Acetic Acid. ACS Catalysis 2017, 7 (10), 6719-6728.
  5. Kim, Y. T.; Chada, J. P.; Xu, Z.; Pagan-Torres, Y. J.; Rosenfeld, D. C.; Winniford, W. L.; Schmidt, E.; Huber, G. W., Low-temperature oligomerization of 1-butene with H-ferrierite. Journal of Catalysis 2015, 323, 33-44.
  6. Simeonov, K.; Kim, J. H.; Ferrari, D.; Huelsman, D.; Budroni, G.; Corthals, S.; Pagan-Torres, Y. J., CoMoS/K catalysts for higher alcohol synthesis from syngas prepared by mechano-chemical activation of molybdenite. Catalysis Science & Technology 2014, 4, 922-924.
  7. Pagán-Torres, Y. J.; Gallo, J. M. R.; Wang, D.; Pham, H. N.; Libera, J. A.; Marshall, C. L.; Elam, J. W.; Datye, A. K.; Dumesic, J. A., Synthesis of Highly Ordered Hydrothermally Stable Mesoporous Niobia Catalysts by Atomic Layer Deposition. ACS Catalysis 2011, 1 (10), 1234-1245.
  8. Wiedmann, M. K.; Jackson, D. H. K.; Pagan-Torres, Y. J.; Cho, E.; Dumesic, J. A.; Kuech, T. F., Atomic layer deposition of titanium phosphate on silica nanoparticles. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A: Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films 2012, 30(1), 01A134/1-01A134/8.
  9. Chia, M.; Pagán-Torres, Y. J.; Hibbitts, D.; Tan, Q.; Pham, H. N.; Datye, A. K.; Neurock, M.; Davis, R. J.; Dumesic, J. A., Selective Hydrogenolysis of Polyols and Cyclic Ethers over Bifunctional Surface Sites on Rhodium–Rhenium Catalysts. Journal of the American Chemical Society 2011, 133 (32), 12675-12689.
  10. Pagán-Torres, Y. J.; Wang, T.; Gallo, J. M. R.; Shanks, B. H.; Dumesic, J. A., Production of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural from Glucose Using a Combination of Lewis and Brønsted Acid Catalysts in Water in a Biphasic Reactor with an Alkylphenol Solvent. ACS Catalysis 2012, 2 (6), 930-934.
  11. Pham, H. N.; Pagán-Torres, Y. J.; Serrano-Ruiz, J. C.; Wang, D.; Dumesic, J. A.; Datye, A. K., Improved hydrothermal stability of niobia-supported Pd catalysts. Applied Catalysis A: General 2011, 397 (1-2), 153-162.
  12. Holm, M. S.; Pagán-Torres, Y. J.; Shunmugavel, S.; Riisager, A.; Dumesic, J. A.; Taarning, E., Sn-Beta catalysed conversion of hemicellulosic sugars. Green Chemistry 2012, 14 (3), 702-706.
  13. Alamillo, R.; Tucker, M.; Chia, M.; Pagán-Torres, Y.; Dumesic, J., The selective hydrogenation of biomass-derived 5-hydroxymethylfurfural using heterogeneous catalysts. Green Chemistry 2012, 14 (5), 1413-1419.
  14. Azadi, P.; Carrasquillo-Flores, R.; Pagán-Torres, Y. J.; Gürbüz, E. I.; Farnood, R.; Dumesic, J. A., Catalytic conversion of biomass using solvents derived from lignin. Green Chemistry 2012, 14 (6), 1573-1576.