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Field(s):Catalysis, Reaction Engineering, Energy and Sustainability

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Curriculum Vitae:

  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
  • INQU4017 Chemical Engineering Kinetics And Catalysis
  • INQU4027 Chemical Engineering Seminar
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Kinetic And Reaction Engineering
  • Catalytic Nanomaterial Synthesis And Characterization
  • Renewable Energy And Sustainability
  • Pagán-Torres, Y.J., Tianfu, W., Gallo, J.M.R., Shanks, B.H., & Dumesic, J.A., “Production of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural from Glucose Using a Combination of Lewis and Bronsted Acid Catalysts in Water in a Biphasic Reactor with an Alkylphenol Solvent”, ACS Catalysis, 2 (6), 930, (2012).
  • Pagán-Torres, Y.J., Pham, H.N., Libera, J.A., Elam, J.W., Marshall, C.L., Datye, A.K., & Dumesic, J.A., “Synthesis of highly ordered hydrothermally stable mesoporous niobia catalysts by atomic layer deposition”, ACS Catalysis, 1 (10), 1234, (2011).
  • Dumesic, J.A., Pagán-Torres, Y.J., Wang, T, & Shanks B. H., “Lewis and Bronsted-Lowry Acid-Catalyzed Production of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) from Glucose”, US8642791 B2, (2014).
  • 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, 323, 33-44, (2015).
  • Elam, J.W., Marshall, C.L., Libera, J.A., Dumesic, J.A., & Pagán-Torres, Y.J., “Improved Hydrothermal Performance of Catalyst Supports”, US8741800 B2, (2014).
  • Simeonov, K., Kim, J.H., Ferrari, D., Huelsman, D., Budroni, G., Corthals, S., & Pagán-Torres, Y.J., “CoMoS/K catalysts for higher alcohols synthesis from syngas prepared by mechano-chemical activation of Molybdenite”, Catal. Sci. Technol., 4, 922-924, (2014).
  • Chia, M., Pagán-Torres, Y.J., Tan, Q., Hibbitts, D., Pham, H.N., Datye, A. K., Neurock, M., Davis, R.J., & Dumesic, J.A., “Selective hydrogenolysis of polyols and cyclic ethers by surface acid sites on rhodium-rhenium catalysts”, JACS, 133 (32), 12675, (2011).
  • Pham, H.N., Pagán-Torres, Y.J., Serrano-Ruiz, J.C., Wang, D., Dumesic, J.A. & Datye, A.K.,“Improved Hydrothermal Stability of Niobium Oxide Catalysts for Aqueous Phase Reactions”, Applied Catal. A., 397 (1), 153, (2011).
  • Combs, E., Cinlar, B., Pagan-Torres, Y.J., Dumesic, J.A., & Shanks, B.H., “ Influence of alkali and alkaline earth metal salts on glucose conversion to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in an aqueous system”, Catal. Commun., 30 (1-4), (2013).
  • Wang, T., Pagán-Torres, Y.J., Combs, Elliot J., Dumesic, J.A., & Shanks, Brent H., “Water-Compatible Lewis Acid-Catalyzed Conversion of Carbohydrates to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural in a Biphasic Solvent System”, Top. Catal., 55 (7-10), 657, (2012).
  • Weidman, M., Jackson, D., Pagán-Torres, Y.J., Cho, E., Dumesic, J.A., & Kuech, T.F., “Atomic Layer Deposition of Titanium Phosphate on Silica Particles”, J. Vac. Sci. Technol., 30 (1), (2012).
  • Alamillo, R., Tucker, M., Chia, M., Pagán-Torres, Y.J., Dumesic, J.A., “ The Selective Hydrogenation of Biomass-Derived 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural using Heterogeneous Catalysts”, Green Chem., 14 (5), (2012).
  • Azadi, P., Carrasquillo-Flores, R., Pagán-Torres, Y.J., Gurbiz, E.I., Farnood, R., & Dumesic, J.A., “Catalytic Conversion of Biomass using Solvents Derived from Lignin”, Green Chem., 14 (6), (2012).
  • Holm, M.S., Pagán-Torres, Y.J., Saravanamurugan, S., Riisager, A., Dumesic, J.A., & Taarning, E., “Sn-Beta Catalyzed Conversion of Hemicellulosic Sugars”, Green Chem., 14 (3), 702, (2012).