Lehigh University
Lehigh Universiy



We seek to attain the fundamental understanding of heterogeneous catalytic processes in order to achieve an optimum design of a catalyst as well as sustainable nutrient (N,P,K,Mg,Ca,S) management. These fundamental understanding encompass the reaction intermediates as well as the catalytic sites of the catalyst; we pursue answers as to why these reactions happen. We focus on sustainable green chemistry, where catalytic valorizations of ethanol, methane, and biomass play significant role in creating a better future. We utilize the use of theoretical calculations in the form of DFT, as well as surface and bulk characterization to consolidate both experimental results and theoretical explanations.