Hicks Research Group

Welcome to the Hicks Group Website! We are primarily focused in the area of heterogeneous catalysis. We seek to understand how the properties and structures of catalysts affect activity and selectivity for specific reactions. We couple our experimental results with detailed characterization of the heterogeneous catalysts to develop relationships between the catalyst structure and the resulting catalytic activity. We also study catalyst stability at reaction conditions, as fundamental understanding of stability is required for advanced catalyst development and for process commercialization. We currently have projects focused on the synthesis and characterization of new catalytic materials for biofuels applications, carbon dioxide conversion, ammonia synthesis, methane activation, catalytic dehydrogenation, and olefin oligomerizations. Using kinetic studies and in situ characterization methods, we are studying how non-thermal plasma activates reactants and/or catalyst surfaces to enhance catalyst performance.

Latest News:

August 2018: Feiyang, Jessica and Galiya passed their comprehensive exam! Congratulations!

July 2018: Congratulations to Yolanda for her recent paper in Catalysis Science and Technology!

July 2018: Prof. Hicks gave an invited talk at the International Symposium on the Advancement and Prospect of Catalysis Science & Technology at the University of Sydney, Australia.

June 2018: Yolanda's book chapter on metal phosphides is now published!

May 2018: Yolanda has started an internship at ExxonMobil in Houston, Tx. Congrats!

April 2018: Yolanda has been awarded a Bayer CEST Fellowship. Congratulations!

April 2018: Prof. Hicks gave an invited talk at ECS in Seattle.

March 2018: Patrick's new plasma paper is now published in Nature Catalysis! Excellent job!

March 2018: Congratulations to Yolanda for her recent IPMI Student Award!

March 2018: Prof. Hicks gave an invited talk at ACS in New Orleans.

We are proud members of a recently funded NSF ERC: NSF Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR).