Harris Search Associates appoints Dr. Norbert Kruse as the Gene and Linda Voiland Distinguised Professor at Washington State University

Harris Search Associates has appointed Dr. Norbert Kruse from the University of Brussels as the Gene and Linda Voiland Distinguised Professor at Washington State University.

Recruited from the University of Brussels, Dr. Kruse's research is focused on heterogeneous catalysis. Emphasis is placed on the development of sustainable catalytic processes by making use of feedstock from renewable sources. A strategy "from the bottom to the top and vice versa" is followed to cover all aspects of knowledge oriented basic research as well as applicability. Modern techniques of nanotechnology are used to design the structure and composition of solid catalysts.

Present research topics focusing on application include:

  • production of oxygenates (fuels, feedstock for lubricants, plasticizers or detergents) from carbon monoxide and hydrogen according to the Fischer Tropsch technology
  • catalytic hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to short-chain alcohols
  • methane activation
  • selective catalytic reduction of NOx

Fundamental research in heterogeneous catalysis aims at:

  • demonstrating reaction mechanisms by investigating the ongoing catalytic reaction
  • providing an understanding of oscillations in catalytic reactions
  • tuning the selectivity with nanosized metal particles


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