Gary Jacobs, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

Gary Jacobs, Ph. D.

Research Interests

Catalyst Characterization

  • Synchrotron techniques (EXAFS, XANES, XRD)
  • Vibrational spectroscopies (FTIR, Raman)
  • Adsorption methods (physisorption, chemisorption)
  • Temperature programmed methods (TPR, TPD, TPO, etc.)
  • Probe reactions for active site characterization (e.g., ring opening, acid/base sites, metallic sites)

Hydrogen Production Catalysis

  • Fuel processing catalysis for hydrogen production/purification – high/low temperature water gas shift, preferential oxidation
  • Storage and release of hydrogen via chemical carriers – steam reforming of alcohols, methanol synthesis

Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis

  • Cobalt-based catalysts for gas-to-liquids
    • characterization of metal-support effects (crystallite size, extent of reduction, site densities)
    • catalyst stability issues

Other Areas

  • Dehydrocyclization of paraffins
  • Solid superacid catalysts
  • Model catalysts


  • B.Sc., with High Honors, Chemical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK

Honors and Awards


Grants, Patents and Clinical Trials