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Johannes Schwank

Johannes Schwank

Johannes Schwank holds a Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from Innsbruck University in Austria.  In 1978, he came to the University of Michigan as a Fulbright-­Hays scholar. He joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1980 where he rose through the ranks and became Full Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1990. He served as Chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department from 1990 – 1995, the College of Engineering Executive Committee at the University of Michigan 2008 – 2012, as Interim Director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute 2011/2012, and as Director of EMAL (Electron Microbeam Analysis Laboratory), a campus-­wide user facility 2013 – 2015.

He serves on multiple editorial boards and industrial advisory boards, and has co-­founded a successful start‐up company. He is the author of more than 200 refereed publications, and holds nine U.S. patents. His research group is working on a wide range of topics, including nanostructured materials for catalysis, energy storage, and gas sensing applications; synthetic fuels; biomass conversion; hydrogen production from gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel; solid oxide fuel cells; automotive emission control catalysts; photocatalysis; and novel catalyst synthesis and characterization methods.

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