Raymond J. Gorte selected as 2009 Recipient of the R. H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering

June 29, 2009

PHILADELPHIA –-Raymond J. Gorte, the Russell Pearce and Elizabeth Crimian Heuer Professor in the departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the 2009 R. H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering. He is being recognized for seminal contributions to the field of reaction engineering.

This award, sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, is a major award in the field of Chemical Engineering. It recognizes an individual's significant and new contribution in chemical reaction engineering, and the recipient will have advanced the frontiers of chemical reaction engineering through originality, creativity, and novelty of concept or application.  Presentation of this award will take place at the Institute’s Honors Ceremony, held during AIChE’s 2009 Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gorte’s current research focuses on electrodes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and on oxidation catalysis using mixed-oxides. With SOFC, his lab has developed a method to synthesize electrodes with unprecedented control over composition and nanostructure, fabricating high-performance cells that are able to operate on hydrocarbon fuels. In oxidation catalysis, his group has developed methods to measure the thermodynamic, redox properties of mixed oxides and then determine the effect changes in redox properties have on catalytic properties.

To read more about Gorte and his research, please visit http://www.seas.upenn.edu/directory/profile.php?ID=33.