Johannes Schwank, James and Judith Street Professor of chemical engineering, 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 to 1995 and is currently a Member of the College of Engineering Executive Committee at the University of Michigan. He is a Visiting Professor at Tianjin University, China, for the period from 2011 to 2013. He serves on the International Science Council of the King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology in Saudi Arabia. He served as the Cochair of the 22nd North American Catalysis Society Meeting in Detroit, June 5 to 10, 2011, and serves on several editorial boards and advisory boards. He is the Interim Director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute, MMPEI. He is the author of more than 150 refereed publications and holds eight US 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 from coal and biomass; hydrogen production from gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel; solid oxide fuel cells; automotive emission control catalysts; novel catalyst synthesis and characterization methods.
Biography Updated on 2 January 2012