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Dr. John Regalbuto

Endowed Chair in Renewable Fuels

Catalysis for Renewable Fuel
CENTER OF ECONOMIC EXCELLENCE

  • Conducting research to develop new liquid phase catalysts for producing renewable sources alternative fuels that will decrease the rate of CO2 emissions and meet U.S. Department of Energy targets.
  • Former Catalysis and Biocatalysis Program Director for the National Science
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
  • Author of Catalysis Preparation: Science and Engineering (2007)

There is tremendous global interest focused on renewable fuel sources for transportation. Dr. John Regalbuto’s research is aimed at developing new catalysts for the production of hydrogen and alternative fuels from renewable sources for the transportation sector. 

He joined the University of South Carolina (USC) from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Chemical Engineering, where he had been for 25 years. During that time, Dr. Regalbuto also served as Catalysis and Biocatalysis Program Director for the National Science Foundation, Directorate for Engineering, where he was intimately involved in the promotion of catalysis and biocatalysis for hydrocarbon biofuels.

Dr. Regalbuto has extensive industry experience. While on sabbatical leaves, he has worked with the Honeywell, Division of Catalysis and Separations and the UOP Research Center. He led Summer Faculty Research Programs at the Argonne National Laboratory and the University Methane Utilization Program at Amoco Oil Company. 

Dr. Regalbuto has been or is currently serving as a consultant to numerous organizations, including BP Chemical Company; the Korean Institute of Energy Research, Taejon, Korea; the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Vienna, Austria; Shell Chemical Company; and the Gas Research Institute, Chicago, Ill. 

A prolific researcher focused on potentially industry-changing technologies, Dr. Reifsnider holds three patents.

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