Journal of Nanomaterials & Molecular NanotechnologyISSN: 2324-8777

Robert M. Rioux

Robert M. Rioux, PhD
Department of Chemical Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University, USA

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Dr. Robert M. Rioux is currently the Friedrich G. Helfferich Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to starting his independent academic career, he received a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2006, and completed an NIH-sponsored postdoctoral position in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. His research interests include organometallic and heterogeneous catalysis, reaction mechanisms of nanoscale materials synthesis, time-resolved condensed matter spectroscopy including synchrotron-based x-ray absorption and scattering measurements, and single-molecule microscopy/spectroscopy. His group applies isothermal titration and solution calorimetry to understand adsorption and reactivity at the solid-liquid interface. He has received a number of awards including a 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Grant, a DARPA Young Faculty Award and a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Current funding sources include 3M, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Air Force Research Laboratory, American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, DARPA, Department of Energy – Basic Energy Sciences, National Energy Technology Laboratory, National Science Foundation CBET, and the National Science Foundation Chemistry Division.

Research Interest

Dr. Robert M. Rioux’s research interests include:

  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Catalyst design and synthesis
  • Time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy of condensed systems
  • X-ray absorption spectroscopy (EXAFS, XANES)
  • Reaction mechanisms in nanoscale systems
  • Photocatalysis


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