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Jochen Lauterbach

Jochen Lauterbach

Phone 803.777.7904
Fax 803.777.8265

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541 Main Street
Room 135
Chemical Engineering
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

Jochen Lauterbach

Professor &
CoEE Endowed Chair

Professor Lauterbach's research interests are in the area of heterogeneous catalysis and nanoparticle synthesis, as applied to environmental processes and hydrogen generation for fuel cells. The group employs advanced spectroscopic techniques to gain insight into molecular level processes on catalysts. We also develop and employ high-throughput screening methodologies for rapid discovery and optimization of catalyst formulations.

Professor Lauterbach is also the Director of the South Carolina Center of Economic Excellence in Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity ( SAGE ). Coal will remain an important factor in affordable electricity production in the foreseeable future. This center focuses on novel materials for three key problems with coal power plant emissions: CO2 capture and utilization, mercury removal from flue gas, and analysis of coal before combustion. Research in the Center also includes other alternatives to the traditional coal power plant, such as fuel cell technology coupled with coal combustion, co-firing of biomass, etc.


  • Dr. rer. nat. in Physical, Free University of Berlin ( 1994 )
  • Diploma in Technical Physics, University of Bayreuth, Germany
    ( 1992 )

Selected Publications:

  • sM. K. Mayeda, W.-F. Kuan, W.-S. Young, J. Lauterbach, and T. H. Epps, III, "Controlling Particle Location with Mixed Surface Functionalities in Block Copolymer Thin Films", Chemistry of Materials, 24(14) 14, 2627-2634, 2012.
  • J. Bedenbaugh, S. Kim, E. Sasmaz, J. Lauterbach, "High-throughput investigation of catalysts for JP-8 fuel cracking to liquefied petroleum gas", ACS Combinatorial Science, 15(9), 491-497, 2013.
  • C. Wen, E. Barrow, J. Hattrick-Simpers, and J. Lauterbach, "One-step production of long-chain hydrocarbons from waste-biomass-derived chemicals using bi-functional heterogeneous catalysts", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys, 16(7), 3047-3054, 2014.
  • C. Wen, D. Dunbar, X. Zhang, J. Lauterbach and J. Hattrick-Simpers, "Self-healing catalysts: Co3O4 nanorods for Fischer–Tropsch synthesis", Chemical Communications, 50, 4575-4578, 2014 [article featured in a Science Concentrate in Chemical & Engineering News].
  • Y. Yi, C.T. Williams, M. Glascock, G. Xiong, J. Lauterbach, and C. Liang, "Transformation of Mo and W thiosalts into unsupported sulfide catalysts: A temperature dependent in-situ spectroscopic investigation", Materials Research Bulletin, 56, 54-64, 2014.
  • J. Hattrick-Simpers, C. Wen and J. Lauterbach, "The Materials Super Highway: Integrating High-Throughput Experimentation into Mapping the Catalysis Materials Genome", Catalysis Letters, 2014, in press, [invited perspective paper for 25th anniversary issue].
  • S. Kim, E. Sasmaz, and J. Lauterbach, "Effect of Pt and Gd on coke formation and regeneration during JP-8 cracking over ZSM-5 catalysts", Applied Catalysis B, 168-169, 212-219, 2015.
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