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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:

  1. D. Bilbao and J. Lauterbach, "Gas-phase coupling of local oscillators in heterogeneous catalysis", Journal of Catalysis, 272, 309 - 314, 2010
  2. J.C. Dellamorte, M.A. Barteau, and J. Lauterbach, "Opportunities for Catalyst Discovery and Development: Integrating Surface Science and Theory with High Throughput Methods", Surface Science, Special Issue honoring Prof. G. Ertl, 603, 1770 - 1775, 2009
  3. D. Bilbao and J. Lauterbach, "Fingering instabilities in heterogeneous reaction-diffusion systems", New Journal of Physics, 10, 123002, 2008
  4. W. Pyrz, R. Vijay, J. Binz, J. Lauterbach, and D.J. Buttrey, "Characterization of K-promoted Ru catalysts for ammonia decomposition discovered using high-throughput experimentation", Topics in Catalysis, 50( 1 - 4 ), 180 - 191, 2008
  5. J. C. Dellamorte, J. Lauterbach and M. A. Barteau, "Rhenium Promotion of Ag and Cu-Ag Bimetallic Catalysts for Ethylene Epoxidation", Catalysis Today, 120( 2 ), 182 - 185 ( 2007 )
  6. S. Washburn, J. Lauterbach, and C.M. Snively, "Polymerizing the unpolymerizable – The case of 1,2-disubstituted ethylenes", Macromolecules, 39( 24 ), 8210 - 8212, 2007
  7. R. Vijay, C.M. Snively, and J. Lauterbach, "High-throughput study of Co-containing Lean NOx Storage Catalysts", Journal of Catalysis, 243( 2 ), 368 – 375, 2006
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