541 Main Street
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
CoEE Endowed Chair
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,
- Dr. rer. nat. in Physical, Free
University of Berlin ( 1994 )
- Diploma in Technical Physics,
University of Bayreuth, Germany
( 1992 )
- 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),
- 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.