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David Hibbitts, Ph.D.

David Hibbitts

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest

Heterogeneous Catalysis
Kinetic Studies
Density Functional Theory
Catalyst Synthesis and Characterization
Hibbitts’ research group will combine kinetic and isotopic experiments with state-of-the-art density functional theory calculations to achieve an atomic-level understanding of heterogeneous catalysis. His Ph.D. studies were at the University of Virginia (advised by Matthew Neurock) where he learned computational catalysis and from there he did a Post-Doc at the University of California at Berkeley (advised by Enrique Iglesia) where he used a combination of theory and experiments to study the production of fuels from carbon monoxide and hydrogen (Fischer-Tropsch synthesis).


Outstanding Service Award, UF Department of Chemical Engineering, 2017
American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund New Doctoral Investigator Award, 2016-2018


Ph.D., 2012, University of Virginia

Courses Taught

ECH 6937 Molecular Understanding of Catalysis
ECH 4504 Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
ECH 6506 Chemical Engineering Kinetics

Selected Publications

• R. Rao, R. Blume, T, Hansen, E. Fuentes, K. Dreyer, S. Moldovan, O. Ersen, D. Hibbitts, Y. Chabal, R. Schlogl, and J. Tessonnier, “Interfacial charge distributions in carbon-supported palladium catalysts.” Nature Communications, 8 (2017) 340:1–10. doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-00421-x
• J. Liu, D. Hibbitts, and E. Iglesia, “Dense CO Adlayers as Enablers of CO Hydrogenation Turnovers on Ru Surfaces.” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 139 (2017) 11789–11802. doi: 10.1021/jacs.7b04606.
• D. Hibbitts and E. Iglesia, “The Prevalence of Bimolecular Routes in the Activation of Diatomic Molecules with Strong Chemical Bonds (O2, NO, CO, N2) on Catalytic Surfaces.” Accounts of Chemical Research, 48 (2015) 1254–1262. doi: 10.1021/acs.accounts.5b00063
• D. Hibbitts, B. Loveless, M. Neurock, and E. Iglesia, “Mechanistic Role of Water on the Rate and Selectivity of Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis on Ruthenium Catalysts.” Angewandte Chemie, 52 (2013) 12273–12278. doi: 10.1002/anie.201304610
• B. Zope, D. Hibbitts, M. Neurock, and R. Davis, “Reactivity of the Gold-Water Interface during Selective Oxidation Catalysis.” Science, 330 (2010) 74–78. doi: 10.1126/science.1195055

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