Heterogeneous Catalysis and Surface Science

Synthesis and Characterization, Kinetic Studies, and Density Functional Theory

Heterogeneous Catalysts are key to mitigating climate change, forging a renewable energy and chemicals industry, and providing a high quality of life throughout the globe without sacrificing our environment. At UF, we study catalysis through a combination of synthesis, characterization, and kinetic studies (Hagelin-Weaver and Hibbitts), surface science studies of interfacial chemistry (Weaver), and density functional theory calculations to give insights into atomistic behavior (Hibbitts).


Photo of Helena Hagelin-Weaver Helena Hagelin-Weaver Associate Professor, and Dr. and Mrs. Frederick C. Edie Term Professor
(352) 392-6585


Research Interests: Heterogeneous Catalysis, Atomic Layer Deposition, Nanoparticle Oxides, Surface Characterizations

Photo of David Hibbitts David Hibbitts Associate Chair for Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, and Moreno Rising Star Professor
(352) 392-0751


Research Interests: Heterogeneous Catalysis, Kinetic Studies, Density Functional Theory, Catalyst Synthesis and Characterization

Photo of Lisa McElwee-White Lisa McElwee-White Crow Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry
Photo of Jason F. Weaver Jason Weaver Dow Chemical Company Foundation Term Professor
(352) 392-0869


Research Interests: Gas-surface Reactivity and Dynamics, Atomic and Molecular Beam Methods, Surface Spectroscopy