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Johannes

Johannes Lercher

Physical Sciences Division
Battelle Fellow
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K2-12
Richland, WA 99352

Biography

Dr. Lercher is internationally renowned for his work on the fundamental aspects of industrially relevant catalyzed reactions. The targeted reactions are the low-temperature acid-catalyzed activation, functionalization, and transformation of alkanes; the oxidative activation of light alkanes including methane; and the hydrogenation and cracking of heavy biogenic and fossil molecules.

Research Interests

  • Dr Lercher's work provides insight into the reaction steps on the surface of solid catalysts on an elementary level. This knowledge is used to design and synthesize nanoscopically well-defined, chemically functionalized surfaces and materials. The synthesis and modification of the target materials is controlled on the level of the individual chemical reactions during the genesis of the nanoscopic particles and the assembly of the pre-functionalized entities.

Education and Credentials

  • Battelle Fellow, Director Institute for Integrated Catalysis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA, USA, 2011
  • Professor, Chemistry Department, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • Member of the Senate, TU München, 1998-2012
  • Chairman of the Chemistry Department, Technische Universität München, 2000-2007
  • Professor of Chemical Technology, University of Twente, The Netherlands, 1993-1998
  • Head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Heterogeneous Catalysis, 1990-1996
  • Head of the research group "Surface Chemistry and Catalysis" at the Institute for Physical Chemistry, TU Vienna, 1989-1993
  • Assistant/Associate Professor at the TU Vienna, 1989-1993
  • Lecturer at the TU Vienna, Austria, 1985-1989
  • Research fellow and visiting lecturer, Yale University, Department of Chemical Engineering, 1982
  • University Assistant at the Institute for Physical Chemistry, TU Vienna, 1978-1985
  • Studies of Chemistry at the Vienna University of Technology, 1972-1978
  • Graduate work in Chemistry at the Vienna University of Technology, Title of the thesis: "Acid Sites on Al2O3/MgO and Al2O3/SiO2 Mixed Metal Oxides" (summa cum laude), 1978-1980
  • Habilitation (venia docendi) for Physical Chemistry, 1985

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Vice President, German Catalysis Society
  • German Delegate, European Federation of Catalysis Societies
  • Chairman of the Bavarian Section of the German Association of Gas Coal and Petroleum
  • Board of the German Association of Gas, Coal and Petroleum

Awards and Recognitions

PNNL Publications

2014

  • He J, C Zhao, D Mei, and JA Lercher. 2014. "Mechanisms of Selective Cleavage of C-O Bonds in Di-aryl Ethers in Aqueous Phase." Journal of Catalysis 309:280-290.  doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2013.09.012
  • He J, L Lu, C Zhao, D Mei, and JA Lercher. 2014. "Mechanisms of Catalytic Cleavage of Benzyl Phenyl Ether in Aqueous and Apolar Phases." Journal of Catalysis 311:41-51.  doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2013.10.024
  • Vjunov A, JL Fulton, T Huthwelker, S Pin, D Mei, GK Schenter, N Govind, DM Camaioni, JZ Hu, and JA Lercher. 2014. "Quantitatively Probing the Al Distribution in Zeolites." Journal of the American Chemical Society 136(23):8296-8306.  doi:10.1021/ja501361v
  • Vjunov A, MY Hu, J Feng, DM Camaioni, D Mei, JZ Hu, C Zhao, and JA Lercher. 2014. "Following Solid-Acid-Catalyzed Reactions by MAS NMR Spectroscopy in Liquid Phase -Zeolite-Catalyzed Conversion of Cyclohexanol in Water." Angewandte Chemie International Edition 53(2):479-482.  doi:10.1002/anie.201306673
  • Yoon Y, RJ Rousseau, RS Weber, D Mei, and JA Lercher. 2014. "First-principles Study of Phenol Hydrogenation on Pt and Ni Catalysts in Aqueous Phase." Journal of the American Chemical Society 136(29):10287-10298.  doi:10.1021/ja501592y

2013

  • Chase Z, JL Fulton, DM Camaioni, D Mei, M Balasubramanian, VT Pham, C Zhao, RS Weber, Y Wang, and JA Lercher. 2013. "State of Supported Pd during Catalysis in Water." Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117(34):17603-17612.  doi:10.1021/jp404772p
  • Shi H, OY Gutierrez, GL Haller, D Mei, RJ Rousseau, and JA Lercher. 2013. "Structure sensitivity of hydrogenolytic cleavage of endocyclic and exocyclic C-C bonds in methylcyclohexane over supported iridium particles." Journal of Catalysis 297:70-78.  doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2012.09.018
  • Song W, C Zhao, and JA Lercher. 2013. "Importance of Size and Distribution of Ni Nanoparticles for the Hydrodeoxygenation of Microalgae Oil." Chemistry - A European Journal 19(30):9833-9842.  doi:10.1002/chem.201301005
  • Yu Y, OY Gutierrez, GL Haller, RJ Colby, BC Kabius, JA Rob van Veen, A Jentys, and JA Lercher. 2013. "Tailoring Silica-alumina Supported Pt-Pd As Poison Tolerant Catalyst For Aromatics Hydrogenation ." Journal of Catalysis 304:135-148.  doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2013.04.009

2012

  • Hu MY, J Feng, DM Camaioni, RVF Turcu, CHF Peden, JA Lercher, and JZ Hu. 2012. "IN-SITU MAGIC ANGLE SPINNING NMR INVESTIGATIONS ON CATALYTIC CONVERSION OF BIOGENIC MOLECULES IN THE PRESENCE OF AQUEOUS WATER." In Proceedings of the 244th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, Division of Petroleum Chemistry, August 19-23, 2012, Philadelphia, PA, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 215-217.  American Chemical Society, Washington DC. 
  • Zhao C, DM Camaioni, and JA Lercher. 2012. "Selective catalytic hydroalkylation and deoxygenation of substituted phenols to bicycloalkanes." Journal of Catalysis 288:92-103.  doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2012.01.005

Selected Publications

2011

  •  Zhao C, J He, AA Lemonidou, Li X, and JA Lercher. 2011. Journal of Catalysis. "Aqueous-Phase Hydrodeoxygenation of Bio-Derived Phenols to Cycloalkanes."  280:8-16.

2010

  • Wawrzetz A, B Peng, A Hrabar, A Jentys, AA Lemonidou, and JA Lercher. 2010. "Towards Understanding the Bifunctional Hydrodeoxygenation and Aqueous Phase Reforming of Glycerol." Journal of Catalysis 269:411-420.
  • Zhao C, Y Kou, AA Lemonidou, X Li, and JA Lercher. 2010. "Hydrodeoxygenation of Phenols to Hydrocarbons using Raney Ni and Nafion/SiO2 Catalysts."  Chemical Communications 46:412-414.

2009

  • Gobin OC, SJ Reitmeier, A Jentys, and JA Lercher. 2009. "Comparison of the Transport of Aromatic Compounds in Small and Large MFI Particles." Journal of Physical Chemistry C 113:20435-20444.
  • Gobin OC, SJ Reitmeier, A Jentys, and JA Lercher. 2009. "Diffusion Pathways of Benzene, Toluene and p-Xylene in MFI." Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 125:3-10.
  • Kaltner W, A Jentys, and JA Lercher. 2009. "Effect of Chromium Migration from Metallic Supports on the Activity of Diesel Exhaust Catalysts."  Applied Catalysis B, Environmental 89:123-127.
  • Knapp R, A Jentys, and JA Lercher. 2009. "Impact of Supported Ionic Liquids on Supported Pt Catalysts."  Green Chemistry 11:656-661.
  • Peringer E, M Salzinger, M Hutt, AA Lemonidou, and JA Lercher. 2009. "Modified Lanthanum Catalysts for Oxidative Chlorination of Methane." Topics in Catalysis 52:1220-1231.
  • Peringer E, M Salzinger, M Hutt, AA Lemonidou, and JA Lercher. 2009. "Modified Lanthanum Catalysts for Oxidative Chlorination of Methane." Topics in Catalysis 52:1220-1231.
  • Reitmeier SJ, OC Gobin, A Jentys, and JA Lercher. 2009. "Influence of Post-synthetic Surface Modification on Shape Selective Transport of Aromatic Molecules in HZSM-5." Journal of Physical Chemistry C 113:15355-15363.
  • Schärringer P, TE Müller, A Jentys, A Suppan, and JA Lercher. 2009. "Identification of Reaction Intermediates During Hydrogenation of CD3CN on Raney-Co."  Journal of Catalysis 263:34-41.

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