Faculty Profile

Douglas J. Buttrey 



  • Doctorate – 1984 Purdue University
  • Masters – 1978 Purdue University
  • Bachelors – 1976 Wayne State University

About Douglas J. Buttrey

Douglas J. Buttrey received a BS in Biological Science from Wayne State University and an MS and PhD in Chemistry from Purdue University. He held the SOHIO Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Physical Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. After eighteen months as a visiting professor jointly in Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Science and Engineering at Purdue, he joined the faculty in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He is currently a full professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware; he also holds an affiliated appointment in Materials Science and Engineering and is a member of the University’s Center for Catalytic Science and Technology. His research involves atomic-level design of complex materials for use in catalytic and alternative-energy applications. He has taught a variety of courses in thermodynamics, materials science, physical and solid-state chemistry, and statistics, and he has served as a visiting professor on five continents. Since 2008, he has worked actively with the Nelson Mandela Institution on a project to build high-level universities across subSaharan Africa and is committed to providing underserved populations with access to and education in science and technology

Select Publications 

For a complete listing of publications, please view the Full CV.

  1. D. J. Buttrey, D. A. Blom, and T. Vogt, “Complex Molybdenum-Vanadium Oxide Bronzes and Suboxides as Catalysts for Selective Oxidation and Ammoxidation of Light Hydrocarbons,” Book chapter contribution to “Complex Oxides; An Introduction”, T. Vogt and D. J. Buttrey (Eds.), World Scientific, ISBN 9813278579, 9789813278578. Chapter 6, (2019).
  2. T. Vogt, D. A. Blom, L. Jones, and D. J. Buttrey, “ADF-STEM Imaging of Nascent Phases and Extended Disorder within the Mo-V-Nb-Te-O Catalyst System,” Topics in Catalysis, 59 (17-18), 1489–1495 (2016). https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11244-016-0665-0
  3. D. A. Blom, L. Allard, T. Vogt, and D. J. Buttrey, “Observation of Sublattice Disordering of the Catalytic Sites in a Complex Mo-V-Nb-Te-O Oxidation Catalyst using High Temperature STEM Imaging,” Topics in Catalysis, 57 (14), 1138–1144 (2014). https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11244-014-0278-4
  4. J. Zhang, P. H. Tobash, W. D. Pryz, D. J. Buttrey, N. Hur, J. D. Thompson, J. L. Sarrao, and S. Bobev, “Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Physical Properties of the Early Rare-Earth Metal Digermanides REGe2–x (x ≈ 1/4) [RE = La–Nd, Sm]. A Case Study of Commensurately and Incommensurately Modulated Structures,” Inorg.Chem. 52 (2), 953–964 (2013). https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/ic3021645
  5. T. Konya, T. Katou,, T. Murayama, S. Ishikawa, M. Sadakane, D. Buttrey, W. Ueda, “Orthorhombic Mo3VOx Catalyst Most Active for Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane Among Related Complex Metal Oxides,” Catal. Sci. Technol. 3 (2), 380 – 387 (2013). https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2013/cy/c2cy20444d#!divAbstract
  6. A. Javadekar, A. Jayakumar, R. J. Gorte, J. M. Vohs, D. J. Buttrey, “Energy Storage in Electrochemical Cells with Molten Sb Electrodes,” J. Electrochem. Soc. 159, A386 (2012). http://jes.ecsdl.org/content/159/4/A386.abstract
  7. I. Baldychev, A. Javadekar, D. J. Buttrey, J. M. Vohs, and R. J. Gorte, “A Comparison of Redox Properties and Methanol Oxidation Rates for Molybdenum-Based Mixed Oxides,” Appl. Catal. A – General 394(1-2), 287-293 (2011). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0926860X11000226
  8. D. A. Blom, X. Li, S. Mitra, T. Vogt, and D. J. Buttrey, “STEM HAADF Image Simulation of the Orthorhombic M1 Phase in the Mo-V-Te-Nb-O Propane Oxidation Catalyst,” ChemCatChem, 3(6), 1028-1033 (2011). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/cctc.201100049
  9. X. Li, D. J. Buttrey, M. A. Barteau, D. A. Blom, and T. Vogt, “Improvement of the Structural Model for the M1 Phase Mo-V-Nb-Te-O Propane (Amm)oxidation Catalyst,” Topics in Catal., 54, 614-626 (2011). https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11244-011-9684-z

  10. A. Jayakumar, R. Küngas, Sounak Roy, Ashay Javadekar, Douglas J. Buttrey, John M. Vohs and Raymond J. Gorte, “A Direct Carbon Fuel Cell with a Molten Antimony Anode,” Energy and Environmental Science, 4(10), 4133-4137 (2011). https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2011/ee/c1ee01863a

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For a complete listing of awards, please view the Full CV.

  1. DuPont Young Faculty Award: 1988
  2. SOHIO Research Fellow (SOHIO: 1984)
  3. Purdue Chemistry Outstanding Alumni Award for 2012
  4. Keynote Speaker – 7th World Congress on Oxidation Catalysis
  5. David Ross Fellow (Purdue Resarch Foundation)

Research Areas

Synthesis and characterization of advanced materials for catalysis and energy-related applications.

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Phone: 302-831-2034 

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