Faculty Profile

Raul F. Lobo

Claire D. LeClaire Professor of Chemical Engineering

Associate Department Chair

Joint Professor, Materials Science & Engineering (MSEG)


  • Doctorate – 1994 California Institute of Technology
  • Masters – 1993 California Institute of Technology
  • Bachelors – 1989 University of Costa Rica

About Raul F. Lobo

Raul F. Lobo is the Claire D. LeClaire professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware and Director of the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology. His research interests span the development of novel porous materials for catalysis and separations, the chemistry of zeolites, catalysis for energy and the environment, and the scientific aspects of catalyst synthesis. He has published over one hundred fifty refereed reports and he is co-inventor in three US patents. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Costa Rica in 1989 and later moved to California to pursue graduate studies in Chemical Engineering at Caltech. He worked for one year at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico as a postdoctoral fellow and he started his academic career at the University of Delaware in 1995. Prof. Lobo has conducted research in the use of zeolites for nitrogen/oxygen separations, and carbon dioxide separations from flue gases. He has contributed to the fundamentals of zeolite nucleation and crystal growth and to the application of zeolites for a number of catalytic applications. In particular his group research helped understand the mechanisms of reaction and stability of zeolite catalysts used for the removal of NOx gases from combustion exhaust, developed catalytic materials for the transformation of biomass-derived furans into commodity aromatic molecules such as xylenes and benzoic acid and discovered materials for the selective activation of methane using copper oxide clusters.

Select Publications 

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

  1. Wulfers, M.J., Teketel, S., Ipek, B. and Lobo, R.F., “Conversion of methane to methanol on copper-containing small-pore zeolites and zeotypes”, Chem. Comm. 51, 4447, (2015)
  2. Loiland, J.L. and Lobo R.F., “Low Temperature Catalytic NO oxidation over Microporous Materials”, J. Catal. 311, 412, (2014)
  3. Yun, J.H., Lobo, R.F., “Radical Cation Intermediates in Propane Dehydrogenation and Propene Hydrogenation over H-[Fe]- Zeolites”, J. Phys. Chem. C. 118, 27292, (2014)
  4. Jae, J.H., Zheng, W., Lobo, R.F., Vlachos, D.G., “Production of Dimethylfuran from Hydroxymethylfurfural through Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation with Ruthenium Supported on Carbon”, ChemSusChem 6, 1158, (2013)
  5. Do, P. T. M.; Foster, A. J.; Chen, J. G.; Lobo, R. F., “Bimetallic effects in the hydrodeoxygenation of meta-cresol on gamma-Al2O3 supported Pt-Ni and Pt-Co catalysts”, Green Chemistry 14, 1388, (2012)
  6. Boppana, V.B.R., Schmidt, H., Jiao, F., Doren, D.G., Lobo R.F., “Structure Analysis and Photocatalytic Properties of Zinc Gallium Oxonitrides”, Chem. Eur. J. 17, 12417, (2011)
  7. Hould, N.D.; Foster, A.; Lobo, R.F., “Zeolite Beta Mechanism of Nucleation and Growth”, Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 142, 104, (2011)
  8. Fickel, D.W., D?Addio, E., Lauterbach, J.A., Lobo, R.F., “The ammonia selective catalytic reduction activity of copper-exchanged small-pore zeolites”, Appl. Cat. B-Env. 102, 441, (2011)
  9. Fedeyko, J. M.; Vlachos, D. G.; Lobo, R. F., “Formation and structure of self-assembled silica nanoparticles in basic solutions of organic and inorganic cations”, Langmuir 21, 5197, (2005)
  10. Feuerstein, M.; Lobo, R. F., “Characterization of Li cations in zeolite LiX by solid-state NMR spectroscopy and neutron diffraction”, Chem. Mater. 10, 2197, (1998)


  1. Process for Preparing Methylamines Using Acidic Molecular Sieve Catalysts. (60-109975): D. Corbin, R. F. Lobo, S. Schwarz, 1998
  2. Process for Preparing Methylamines Using Acidic Chabazite-type Zeolite Catalysts. (60-064493): D. Corbin, S. Schwarz, R. F. Lobo, 1997
  3. Zeolite CIT-1. (5512267): R. F. Lobo and M. E. Davis, 1996


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

  1. Ipatieff Prize (American Chemical Society: 2004)
  2. Innovation Recognition Program (Dow Chemical Company: 2001)
  3. Outstanding Young Faculty of the College of Engineering: 1999
  4. Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar: 1999
  5. Young Scholar of the Frances Alison Society: 1999
  6. Recipient of the CAREER Award for Young Investigators of the NSF: 1997

Research Areas

Inorganic materials synthesis and characterization, catalysis and kinetics, and adsorption and separations.

Office: 332 CLB
Phone: 302-831-1261

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