Johannes Schwank

James and Judith Street Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director, Researching Fresh Solutions to the Energy/Water/Food Challenge in Resource-Constrained Environments (REFRESCH)
College of Engineering
(734) 764-3374

Research in the Schwank group is directed toward finding and developing novel solutions to the problem of energy production, storage, and utilization in the transportation, distributed generation, and chemical process sectors. The group has expertise in catalyst synthesis, multifaceted physical and chemical characterization, and kinetic and mechanistic studies of catalytic reactions. The group is also involved in research on advanced thin film and nanotube materials, with applications in high-performance lithium-ion battery technology for energy storage, and gas sensors. Schwank has received numerous awards from both the University of Michigan and organizations worldwide for research excellence and his work in chemical engineering.

The Schwank Group

Research Interests: 
Professor Schwank’s research focuses on a wide range of energy topics, including synthetic fuel production via advanced Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and aromatization of olefins; autothermal reforming of gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel for fuel cell-based auxiliary power units; development of coke- and sulfur-resistant solid oxide fuel cell anode catalysts; NOx trap, selective catalytic reduction, and three-way catalysts for automotive emission control; photocatalytic water splitting and CO2 reduction; catalytically enhanced conversion of biomass in ionic liquids; development and characterization of nanostructured materials for gas sensing and energy storage applications.