Dr. Raul Miranda

Dr. Raul Miranda

Team Lead
Chemical Transformations

Office of Basic Energy Sciences
SC-32.1/Germantown Building
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585-1290

Phone: (301) 903-8014
Fax: (301) 903-0271

Dr. Miranda is the team lead for the Chemical Transformations team. He has 17 years of academic experience with the University of Louisville as a professor of chemical engineering. Prior to joining DOE in 2001, he was program director for the Kinetics, Catalysis and Molecular Processes program at the National Science Foundation between 1996 and 2000. He was a tenured professor of chemical engineering at the University of Louisville since 1983 until 2000, where he directed the Materials Research Laboratory. Between 1990 and 1991, he was a visiting professor at the University of Mar del Plata (Argentina) and the Ecole Nationale Superiore de Chimie (Montpellier, France). In the summers of 1984 through 1989 he was a research faculty associate at the Argonne National Laboratory in the Chemistry Division and the Materials Science Division. His previous teaching encompassed most of the traditional chemical engineering courses and specialized in kinetics and reaction engineering, heterogeneous catalysis, engineering mathematics, solid-state chemical processing, and computational condensed-matter chemistry. His previous research experience was in selected aspects of organic reaction kinetics and solid state and surface chemistry. He studied experimentally and theoretically the nucleation, growth and interfacial chemistry of small metal and non-metal clusters in molecular beams. He studied hydrogenation catalysis over self-assembled chirally-modified surfaces, partial oxidation of alcohols and aldehydes over transition metal oxide nanoparticles, and hydrotreatment of N-heteroaromatics over acidic supported transition metal oxides. He developed the synthesis of metallic molecular sieves for reactive separations, and semiconducting and ferroelectric materials for chemical sensing and microelectronics applications.

Ph.D., University of Connecticut in Storrs
M.S., University of Connecticut in Storrs
B.S., University of Cuyo, Argentina