"Springer Handbook of Advanced Catalyst Characterization" will be published in summer 2023

Israel E. Wachs, G. Whitney Snyder Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has co-edited a new book on emerging methodologies and advanced in situ and operando spectroscopy characterization methods.

The Springer Handbook of Advanced Catalyst Characterization contains expert insights into cutting-edge characterization techniques for catalytic materials at the atomic and molecular levels. The Springer Handbook series is highly referenced in physical and applied sciences by both practitioners in industry and academia.

Wachs, who directs Lehigh’s Operando Molecular Spectroscopy and Catalysis Research Lab, co-edited the book with Miguel A. Bañares, a research professor at the Institute for Catalysis and Petroleum Chemistry in Spain. Both are world-renowned experts in the field of catalysis.

The book is geared toward “a broad audience of students and professionals who want to pursue the full capabilities available by the current state-of-the-art in characterization to fully understand how their catalysts really operate and guide the rational design of advanced catalysts.” 

According to the publisher, Wachs “has earned wide recognition for his research into heterogeneous catalysis, and for his modern approach to establishing fundamental relationships between surface structure and kinetic activity for metal oxides catalysts. He is known for his pioneering work on mixed oxides and in 2016, received AIChE's top award in chemical reaction engineering, the R. H. Wilhelm Award, sponsored by ExxonMobil Research for seminal contributions towards development of innovative concepts for molecular chemical reaction engineering of mixed oxide catalyzed reactions by establishing fundamental catalyst molecular structure-activity kinetic relationships. He has also been honored for his work on green chemistry technologies by the U.S. E.P.A.”

Wachs holds more than three dozen U.S. patents and has published over 400 highly cited technical articles. Read more about his research and achievements here.

—Brooke Bisceglia ’23 is a student writer for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science

Israel Wachs

Israel Wachs is G. Whitney Snyder Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Lehigh University and director of its Operando Molecular Spectroscopy and Catalysis Research Lab.