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Researcher: James Dumesic

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Areas of Expertise
  • Applied mathematics
  • Bioscience and engineering
  • Colloids/particle technology
  • Kinetics and catalysis
  • Materials
  • Nanoscale science and engineering
  • Polymers and rheology
  • Process systems engineering
  • Reactor modeling and reaction engineering
  • Thermodynamics
  • Transport phenomena
  • Kinetics and catalysis
  • Surface and solid-state chemistry
  • In situ catalyst studies
  • Biomass
  • Catalysts
Web Site James Dumesic's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Current/Active Funding
  • WARF, 2006-2020, Laboratory share of royalty and licensing - Professor James A Dumesic
  • Iowa State University, 2008-2016, Center for biorenewable chemicals
  • WARF, 2011-2017, Michel Boudart professor of chemical & biological engineering
  • USDA, Forest Service, 2011-2016, Synthesis of advanced biofuel intermediates using a combination of biological and chemical catalysts
  • Dow Chemical Company, 2011-2016, UW - Dow Catalyst Center Projects A-C
  • University of Washington, 2012-2016, Center for enabling new technologies through catalysis (CENTC) phase 2 renewal: Year 1
  • University of Utah, 2012-2016, Catalyst and fuel interactions to optimize endothermic cooling
  • WARF, 2013-2016, WARF_Accelerator prog_Dumesic
  • DOE, Oak Ridge Operations Office, 2015-2018, Catalytic processes for production of alpha, omega-diols from lignocellulosic biomass
  • DOE, Chicago Operations Office, 2015-2018, Fundamental studies of bifunctional catalysts for tandem reactions
  • University of Utah, 2016-2017, Nanochemical strategies for propulsion enhancement
Issued Patent(s)
  • 9,242,952 - Method for selectively preparing 5-hydroxymethylfurfual (HMF) from biomass in polar aprotic solvents, issued January 2016.
  • 9,206,145 - Single-reactor process for producing liquid-phase organic compounds from biomass, issued December 2015.
  • 9,067,903 - Catalytic conversion of cellulose to liquid hydrocarbon fuels by progressive removal of oxygen to facilitate separation processes and achieve high selectivities, issued June 2015.
  • 9,045,804 - Method to produce water-soluble sugars from biomass using solvents containing lactones, issued June 2015.
  • 8,962,867 - Solute-enhanced production of gamma-valerolactone (GVL) from aqueous solutions of levulinic acid, issued February 2015.
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20160090370 - Solute-enhanced production of gamma-valerolactone (gvl) from aqueous solutions of levulinic acid, published March 2016.
  • 20150315663 - Method to produce water-soluble sugars from biomass using solvents containing lactones, published November 2015.
  • 20150274685 - Method for selectively preparing 5-hydroxymethylfurfual (hmf) from biomass in polar aprotic solvents, published October 2015.
  • 20150176090 - Biomass pre-treatment for co-production of high-concentration c5- and c6-carbohydrates and their derivatives, published June 2015.
  • 20150005558 - Selective catalytic production of linear alpha olefins from lactones and unsaturated carboxylic acids, published January 2015.
Recent Publication(s)
  • Active sites and mechanisms for H2O2 decomposition over Pd catalysts. Plauck A, Stangland EE, Dumesic JA, Mavrikakis M. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Mar 22. pii: 201602172. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Coupling chemical and biological catalysis: a flexible paradigm for producing biobased chemicals. Schwartz TJ, Shanks BH, Dumesic JA. Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2016 Apr;38:54-62. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2015.12.017. Epub 2016 Jan 16. Review.

  • Identifying low-coverage surface species on supported noble metal nanoparticle catalysts by DNP-NMR. Johnson RL, Perras FA, Kobayashi T, Schwartz TJ, Dumesic JA, Shanks BH, Pruski M. Chem Commun (Camb). 2016 Jan 21;52(9):1859-62. doi: 10.1039/c5cc06788j.

  • Effects of Water on the Copper-Catalyzed Conversion of Hydroxymethylfurfural in Tetrahydrofuran. Liu Y, Mellmer MA, Alonso DM, Dumesic JA. ChemSusChem. 2015 Dec 7;8(23):3983-6. doi: 10.1002/cssc.201501122. Epub 2015 Oct 30.

View James Dumesic's publications here.
Recent Artistic Works
Research Tools
  • 2 L Parr reactor
  • Micromeretics ASAP 2020
  • Benchtop centrifuge
  • Catalyst Pretreatment Rig
  • 300 mL Parr reactor
  • Gas analysis GC/FID & GC/TCD
  • GC/MS
  • FTIR (with 10cm gas cell installed)
  • Glassblowing station
  • HPLC cluster
  • Microcalorimeter
  • ReactIR
  • Flow reactor
  • TPX rig
  • Autotitrator
Research Facilities
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-262-1095
Current University UW–Madison
Department Chemical and Biological Engineering
Title Professor
Other Appointments
Address Line 1 3014 Engineering Hall
Address Line 2 1415 Engineering Drive
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree B.S., UW–Madison
Master's Degree M.S., Stanford University
PhD Ph.D., Stanford University
Other Degrees
Technologies Available for Licensing Low Temperature Hydrogen Fuel Production Using Renewable Starting Materials

Low-Temperature Process to Produce Hydrocarbons from Oxygenated Substrates, Including Sugars

Converting Biomass-Derived Carbohydrates to High-Quality, Long-Chain Liquid Fuels

Producing Liquid Fuels from Biomass-Derived Carboxylic Acids

Cost-Effective Synthesis of HMF from Fructose

Coating Extends Life of Catalytic System

High Yield Method to Produce LGO from Biomass

Better Biomass Conversion with Recyclable GVL Solvent

Conversion of Biomass Sugars via Fermentation

Producing Linear Alpha Olefins from Biomass

Preparing HMF from Biomass in Polar Aprotic Solvents

Producing Methyl Vinyl Ketone from Levulinic Acid

Producing Olefins for Use in Gasoline, Jet and Diesel Fuels from Chemicals Obtained from Levulinic Acid

Concentrated C5 and C6 Sugars from Biomass

Method to Produce Sorbic Acid and Pentadiene from Renewable Biostock

Cheaper Process Converts Biomass into Furan Derivatives like Furfural & HMF

Production of Levulinic Acid and Gamma-Valerolactone from Biomass-Derived Cellulose

More Efficient Production of Polymer Chemical from Biomass Glucose

One- and Two-Phase Conversion of Biomass to Furfural

Method for Renewably Sourced Diones as Fossil Chemical Alternative in Industry

Biomass-Derived HMF Using Renewable Solvents