Abhaya K. Datye


Abhaya K. Datye
Distinguished Regents Professor
Director, Center for Micro-Engineered Materials
Farris Engineering Center - Room 203C

505 277.0477



  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, Chemical Engineering, 1984
  • M.S. University of Cincinnati, Chemical Engineering, 1980
  • B.S. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Chemical Engineering, 1975





The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. 87131
1/10 - Regents Professor
9/07 - Distinguished Professor
8/07 - Director, graduate program in Nanoscience and Microsystems
8/02 - 12/07 Associate Chair, Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
8/04 - 9/07 Site Director, Center for Ceramic and Composite Materials (CCMC)
9/00 - 8/02 Interim Assoc. Chair of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering
8/99 - 8/04 Executive Director, Center for Ceramic and Composite Materials (CCMC)
4/94 - Director, Center for Microengineered Materials (CMEM)
5/93 - 9/07 Professor of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
5/90- 5/93 Associate Professor with tenure
5/88- 5/90 Associate Professor
8/84- 5/88 Assistant Professor

1976 - 78, Hindustan Organic Chemicals, Rasayani, India, Scientific Officer.
1975 - 76, Hindustan Lever Ltd., Research Center, Bombay, India, Research Assistant.

Sabbaticals and Visiting Appointments
University of Poitiers, Poitiers, France, Summer 2004, Visiting Professor.
University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Honorary Professor, 2003-present, Dept. of Chemistry.
Haldor Topsøe, Lyngby, Denmark, 1999, to apply advanced TEM techniques to the study of industrial heterogeneous catalysts
High Temperature Materials Lab Fellowship, 1994, Oak Ridge National Lab, to work on electron holography using the Hitachi HF 2000 FEG-TEM.
BP Research Center, Sunbury on Thames, UK, 1991 to work on in-situ and controlled atmosphere EM of catalysts


  • University of New Mexico NSMS 512 Characterization of Nanostructures.
  • University of New Mexico NSMS 595 Journal Club.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 253 Chemical Engineering Calculations II.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 461 Chemical Reactor Engineering.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 561 Kinetics of Chemical Processes.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 314L Chemical Engineering Lab I.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 378 Structure and Interfacial Phenomena in Semiconductor Materials.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 561 Kinectics of Chemical Proceses.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 252 Introduction to Transport Phenomena.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 311 Unit Operations.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 575 Characterization of Solid-State Materials.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 575 Transmission Electron Microscopy.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 370 Introduction to Materials Science.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 515 Catalysis and Surface Science.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 501 Graduate Seminar.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 451 Senior Seminar.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 542 Graduate Thermodynamics.
  • University of New Mexico ChNE 442 Intro to Chemical Thermodynamics.

Honors and Awards:

NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Centers, 2008 Award for Excellence
Elected vice chair of the Gordon research conference on Catalysis, 2008 and chair, 2010
Best paper Materials Science, Microscopy and Microanalysis, 2006,
University of New Mexico
UNM Regents Professor, 2010
UNM Distinguished Professor, University of New Mexico, 2007
Senior Teaching Excellence Award,
2008 School of Engineering
Senior Research Excellence Award,
1998 College of Engineering
Junior Research Excellence Award,
1989, College of Engineering
Outstanding Teacher Award,
1988, Chemical & Nuclear Engr. Graduate students
Presidential Lectureship,
1986-88, Univ. of New Mexico
University of Michigan
Outstanding graduate student,
1982, Department of Chemical Engineering


  • Areas Of Research Interest

    Microengineered materials for catalytic applications, especially for conversion of biorenewables
    Structure and properties of small metal particles in heterogeneous catalysts
    Ceramic interfaces, thin films and coatings
    Materials characterization by electron microscopy

    Publications And Presentations:
    276 journal publications, 69 conference proceedings, 4 patents and 140 invited talks

    Invited Talks (140)

    Publications (203, h-index 39)

    4925 Citations (as recorded in the Web of Science)

    Research Funding (Total $30,991,307.00 as Pi or Co-PI)

  • Recent Publications

    H.N. Pham, A.E. Anderson, R.L. Johnson, K. Schmidt-Rohr, and A.K. Datye, Improved hydrothermal stability of mesoporous oxides for reactions in the aqueous phase. Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 2012. 51(52): p. 13163-13167.

    Z. Wei, J. Sun, Y. Li, A.K. Datye, and Y. Wang, Bimetallic catalysts for hydrogen generation. Chemical Society Reviews, 2012. 41(24): p. 7994-8008.

    S.G. Wettstein, J.Q. Bond, D.M. Alonso, H.N. Pham, A.K. Datye, and J.A. Dumesic, RuSn bimetallic catalysts for selective hydrogenation of levulinic acid to gamma-valerolactone. Applied Catalysis B-Environmental, 2012. 117: p. 321-329.

    Q. Xu, K.C. Kharas, B.J. Croley, and A.K. Datye, The Contribution of Alumina Phase Transformations to the Sintering of Pd Automotive Catalysts. Topics in Catalysis, 2012. 55(1-2): p. 78-83.

    J.R. Gaudet, A. de la Riva, E.J. Peterson, T. Bolin, and A.K. Datye, Improved Low-Temperature CO Oxidation Performance of Pd Supported on La-Stabilized Alumina. ACS Catalysis, 2013: p. 846-855.

    B. Halevi, S. Lin, A. Roy, H. Zhang, E. Jeroro, J. Vohs, Y. Wang, H. Guo, and A.K. Datye, High CO2 Selectivity of ZnO Powder Catalysts for Methanol Steam Reforming. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2013. 117(13): p. 6493-6503.

    R.S. Johnson, A. DeLaRiva, V. Ashbacher, B. Halevi, C.J. Villanueva, G.K. Smith, S. Lin, A.K. Datye, and H. Guo, The CO oxidation mechanism and reactivity on PdZn alloys. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2013. 15: p. 7768-7776.

    J.M. Sun, D.H. Mei, A.M. Karim, A.K. Datye, and Y. Wang, Minimizing the Formation of Coke and Methane on Co Nanoparticles in Steam Reforming of Biomass-Derived Oxygenates. Chemcatchem, 2013. 5(6): p. 1299-1303.

    H. Xiong, H.N. Pham, and A.K. Datye, A facile approach for the synthesis of niobia/carbon composites having improved hydrothermal stability for aqueous-phase reactions. Journal of Catalysis, 2013. 302(0): p. 93-100.

    H. Xiong, T. Wang, B. Shanks, and A. Datye, Tuning the Location of Niobia/Carbon Composites in a Biphasic Reaction: Dehydration of d-Glucose to 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural. Catalysis Letters, 2013: p. 1-8.

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