Abhaya K. Datye


Phone: (505) 277-0477

Physical Address

Room 436
Mechanical Engineering

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Distinguished Regents' Professor and Chair


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

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

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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Teaching Interests

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

Research Interests

  • 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