Catalysis Club of Chicago

Member-North American Catalysis Society

Pines Award – 2021

The 2021 Pines Award is presented to:
Professor Paul Dauenhauer 
(University of Minnesota)

Professor Dauenhauer will present an award address at the Spring Symposium of the Catalysis Club of Chicago on May 13-14, 2021. The title of his talk will be The Catalytic Mechanics of Dynamic Surfaces for Energy Technology


Paul Dauenhauer received a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 2004 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2008 supervised by Professor Lanny D. Schmidt. From 2008 to 2009, Paul worked as a senior research engineer for the Dow Chemical Company within Core R&D Reaction Engineering in Midland, MI, and the Hydrocarbons & Energy group in Freeport, TX. In 2009, he joined the University of Massachusetts Department of Chemical Engineering as an assistant professor. Since joining the University of Minnesota Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science in 2014, he has served as the Lanny & Charlotte Schmidt Professor, MacArthur Fellow, and the co-Director of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation.  His published patent applications serve as the scientific foundation of three startup companies: Sironix Renewables, Activated Research Company, and enVerde, LLC.