Ive Hermans

John and Dorothy Vozza Professor of Chemistry

Professor of Chemical & Biological Engineering

College of Engineering

College of Letters & Sciences

Ive Hermans is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Chemistry with a dual appointment in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Hermans’ work focuses on the synthesis of chemicals and energy carriers using catalytic technology. The Hermans group studies various aspects of catalytic systems: (1) precision synthesis of catalytic materials, (2) kinetics and reaction engineering, (3) operando spectroscopy, and (4) computational description and prediction. Specific examples of current projects include, Lewis-acid catalysis for biomass-upgrading, continuous multiphase flow reactions and natural gas upgrading.

  • Synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts
  • Immobilization of homogeneous catalysts
  • Catalytic and kinetic studies
  • Unravelling of reaction mechanisms
  • (In situ) spectroscopy (Infrared, Raman, UV-Vis)
  • Reactions in supercritical fluids and expanded liquid phases
  • Use of renewable resources
  • Quantum-chemical and theoretical kinetic calculations
  • Reaction engineering
  • High-pressure reaction technology