Professor James A. Dumesic


Phone: (608) 262-1095

Status: Steenbock Professor and Chair

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI


Ph.D. -- Stanford University (Chemical Engineering, 1974)
M.S. -- Stanford University (Chemical Engineering, 1972)
B.S. -- University of Wisconsin (Chemical Engineering, 1971)


7/11 - present Michel Boudart Professor of Chemical & Biological Engr.
1/96 - present Steenbock Professor
1/98 - 7/00 Chairman,UW Chemical Engineering Department
1/89 - 1996 Milton and Maude Shoemaker Professor
1/93 - 7/95 Chairman, UW Chemical Engineering Department
9/92 -12/92 Acting Chairman, UW Chemical Engineering Department
6/89 - 9/92 Associate Chairman, UW Chemical Engineering Dept.
6/82 - 12/88 Professor of Chemical Engineering- University of Wisconsin-Madison
6/79 - 6/82 Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering- University of Wisconsin-Madison
1/76 - 6/79 Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering -University of Wisconsin-Madison
9/75 - 12/75 U.S.-U.S.S.R. Exchange Fellow, Institute of Chemical Physics, Moscow, U.S.S.R
7/75 - 9/75 Research Consultant, Haldor Topsøe Research Laboratories, Vedbaek, Denmark
10/74 - 7/75 NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre de CinÈtique Physique et Chimique, Nancy, France
7/74 - 9/74 Research Associate, Stanford University
9/71 - 7/74 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow,Stanford University

Professional Associations/Society Memberships

Past Editor: Journal of Catalysis

Editorial Board: Catalysis Letters

Editorial Board: Applied Catalysis

Editorial Board: Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

Editorial Board: Chemistry and Sustainable Energy & Materials

Editorial Board: Energy & Environmental Science

International Advisory Board: ChemCatChem - Heterogeneous, Homogenous, and Biocatalysis

International Advisory Board: National Institue of Clean Energy (NICE), Beijing, China

Editorial Advisory Panel: Biofuels

International Advisory Board: Energy Technology

Editorial Advisory Board: ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

Past Editor: Journal of Molecular Catalysis

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

American Chemical Society

North American Catalysis Society

Chicago Catalysis Society

Awards and Honors

1971 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
1974 NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship
1975 U.S.U.S.S.R. Exchange Fellowship
1978 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
1980 Colburn Lecturer at the University of Delaware
1981 Romnes Fellow at the University of Wisconsin
1983 Colburn Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
1989 Emmett Award of the North American Catalysis Society
1989 UW-Polygon Award for Outstanding Teaching
1994 New York Catalysis Society Award for Excellence in Research
1995 Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineers
1997 Wilhelm Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
1998 National Academy of Engineering
1999 Parravano Award, Michigan Catalysis Society
2002 Byron Bird Award for Excellence in Research, University of Wisconsin
2003 Herman Pines Award, Chicago Catalysis Club
2003 Scientific American Top 50 Technology Leaders of 2003
2004 Wisconsin Technology Achievement Award
2004 Cross Canada Lectureship Award of the Canadian Catalysis Society
2005 Barnett F. Dodge Lecture, Yale University
2005 Fellow, World Technology Network (WTN)
2005 Lind Lectures, American Chemical Society, Tennessee Station
2005 Plenary Lecturer, Netherlands Chemistry & Catalysis Conference, Amsterdam
2006 Trinity University Distinguished Scientists Lectures, San Antonio
2006 American Chemical Society: Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis
2006 Berkeley Lectures, University of California - Berkeley
2006 Mason Lectures, Stanford University
2006 Philadelphia Catalysis Club Award
2007 Patten Distinguished Lecturer, University of Colorado
2007 Burwell Lectureship, North American Catalysis Society
2007 Plenary Lecturer, European Foundation of Catalysis Meeting (Europacat VIII)
2007 Texas Distinguished Faculty Lectureship
2008 Plenary Lecture, International Congress on Catalysis (Korea)
2008 Katz Lectures, University of Michigan
2008 Scientific American Top 50 Technology Leaders of 2007
2008 Plenary Lecture at German Chemical Engineering Society meeting (ProcessNet), Karlsruhe, Germany
2008 Hilldale Award, University of Wisconsin
2008 Heinemann Award, International Federation of Catalysis Societies
2009 American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2009 Debye Lecture, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
2009 William H. Walker Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
2010 Doraiswamy Lectureship, Iowa State University and the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, Iowa
2010 Eastman Lectures, University of Californa - Berkeley and Energy Biosciences Institute
2010 Basore Distinguished Lectureship - Auburn University
2010 Distinguished Achievement Award, International Precious Metals Institute
2010 Plenary Lecture at 14th Nordic Catalysis Symposium, Helsingor, Denmark
2010 Plenary Lecture at TCS 2010 Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products, Ames, Iowa
2010 The Top 100 People in Bio-Energy; Biofuels Digest
2011 Michel Boudart Award for Advancement in Catalysis, North American Catalysis Society and European Federation of Catalysis Societies
2011 Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Named Professorship
2011 Plenary Lecture, International Congress on Catalysis for Biorefineries, Malaga, Spain
2012 George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry, American Chemical Society
2012 Lacey Lectures, California Institute of Technology
2012 Kelley Lectures, Purdue University
2012 Plenary Lecture, Canadian Catalysis Meeting, Quebec, Canada
2012 Top 100 People in Bioenergy for 2012-2013, Biofuels Digest
2013 Thomas W. Leland, Jr. Lecture, Rice University
2013 Plenary Lecture, IV International Congress and XIII Mexican Congress on Catalysis
2013 Plenary Lecture, Sustainable Catalytic Conversions of Renewable Substrates, St. Andrews, Scotland
2013 Wilhelm Manchot Professorship, Technical University of Munich
2013 Elected into the National Academy of Inventors
2014 Biofuels Digest: The Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy, 2013-2014
2014 Eastman Lectures, University of Virginia
2014 Founders Lectures, University of California - Los Angeles
2014 Elected into the National Academy of Sciences
2014 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher - 2014
2014 Thomson Reuters 2014 The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds