2020 Class of Influential

Dr. Alba-Rubio has been named to the I&EC Research 2020 Class of Influential Researchers.


New paper accepted in Journal of Catalysis! Our article "Plasma Catalytic Ammonia Synthesis on Ni Nanoparticles: The Size Effect" is the result of a collaboration with Dr. Maria Carreón from the South Dakota School of Mines.  



Congratulations to Diego Gamboa Pabón, who received the AIChE 2020 Donald F. Othmer Sophomore Academic Excellent Award! This award is presented to one active AIChE undergraduate student member in each student chapter who has attained the highest scholastic grade-point average during his/her freshman and sophomore years, on recommendation of the Student Chapter Advisor.



Congratulations to Ibeh Omodolor, who received one of the Best Presentation Awards at the UToledo-WSU Chemical Engineering Graduate Research Symposium! Would you like to watch his winner talk titled "Superacid Polymer Catalysts for Hydroxymethylfurfural Production"? If you are attending the 2020 Virtual AIChE Annual Meeting, you can find his pre-recorded talk by typing "Omodolor" in the iPoster search bar. 


Dr. Alba-Rubio has been named to the 2020 Class of Influential Researchers by the journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research of the American Chemical Society. 


Our latest paper has been selected to be featured in ACS Editors' Choice due to its potential for broad public interest: "Dual- Function Materials for CO2 Capture and Conversion: A Review." This is an honor given to only one article from the entire ACS portfolio each day of the year.


Our group welcomes two new undergraduate researchers: Diego Gamboa Pabón and Laura Morera Lucas. Welcome to the Alba-Rubio group!


Just accepted paper in I&EC Research! "Dual-Function Materials for CO2 Capture and Conversion: A Review." Congratulations to the team!



Congratulations to Surachet (Ray) Duanghathaipornsuk on being selected to participate in the 3M Raising Influence in Science and Engineering (R.I.S.E.) symposium this week! This program is primarily intended to introduce emerging female and/or underrepresented science and engineering graduate talent to careers in R&D at 3M.


Happy 5th Anniversary to the Alba-Rubio group!


Kapiamba K. Fabrice completed his M.S. degree today. Congratulations, Kapiamba! We wish you great success and happiness in your new stage!


Thankful to the National Science Foundation for the continued support! Two new proposals recommended for funding: 1) Our team will participate in the NSF I-Corps program this fall and 2) Ray Duanghathaipornsuk will enjoy an internship (NSF INTERN) at Los Alamos National Lab in spring. Exciting times ahead! 


Haidar Y. Alolaywi defended his M.S. thesis titled "Electrochemical MoOx/Carbon Nanocomposite Gas Sensor for Formaldehyde Detection at Room Temperature." Congratulations, Haidar! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!


Hope Otor successfully defended his M.S. thesis titled "Catalyst Development and Control of Catalyst Deactivation for CO2 Conversion." Congratulations, Hope! We wish you all the best on your next stage at the University of Notre Dame!


Check out our new paper in collaboration with Technion (Israel), University of Connecticut (USA), and CNR-ICCOM (Italy)! "Synthesis of CeOx-Decorated Pd/C Catalysts by Controlled Surface Reactions for Hydrogen Oxidation in Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells." Congratulations to the team!


ACS Catalysis selected our “Encapsulation Methods for Control of Catalyst Deactivation: A Review" paper for the front cover of Volume 10, Issue 14! Many thanks to Dr. Alba-Rubio's brother for the beautiful design!


Four abstracts submitted to the 2020 AIChE Annual Meeting (San Francisco, November 15-20, 2020) have been accepted for oral presentation. Looking forward to it!



New paper out! “The Effects of Size and Content of Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles on a Composite Sensor for Hydroxyl Radicals Detection" in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. Congratulations to the team!



New paper out! “Encapsulation Methods for Control of Catalyst Deactivation: A Review" in ACS Catalysis. This is the first paper for Hope Otor and Josh Steiner. Congratulations!



Our group welcomes two new members to the team: Nkem Ofole (M.S. student) and Miranda Al-Zarraq (Undergraduate). We are happy to have you on board!


Ibeh Omodolor, Hope Otor, Nkem Ofole, and friends organized a webinar titled "Becoming an Excellente Graduate Student." This was very well attended and helpful for graduate students around the world. Glad to have such proactive students. Good job, guys!


Our group received a new grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR)!


Shannon Saluga, a former undergraduate researcher in our group, received the NSF GRFP award! She had an amazing start as a Ph.D. student at the University of California-Irvine. Congratulations, Shannon!


Hope Otor and Ibeh Omodolor were selected to participate in the 2020 ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy. Congratulations, guys!



Ibeh Omodolor received a travel award to attend the 17th International Congress on Catalysis that will take place in San Diego, CA on June 14-19, 2020. Congratulations, Ibeh!


Hope Otor received an award from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Board of Corporate Affiliates (BCA). The mission of the NSBE is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. Congratulations, Hope!


Our new paper titled "Catalytic transfer hydrogenation of maleic acid with stoichiometric amounts of formic acid in aqueous phase: paving the way for more sustainable succinic acid production" has been accepted for publication in Green Chemistry. Congratulations to the team! 


Dr. Alba-Rubio attended the "Reactive CO2 Capture" workshop at NREL. It aimed to establish a circular carbon economy by developing strategies for merging CO2 capture and conversion into an integrated strategy.


A new provisional patent titled "Super sensitive sensor for the detection of hydroxyl free radicals with scavenging properties" has been filed. 


Our two abstracts submitted to the 17th International Congress on Catalysis (San Diego, June 14-19, 2020) have been accepted for presentation. Ibeh Omodolor will be presenting a poster on soluble and reusable polymer catalysts for HMF production, and Dr. Alba-Rubio will be giving a talk on catalysis for CO2 conversion. Looking forward to attending this event!


Prof. Alba-Rubio gave an invited talk titled "Catalysts Can Be Good at Multitasking: Two Practical Examples" in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University. 


The National Science Foundation provided an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) supplement to our "CAREER: Dual Function Materials for Capture and Conversion of CO2 into Methanol and Higher Alcohols" award. We are happy to continue offering complete research experiences to undergraduate students. 



Ibeh Omodolor, Hope Otor, and Uchenna Asogwa visited a 7th-grade class in the Lake middle school to talk about biofuels and their place in the renewables infrastructure. Thank you for inspiring future generations!


Dr. Alba-Rubio participated in the UToledo Sustainable Energy Economy Workshop as a panelist. 



Prof. Alba-Rubio gave an invited talk titled "Catalysts Can Be Good at Multitasking: Two Practical Examples" in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University. 


Surachet (Ray) Duanghathaipornsuk, Eveline Farrell, Dr. Kim, and Dr. Alba-Rubio completed the I-Corps site at UToledo. Now, they are looking forward to participating in the National NSF I-Corps program. This will help to reduce the time to bring the hydroxyl free radicals sensor from the lab to the market. 


Sarah Walz presented her findings on "The Production of Plastics from Microalgae" at the UToledo Undergraduate Research Exhibition. Great job, Sarah! 


Surachet (Ray) Duanghathaipornsuk received the UToledo College of Engineering Translational Research Award for his contributions not only to the fundamental understanding of the sensing elements for free radicals but also to its application. We are so proud of you, Ray! Keep up the good work!


Dr. Alba-Rubio attended the 2019 Olaf A. Hougen Symposium to celebrate Prof. James Dumesic's distinguished career. She presented a talk titled "Catalysts Can Be Good at Multitasking: Two Practical Examples."


Hope Otor received an Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation scholarship in recognition of his outstanding educational achievements. Congratulations, Hope!


Ibeh Omodolor and Hope Otor presented their results at the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) conference in St. Louis. Good job, guys!


Hope Otor and Kapiamba Fabrice have been selected to represent the UToledo College of Engineering at the College of Business and Innovation (COBI) Advanced Leadership Academy (ALA). This program will allow them to increase their leadership skills and network with other graduate students and leaders from across the university. Congratulations! 


Dr. Alba-Rubio and Dr. Kim received a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) supplement from the National Science Foundation for their project #1817294, "Electrochemical Interaction of Nano-Cerium Oxide Composites with Hydroxyl Radicals."


National Lab Day at UToledo. Dr. Alba-Rubio co-chaired the "Materials and Manufacturing" session together with Dr. Tanja Pietrass from Los Alamos National Lab.



Vimantha Bamunuarachchi was featured on the UToledo website! Congratulations, Vimantha! 


Hope Otor and Fabrice Kapiamba have been selected as 2019 Forbes Under 30 Scholars. They will be attending the world's greatest event for young leaders, founders, investors, and creators. Congratulations! 


Sarah Walz receives a travel award to attend the Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence conference that will be held in Indianapolis in October. She will be presenting her findings on catalysis for HMF production. Congrats, Sarah!



Dr. Alba-Rubio and Dr. Coleman receive $25,000 from the UToledo Rocket Fuel Fund to investigate "Sustainable Production of Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and Levulinic Acid from Glucose"!



Sarah Walz presented her findings during the summer at the UToledo Office of Undergraduate Research End-of-Summer Workshop. Great job, Sarah!


Prof. Alba-Rubio has been nominated for 2019 20 Under 40 Toledo Leadership Award!



Hope Otor and Ibeh Omodolor receive a travel award to attend the NOBCChE Advancing Science Conference that will take place in St. Louis, MO in November 2019. Congratulations!


Prof. Alba-Rubio contributed a column to the July/August issue of American Infrastructure magazine.



Prof. Alba-Rubio, Ibeh Omodolor, and Hope Otor attended the 2019 North American Catalysis Society meeting in Chicago, IL. Ibeh delivered an oral presentation, Hope presented a poster, and Prof. Alba-Rubio co-chaired a few sessions.


Our group attended the 4th UT-WSU ChemE Graduate Research Symposium held at Wayne State University. Both graduate student associations put together an inspiring event, and Ibeh, Hope, Haidar, and Ray did a great job presenting their findings. Ibeh won the first place in the student poster presentation, congratulations!


Our group attended the 40th Annual Michigan Catalysis Society Spring Symposium. Prof. Alba-Rubio, as secretary/treasurer of the MCS, participated in the organization, and Ibeh Omodolor and Hope Otor presented their findings.



​Josh Steiner and Vimantha Bamunuarachchi represented our lab at the 2019 North Central Student AIChE conference. Good job, guys! Josh won the first place in the research paper competition, congrats!


Prof. Alba-Rubio receives the UToledo College of Engineering Excellence in Supervision of Undergraduate Research Award!



Dr. Alba-Rubio was featured in Diario Sur, a Spanish newspaper!



Ibeh Omodolor receives the Kokes award to attend the 26th Meeting of the North American Catalysis Society. Congrats, Ibeh!



​Sarah Walz received a scholarship from the UToledo 2019 First-Year Summer Research Experience program to conduct research this summer. Congratulations, Sarah!


​Ibeh Omodolor gave an oral presentation at the 45th Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). He presented his results on "Soluble Superacid Polymer Catalysts for the Synthesis of HMF from Glucose."



​It is Engineering Week and our group participated in the Girls Day. Around ~60 female students visited us to learn about chemical reactions and catalysis.


Our group received an NSF CAREER award to develop "Dual Function Materials for Capture and Conversion of CO2 into Methanol and Higher Alcohols"! (News, Video)


Dr. Nirala Singh from the University of Michigan was our seminar speaker this week. Thanks for your visit and the nice talk!


Ibeh Omodolor was selected to participate in the UToledo Advanced Leadership Academy program. Great opportunity to improve his leadership skills and thinking in a dynamic learning environment.


Dr. Thomas Schwartz (University of Maine) visited us today and gave a great talk on catalysis. Thank you!


Ibeh Omodolor passed his Ph.D. qualifying examination and became a Ph.D. candidate. Well done, Ibeh!


Ibeh Omodolor received the "Research Mentor Award" from the UToledo College of Engineering for his hard work and dedication to the undergraduate students in our group. This is a very well-deserved recognition. Congratulations Ibeh!


Ibeh Omodolor and Hope Otor attended the 2018 Region IV Fall Regional Conference of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). The society provides attendees the tools to excel in academia, succeed professionally, and positively impact their communities.


Ibeh Omodolor got an Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation scholarship and an NSBE Outstanding Academic Achievement scholarship in the same week. Keep up the good work, Ibeh! Congrats! 


Prof. Alba-Rubio has been nominated for the 20 Under 40 Toledo Leadership Award 2018!


Godfred Owusu became the second MS student graduating from our group. Congratulations Godfred!


Dr. Alba-Rubio and Dr. Coleman receive $50,000 from the UToledo Rocket Fuel Fund to investigate "Soluble and Reusable Superacid Polymer Catalysts for 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) Production"!


Dr. Alba-Rubio and Dr. Kim receive a grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the "Electrochemical Interaction of Nano-Cerium Oxide Composites with Hydroxyl Radicals"!


Our group provided hands-on activities (Catalysis & Biofuels) to high school students as part of the 2018 Toledo Excel Summer Institute.


Prof. Alba-Rubio attended the New Faculty Workshop organized by Cottrell Scholars Collaborative and the American Catalysis Society in Denver, CO. ​


The whole group attended the 3rd UT-WSU ChemE Graduate Research Symposium held at the University of Toledo. We enjoyed high-quality presentations and posters. Ibeh, as the president of the ChemE Graduate Student Association, participated in the organization of the event and did a fantastic job.


Ibeh Omodolor received a Living the Mission (Collegiate) scholarship from the National Society of Black Engineers! He was recognized for his outstanding NSBE involvement, community service, and academic excellence. Congratulations Ibeh!


AnDrea, Ibeh, and Caleb introduced sophomore high-school girls to the catalysis field through the WISDOM program. 


Prof. Alba-Rubio participates in the UToledo Course Design Institute. She is building a new course using backward design.


Josh Steiner was selected for an Ohio Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate STEM Scholarship. This scholarship is funded by NASA through its National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program and the University of Toledo. Congratulations Josh!


Prof. Alba-Rubio receives a Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship to attend her first Catalysis Gordon Conference.


The University of Toledo recognizes Prof. Alba-Rubio for her outstanding contribution to University scholarship and creative activity. This honor was bestowed upon only 25 faculty members at UToledo!


Prof. Alba-Rubio and Godfred attended the Michigan Catalysis Society 39th Annual Spring Symposium. Prof. Alba-Rubio was elected as the new secretary/treasurer of the MCS.


Prof. Alba-Rubio gives a talk at the Michigan Catalysis Society meeting titled "Homogeneous and Reusable Polymer Catalysts for Biomass Conversion."


Ibeh Omodolor was awarded an NSBEBCA/Major/Fellows Scholarship 2017-18. Congratulations Ibeh!


It is Engineering week! To celebrate it, our department organized some hands-on experiences on chemical reactions and catalysis for Toledo Excel high-school students.


Subhash Kalidindi received the Outstanding MS thesis recognition from the UToledo College of Engineering. Congrats Subhash!


Prof. Alba-Rubio attended the AIChE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. She presented Subhash's work on "Multifunctional homogeneous-heterogeneous polymer catalysts for the synthesis of HMF from glucose."


Dr. Manuel López Granados (ICP-CSIC) was our guest speaker this week. Thanks for an enlightening presentation!


Prof. Eranda Nikolla (Wayne State University) visited us today. Thank you for the great presentation!


Prof. Alba-Rubio attended the ASEE Chemical Engineering Summer School and presented a poster on guided notes.


Subhash Kalidindi successfully defended his MS thesis. Congratulations Subhash!


Prof. Alba-Rubio gives an invited talk at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society.


Prof. Alba-Rubio participates in a roundtable to give advice to future faculty candidates.


Latino Youth Summit at UToledo today! ~70 8th grade students visited us and enjoyed engineering activities.


We all attended the 2nd Joint UT-WSU ChemE Graduate Research Symposium at Wayne State University. Subhash won the first place in poster presentations, congratulations!


Around 40 female high-school students visited our lab to learn about Catalysis and Biofuels (WISDOM program). 


Prof. Alba-Rubio attends the Michigan Catalysis Society 38th Annual Spring Symposium.


Prof. Alba-Rubio attends the GC3 Innovators Roundtable at Grand Rapids, MI.


Prof. Alba-Rubio attends the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco. She is co-chairing a few sessions.


Subhash presents a poster at the 9th Annual AIChE Midwest Regional Conference.


Prof. Alba-Rubio and colleagues from the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (CSIC), University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Málaga publish a paper titled “Oxidation of furfural in aqueous H2O2 catalysed by titanium silicalite: deactivation processes and role of extraframework Ti oxides" in Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. Congratulations!


1st Anniversary at UToledo!


Catalysis outreach: 60 high-school EXCEL students visited us. They made biodiesel and studied the decomposition of H2O2 with homogeneous, heterogeneous, and enzymatic catalysts.


Prof. Alba-Rubio attends the 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference in Portland, OR.


Prof. Alba-Rubio serves as a mentor for students from the University of Michigan who would like to become professors (UM Preparing Faculty Seminar).


Prof. Alba-Rubio publishes in Science! The paper titled "Self-assembly of noble metal monolayers on transition metal carbide nanoparticle catalysts" is the result of a collaboration with Prof. Román-Leshkov (MIT) while she was doing her postdoc in Prof. Dumesic's group (UW-Madison). Congratulations to the entire team! (UTnews)


We are all attending the 1st Joint UT-WSU Chemical Engineering Research Symposium at UT. High-quality talks and posters. Thanks for organizing such a great event!


The group received around 15 Latino students (Latino Youth Summit). They learned more about what engineers do and made biodiesel with us.


The group organized an activity for the WISDOM (Women in STEMM Day of Meetings) program. Around 80 female students learned how to make biodiesel in our lab.


Prof. Alba-Rubio delivers an invited talk at the 2016 Spring Symposium of the Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York. 


Prof. Alba-Rubio delivers an invited lecture at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Toledo.


Prof. Alba-Rubio and colleagues of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Purdue University published a paper titled “PtMo bimetallic catalysts synthesized by controlled surface reactions for water gas shift” in ACS Catalysis. Congratulations! 


Prof. Alba-Rubio and colleagues of the University of Wisconsin-Madison published a paper titled “Synthesis of supported RhMo and PtMo bimetallic catalysts by controlled surface reactions” in ChemCatChem. Congratulations! 


Prof. Alba-Rubio attends the 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT.​


Prof. Alba-Rubio and colleagues of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Dow Chemical Company publish a paper titled “Direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide over Au-Pd catalysts prepared by electroless deposition” in Catalysis Letters. Congratulations! 


Prof. Alba-Rubio joins the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toledo as an Assistant Professor.



Dr. Ana C. Alba-Rubio

University of Toledo, Dept. Chemical Engineering

1610 N. Westwood Ave.

Nitschke Hall, 3rd floor, RM. 3052

Toledo, OH 43606 (USA)