Heterogeneous Catalysis Team
Heterogeneous Catalysis Team


Oliver Y. Gutiérrez received his doctorate in 2009 from UNAM (the National University of Mexico), where he was awarded the Antonio Caso Medal. In the same year, he received the Humboldt Research Fellowship and moved to Germany for a postdoctoral position at TU Munich with Prof. Johannes Lercher. In 2011 he was appointed senior scientist at the same chair, creating and leading a research group focused on catalysis for industrial applications. Since 2017 he has been a staff scientist at PNNL, where he has led a series of activities within the Chemical Transformation Initiative and the Core Basic Energy Sciences Catalysis Program. He has also collaborated on many other projects related to catalytic transformations for fuel production and hydrogen storage.

His research aims to build a bridge between molecular description of catalytic reactions and rational design of novel catalysts and catalytic processes. Thus, his work focuses on fundamental aspects of heterogeneous catalysis covering topics in industrial and emerging processes for the production of chemical energy carriers. Specific themes of his research have included hydrodefunctionalization and hydrogenation of hydrocarbons, bio-oil conversion, photocatalytic H2 generation, phenomena at the interface between electrocatalysis and thermal catalysis, cooperative effects between metal and redox sites for the conversion of oxygenated compounds and CO2, and polymer upcycling. The ultimate goal in each area is to describe structure-activity correlations for designing new catalysts and catalytic routes with enhanced activity and selectivity.

Research Interest

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Electrocatalysis
  • Metal Catalysts
  • Sulfide Catalysts
  • Hydrotreating
  • Reaction Kinetics
  • Material Characterization


  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico (2009)
  • MEng, Chemical Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico (2005)

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Awards and Recognitions

  • Humboldt Research Fellowship, Technische Universität München, Germany (2009–2011)
  • Alfonso Caso Medal, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2010)



  • Chen F., M. Shetty, M. Wang, H. Shi, Y. Liu, D.M. Camaioni, and O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, et al. 2021. "Differences in Mechanism and Rate of Zeolite-Catalyzed Cyclohexanol Dehydration in Apolar and Aqueous Phase." ACS Catalysis 11, no. 5:2879-2888. PNNL-SA-159842. doi:10.1021/acscatal.0c05674
  • Chu Y., U. Sanyal, X.S. Li, Y. Qiu, M. Song, M.H. Engelhard, and S.D. Davidson, et al. 2021. "Tuning proton transfer and catalytic properties in triple junction nanostructured catalysts." Nano Energy 86. PNNL-SA-156457. doi:10.1016/j.nanoen.2021.106046
  • Sanyal U., K. Koh, L. Meyer, A.J. Karkamkar, and O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco. 2021. "Simultaneous electrocatalytic hydrogenation of aldehydes and phenol over carbon-supported metals." Journal of Applied Electrochemistry 51, no. 1:27-36. PNNL-SA-155530. doi:10.1007/s10800-020-01464-7
  • Sanyal U., S.F. Yuk, K. Koh, M. Lee, K. Stoerzinger, D. Zhang, and L. Meyer, et al. 2021. "Hydrogen bonding enhances the electrochemical hydrogenation of benzaldehyde in the aqueous phase." Angewandte Chemie International Edition 60, no. 1:290-296. PNNL-SA-155228. doi:10.1002/anie.202008178
  • Shetty M., H. Wang, F. Chen, N.R. Jaegers, Y. Liu, D.M. Camaioni, and O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, et al. 2021. "Directing the rate-enhancement for hydronium ion catalyzed dehydration via organization of alkanols in nanoscopic confinements." Angewandte Chemie International Edition 60, no. 5:2304-2311. PNNL-SA-156707. doi:10.1002/anie.202009835
  • Zheng J., M. Wahiduzzaman, D. Barpaga, B.A. Trump, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, P.K. Thallapally, and S. Ma, et al. 2021. "Porous Covalent Organic Polymers for efficient Fluorocarbon-based Adsorption Cooling." Angewandte Chemie International Edition 60, no. 33:18037-18043. PNNL-SA-153417. doi:10.1002/anie.202102337
  • Zhu Y., S.F. Yuk, J. Zheng, M. Nguyen, M. Lee, J. Szanyi, and L. Kovarik, et al. 2021. "Environment of Metal-O-Fe Bonds Enabling High Activity in CO2 Reduction on Single Metal Atoms and on Supported Nanoparticles." Journal of the American Chemical Society 143, no. 14:5540-5549. PNNL-SA-160804. doi:10.1021/jacs.1c02276


  • Akhade S.A., N. Singh, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, J.A. Lopez-Ruiz, H. Wang, J.D. Holladay, and Y. Liu, et al. 2020. "Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation of Biomass-Derived Organics: A review." Chemical Reviews 120, no. 20:11370-11419. PNNL-SA-155470. doi:10.1021/acs.chemrev.0c00158
  • Andrews E.M., J.A. Lopez-Ruiz, J.D. Egbert, K. Koh, U. Sanyal, M. Song, and D. Li, et al. 2020. "Performance of base and noble metals for electrocatalytic hydrogenation of bio-oil-derived oxygenated compounds." ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 8, no. 11:4407-4418. PNNL-SA-149793. doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b07041
  • Carvalho O.Q., P.P. Adiga, S. Krishna Murthy, J.L. Fulton, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, and K. Stoerzinger. 2020. "Understanding the role of surface heterogeneities in electrosynthesis reactions." iScience 23, no. 12:Article No. 101814. PNNL-SA-156845. doi:10.1016/j.isci.2020.101814
  • Koh K., U. Sanyal, M. Lee, G. Cheng, M. Song, V. Glezakou, and Y. Liu, et al. 2020. "Electrochemically tunable proton-coupled electron transfer in Pd-catalyzed benzaldehyde hydrogenation." Angewandte Chemie International Edition 59, no. 4:1501-1505. PNNL-SA-144918. doi:10.1002/anie.201912241
  • Lopez-Ruiz J.A., Y. Qiu, E.M. Andrews, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, and J.D. Holladay. 2020. "Electrocatalytic Valorization into H2 and Hydrocarbons of an Aqueous Stream Derived from Hydrothermal Liquefaction." Journal of Applied Electrochemistry 51, no. 1:107-118. PNNL-SA-152138. doi:10.1007/s10800-020-01452-x
  • Qiu Y., J.A. Lopez-Ruiz, U. Sanyal, E.M. Andrews, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, and J.D. Holladay. 2020. "Anodic electrocatalytic conversion of carboxylic acids on thin films of RuO2, IrO2, and Pt." Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 277. PNNL-SA-153956. doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2020.119277
  • Singh N., U. Sanyal, G.M. Ruehl, K.A. Stoerzinger, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, D.M. Camaioni, and J.L. Fulton, et al. 2020. "Aqueous phase catalytic and electrocatalytic hydrogenation of phenol and benzaldehyde over platinum group metals." Journal of Catalysis 382. PNNL-SA-150490. doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2019.12.034
  • Wang M., Y. Zhao, D. Mei, R.M. Bullock, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, D.M. Camaioni, and J.A. Lercher. 2020. "The Critical Role of Reductive Steps in the Nickel-Catalyzed Hydrogenolysis and Hydrolysis of Aryl Ether C-O Bonds." Angewandte Chemie International Edition 59, no. 4:1445-1449. PNNL-SA-144365. doi:10.1002/ange.201909551
  • Yao Y., X. Wu, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, J. Ji, P. Jin, S. Wang, and Y. Xu, et al. 2020. "Roles of Cu+ and Cu0 sites in liquid-phase hydrogenation of esters on core-shell CuZnx@C catalysts." Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 267. PNNL-SA-149387. doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2020.118698
  • Zheng J., I. Lee, E. Khramenkova, M. Wang, B. Peng, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, and J.L. Fulton, et al. 2020. "Importance of methane chemical potential for its conversion to methanol on Cu-exchanged mordenite." Chemistry - A European Journal 26, no. 34:7563-7567. PNNL-SA-149958. doi:10.1002/chem.202000772
  • Zhu Y., J. Zheng, J. Ye, Y. Cui, K. Koh, L. Kovarik, and D.M. Camaioni, et al. 2020. "Copper-zirconia interfaces in UiO-66 enable selective catalytic hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol." Nature Communications 11, no. 1:5849. PNNL-SA-149044. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-19438-w
  • Zhu Y., X. Zhang, K. Koh, L. Kovarik, J.L. Fulton, K.M. Rosso, and O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco. 2020. "Inverse Iron Oxide/Metal Catalysts from Galvanic Replacement." Nature Communications 11. PNNL-SA-152213. doi:10.1038/s41467-020-16830-4


  • Han Q., M. Ur Rehman, J. Wang, A. Rykov, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, Y. Zhao, and S. Wang, et al. 2019. "The synergistic effect between Ni sites and Ni-Fe alloy sites on hydrodeoxygenation of lignin-derived phenols." Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 253. PNNL-SA-143280. doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2019.04.065
  • Lopez-Ruiz J.A., E.M. Andrews, S.A. Akhade, M. Lee, K. Koh, U. Sanyal, and S.F. Yuk, et al. 2019. "Understanding the role of metal and molecular structure on the electrocatalytic hydrogenation of oxygenated organic compounds." ACS Catalysis 9, no. 11:9964-9972. PNNL-SA-145115. doi:10.1021/acscatal.9b02921
  • Sanyal U., Y. Song, N. Singh, J.L. Fulton, J.S. Herranz, A. Jentys, and O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, et al. 2019. "Structure sensitivity in hydrogenation reactions on Pt/C in aqueous-phase." ChemCatChem 11, no. 1:575-582. PNNL-SA-138838. doi:10.1002/cctc.201801344
  • Singh N., M. Lee, S.A. Akhade, G. Cheng, D.M. Camaioni, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, and V. Glezakou, et al. 2019. "Impact of pH on aqueous-phase phenol hydrogenation catalyzed by carbon-supported Pt and Rh." ACS Catalysis 9, no. 2:1120-1128. PNNL-SA-138664. doi:10.1021/acscatal.8b04039
  • Singh N., U. Sanyal, J.L. Fulton, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, J.A. Lercher, and C.T. Campbell. 2019. "Quantifying adsorption of organic molecules on platinum in aqueous phase by hydrogen site blocking and in situ X-ray absorption spectroscopy." ACS Catalysis 9, no. 8:6869-6881. PNNL-SA-144087. doi:10.1021/acscatal.9b01415
  • Wang M., N.R. Jaegers, M. Lee, C. Wan, J.Z. Hu, H. Shi, and D. Mei, et al. 2019. "Genesis and Stability of Hydronium Ions in Zeolite Channels." Journal of the American Chemical Society 141, no. 8:3444-3455. PNNL-SA-136963. doi:10.1021/jacs.8b07969
  • Weber-Stockbauer M., O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, R. Bermejo-Deval, and J.A. Lercher. 2019. "Cesium Induced Changes in the Acid-Base Properties of Metal Oxides and the Consequences for Methanol Thiolation." ACS Catalysis 9, no. 10:9245-9252. PNNL-SA-146732. doi:10.1021/acscatal.9b02537
  • Zheng J., J. Ye, M.A. Ortuno, J.L. Fulton, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, D.M. Camaioni, and R.K. Motkuri, et al. 2019. "Selective Methane Oxidation to Methanol on Cu-oxo Dimers Stabilized by Zirconia Nodes of an NU-1000 Metal-Organic Framework." Journal of the American Chemical Society 141, no. 23:9292-9304. PNNL-SA-136642. doi:10.1021/jacs.9b02902


  • Lopez-Ruiz J.A., U. Sanyal, J.D. Egbert, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, and J.D. Holladay. 2018. "Kinetic Investigation of the Sustainable Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation of Benzaldehyde on Pd/C. Effect of Electrolyte Composition and Half-cell Potentials." ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 6, no. 12:16073-16085. PNNL-SA-131189. doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b02637
  • Sanwald K.E., T.F. Berto, A. Jentys, D.M. Camaioni, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, and J.A. Lercher. 2018. "Kinetic coupling of water splitting and photoreforming on SrTiO3-based photocatalysts." ACS Catalysis 8, no. 4:2902-2913. PNNL-SA-126051. doi:10.1021/acscatal.7b03192
  • Sanyal U., J.A. Lopez-Ruiz, A.B. Padmaperuma, J.D. Holladay, and O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco. 2018. "Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation of Oxygenated Compounds in Aqueous Phase." Organic Process Research & Development 22, no. 12:1590-1598. PNNL-SA-137711. doi:10.1021/acs.oprd.8b00236
  • Singh N., M. Nguyen, D. Cantu, B.L. Mehdi, N.D. Browning, J.L. Fulton, and J. Zheng, et al. 2018. "Carbon-supported Pt during aqueous phenol hydrogenation with and without applied electrical potential: X-ray absorption and theoretical studies of structure and adsorbates." Journal of Catalysis 368. PNNL-SA-136451. doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2018.09.021
  • Song Y., U. Sanyal, D. Pangotra, J.D. Holladay, D.M. Camaioni, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, and J.A. Lercher. 2018. "Hydrogenation of benzaldehyde via electrocatalysis and thermal catalysis on carbon-supported metals." Journal of Catalysis 359. PNNL-SA-125668. doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2017.12.026
  • Wang M., O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, D.M. Camaioni, and J.A. Lercher. 2018. "Palladium-Catalyzed Reductive Insertion of Alcohols into Aryl Ether Bonds." Angewandte Chemie International Edition 130, no. 14:3809-3813. PNNL-SA-129112. doi:10.1002/ange.201709445
  • Zhou J., Y. Zhao, J. Zhang, Y. Wang, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, S. Wang, and Z. Li, et al. 2018. "A Nitrogen-doped PtSn Nanocatalyst Supported on Hollow Silica Spheres for Acetic Acid Hydrogenation." Chemical Communications 54, no. 64:8818-8821. PNNL-SA-135317. doi:10.1039/C8CC03649G


  • Abreu Resende K., C.E. Hori, F. Bellot Noronha, H. Shi, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, D.M. Camaioni, and J.A. Lercher. 2017. "Aqueous phase hydrogenation of phenol catalyzed by Pd and PdAg on ZrO2." Applied Catalysis. A, General 548. PNNL-SA-125711. doi:10.1016/j.apcata.2017.08.005