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Oliver Y. Gutierrez

Heterogeneous Catalysis Team
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: J7-10
Richland, WA 99352


Research Scientist III, PNNL (2017-Present). Dr. Gutierrez-Tinoco leads the subtask of electrocatalytic hydrogenation in the Chemical Transformations Initiative, a PNNL-funded effort that aims for the low-temperature conversion of polar molecules. The research group focuses on material characterization, including kinetic and mechanistic analysis of low-temperature transformations of organic compounds. In a program funded by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Basic Energy Sciences, he coordinates fundamental research activities in a group of four investigators. The activities encompass heterogeneous catalysis for the conversion of carbon dioxide in the gas phase and polar molecules in the condensed phases.

Group Leader, TUM, Germany (2011-2017). Dr. Gutierrez-Tinoco led two groups conducting research in three areas: (i) synthesis of thiols, (ii) hydrotreating for fuel production from fossil and biogenic sources, and (iii) alternative (photocatalytic and electrocatalytic) pathways for conversion of oxygenated compounds to fuel and hydrogen. The work was focused on elucidating the structure-activity correlations and mechanisms of the target catalytic reactions on sulfide, metal, and oxide surfaces.

Research Interests

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

Education and Credentials

  • 2009-2011 Postdoctoral Fellow (Humboldt Research Fellow), Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany
  • 2009 Ph.D. (Alfonso-Caso Medal), Chemical Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
  • 2005 M.Eng., Chemical Engineering, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Chemical Society

PNNL Publications


  • Akhade S.A., M. Lee, L. Meyer, S.F. Yuk, M. Nguyen, U. Sanyal, and J.D. Egbert, et al. 2022. "Impact of functional groups on the electrocatalytic hydrogenation of aromatic carbonyls to alcohols." Catalysis Today 397-399. PNNL-SA-160948. doi:10.1016/j.cattod.2021.11.047
  • Barth I., J. Akinola, J. Lee, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, U. Sanyal, N. Singh, and B.R. Goldsmith. 2022. "Explaining the Structure Sensitivity of Pt and Rh for Aqueous-Phase Hydrogenation of Phenol." Journal of Chemical Physics 156, no. 10:Art. No. 104703. PNNL-SA-170789. doi:10.1063/5.0085298
  • Chen L., L. Meyer, L. Kovarik, D. Meira, X. Pereira Hernandez, H. Shi, and K. Khivantsev, et al. 2022. "Disordered, Sub-Nanometer Ru Structures on CeO2 are Highly Efficient and Selective Catalysts in Polymer Upcycling by Hydrogenolysis." ACS Catalysis 12, no. 8:4618-4627. PNNL-SA-170085. doi:10.1021/acscatal.2c00684
  • Chen L., Y. Zhu, L. Meyer, L.V. Hale, T.D. Le, A.J. Karkamkar, and J.A. Lercher, et al. 2022. "Effect of Reaction Conditions on the Hydrogenolysis of Polypropylene and Polyethylene into Gas and Liquid Alkanes." Reaction Chemistry & Engineering 7, no. 4:844-854. PNNL-SA-170008. doi:10.1039/d1re00431j
  • Meyer L., U. Sanyal, K. Stoerzinger, K. Koh, J.L. Fulton, D.M. Camaioni, and O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, et al. 2022. "Influence of the molecular structure on the electrocatalytic hydrogenation of carbonyl groups and H2 evolution on Pd." ACS Catalysis 12, no. 19:11910-11917. PNNL-SA-177069. doi:10.1021/acscatal.2c03207
  • Schmid J., M. Wang, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, R.M. Bullock, D.M. Camaioni, and J.A. Lercher. 2022. "Controlling Reaction Routes in Noble-Metal-Catalyzed Conversion of Aryl Ethers." Angewandte Chemie International Edition 61, no. 30:Art. No. e202203172. PNNL-SA-172526. doi:10.1002/anie.202203172


  • 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
  • Cheng G., A. Jentys, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, Y. Liu, Y. Chin, and J.A. Lercher. 2021. "Critical role of solvent modulated Hydrogen-binding strength for catalytic hydrogenation of benzaldehyde on Palladium." Nature Catalysis 4, no. 11:976-985. PNNL-SA-166986. doi:10.1038/s41929-021-00701-2
  • 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 catalyts." Nano Energy 86. PNNL-SA-156457. doi:10.1016/j.nanoen.2021.106046
  • Lee I., M. Lee, L. Tao, T. Ikuno, R. Khare, A. Jentys, and T. Huthwelker, et al. 2021. "Activity of Cu-Al-oxo extra-framework clusters for selective methane oxidation on Cu exchanged zeolites." JACS Au 1, no. 9:1412-1421. PNNL-SA-160856. doi:10.1021/jacsau.1c00196
  • 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
  • Yao Y., X. Wu, B. Chen, Z. Tu, O.Y. Gutierrez-Tinoco, Y. Cui, and J. Wang, et al. 2021. "Copper-Based Catalysts Confined in Carbon Nanocage Reactors for Condensed Ester Hydrogenation: Tuning Copper Species by Confined SiO2 and Methanol Resistance." ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 9, no. 48:16270-16280. PNNL-SA-168626. doi:10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c05526
  • 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 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

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