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Oliver Y. Gutierrez

Catalysis Science
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K2-57
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

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