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Robert J. Davis

Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering
Office location and address
Chemical Engineering, Room 117F
385 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. ​Virginia Tech, 1985
M.S. Stanford University,1987
Ph.D. ​Stanford University, 1989
Post-Doc ​University of Namur, Belgium, 1989-90
Biography

Davis joined the faculty in Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia in 1990 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1996, full professor in 2002, and Earnest Jackson Oglesby Professor in 2009. Professor Davis also served as the Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia from 2002 to 2011. He received the Emmett Award of the North American Catalysis Society, the NSF Young Investigator Award, the DuPont Young Professor Award, the Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award, and the UVa Rodman Scholars Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Davis has co-authored more than 150 publications, 1 patent and 1 textbook, entitled “Fundamentals of Chemical Reaction Engineering”.

He has delivered over 100 invited lectures at conferences, academic departments and industrial research groups, and has co-authored over 100 additional presentations at technical meetings. Professor Davis has served as President of the Southeastern Catalysis Society, Chair of the 2006 Gordon Research Conference on Catalysis, Chair of Catalysis Programming of the AIChE, Chair of a US government panel charged with worldwide assessment of Catalysis by Nanostructured Materials, Director of the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division of the AIChE, Director of the North American Catalysis Society, Co-Chair of an International Catalysis Workshop in China, member of the Advisory Board of the International Conferences on Solid Acid and Base Catalysis, and member of the editorial boards of Journal of Catalysis, Applied Catalysis A and B, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A, ChemCatChem and ACS Catalysis.

Atomically-Dispersed Co and Cu Catalysts for Reactions involving C-H Activation
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
September 01, 2018 – August 31, 2021
Structure & Function of Supported Base Catalysts
Source: U.S. Department Of Energy - Chicago
June 01, 2009 – August 14, 2021
Anti-Coking Materials & Coatings for Steam Crackers
Source: Georgia Institute Of Technology
January 01, 2017 – December 31, 2020
Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
Source: Iowa State University
September 01, 2008 – February 28, 2019
EN-CHE-NSF CAREER Understanding the thermodynamics of crystalline materials using advanced molecular simulation sampling methods
Source: University Of Colorado
January 01, 2016 – May 21, 2017
EN-CHE Center for Biorenewable Chemicals
Source: Iowa State University
January 01, 2014 – February 28, 2017
Ethanol, Propanol & Other Higher Alcohol Synthesis
Source: Georgia Institute Of Technology
January 01, 2009 – December 31, 2016
EN-CHE Catalytic Reactivity at the Metal-Solution Interface
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
August 01, 2012 – July 31, 2016
Characterization of Radical and Stable Species from Pyrolytic and Catalytic Endothermic Fuel Decomposition
Source: U.S. DOD - Air Force - Afosr
September 30, 2012 – November 29, 2015
PIRE - Molecular Engineering for Conversion of Biomass-derived Reactants to Fuels
Source: University of New Mexico
September 01, 2007 – August 31, 2015
Molecular Modeling of Catalytic Reactions
Source: BP Products North America Inc.
November 01, 2012 – October 31, 2013
CHE 3318: Chemical Reaction Engineering
Credits: 3
Determination of rate equations for chemical reactions from experimental data. Use of kinetics and transport relations in the design of both batch and continuous reactors; homogeneous, heterogeneous, uncatalyzed and catalyzed reactions. Three lecture hours. Prerequisite: CHE 2216, 3316; corequisite: CHE 3322.
CHE 4995: Chemical Engineering Research
Credits: 1–3
Library and laboratory study of an engineering or manufacturing problem conducted in close consultation with a departmental faculty member, often including the design, construction, and operation of laboratory scale equipment. Requires progress reports and a comprehensive written report. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
CHE 5561: Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Applies engineering science, design methods, and system analysis to developing areas and current problems in chemical engineering. Topics are announced at registration.
CHE 7995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research for Master of Engineering degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
CHE 8819: Advanced Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reaction Engineering
Credits: 3
Advanced study of reacting systems, such as experimental methods, heterogeneous catalysis, polymerization kinetics, kinetics of complex reactions, reactor stability, and optimization. Prerequisite: CHE 6618 or instructor permission.
CHE 8998: Master's Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.
CHE 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.