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Professor Eric W. McFarland
5080 Chemical Engineering Department
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080 USA

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Name: Pat White

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Education & Honors

BS: University of California, Berkeley, Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering (1980)

MS: University of California, Berkeley, Nuclear Engineering (1982)

PhD: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987), MD: Harvard Medical School (1988)

Honors: NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1990-1995); Am. Nuc. Soc. Special Award for Outstanding Advances in Nuc. Tech. (1992); Edgerton Assistant Professorship (1989-91); NIH Grad. Fellowship (1981-82); graduated Summa Cum Laude (1980); Nuclear Engineering Department Citation for First in Department (1980); graduated Summa Cum Laude (1980); elected Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Top 5%, 1980); Stephen Bechtel Scholarship for top engineering junior (1979); University of California Regent's Fellowship (1980-81).


McFarland's research activities are focused on coupling fundamental processes at surfaces with novel material systems to facilitate cost-effective and environmentally sustainable production of chemicals and fuels. In particular, fundamental surface chemical electronic phenomena related to heterogeneous catalysis, electro- and photo-electrocatalysis, and chemo-electronic devices and materials are under investigation. McFarland teams with colleagues who bring state-of-the art theoretical methods to the group to provide guidance for understanding experimentally measured phenomena and in proposing new functional material candidates. They investigate the scientific and engineering aspects of new conversion processes as well as issues related to the technoeconomics and sustainability.


Online Publication List

Catalysis by doped oxides, Chemical Reviews 113: 4391-4427 (2013). DOI: 10.1021/cr300418s

Transition metal sulfide hydrogen evolution catalysts for hydrobromic acid electrolysis, Langmuir 29: 480-492 (2013). DOI: 10.1021/la3032489

Stabilizing inorganic photoelectrodes for efficient solar-to-chemical energy conversion, Energy Environ. Sci. 6: 1633-1639 (2013). DOI: 10.1039/C3EE40258D

Synthesis of chemicals using solar energy with stable photoelectrochemically active heterostructures, Nano Letters 13: 2110-2115 (2013). DOI: 10.1021/nl400502u

Methane oxidation by lanthanum oxide doped with Cu, Zn, Mg, Fe, Nb, Ti, Zr, or Ta: The connection between the activation energy and the energy of oxygen-vacancy formation, Catalysis Letters 143: 406-410 (2013). DOI: 10.1007/s10562-013-0985-7

Unconventional chemistry for unconventional natural gas, Science 338: 340-342 (2012). DOI:10.1126/science.1226840

Hydrodebromination and oligomerization of dibromomethane, ACS Catalysis 2: 479-486 (2012). DOI: 10.1021/cs2006058

C-H bond activation by Pd-substituted CeO2: Substituted ions versus reduced species, Chem. Mater. 23: 5432 - 5439 (2011). DOI: 10.1021/cm202709y

CO2 methanation on Ru-doped ceria, J. Catalysis 278: 297-309 (2011). DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2010.12.015

Electrodeposited Aluminum-Doped alpha-Fe2O3 Photoelectrodes: Experiment and Theory, Chemistry of Materials (2010), DOI: 10.1021/cm903135j

A highly dispersed Pd-Mg/SiO2 catalyst active for methanation of CO2, J. Catalysis 266: 92-97 (2009). DOI:10.1016/j.jcat.2009.05.018

A Photovoltaic Device Structure Based on Internal Electron Emission. Nature. 2003, 421(6923) 616-618.

Chemically Induced Electronic Excitations at Metal Surfaces.. Science. 2001 294 (5551):2521-2523.

A Rare-earth Phosphor Containing One-dimensional Chains Identified Through Combinatorial Methods. Science. 1998 279(5352) 837-839.

One-dimensional Chains Identified Through Combinatorial Methods Science. 1998 279(5352) 837-839.