Joaquin Resasco was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina. He completed his B.S. at the University of Oklahoma, and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley under the guidance of Professor Alexis Bell. Joaquin was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara with Professor Phillip Christopher. As of January 2021, Joaquin is an Assistant Professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. Joaquin was the recipient of the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship and NSF GRFP. He was also selected to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in Science.
Catalysis is central to today’s society. It is the key to producing fertilizers that support nearly half of the world’s population, converting oil into gasoline that fuels our cars, and cleaning pollutants from the air we breathe. Going forward, catalysis will also certainly be critical to transitioning to a more environmentally sustainable world. We are interested in advancing the understanding of catalysis to guide the design of new, more efficient materials. To develop this understanding, we combine principles of chemical engineering, materials science, and physical chemistry. We employ a range of experimental tools to gain insights about the catalytic materials we make and the chemistry that happens on their surfaces.