Bio

B.S. Virginia Tech, 1992​Ph.D. University of Florida, 1997​Post-Doc Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 1997-1998​

"Our group delves into reaction mechanisms over novel catalyst materials and how those might change with degradation, to tailor design catalysts from the atomistic to reactor levels."

William Epling, Professor, Department Chair

Bill received his PhD from the University of Florida in 1997 and his BS from Virginia Tech in 1992, both in Chemical Engineering. He followed a relatively unique career path that has given him a broad perspective in the field of environmental catalysis, including catalyst design, manufacture, characterization and application. This was gained by working across a spectrum of locations; a national lab (Pacific Northwest National Lab), a catalyst manufacturing company (EmeraChem), and an engine manufacturer (Cummins Inc) before he returned to academia (University of Waterloo, University of Houston and now University of Virginia). His research has most recently focused on diesel engine emissions reduction, catalyst degradation and how catalyst surfaces change with reaction conditions.

Research Interests

  • Surface and Interface Science and Engineering
  • Materials Characterization
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Catalysis

Selected Publications

  • “Surface Characterization Study of Au/a-Fe2O3 and Au/Co3O4 Low-Temperature CO Oxidation Catalysts,” Journal of Physical Chemistry 100(1996)9929. William S. Epling, Gar B. Hoflund, Jason F. Weaver, Susumu Tsobota and Masatake Haruta
  • “Evidence for Oxygen Adatoms on TiO2(110) Resulting from O2 Dissociation at Vacancy Sites,” Surface Science 412/413(1998)333. William S. Epling, Charles H.F. Peden, Michael A. Henderson and Ulrike Diebold
  • “Overview of the Fundamental Reactions and Degradation Mechanisms of NOx Storage/Reduction Catalysts,” Catalysis Reviews 46(2004)163. William S. Epling, Larry E. Campbell, Aleksey Yezerets, Neal W. Currier, and James E. Parks II
  • “Spatially resolving different SCR reactions over a Fe/zeolite catalyst,” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 102(2011)110. Jin-Yong Luo, Xuxian Hou, Prasanna Wijayakoon, Steven J. Schmieg, Wei Li and William S. Epling
  • “Experimental and kinetic study of SO2 oxidation on a Pt/γ-Al2O3 catalyst,” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 152-153(2014)108. Tayebeh Hamzehlouyan, Chaitanya Sampara, Junhui Li, Ashok Kumar and William Epling
  • "Condition-Dependent Pd Speciation and NO Adsorption in Pd/Zeolites," ACS Catalysis 10(2020)12801. Keka Mandal, Yuntao Gu, Karl S. Westendorff, Sichi Li, Lars C. Grabow, William S. Epling and Chris Paolucci
  • "Rhodium Catalyst Structural Changes during, and Their Impacts on the Kinetics of, CO Oxidation," JACS Au 3(2023)459. Siliva Marino, Lai Wei, Marina Cortes-Reyes, Yisun Cheng, Paul Liang, Giovanni Cavataio, Christopher Paolucci and William S. Epling