Resasco, Joaquin Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Arriving Spring 2021

Headshot of Joaquin Resasco. He has dark brown short hair with a beard and brown eyes and he's wearing a suit coat with a button down dress shirt.

Office: CPE Mailing Address:
Phone: (512) 471-5238 The University of Texas at Austin
Fax:  (512) 471-7060 McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering
Email: 200 E Dean Keeton St. Stop C0400
UT Mail: C0400 Austin, TX 78712-1589

Research Areas: Energy; Advanced Materials, Polymers and Nanotechnology

Research Group Website

Educational Qualifications

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Santa Barbara (2018-2020)
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley (2018)
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Oklahoma (2012)

Courses Taught

CHE 372 Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design


Understanding the structure and properties of catalysts to enable next-generation sustainable technologies


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.

Some of the questions we think about are:

—How does catalyst structure and composition evolve during reactions, and what effect does that have on performance?

—How can we design not only a catalytic site, but the environment surrounding it, to control selectivity and activity?

—What new opportunities do electrocatalytic reactions that run on renewable electricity provide for controlling chemistry?


Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science (2020)
UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellow (2012)
NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2012)

Selected Publications


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