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Assistant Professor

Chemical and Biological Engineering

3037 NERC
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  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, 2017
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia, 2012


Dr. James Harris studies chemical conversion and upgrading of abundant feedstocks over heterogeneous catalysts.

Research themes in the Harris lab include:

– Synthesis and characterization of inorganic solids including zeolites.

– In situ and in operando infrared spectroscopy.

– Heterogeneous catalysis.

– Steady-state and transient kinetic studies.

Honors and Awards

  • 2022 ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award
  • 2021-2022 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award
  • 2021 University of Alabama Undergraduate Research and Creativity Activity Conference – Top Faculty Mentor Award

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • Junyan Zhang, Evan C. Wegener, Nohor “River” Samad, James W. Harris, Kinga A. Unocic, Lawrence F. Allard, Stephen Purdy, Shiba Adhikari, Michael J. Cordon, Jeffrey T. Miller, Theodore R. Krause, Sichao Cheng, Dongxia Liu, Meijun Li, Xiao Jiang, Zili Wu, Zhenglong Li, “Isolated metal sites in Cu-Zn-Y/Beta for direct and selective butene-rich C3+ olefins formation from ethanol .” ACS Catalysis, 11, 2021, 9885-9897.
  • James W. Harris, Jason S. Bates, Brandon C. Bukowski, Jeffrey Greeley, Rajamani Gounder, “Opportunities in Catalysis over Metal-Zeotypes Enabled by Descriptions of Active Centers Beyond their Binding Sites.” ACS Catalysis, 10, 2020, 9476-9495.
  • James W. Harris, Anuj A. Verma, Jeremy W. Arvay, Arthur J. Shih, W. Nicholas Delgass, Fabio H. Ribeiro, “Consequences of Product Inhibition in the Quantification of Kinetic Parameters.” Journal of Catalysis, 389, 2020, 468-475.
  • James W. Harris and Aditya Bhan, “Kinetics of chlorine deposition and removal over promoted silver catalysts during ethylene epoxidation.” Journal of Catalysis, 380, 2019, 318-331.
  • James W. Harris, Jeffrey A. Herron, Joseph F. DeWilde, Aditya Bhan, “Molecular characteristics governing chlorine deposition and removal on promoted Ag catalysts during ethylene epoxidation,” Journal of Catalysis, 377, 2019, 378-388.