placeholder image
  • Contact Info
Publications in VIVO

Holewinski, Adam P

Associate Professor


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • The Holewinski group is focused on efficient, renewable, and environmentally benign catalytic processes for the production of energy, as well as commodity and fine chemicals. We have particular interest in electrochemical routes—i.e. the direct interconversion between electrical energy and the energy of chemical bonds. Emphasis is placed on fundamental characterization of interactions between molecules and (electro)catalytic surfaces to understand reaction mechanisms for the design and optimization of next-generation catalysts. Broadly, we employ molecular-level insights from detailed kinetic analysis, quantum chemical calculations, and spectroscopic observations of reactive species and catalyst structures to discern the chemistry and physics relevant to catalyst performance. These insights enable informed, targeted catalyst synthesis strategies to attain ideal structures and compositions that facilitate desirable transformations.


  • heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis, energy, sustainable chemicals, electron microscopy, spectroscopy, scattering techniques, computational modeling


selected publications


courses taught

  • CHEN 3660 - Energy Fundamentals
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Explains the most important energy technologies and systems; provides tools to analyze performance using science and engineering principles. This course will investigate important energy concepts from sources and extraction to utilization, storage and efficiency. Topics include fossil fuels, hydropower, renewable energy, biofuels, carbon capture and waste disposal.
  • CHEN 4521 - Physical Chemistry for Engineers
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2023
    Examines the laws of classical thermodynamics followed by physical transformations of pure substances, the thermodynamics of simple mixtures and chemical equilibrium. Applies quantum theory to atomic and molecular structure. Presents the concepts and applications of statistical thermodynamics. Introduces rates of chemical reactions, reaction dynamics and catalysis.
  • CHEN 4838 - Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2022
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • CHEN 5090 - Seminar in Chemical Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Required of all chemical engineering graduate students. Includes reports on research activities and on special current topics.
  • CHEN 5390 - Chemical Reactor Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Studies ideal and nonideal chemical reactors, including unsteady state behavior, mixing effects, reactor stability, residence time distribution and diffusion effects. Department enforced prerequisite: undergraduate course in chemical reactor design/kinetics.
  • CHEN 5838 - Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2022
    Graduate-selected topics courses offered upon demand. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • CHEN 5919 - Special Topics in CHBE
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    May be repeated up to 5 total credit hours.


awards and honors

International Activities

Other Profiles