Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Top 20 Doctoral Program — National Research Council


Dr. James T. Richardson
Dr. James T. Richardson

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Office Location: S329, Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4324   |   Fax: 713-743-4323
Email: jtr [at] uh [dot] edu


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Rice University


CHEE 2331 Chemical Processes

CHEE 3366 Topics in Physical Chemistry

CHEE 6366 Fundamentals of Catalysis

CHEE 6388 Catalytic Processes

Research Interests: 

Professor Richardson’s research involves experimental heterogeneous catalysis as related to industrial catalytic processes. Topics include:

  • Heterogeneous catalysis and catalytic processes, reactor engineering, catalyst preparation and characterization, catalyst design
  • Solar energy, solar receiver design, solar related chemical processes
  • Catalytic processes for the destruction of hazardous wastes
  • Gas to liquid conversion processes
  • High temperature superconductivity and processing of ceramic superconductors
  • Solid oxide fuel cells, ceramic membrane reactors
  • Combinatorial Catalysis

Current Funded Projects

  1. "Catalyst Lifetime Studies for Chlorinated Steam Reforming", Gulf Coast Hazardous Substance Research Center.
  2. "More Efficient Catalysts for Exothermic Chemical Processes", Texas Coordinating Board ATP Program.
  3. "SHS and Ceramic Membrane Reactors", Materials Science and Engineering Center at the University of Houston. Jointly with Prof. D. Luss.
  4. "Improved Halogen Resistance of Catalytic Oxidation Through Efficient Catalyst Testing", Gulf Coast Hazardous Substances Research Center. Jointly with Prof. R. C. Willson.

Graduate Students Supervised

  • S. A. Brown
  • U. Fitzi
  • H. Gadala
  • D. Hill**
  • B. LeClerc
  • S. Modi
  • Y. Peng
  • J. T. Richtie*
  • M. Shafiei

* joint with D. Luss
**joint with R. C. Willson

Awards & Honors: 

2001: President-elect, University of Houston chapter of Sigma Xi.
1999: Best Applied Paper Award, South Texas Section, AIChE
1997: Abraham Dukler Distinguished Faculty Award, Cullen College of Engineering Alumni, University of Houston
1993: Senior Faculty Research Award, Cullen College of Engineering, University of Houston
1989: Best Applied Paper Award, South Texas Section, AIChE

Journal Papers / Refereed Journal Publications

  1. Nersesyan, M.D., J.T. Ritchie, I.A. Filimonov, J.T. Richardson and D. Luss,

    "Electric Fields Produced by High-Temperature Metal Oxidation," J. Electrochem. Soc. 149, J11.

    , 2002
  2. Twigg, M.V. and J.T. Richardson,

    "Theory and Application of Ceramic-Foam Catalysts,"IchemE Trans. Part A – Chem. Eng. Res. & Design, 80, 183.

    , 2002
  3. Nersesyan, M.D., J.R. Claycomb, J.T. Ritchie, J.H. Miller, Jr., J.T. Richardson and D. Luss,

    "Electric and Magnetic Fields Generated by SHS," J. Mat. Syn. and Proc., 9, 63.

    , 2001
  4. T. E. McMinn , F.C. Moates, and J.T. Richardson,

    "Catalytic Steam Reforming of Chlorocarbons: Catalyst Deactivation." Appl. Catal. B: Environ., 31, 93.

    , 2001
  5. J.T. Richardson, Y. Peng and D. Remue,

     "Properties of Ceramic Foam Catalyst Supports: Pressure Drop", Appl. Catal. A: Gen. 204, 19.

    , 2000
  6. M.V. Twigg and J.T. Richardson,

    "Effects of Alumina Incorporation in Coprecipitated NiO-Al2O3 Catalysts", Appl. Catal. A. General, 190, 6.

    , 2000
  7. N. Coute and J.T. Richardson,

    "Steam Reforming of Chlorocarbons: Chlorinated Aromatics", Appl. Catal. B. Environ. 26, 217.

    , 2000
  8. N. Coute and J.T. Richardson,

    "Catalytic Steam Reforming of Chlorocarbons: Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)", Appl. Catal. B. Environ. 26, 265.

    , 2000
  9. Q. Ming, M.D. Nersesyan, J.T. Richardson, D. Luss and A. A. Shiryaev,

    "A New Route to Synthesize La1-xSrxMnO3", J. Mat. Res., 35, 3599-3606.

    , 2000
  10. A. Wagner, A.J. Jacobson, J.T. Richardson, D. Luss,

    "Reaction Characteristics of La0.84Sr0.16CrO3 Formation", J. Mater. Sci., 34, 3035.

    , 1999
  11. F.C. Moates, T.E. McMinn and J.T. Richardson,

    "A Radial Reactor for Trichloroethylene Steam Reforming", AIChE J, 45, 2411.

    , 1999
  12. J.T.Richardson and M.V. Twigg,

    "A Simple Method for Determining the Size of Nickel Oxide Crystallites in Catalysis", J. Catal., 188, 226.

    , 1999
  13. K. Intarajang and J.T. Richardson,

    "Catalytic Steam Reforming of Chlorocarbons: Catalyst Comparisons", Appl. Catal. B. Environ., 22, 27.

    , 1999
  14. M.D. Nersesyan, J.R. Claycomb, Q. Ming, J.H. Miller, Jr., J.T. Richardson, and D. Luss,

    "Chemomagnetic Fields Produced by Solid Combustion Reactions", Appl. Phys. Lttrs., 75, 1170.

    , 1999
  15. Q. Ming, M.D. Nersesyan, A. Wagner, J. Ritchie, J.T. Richardson and D. Luss, A.J. Jacobson and Y.L. Yang,

    "Combustion Synthesis and Characterization of Sr and Ga Doped LaFeO3",Solid State Ionics, 122, 113.

    , 1999
  16. J.T. Richardson and M.V. Twigg,

    "Reduction of Impregnated NiO/ a -Al2O3: Association of Al3+ions with NiO", Appl. Catal. A. Gen. 167, 57.

    , 1998
  17. N. Coute, J.D. Ortego, Jr., J.T. Richardson and M.V. Twigg,

    "Catalytic Steam Reforming of Chlorocarbons: Trichloroethane, Trichloroethylene and Perchloroethylene", Appl. Catal. B. Environ, 19, 175.

    , 1998
  18. Q. Ming, J. Hung, Y.L. Yang, M. D. Nersesyan, A.J. Jacobson, J.T. Richardson and D. Luss,

    "Combustion Synthesis of La0.2Sr0.8Cr0.2Fe0.8O3-x", Combust. Sci. and Tech., 138, 279.).

    , 1998
  19. Q. Ming, M.D. Nersesyan, S. Lin, J.T. Richardson and D. Luss,

    "Chemical Rate Processes Involved in SHS of La0.9Sr0.1CrO3-x", Int. J. SHS, 4, 447.

    , 1998
  20. J.D. Ortego, Jr., J.T. Richardson and M.V. Twigg,

    Catalytic Steam Reforming of Chlorocarbons: Methlychloride", Appl. Catal. B. Environ.,.12, 339.

    , 1997
  21. Q. Ming, M. Nersesyan, K. Ross, J.T. Richardson and D. Luss,

    "Reaction Steps and Microstructure Formation During SHS of La0.8Sr0.2CrO3", Combust. Sci. and Tech., 128, 279 .

    , 1997
  22. T. Kohav, K.M. Forster, J.T. Richardson and D. Luss,

    "Effects of CO2 Concentration on Yb2Cu3O6+x Formation", AIChE J., 43, 1091.

    , 1997
  23. F.C. Moates, M. Somani, J. Annamalai, J.T. Richardson, D. Luss and R.C. Willson,

    "Infrared Thermographic Screening of Combinatorial Libraries of Heterogeneous Catalysts",  I&EC Res., 35, 4801.

    , 1996
  24. J.T. Richardson, B. Turk, and M.V. Twigg,

    "Reduction of Model Steam Reforming Catalysts: Effect of Oxide Additives", Appl. Catal. A. General, 148, 97.

    , 1996
  25. J.T. Richardson, J.D. Ortego, N. Coute and M.V. Twigg,

    "Chloride Poisoning of Water Gas Shift Activity on Nickel Catalysts During Steam Reforming", Catal. Lttrs., 41, 17.

    , 1996


  1. Richardson, J.T., M. Spencer and M.V. Twigg,

    The Catalyst Manual, Plenum Press

    , 2002
  2. J.T. Richardson,

    Principles of Catalyst Development, Plenum Press, NewYork NY

    , 1989