George W Huber

Professor and Harvey D. Spangler Professor

Room: 3018
Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 263-0346
Fax: (608) 262-5434

Selected professional activities


  • B.S.,M.S., Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University
  • PhD. Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

  • Renewable Energy
  • Biofuels and Biochemicals
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Pyrolysis
  • Zeolites
  • Conceptual Process Design


(for a complete list please see extended website)

  1. Y.T. Cheng; Z. Wang, C. J. Gilbert, W. Fan, and G.W. Huber; Production of p-Xylene from Biomass by Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis Using ZSM-5 Catalysts with Reduced Pore Openings; Angew. Chem. Int. Edit, (2012), 51, 11097-11100, DOI: 10.1002/ange.201205230.
  2. Y. Cheng, J. Jae, J. Shi, W. Fan, and G. W. Huber, Renewable Aromatics Production by Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Lignocellulosic Biomass with Bifunctional Ga/ZSM-5 Catalysts, Angew. Chem. Int. Edit, (2012), 51, 1387-1390,  DOI: 10.1002/anie.201107390.
  3. R. Xing; W. Qi; and G.W. Huber; Production of Furfural and Carboxylic Acids from Waste Aqueous Hemicellulose Solutions from the Pulp and Paper and Cellulosic Ethanol Industries; Energy and Environmental Science (2011), 4(6), 2193-2205, DOI: 10.1039/c1ee01022k.
  4. J. Jae; G.A. Tompsett; A.J. Foster; K.D. Hammond; S. M. Auerbach; W.C. Conner; R.F. Lobo; and G.W. Huber; Investigation into the Shape Selectivity of Zeolite Catalysts for Biomass Conversion, Journal of Catalysis (2011), 279, 257-268, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2011.01.019.
  5. R. Weingarten; G. A. Tompsett; Wm. Curtis Conner, Jr. and G. W. Huber; Design of Solid Acid Catalysts for Aqueous Phase Dehydration of Carbohydrates: The Role of Lewis and Brønsted Acid Sites, Journal of Catalysis (2011), 279, 174-182, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2011.01.013.
  6. T. R. Carlson; Y.-T. Cheng; J. Jae and G. W. Huber, Production of Green Aromatics and Olefins by Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Wood Sawdust, Energy and Environmental Science (2011), 4, 145-161, DOI: 10.1039/c0ee00341g. (IF = 9.446 ; Citations = 9)
  7. T. P. Vispute; H. Zhang; A. Sanna; R. Xiao; and G. W. Huber, Renewable Chemical Commodity Feedstocks from Integrated Catalytic Processing of Pyrolysis Oils, Science (2010), 330, 1222-1227, DOI: 10.1126/science.1194218.
  8. N. Li; and G.W. Huber; Aqueous-phase hydrodeoxygenation of sorbitol: Identification of the reaction pathway, Journal of Catalysis (2010), 270(1), 48-59, DOI: 10.1016/j.jcat.2009.12.006.
  9. Y.C. Lin; J. Cho; P.R. Westmoreland; and G.W. Huber; Kinetics and Mechanism of Cellulose Pyrolysis, Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2009), 113(46), 20097-20107, DOI: 10.1021/jp906702p.
  10. T.R. Carlson; T.P. Vispute; and G.W. Huber; Green Gasoline by Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Solid Biomass-derived Compounds, (cover story) ChemSusChem (2008), 1, 397-400 , DOI: 10.1002/cssc.200800018.
  11. G.W. Huber; S. Iborra; and A. Corma; Synthesis of transportation fuels from biomass: chemistry, catalysts, and engineering, Chemical Reviews (2006), 106, 4044-4098, DOI: 10.1021/cr068360d.

Professional affiliations and selected activities

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)

Selected professional activities

Awards and Honors

  • Harvey D. Spangler Professorship, Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, UW-Madison, 2015
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Top 100 People in Bioenergy 2012 by Biofuels Digest
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award 2011
  • Outstanding Young Faculty Award College of Engineering University of Massachusetts-Amherst 2010
  • Armstrong professional development professor 2007-2010
  • NSF CAREER Award


Summer 2016

  • CBE 562 - Special Topics in Chemical Engineering

  • CBE 599 - Special Problems
  • CBE 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CBE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CBE 990 - Thesis-Research
  • CBE 699 - Advanced Independent Studies
  • CBE 790 - Master\'s Research or Thesis
  • CBE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • CBE 990 - Thesis-Research
  • Profile Summary

    Environmental and political problems created by our dependence on fossil fuels combined with diminishing petroleum resources are forcing society to search for more efficient renewable sources of energy. The goal of the Huber research group is to develop the fundamental catalytic science that will allow us to economically convert our renewable resources into renewable gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and chemicals.

    We are developing new generations of catalysts, reactors, spectroscopic and imagining tools, and computational models that are essential for understanding and controlling the chemical transformation of biomass-derived oxygenates into the full spectrum of products  that are currently derived from petroleum-derived feedstocks.

    The Huber research group uses a wide range of chemical engineering tools to understand and optimize conversion of renewable resources to fuels and chemicals, including: heterogeneous catalysis, kinetic modeling, reaction engineering, spectroscopy, analytical chemistry, nanotechnology, catalyst synthesis, conceptual process design, transport phenomena, and theoretical chemistry.

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