Robert J. Madix

Co-Deupty Director Prof. Robert J. Madix

Senior Research Fellow, Harvard University
Professor Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
Robert J. Madix


Prof. Robert J. Madix obtained his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1961, where he was also a three year letterman in varsity baseball, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1965.  After a one year postdoc with Prof. Carl Wagner at the Max Planck Institute for Physical Chemistry in Gottingen, Germany, he began his academic career at Stanford University where he remained until 2005. He was chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department at Stanford from 1982 – 1985. In 2005 he accepted the position of Senior Research Fellow in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard University.

Prof. Madix has received a Humboldt Senior Scientist Prize, the Alpha Chi Sigma Award of the AIChE, the Paul Emmett Award of the North American Catalysis Society, the Adamson and the Gabor Somorjai Awards of the American Chemical Society and the Albert Award of the International Institute of Precious Metals.  He is a Fellow of both the American Chemical Society and the American Vacuum Society.

With his students Prof. Madix pioneered the use of metallic single crystal surfaces as model catalyst surfaces for the determination of the kinetics and mechanism of complex catalytic oxidation processes using a combination of sophisticated experimental techniques.  More recently he has expanded this understanding to provide predictions of the performance of catalytic materials in flow reactors from this fundamental knowledge.

He has contributed significantly to the understanding of partial oxidation reactions on silver surfaces, the dynamics and kinetics of adsorption and surface reactions and the atomic-scale imaging of reactive processes on surfaces.



Contact Information

Harvard University,
School of Engineering and Applied Science,
127 Pierce Hall,
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-4198