Calvin H. Bartholomew

Professor of Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University
Head, BYU Catalysis Laboratory

B.E.S. Chemical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1968
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 1970
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 1972

Heterogeneous catalysis: catalyst design, reaction kinetics, adsorption phenomena, catalyst deactivation, syngas conversion catalysis, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, SCR, and automotive emissions control.

Dr. Bartholomew joined the Chemical Engineering faculty in 1973.  He teaches courses treating kinetics, catalysis, catalyst deactivation, air pollution control, creativity, and engineering materials. Prior to joining Brigham Young University, he was employed by Corning Glass Works, Corning New York, where he served as Senior Chemical Engineer in Automotive Emissions Control and Surface Chemistry Research.  He is a member of the American Chemical Society (past-president of the Central Utah Section), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the California Catalysis Society (past-president), The Rocky Mountain Fuel Society (founder), Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and the Western States Catalysis Club (founder).  He was a 1983 recipient of the BYU Karl G. Maeser Research Award and was chosen as the Outstanding Faculty member in the Engineering College in 1985. He received the ACS Utah Award in 1991 and the Sponsored Research Achievement Award from BYU in 1994.  He was appointed Pope Professor of Chemical Engineering from 1997 through 2002. In 2006 he received a lifetime achievement award from colleagues and former students.    

Dr. Bartholomew has conducted research over the past 38 years in catalysis and combustion.  He has been principal investigator or co-investigator on over 60 grants and contracts and has supervised more than 175 research students.  He is the author or co-author of 5 books and 120 peer-reviewed papers and reviews with emphasis on catalyst design, catalyst deactivation, chemisorption, syngas production/conversion catalysis and selective catalytic reduction of NOx.  He has also consulted with more than 40 different companies on problems related to catalysis and air pollution.  In 1973 Dr. Bartholomew established the BYU Catalysis Laboratory which presently employs two faculty and 12-15 students in fundamental studies of heterogeneous catalysis and combustion. Together with L. Douglas Smoot and David W. Pershing he was active in the establishment and management of the Combustion Center (ACERC) at BYU and U. of Utah.


1.   Calvin H. Bartholomew and Robert J. Farrauto, Introduction to Industrial Catalytic Processes, Fundamentals and Practice,  2nd ed., John-Wiley,  2006 (textbook and handbook).

2.   C. H. Bartholomew, "Catalyst Deactivation and Regeneration," feature article in Encyclopedia of Catalysis, 6 Volume Set, I.T. Horvath (Editor-in-Chief), John Wiley, December 2002.

3.   C.H. Bartholomew, “Mechanisms of Catalyst Deactivation,” Appl. Catal. A: General 212, 17-60 (2001).

4.   Jian Xu, Calvin H. Bartholomew, “Temperature-Programmed Hydrogenation (TPH) and in Situ Moessbauer Spectroscopy Studies of Carbonaceous Species on Silica-Supported Iron Fischer-Tropsch Catalysts,” Journal of Physical Chemistry B  (2005),  109(6),  2392-2403.

5.   Jian Xu, Calvin H. Bartholomew, Jeremy Sudweeks, and Dennis L. Eggett, “Design Synthesis, and Catalytic Properties of Silica-Supported, Pt-Promoted Iron Fischer-Tropsch Catalysts,” Topics in Catalysis 26 (2003) 55-71.