Faculty Profile  

Goutam Deo
Indian Oil Corporation Chair

B.Tech, IIT Kharagpur, 1985.
M.S., University of Iowa, 1988.
Ph.D., Lehigh University, 1992.

Email: goutam[AT]iitk.ac.in
Phone: 91-512-2597881,
            91-512- 2597363

Research Interests

  • Supported metal oxide catalysis: synthesis, characterization and reactivity

  • Reaction kinetics

  • Water treatment


Brief Overview


Research in our group is hinged on understanding the catalytic activity and selectivity issues for supported metal oxide and related heterogeneous catalyzed systems. Emphasis is placed on hydrocarbon partial oxidation for which the effects of various catalyst parameters were studied. A judicious choice of characterization techniques complimented with reactivity data assists in understanding why some of the parameters do or do not have an affect on the catalytic activity and selectivity. Designing a catalyst using modifiers has also been undertaken and from the structure-reactivity relationships and statistical methodologies, an optimum catalytic composition was determined. Specifically, the reactions studied are the ethane and propane oxidative dehydrogenation reactions and the CO2-H2 methanation reaction. Future studies will involve other hydrocarbon based reactions and the utilization of simultaneous in situ characterization and reaction techniques, coined as Operando spectroscopy, for the understanding of some heterogeneously catalyzed reactions.



  • AICTE career award for the young teacher (1997).

  • DAE-BNRS award for young scientist (1997).


Recent Publications

  •  “Promotion of Alumina Supported Cobalt Catalysts by Iron”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 116, , 20812-20819 (2012), T. Das and G. Deo.

  • “Synthesis, Characterization and In-Situ DRIFTS during the CO2 hydrogenation reaction over Supported Cobalt catalysts”, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A, 350, 75 (2011),  T. Das and G. Deo

  • “Characterization and Reactivity of Sol-Gel Synthesized TiO2-Al2O3 Supported Vanadium Oxide Catalysts”, Journal of Catalysis, 273, 221-228 (2010), D. Shee, A.M. Hirt and G. Deo

  • “The Promotion of Vanadia-Alumina and Vanadia-Titania Catalysts by Surface Molybdenum Oxide for the Propane ODH Reaction”, Catalysis Letters, 136 (3), 271 (2010), S.C. Nayak, D. Shee and G. Deo

  • “Adsorption and ODH reaction of alkane on sol–gel synthesized TiO2–WO3 supported vanadium oxide catalysts: In situ DRIFT and structure–reactivity study”, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical, 308, 46-55 (2009), D. Shee and G. Deo

  • “Characterization and Reactivity of TiO2/SiO2 Supported Vanadium Oxide Catalysts”, Catalysis Letters, 124 (3-4), 340 (2008), D. Shee and G. Deo

  • “Obtaining the best composition of supported V2O5-MoO3/TiO2 catalyst for propane ODH reaction, Journal of Catalysis, 258, 324-333 (2008), T.V.M. Rao, E. Vico-Ruiz, M. A. Baņares and G. Deo

  • “Analysis of the Kinetic Parameters for the Propane Oxidative Dehydrogenation Reaction over Supported V2O5/Al2O3 and MoO3/Al2O3 catalysts”, AIChE Jounral., 53(5), 1538 (2007), T.V.M. Rao and G. Deo

Complete List of Publications