Daniel F. Shantz, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Chair

The Entergy Chair in Clean Energy Engineering
(504) 862-3170
School of Science & Engineering
Daniel F. Shantz


331 Boggs Center
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118-5674

Courses Taught

Freshmen Engineering

Material and Energy Balances

Fluid Mechanics

Material Science for Chemical Engineering (Developed Course)

Reactor Design

Catalysis (Technical Elective)


Reactor Design/Kinetics

Advanced Topics in NMR Spectroscopy

Graduate Mentoring Seminar (Developed Course)


Education & Affiliations

B.S. ChE, University of Florida (1995)
Ph.D. ChE, University of Delaware (2000)
Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow (MPI – Kohlenforschung, 2000-2001)


Dan joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane July 2014 as the Entergy Chair in Clean Energy Engineering. Prior to this, Dan spent two years at SABIC, first as a Chief Scientist and then as a Senior Manager in SABIC’s Corporate Research and Innovation Future Feedstocks group. Prior to joining SABIC Dan was a faculty member in the Chemical Engineering Department at Texas A&M, starting as an assistant professor and ultimately holding the Ray Nesbitt Professorship and the rank of full professor. Dan’s lab at Texas A&M was internationally recognized for its work in zeolite nucleation, biomimetic materials, and hybrid materials for catalysis and separations. Dan’s lab at Tulane will develop materials that address problems in sustainability, energy storage, and solar energy capture for use in chemical conversions.

Research Interests

New Materials to Address Challenges in Energy and Sustainability


Zhao, Y.-H., Shantz, D. F. “Phenylboronic Acid Functionalized SBA-15 for Sugar Capture,” Langmuir 2011, 27(23), 14554-14562. DOI: 10.1021/la203121u.

Chaikittisilp, W., Lunn, J. D., Shantz, D. F., Jones, C. W. “Poly(L-lysine) Brush-Mesoporous Silica Hybrid Material as a Biomolecule-Based Adsorbent for CO2 Capture from Simulated Flue Gas and Air,” Chem. Eur. J. 2011, 17(38), 10556-10561. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201101480.

Wang, Q., Guerrero, V. V., Ghosh, A., Yeu, S., Lunn, J. D., Shantz, D. F. “Catalytic Properties of Dendron-OMS Nanocomposites,” J. Catal. 2010, 269(1), 15-25. DOI: 10.1016/j.cat.2009.10.009.

Lunn, J. D., Shantz, D. F. “Peptide Brush – Ordered Mesoporous Silica Nanocomposite Materials,” Chem. Mater. 2009, 21(15), 3638-3648. DOI: 10.1021/cm901025n.

Jan, J.-S., Lee, S., Carr, C. S., Shantz, D. F. “Biomimetic Synthesis of Inorganic Nanospheres,” Chem. Mater. 2005, 17(17), 4310 – 4317. DOI: 10.1021/cm0504440.

Acosta, E. J., Carr, S. C., Simanek, E. E., Shantz, D. F. “Engineering Nanospaces: Iterative Synthesis of Melamine-Based Dendrimers on Amine-Functionalized SBA-15 Leads to Complex Hybrids with Controllable Chemistry and Porosity,” Adv. Mater. 2004, 16(12), 985 – 989. DOI: 10.1002/adma.200306323.