Phone: 505-277-0477
Fax: 505-277-1024

Physical Address

Room 1330
Farris Engineering Center
Building # 119 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

01 1120
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Distinguished Professor

Department of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering

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PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, 1984

MS, Chemical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 1980

BTech, Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay, 1975


Abhaya Datye has been on the faculty at the University of New Mexico since 1984 and presently serves as the undergraduate advisor for chemical engineering.  He is Director of the Center for Microengineered Materials, a strategic research center at UNM that reports to the Vice President for Research.  His research group has pioneered the development of electron microscopy tools for the study of catalysts.  His current work involves the synthesis of biorenewable chemicals, fundamental studies of catalyst sintering, alcohol reforming into H2 and synthesis of novel nanostructured heterogeneous catalysts, especially the stabilization of isolated single atoms on supports.

Teaching Interests

  • Characterization of Nanostructures
  • Reactivity of Surfaces
  • Thermodynamics

Research Interests

  • Structure and Properties of Nanoparticles
  • Nanoparticle dynamics and stability
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis

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