Professor Gates

Email: bcgates at
Phone: (530)-752-3953

Professional Experience

  • University of California, Davis, Department of Chemical Engineering: Professor, 1992-2003; Distinguished Professor, 2003-present.
  • University of Delaware, Department of Chemical Engineering: Assistant Professor, 1969-1973; Associate Professor, 1973-1977; Professor, 1977-1985; H. Rodney Sharp Professor, 1985-1992; Center for Catalytic Science and Technology, Associate Director, 1977-1981, 1988-1992, Director, 1981-1988; Department of Chemistry, Professor, 1987-1992.
  • Chevron Research Co., Richmond, CA, Research Engineer, 1967- 1969.
  • Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Post-doctoral Fellow, 1966-1967; Visiting Professor, 1975-1976; 1983-1984; 1990-91; 1998-99.
  • Hokkaido University, Visiting Professor, 2013.

Professional Activities

  • Editor, Advances in Catalysis, 1995-2014.
  • Catalysis Society of North America, member of Board of Directors (at large), 1997-present.
  • Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, 2003-2017.
  • Co-chair, North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society, San Francisco, June 7–12, 2009.
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, Stanford Synchotron Radiation Lightsource.
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, National Synchrotron Light Source II.
  • Chair, Technical Advisory Committee, National Advanced Biofuels Consortium, 2009-2013.
  • Co-chair, Department of Energy Workshop, Basic Research Needs: Catalysis for Energy.
  • Sasol Technology, Board of Directors, 2009-2012.
  • International Advisory Board, Shenhua, 2015-present.


  • Michel Boudart Award, North American Catalysis Society and European Federation of Catalysis Societies, 2017.
  • Catalysis Society of South Africa, Eminent Visitor to South Africa Award, 2010.
  • Robert L. Burwell Lectureship, North American Catalysis Society, 2009.
  • National Academy of Engineering, 2007.
  • Council for Chemical Research, Malcolm E. Pruitt Award, 2006.
  • R. W. Moulton Medal (Distinguished Alumnus Award, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington), 2005.
  • Michigan Catalysis Society Guiseppe Parravano Memorial Award, 2005.
  • American Chemical Society Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis, 2004.
  • University of California, Distinguished Professor, 2003–present.
  • AIChE, Northern California Section Award for Chemical Engineering Excellence for Professional Development, 2002/2003.
  • AIChE, R. H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering, 2002.
  • Senior Alexander von Humboldt Prize, University of Munich, 1998-99; 2002.
  • AIChE, William H. Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions to Chemical Engineering Literature, 1995.
  • American Chemical Society Award in Petroleum Chemistry, 1993.
  • Fulbright Professorship, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Visiting Professorship, University of Munich, 1990-91.
  • AIChE, Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research, 1989.
  • Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York Award for Excellence in Catalysis, 1989.
  • Center for Advanced Study Fellowship, University of Delaware, 1988‑89.
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship, 1987.
  • Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award, 1986.
  • American Chemical Society, Delaware Section Award, 1985.
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Visiting Professorship; Fulbright Professorship, University of Munich, 1983-84.
  • Distinguished Scientist Award, University of Delaware Chapter of Sigma Xi, 1979.
  • Fulbright Professorship, University of Munich, 1975-76.
  • Fulbright grant for postdoctoral research, University of Munich, 1966-67.
  • NSF Graduate fellowships, University of Washington, 1963-64, 1965‑66.


  • Fulbright Lectureships: Technion, University of the Negev (Beersheba), 1975; Universities of Liege, Porto, Bath, Leeds, and Ankara, 1984.
  • Frontiers in Chemistry Lectures, Case Western Reserve University, 1986.
  • Union Carbide Lecture, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1988.
  • Donald Katz Lectures, University of Michigan, 1989.
  • McCabe Lecture, North Carolina State University, 1989.
  • Caterpillar Lecture, University of Iowa, 1997.
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Distinguished Catalysis Science Lecture, 2004.
  • Advance Lecture, Kansas State University, 2007.
  • Doraiswamy Lecture, Iowa State University, 2007, and National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India, 2008.
  • Hunter Henry Lecture, Mississippi State University, 2008.
  • Ashton Cary Lecture, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008.
  • Presidential Symposium, American Chemical Society Meeting, New Orleans, 2008.
  • Distinguished Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Riverside, 2009.
  • W.N. Lacey Lectureship in Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2010.
  • Distinguished Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Utah, 2012.
  • Vladimir Haensel Invitational Lecturer in Catalysis, UOP LLC, 2014.
  • Eastman Chemical Company Distinguished Lecturer in Catalysis, University of California, Berkeley, 2014.
  • Ensor Lectureship, Washington State University, 2016.
  • Rutgers University Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Lectureship, 2016.
  • Botsaris Lectureship, Tufts University, 2017.
  • Friedlander Lectureship, UCLA, 2017.
  • ExxonMobil Lectureship, University of Massachusetts, 2018.

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