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Kat Grubel

Kat Grubel

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 375-4560


Dr. Katarzyna Grubel was born in Poland, where, in 2005, she has completed her MSc in Organic Technology at the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice. In 2006, she started her Inorganic Chemistry PhD program at the Utah State University in Logan, working for Prof. Lisa M. Berreau. In 2011, Dr. Grubel has begun her post-doctoral appointment in the organometallic group of Prof. Patrick L. Holland in Rochester, NY and in 2013, she moved with the group to the Yale University in New Haven, CT. In 2015, Dr. Grubel become a post-doctoral researcher at PNNL, Richland, WA, in the Catalysis Science Group, where she has worked until her appointment to the staff position in the Applied Chemistry group in 2018. Currently, her interests span the fields of CO2 capture, H2 carriers, and fuel optimization.

PNNL Patents

PNNL Publications


  • Dong Z., A. Mukhtar, T.K. Ludwig, S.A. Akhade, W. Hu, J.Z. Hu, and K. Grubel, et al. 2024. "Silver-decorated palladium on carbon catalyst for enhanced ammonium formate dehydrogenation." Catalysis Science & Technology 14, no. 2:449-463. PNNL-SA-193833. doi:10.1039/D3CY01057K


  • Arendt C.L., L.R. Hubbard, K. Grubel, B.M. Lawler, E.S. Fuller, and B.V. Byrd. 2023. Manufacturability Advancement of Low-Temperature Titanium Electroplating Methods. PNNL-34876. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Manufacturability Advancement of Low-Temperature Titanium Electroplating Methods
  • Dong Z., A. Mukhtar, T.K. Ludwig, S.A. Akhade, S. Kang, B.C. Wood, and K. Grubel, et al. 2023. "Efficient Pd on carbon catalyst for ammonium formate dehydrogenation: Effect of surface oxygen functional groups." Applied Catalysis B: Environmental 321. PNNL-SA-174225. doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2022.122015
  • Grubel K., W.S. Rosenthal, S. Autrey, N.J. Henson, K. Koh, S.E. Flowers, and T.A. Blake. 2023. "SN2 Solution Phase Kinetics for Iodoalkane-DABCO Reactions: An Experimental, Computational and Uncertainty Analysis Study." Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 25, no. 9:6914-6926. PNNL-SA-179160. doi:10.1039/d2cp05286e
  • Ronnebro E.C., M.H. Engelhard, D.J. Edwards, K. Grubel, A.D. Guzman, and R.T. Storms. 2023. "Evaluation of Hydrogen Gettering Rates Correlated to Surface Composition and Texture of Nickel-Plated Zircaloy Getters of Different Heat Treatment Procedures." Molecules 28, no. 2:Art. No. 762. PNNL-SA-180613. doi:10.3390/molecules28020762
  • Ulucan T., S.A. Akhade, A. Ambalakatte, S. Autrey, A. Cairns, P. Chen, and Y.W. Cho, et al. 2023. "Hydrogen storage in liquid hydrogen carriers: recent activities and new trends." Progress in Energy 5, no. 1:Art. No. 012004. PNNL-SA-168729. doi:10.1088/2516-1083/acac5c


  • Egbert J.D., K. Grubel, D.T. Howe, R.S. Weber, A.S. Agarwal, and T. Brix. 2022. "Process Intensification for generating and decomposing formic acid, a liquid hydrogen carrier." IET Renewable Power Generation 16, no. 14:2957-2963. PNNL-SA-167810. doi:10.1049/rpg2.12381
  • Kirby B.W., K. Grubel, E.C. Ronnebro, J.S. Hardy, and J. Kim. 2022. Synthesis and Photonic Sintering of Proton Conducting Lanthanide Nickelates. PNNL-33457. Richland, WA: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Synthesis and Photonic Sintering of Proton Conducting Lanthanide Nickelates



  • Grubel K., H. Jeong, C. Yoon, and S. Autrey. 2020. "Challenges and Opportunities for using Formate to Store, Transport and Use Hydrogen." Journal of Energy Chemistry 41. PNNL-SA-141924. doi:10.1016/j.jechem.2019.05.016
  • Grubel K., J. Su, J. Kothandaraman, K.P. Brooks, G. Somorjai, and S. Autrey. 2020. "Research Requirements to Move the Bar forward Using Aqueous Formate Salts as H2 Carriers for Energy Storage Applications." Journal of Energy and Power Technology 2, no. 4:21. PNNL-SA-154330. doi:10.21926/jept.2004016
  • Heredia-Langner A., J.R. Cort, K. Grubel, M.J. O'Hagan, K.H. Jarman, J.C. Linehan, and K.O. Albrecht, et al. 2020. "Methodology for the development of empirical models relating 13C NMR spectral features to fuel properties." Energy and Fuels 34, no. 10:12556-12572. PNNL-SA-152125. doi:10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c00883


  • Grubel K., W. Chouyyok, D.J. Heldebrant, J.C. Linehan, and J.T. Bays. 2019. "Octane-On-Demand: Onboard Separation of Oxygenates from Gasoline." Energy and Fuels 33, no. 3:1869-1881. PNNL-SA-138442. doi:10.1021/acs.energyfuels.8b03781


  • Burgess S.A., K. Grubel, A.M. Appel, E.S. Wiedner, and J.C. Linehan. 2017. "Hydrogenation of CO2 at Room Temperature and Low Pressure with a Cobalt Tetraphosphine Catalyst." Inorganic Chemistry 56, no. 14:8580-8589. PNNL-SA-124385. doi:10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01391


  • Miller D.L., B.J. Boro, K. Grubel, M.L. Helm, and A.M. Appel. 2015. "Synthesis and Characterization of a New TRIPHOS Ligand Derivative and the Corresponding Pd(II) Complexes." European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2015, no. 35:5781-5785. PNNL-SA-111376. doi:10.1002/ejic.201500791

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