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Robert Rioux



  • Chemical Engineering

207 3058 Research Drive


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Research Areas:

Energy and Environment, Interfaces and Surfaces

Interest Areas:




  • BS, Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1998
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 2001
  • Ph D, Chemistry, University of California - Berkeley, 2006



  • Robert M Rioux, 2010, Model Systems in Catalysis: Single Crystals to Supported Enzyme Mimics, Springer, pp. 526

Book Reviews

  • Robert M Rioux, 2009, Design of Heterogeneous Catalysts: New Approaches based on Synthesis, Characterization and Modeling, pp. p. 6196

Parts of Book

  • Robert M Rioux, H. Song, P. Yang and G. A. Somoraj, 2007, Platinum Nanoclusters: Size and Shape Surface Structure Sensitivity of Catalytic Reactions, Elsevier
  • G. A. Somorjai, Robert M Rioux and J. Grunes, 2003, Fabrication of Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Platinum Nanoclusters to Serve as High Technology Catalysts - Catalysts Capable of 100% Reaction Selectivity, World Scientific, pp. 97-125

Journal Articles

  • Robert M Rioux, 2018, "Evaluating differences in the active-site electronics of supported Au nanoparticle catalysts using Hammett and DFT studies", Nature Chemistry, 10, (3)
  • Shelton JP Varapragasam, Choumini Balasanthiran, Ashim Gurung, Qiquan Qiao, Robert M Rioux and James D Hoefelmeyer, 2017, "Kirkendall Growth of Hollow Mn3O4 Nanoparticles upon Galvanic Reaction of MnO with Cu2+ adn Evaulation as Anode for Lithium-Ion Batteries", Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121, (21)
  • Long Qi, Ricardo Alamillo, William A Elliott, Amity Anderson, David W Hoyt, Eric D Walter, Kee Sung Han, Nancy D Washton, Robert M Rioux, James A Dumesic and Susannah L Scott, 2017, "Operando Solid-State NMR Observation of Solvent-Mediated Adsorption-Reaction of Carbohydrates in Zeolites", ACS Catalysis, 7, (5)
  • Charles S Spanjers, Anish Dasgupta, Melanie Kirkham, Blake Burger, G Kumar, Michael J Janik and Robert M Rioux, 2017, "Determination of Bulk and Surface Atomic Arrangement in Ni-Zn Gamma Brass Phase at Different Ni to Zn Ratios", Chem. Mater., 29, pp. 504-512
  • Charles S. Spanjers, Pascal Guillo, Michael J Janik, T. Don Tilley and Robert M Rioux, 2017, "Identification of second shell coordination in transition metal species using theoretical XANES: Examples of Ti-O-(C, Si, Ge) molecular complexes", J. Phys. Chem. C, 121, pp. 162-167
  • Ajay Sathe, Anirudh Nambiar and Robert M Rioux, 2017, "Synthesis of cyclic organic carbonates via catalytic oxidative carboxylation of olefins in flow reactors", Catalysis Science and Technology, 7, (1), pp. 84-89
  • C S Sievers, Y Noda, L Qi, E M Albuquerque, Robert M Rioux and S L Scott, 2016, "Phenomena in Catalytic Reactions at Solid-Liquid Interfaces", ACS Catalysis, 6, pp. 8286-8307
  • S G Turney, M Ahmed, I Chandrsekar, R B Wysolmerski, Z M Goeckeler, Robert M Rioux, G M Whitesides and P C Bridgman, 2016, "Nerve growth factor stimulates axon outgrowth through negative regulation of growth cone actomyosin restraint of microtubule advance", Molecular Biology of the Cell, (27), pp. 500-517
  • A Gellman, Robert M Rioux and P Stair, 2016, "Editorial: Special issue dedicated to Gabor Somorjai’s 80th birthday", Surf. Sci., (648), pp. 1
  • J Saavedra, T Whittaker, Z Chen, C J Pursell, Robert M Rioux and B D Chandler, 2016, "Controlling activity and selectivity using water in the Au-catalyzed preferential oxidation in CO in H2", Nature Chem, (8), pp. 585-590
  • Y Noda, K Li, A Engler, W A Elliot and Robert M Rioux, 2016, "Development of Robust Sulfur Quantification and Speciation Method for SBA-15 Supported Sulfonic Acid Catalysts", Catal. Sci. Technol., (6), pp. 5961-5971
  • Davood Babaei Pourkargar, Seyed Mehdi Kamali Shahri, Robert M Rioux and Antonios Armaou, 2016, "Spatiotemporal Modeling and Parametric Estimation of Isothermal CO2 Adsorption Columns", Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., (55), pp. 6443-6453
  • B. Panthi, A. Mukopadhyay, L. Tibbitts, J. Saavedra, C. J. Pursell, Robert M Rioux and B. D. Chandler, 2015, "Using Thiol Adsorption on Supported Au Nanoparticle Catalysts to Evaluate Au Dispersion and the Number of Active Sites for Benzyl Alcohol Oxidation", ACS Catal, 5, pp. 2232-2241
  • Robert M Rioux and F. D. Toste, 2015, "Catalysis Science and Technology: Catalysis in the USA", Catal Sci Technol, 5, pp. 1357-1359
  • Charles S Spanjers, Richard S Sim, Nicholas P Sturgis and Robert M Rioux, 2015, "In-situ Characterization of Ni1-xZnx/ZnO Catalysts and their Selectivity for Acetylene Semihydrogenation in Excess Ethylene", ACS Catal., 5, pp. 11
  • A. Sathe, M. A. Peck, C. Balasanthiran, M. A. Langell, Robert M Rioux and J. D. Hoefelmeyer, 2014, "X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of transition metal ions attached to the surface of rod-shape anatase TiO2 nanocrystals", Inorganica Chimica Acta, 422, pp. 8-13
  • D. Childers, N. M. Schweitzer, S. M. Kamali Shahri, Robert M Rioux, J. T. Miller and R. J. Meyer, 2014, "Evidence for Geometric Effects in Neopentane Conversion on PdAu Catalysts", Catal Sci Technol, 4, pp. 4366-4377
  • D. Childers, S. M. Kamali Shahri, N. Schweitzer, Robert M Rioux, J. T. Miller and R. J. Meyer, 2014, "Modifying structure-sensitive reactions by addition of Zn to Pd", J. Catal, 318, pp. 75-84
  • C. S. Spanjers, T. P. Senftle, A. C. T. van Duin, Michael J Janik, A. I. Frenkel and Robert M Rioux, 2014, "Illuminating Surface Atoms in Nanoclusters by Differential X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 16, pp. 26528-26538
  • Y. Yang and Robert M Rioux, 2014, "Highly Stereoselective Anti-Markovnikov Hydrothiolation of Alkynes and Electron-Deficient Alkenes by a Supported Cu-NHC Complex.", Green Chem, 16, pp. 3916-3925
  • S. M. McCarthy, Y. C. Lin, D. Devarajan, J. W. Chang, H. Yennawar, Robert M Rioux, D. H. Ess and A. T. Radosevich, 2014, "Intermolecular N-H Oxidative Addition of Ammonia, Alkylamines and Arylamines to a Planar ?3-Phosphorus Compound via an Entropy-Controlled Electrophlic Mechanism.", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136, pp. 4640-4650
  • E. G. Moschetta, K. M. Gans and Robert M Rioux, 2014, "Elucidating the Roles of Enthalpy, Entropy, and Donor Atom in the Chelate Effect for Binding Different Bidentate Ligands on the Same Metal Center", Journal of Catalysis 309, pp. 11-20
  • M. A. Smith, A. Zoelle, Y. Yang, Robert M Rioux, N. Hamilton, K. Amakawa, P. K. Nielsen and A. Trunschke, 2014, "Surface roughness effects in the catalytic behavior of vanadia supported on SBA-15.", J. Catal., 312, pp. 170-178
  • M. Strayer, J. M. Binz, M. Tanase, S. M. Kamali Shahri, R. Sharma, Robert M Rioux and T. E. Mallouk, 2014, "Interfacial bonding stabilizes rhodium and rhodium oxide nanoparticles on layered Nb- and Ta oxide supports.", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 136, pp. 5687-5696
  • C. S. Spanjers, J. T. Held, M. J. Jones, D. D. Stanley, R. S. Sim, Michael J Janik and Robert M Rioux, 2014, "Zinc Inclusion to Heterogeneous Nickel Catalysts Reduces Oligomerization during the Semihydrogenation of Acetylene.", J. Catal., 316, pp. 164-173
  • M. H. Do, T. Wang, Dang-Guo Cheng, Robert M Rioux and J. Gong, 2014, "Simple Strategies for Fabrication of a Periodic Mesoporous Aluminosilicate with Crystalline Walls", Small, 10, pp. 4249-4256
  • V. Ravi, J. M. Binz and Robert M Rioux, 2013, "Thermodynamic Profiles at the Solvated Inorganic-Organic Interface: The case of Gold-Thiolate Monolayers", Nano Lett., 13, pp. 4442-4448
  • E. G. Moschetta, Kristina M. Gans and Robert M Rioux, 2013, "Characterization of sites of different thermodynamic affinities on the same metal center via isothermal titration calorimetry", Journal of Catalysis, 302, pp. 1-9
  • Y. Yang, Eric G. Moschetta and Robert M Rioux, 2013, "Addition of Sulfonic Acids to Terminal Alkynes Catalyzed by a Rhodium Complex: Ligand Concentration-Controlled Reaction Selectivity", ChemCatChem, 5, pp. 3005-3013
  • W. Kang, C. S. Spanjers, Robert M Rioux and J. D. Hoefelmeyer, 2013, "Synthesis of brookite TiO2 nanorods with isolated Co(II) surface sites and photocatalytic degradation of 5,8-dihydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone dye", J. Mater. Chem. A, 1, pp. 7717-7728
  • S. Jana, J. W. Chang and Robert M Rioux, 2013, "Synthesis and Modeling of Hollow Intermetallic Ni-Zn Nanoparticles Formed by the Kirkendall Effect", Nano Lett., 13, pp. 3618-3625
  • D. Childers, A. Saha, N. Schweitzer, Robert M Rioux, J. T. Miller and R. J. Meyer, 2013, "Correlating Heat of Adsorption to Reaction Selectivity: Size Effects in Neopentane Isomerization over Pt and Pd Catalyst", ACS Catal., 3, pp. 2487-2496
  • P. Cordeiro, P. Guillo, C. S. Spanjers, J. W. Chang, M. Lipschutz, M. Fasulo, Robert M Rioux and T. D. Tilley, 2013, "Titanium-Germoxy Precursor Route to Germanium-Modified Epoxidation Catalysts with Enhanced Activity", ACS Catal., 3, pp. 2269-2279
  • Y. Yang, W. Dong, Y. Guo and Robert M Rioux, 2013, "Cu(I)-Catalyzed Aerobic Cross-Dehydrogenative Coupling of Terminal Alkynes with Thiols for Construction of Alkynyl Sulfides", Green Chem., 15, pp. 3170-3175
  • S. Janna and Robert M Rioux, 2012, "Seeded Growth Induced Amorphous to Crystalline Transformation of Niobium Oxide Nanostructures", Nanoscale, 4, pp. 1782-1788
  • S. J. Kweskin, Robert M Rioux, H. Song, K. Komvopoulos, P. Yang and G. A. Somorjai, 2012, "High-Pressure Adsorption of Ethylene on Cubic Pt Nanoparticles and Pt(100) Single Crystals Probed by in Situ Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy", ACS Catal., 2, pp. 2377-2386
  • Yeon S. Choi, Eric G. Moschetta, Jeffrey T. Miller, Meg Fasulo, Meredith J. McMurdo, Robert M Rioux and T. Don Tilley, 2011, "Highly Dispersed Pd-SBA15 Materials from Tris(tert-butoxy)siloxy Complexes of Pd(II)", ACS Catalysis 1, pp. 1166-1177
  • Y. Yang and Robert M Rioux, 2011, "Highly regio- and stereoselective hydrothiolation of acetylenes with thiols catalyzed by a well-defined supported Rh complex", Chemical Communications, 47, pp. 6557-6559
  • J. Gong and Robert M Rioux, 2011, "Heterogeneous catalysis by metals: New synthetic methods and characterization techniques for high reactivity preface", Catalysis Today, 160, pp. 1-2
  • S. Eldahj, Robert M Rioux, M. D. Dickey, J. J. DeYoreo and G. M. Whitesides, 2010, "Subnanometer Replica Molding of Molecular Steps on Ionic Crystals", Nano Lett., pp. 4140-4145
  • N. Chen, Robert M Rioux, Luis A. M. M. Barbosa and F. H. Ribeiro, 2010, "Kinetic and Theoretical Study of the Hydrodechlorination of CH4-xClx (x=1-4) Compounds on Palladium", Langmuir, 26, pp. 16615-16624
  • S. H. Kim, F. H. Ribeiro and Robert M Rioux, 2010, "Preface to the Molecular Surface Chemistry and Its Applications Special Issue", Langmuir, 26, pp. 16187-16189
  • D. J. Lipomi, R. V. Martinez, Robert M Rioux, L. Cademartiri, W. F. Reus and G. M. Whitesides, 2010, "Survey of Materials for Nanoskiving and Influence of the Cutting Process on the Nanostructures Produced", ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 2, pp. 2503-2514
  • M. E. Grass, Robert M Rioux and G. A. Somorjai, 2009, "Dependence of gas-phase crotonaldehyde hydrogenation selectivity and activity on the size of Pt nanoparticles (1.7-7.1 nm) supported on SBA-15", Catal. Lett., 128, pp. 1-8
  • J. Gingras, Robert M Rioux, D. Cuvelier, N. A. Geisse, L. Mahadevan, J. W. Lichtman, G. M. Whitesides and J. R. Sanes, 2009, "Controlling the Orientation and Synaptic differentiation of Myotubes with Micropatterned Substrates", Biophysical Journal, 97, pp. 2771-2779
  • Robert M Rioux, J. D. Hoefelmeyer, M. Grass, H. Song, K. Niesz, P. D. Yang and G. A. Somoraji, 2008, "Adsorption and co-adsorption of ethylene and carbon monoxide on silica-supported monodisperse Pt nanoparticles. Volumetric adsorption and infrared spectroscopy studies", Langmuir, 24, pp. 198-207
  • Robert M Rioux, H. Song, M. Grass, J. D. Hoefelmeyer, K. Niesz, P. D. Yang and G. A. Somoraji, 2008, "Kinetics and mechanism of the poisoning of ethylene hydrogenation by CO on silica-supported monodisperse Pt nanoparticles", J. Catal., 254, pp. 1-11
  • M. E. Grass, Y. Yue, S. E. Habas, Robert M Rioux, C. I. Teall, P. Yang and G. A. Somorjai, 2008, "Silver ion mediated shape control of platinum nanoparticles: Removal of silver by selective etching leads to increased catalytic activity", J. Phys. Chem. C, 112, pp. 4797-4804
  • D. A. Ruddy, J. Jarupatrakorn, Robert M Rioux, J. T. Miller, M. J. McMurdo, K. A. Tupper and T. D. Tilley, 2008, "Site-Isolated Pt-SBA15 Materials from Tris(tert-butoxy)siloxy Complexes of Pt(II) and Pt(IV)", Chem. Mater., 20, pp. 6517-6527
  • Robert M Rioux, B. Hsu, M. E. Grass, H. Song and G. A. Somorjai, 2008, "Influence of particle size on reaction selectivity in cyclohexene hydrogenation and dehydrogenation over silica-supported monodisperse Pt particles", Catal. Lett., 126, pp. 10-19
  • Q. Xu, Robert M Rioux, M. D. Dickey and G. M. Whitesides, 2008, "Nanoskiving: A New Method to Produce Nanomaterials", Acc. Chem. Res., 41, pp. 1566-1577
  • T. J. Toops, W. N. Delgass and Robert M Rioux, 2007, "M. Albert Vannice Festschrift", Catal. Today, 123, pp. 2-5
  • Q. Xu, J. Bao, Robert M Rioux, R. Perez-Castejillos, F. Capasso and G. M. Whitesides, 2007, "Fabrication of Large-Area Patterned Nanostructures for Optical Applications by Nanoskiving", Nano Lett., 7, pp. 2800-2805
  • Q. Xu, Robert M Rioux and G. M. Whitesides, 2007, "Fabrication of Complex Nanostructures by Nanoskiving", ACS Nano, 1, pp. 215-221
  • M. Yang, Robert M Rioux and G. A. Somorjai, 2006, "Reaction kinetics and in-situ sum frequency generation surface vibrational spectroscopy studies of cycloalkene hydrogenation/ dehydrogenation on Pt(111): substituent effects and CO poisoning mechanism", J. Catal., 237, pp. 255-266
  • H. Song, Robert M Rioux, J. D. Hoefelmeyer, R. Komor, K. Niesz, M. Grass, P. Yang and G. A. Somorjai, 2006, "Hydrothermal growth of mesoporous SBA-15 silica in the presence of PVP-stabilized Pt nanoparticles: Synthesis, characterization, and catalytic properties", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 128, pp. 3027-3037
  • G. A. Somorjai, A. M. Contreras, M. Montano and Robert M Rioux, 2006, "Clusters, Surfaces, and Catalysis", Proc. Nat. Acad., U. S. A, 103, pp. 10577-83
  • S. Kweskin, Robert M Rioux, S. E. Habas, K. Komvopoulos, P. Yang and G. A. Somorjai, 2006, "Carbon Monoxide Adsorption and Oxidation on Monolayer Films of Cubic Platinum Nanoparticles Investigated by Infrared-Visible Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy", J. Phys. Chem. B, 110, pp. 15920-15925
  • Robert M Rioux, H. Song, M. Grass, S. Habas, K. Niesz, J. D. Hoefelmeyer, P. Yang and G. A. Somorjai, 2006, "Monodisperse platinum nanoparticles of well-defined shape: Synthesis, characterization, catalytic properties and future prospects", Top. Catal., 39, pp. 167-174
  • Robert M Rioux, A. L. Marsh, J. S. Gaughan and G. A. Somorjai, 2006, "Oxidation and reforming reactions of methane on a stepped Pt(557) single crystal", Catal. Today, 123, pp. 265-275
  • Robert M Rioux, H. Song, J. D. Hoefelmeyer, P. Yang and G. A. Somorjai, 2005, "High-Surface-Area Catalyst Design: Synthesis, Characterization, and Reaction Studies of Platinum Nanoparticles in Mesoporous SBA-15 Silica", J. Phys. Chem. B, 109, pp. 2192-2202
  • G. A. Somorjai and Robert M Rioux, 2005, "High Technology Catalysts Towards 100% Selectivity. Fabrication, Characterization, and Reaction Studies", Catalysis Today, 100, pp. 201-215
  • Robert M Rioux and M. A. Vannice, 2005, "Dehydrogenation of isopropyl alcohol on carbon-supported Pt and Cu-Pt catalysts", J. Catal., 233, pp. 147-165
  • Y. Yin, Robert M Rioux, C. K. Erdonmez, S. Hughes, G. A. Somorjai and A. P. Alivisatos, 2004, "Formation of Hollow Nanocrystals through the Nanoscale Kirkendall Effect", Science, 304, pp. 711-714
  • N. Chen, Robert M Rioux and F. H. Ribeiro, 2004, "Hydrodechlorination reactions of 2-chloro-1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane and chloroethane in H2 and D2 on Pd catalysts", Appl. Catal. A-Gen, 271, pp. 85-94
  • Robert M Rioux and M. A. Vannice, 2003, "Hydrogenation/dehydrogenation: Isopropanol dehydrogenation over copper catalysts", J. Catal., 216, pp. 362-376
  • N. Chen, Robert M Rioux and F. H. Ribeiro, 2002, "Investigation of Reaction Steps for the Hydrodechlorination of Chlorine-Containing Organic Compounds on Pd Catalysts", J. Catal., 211, pp. 192-197
  • K. O. Nowack, Robert M Rioux, C. Na, X. Wu and L. R. Radovic, 2001, "A commentary on "Effect of metal additives on the physico-chemical characteristics of activated carbon exemplified by benzene and acetic acid adsorption", Carbon, 39, pp. 951-953
  • C. D. Thompson, Robert M Rioux, N. Chen and F. H. Ribeiro, 2000, "Turnover Rate, Reaction Order and Elementary Steps for the Hydrodechlorination of Chlorofluorocarbons on Palladium Catalysts", J. Phys. Chem. B, 104, pp. 3067-3077
  • Robert M Rioux, C. D. Thompson, N. Chen and F. H. Ribeiro, 2000, "Hydrodechlorination of chlorofluorocarbons CF3-CFCl2 and CF3-CCl3 over Pd/C and Pd black catalysts", Catal. Today, 62, pp. 269-278
  • M. E. Strayer, T. P. Senftle, J. P. Winterstein, N. M. Vargos-Barbosa, R. Sharma, Robert M Rioux, Michael J Janik and T. E. Mallouk, , "Charge Transfer Stabilization of Late Transition Metal Oxide Nanoparticles on a Layered Support", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137, pp. 8


  • Robert M Rioux, 2016, "Analysis of Isothermal Titration Calorimetry Data"
  • Robert M Rioux, 2016, "Catalysis for the Production of Renewable Energy"
  • Robert M Rioux, 2015, "Catalysis within Nanoconfined Spaces"
  • Robert M Rioux, 2014, "XAFS Techniques for Catalysts, Nanomaterials, and Surfaces"
  • Robert M Rioux, 2012, "Atomically Precise Methods for Synthesis of Solid Catalysts"
  • Robert M Rioux, 2009, "Liquid Phase Oxidation via Heterogeneous Catalysis"

Research Projects

  • October 2016 - August 2020, "DMREF: Collaborative Research: Integration of Computation and Experiments to Design a Versatile Platform for Crystal Engineering," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • October 2017 - September 2019, "EAGER:GOALI: Bulk intermetallics with well-defined active sites for selectivity control in selective hydrogenations," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • September 2016 - August 2018, "Catalytic Reactions at Extended Solid-Liquid Interfaces: Calorimetric Evaluation of Solvent Effects and their influence on Reaction Mechanisms," (Sponsor: Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences).
  • April 2013 - March 2018, "CAREER: Modulation of Kinetic Dispersion at the Single Molecule Level on Individual Catalytic Nanoparticles," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • April 2014 - April 2016, "Colorimetric-based heat of wetting measurements of heterogeneous catalysts in organic solvent," (Sponsor: ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company).
  • February 2015 - January 2016, "Kokes Award for the 24th North American Catalysis Society Meeting," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • April 2015 - September 2015, "Kokes Award for the 24th North American Catalysis Society Meeting," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • November 2014 - October 2015, "Acquisition of a Novel Titration Calorimeter for Education and Research at the Interface of Engineering and Science," (Sponsor: Penn State College of Engineering).
  • February 2013 - June 2015, "Acrylic Project," (Sponsor: Myriant Technologies).
  • August 2012 - July 2015, "Droplet-based Microfluidics as a Versatile Platform for the Determination of Reaction Mechanisms in Nanoscale Systems," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • April 2012 - April 2015, "Dynamic Chemical and Structural Changes of Heterogeneous Catalysts Observed in Real Time: From Catalysis-Induced Fluxionality to Catalytic Cycles," (Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research).
  • June 2011 - May 2015, "REU Supplement: Thermodynamic Assessment of the Influence of Inner- and Outer-Sphere Chemical Environment of Heterogeneous Catalysts during the Reforming of Biomass-Derived Ox," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • September 2012 - November 2015, "Supercritical catalytic cracking of hydrocarbon feeds – Insight into selectivity and stability utilizing a combined kinetic and operando non-linear spectroscopy approach," (Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research).
  • June 2011 - May 2015, "Thermodynamic Assessment of the Influence of Inner- and Outer-Sphere Chemical Environment of Heterogeneous Catalysts during the Reforming of Biomass-Derived Oxygenates," (Sponsor: National Science Foundation).
  • May 2011 - April 2014, "Design, Synthesis and Characterization of Molecularly-Engineered Nanomaterials for Surface Driven Phenomena," (Sponsor: 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Grant).
  • August 2011 - July 2013, "Lingin Depolymerization by Surface Organocatalysts in Ionic Liquids," (Sponsor: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award).
  • August 2012 - August 2013, "Role of Structure-Directing Molecules in the Controlled Synthesis of Colloidal Metal Nanostructures: Experiment and Theory," (Sponsor: Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences (Materials Science and Engineering)).
  • August 2011 - July 2013, "Development and Validation of a ReaxFF Potential for Hydrocarbon Cracking Reactions on Co and Fe-doped Aluminosilicate Catalysts," (Sponsor: Air Force Small Business Innovation Research).
  • September 2011 - August 2013, "Intermetallic Ni-Zn Catalysts for the Selective Hydrogenation of Acetylene and Multifunctional Organic Compounds," (Sponsor: American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund).
  • August 2007 - August 2013, "Forces, Crystallization, and Assembly in Nanoparticle Suspensions," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • September 2012 - September 2013, "Influence of Multi-valency, Electrostatics and Molecular Recognition on the Adsorption of Transition Metal Complexes on Metal Oxides: A Molecular Approach to Supported Catalys," (Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy).
  • September 2012 - August 2013, "Quantifying Electron Donation in Metal-Support Interactions utilizing CO Adsorption Studies and Hammett Relationships for Catalyzed Organic Transformations," (Sponsor: Trinity University).

Honors and Awards

  • PSEAS Outstanding Research Award, Penn State University, 2014
  • Pennsylvania State University Excellence in Advising Award, Penn State University, 2014 - 2014
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2013 - 2013
  • Shimadzu LC Instrumentation Grant, 2012 - 2012
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award (Molecular Dynamics), Air Force Office of Scientific Research, 2012 - 2012
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, 2011 - 2011
  • 3M Young Faculty Award, 2011 - 2011
  • Micromeritics Instrumentation Grant, 2011 - 2011
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), National Institutes of Health, 2007 - 2007
  • Ford Motor Company/Berkeley Catalysis Center Catalysis Fellowship, 2004 - 2004
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honors Society, 1997 - 1997


Service to Penn State:

  • Chairperson, Chemical Engineering Faculty Search Committee, September 2017 - May 2018
  • Committee Member, Office of Engineering Research Administration Director Search, OERA Director Search, June 2017 - August 2017
  • Chairperson, Chemical Engineering Faculty Search Committee, 2016 - 2017
  • Member, Chemical Engineering Department of Promotion and Tenure, 2014 - 2014
  • , Faculty Representative, Undergraduate Student Family Visits, 2014 - 2014
  • Member, Faculty Search Committee, September 2012 - February 2013
  • Member, Faculty Search Committee, September 2009 - May 2010
  • , Faculty Representative, Undergraduate Student Family Visits, 2010 - 2010
  • , Faculty Representative, Undergraduate Student Family Visits, 2009 - 2009
  • , Faculty Adviser, Department of Chemical Engineering, AIChE Car, August 2009
  • Member, Biomass Energy Center Steering Committee, February 2010
  • Member, Materials Research Institute Molecular Spectroscopy Steering Committee, January 2009
  • Member, Materials Research Institute Surface Analysis Steering Committee, January 2009
  • Member, Materials Characterization Laboratory Electron Microscopy Steering Committee, July 2012
  • Member, Materials Characterization Laboratory Particle and Thermal Characterization Steering Committee, June 2011
  • Member, Chemical Engineering Building Committee, 2014
  • , Chemistry, NMR Director Search Committee, 2016

Service to External Organizations:

  • DirectorAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers, Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering Division, January 2014 - 2017
  • Editor, Guest Editor, Gabor Somorjai 80th Birthday issue, Surface Science, 2016
  • Judge, AIChE CRE division travel award judge, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2016
  • , Condensed Phase Catalysis, American Chemical Society, March 2016
  • , Catalytic Materials for Energy and Sustainability, Materials Research Society Meeting, November 2016
  • President, Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society, 2014 - September 2016
  • Abstract ReviewerNorth American Catalysis Society meeting, June 2015
  • Chairperson, North American Catalysis Society meeting, June 2015
  • OrganizerNorth American Catalysis Society Meeting, June 2014 - June 2015
  • Chairperson, North American Catalysis Society meeting, June 2015
  • Chairperson, North American Catalysis Society meeting, June 2015
  • President-electPittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society, 2012 - 2014
  • Chairperson, North American Catalysis Society meeting, 2013
  • Chairperson, American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting, November 2014



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