Events & Announcements:
Paper published in Nature: 'Mild oxidation of methane to methanol or acetic
acid on supported isolated rhodium catalysts'
JunJun Shan, Mengwei Li, and Prof. Stephanopoulos publish a paper in
Nature, on their new process that converts methane to methanol or acetic acid on single-site isolated Rh
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Professor Stephanopoulos is named Honorary
Professor of Beijing University of Chemical
Technology and delivers a plenary lecture at
During a recent visit to Beijing to attend
the biennial Sino-U.S. Joint Conference of
Chemical Engineers (SUCE 2017, October
15-19, 2017), Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
was a plenary speaker at the IGCES
(International Green Chemical Engineering
Summit) organized by the Chinese Academy of
Engineering and the Beijing University of
Chemical Technology (BUCT). On October 19th,
she visited BUCT, where she was awarded the
title of Honorary Professor in a ceremony
attended by school administrators, faculty
and students. This is the highest
distinction offered to foreign academics and
Professor Stephanopoulos discussed ways to
expand collaborations and closer interaction
with colleagues and students at Tufts and
BUCT in her acceptance speech.
Mengwi Li receives AIChE Student Travel
Mengwei Li was a Student Travel Awardee of
the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (CRE)
division of the AIChE at the 2017 AIChE
meeting in Minneapolis. He received the
award at the CRE division dinner on Monday,
October 30th. Our group was there in good
numbers to celebrate the event. Mengwei
presented his research findings on the
Selective oxidation of methane to methanol
or acetic acid on rhodium single-site
catalysts at mild conditions, which was well
received by the audience on November 1st.
was named Honorary Professor of Tianjin
At an honors ceremony that took place during the opening ceremony of the EECAT-II conference in Tianjin,
October 11-14, 2016, which featured Prof. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos as a plenary lecturer,
she and two more foreign colleagues were named Honorary Professors of Tianjin University.
Shown in the picture with the honorees are the Chairman of Tianjin University, the
Dean of the School of Chemical Engineering, and Prof. Yongdan Li, also of the School of Chemical Engineering.
Professor Stephanopoulos delivers plenary lectures at International Conferences in China and Australia
|A visit to a traditional Chinese restaurant in Beijing
during the ICC.
Prof. Stephanopoulos travelled to China and Australia
last month to participate at three international conferences. In China, she gave
a Plenary lecture at the International
Symposium on Single-Atom Catalysis in Dalian, June 30-July 2; and was a Keynote
speaker at the 16th ICC
(International Congress on Catalysis), in
Beijing, July 3-8, 2016. In Australia, she was a Plenary speaker at the
9th ICEC (International Conference on Environmental Catalysis),
Newcastle, NSW, July 10-14, 2016. In her presentations, she emphasized the unique properties
of heterogeneous single-atom catalysts stabilized on various oxide and other
supports by novel approaches. Pictured in the photo are (from left to right): Former Ph.D. members of the group Nan Yi and Yanping Zhai,
Prof. Stephanopoulos, and colleagues from Beijing University of Chemical Technology,
Profs. Runduo Zhang and Fubo Gu.
Professor Stephanopoulos receives the IPMI Carol Tyler Award
The Carol Tyler Award of the IPMI
(International Precious Metals Institute)
was given to Professor Stephanopoulos this
year in recognition of her major
contributions in precious metals research.
The award was presented to her at IPMI's
40th Annual International Conference in
Phoenix, Arizona, June 11 -14, 2016.
NanoCEL alumni at the 2016 ChBE Alumni Reception
We were delighted to welcome many on our alumni last May.
Keep coming to these events! Shown from the left are:
Dr. Zhijiang Li, Dr. Chongyang Wang, Dr. Svetlana Kudriavtseva,
Ms. Alketa Gjoka, Prof. Stephanopoulos, Dr. Ming Yang and his
wife LingXi, and Mr. Peter Kracke.
Congratulations to our new doctors
Congratulations to our new doctors: Ming Yang and Chongyang Wang!
Here, shown with immediate family and Prof. Stephanopoulos on
Commencement Day are the happy graduates! We are all so proud of you!
Remembering Howard Saltsburg (1928-2016),
Research Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
We are saddened at the passing of Research Professor Howard Saltsburg on February 11, 2016.
Howard was a long-time member of our department, working as a Research Professor since 1998,
and served as Acting Chair from 2001-2002.
Prof. Saltsburg received his PhD degree in Physical Chemistry from Boston University in 1955.
After working as a scientist in both private industry and national laboratories, he was a
professor of chemical engineering at University of Rochester for more than 20 years.
While at Tufts, Howard was a valuable member of our group and co-advised more
than 10 doctoral students.
If you wish to leave a remembrance of Prof. Saltsburg, please send an email
to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward the collected responses to his family.
We will also post them on our site here.
Prof. Stephanopoulos is the 2015 L. K. Doraiswamy Honor Lecturer
Prof. Stephanopoulos delivered the first of the two Doraiswamy lectures at the
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Iowa State University, on
December 10, 2015. The second lecture is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2016 at
the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, India.
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Mini-reunion of NanoCEL Members
At the 2015 AIChE meeting in Salt Lake City.
From left , standing: Dr. JunJun Shan, Jilei
Liu, Dr. Matt Boucher (Ph.D. 2013), Dr.
Mengwei Li. Sitting: Dr. Wei Liu (Ph.D.
1995, MIT), Prof. Stephanopoulos, Dr. Branko
Zugic (Ph.D. 2013).
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos Named
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos has been named
Distinguished Professor of Tufts University,
an appointment reserved for senior faculty
members who have made exceptional
contributions to their disciplines, their
students and the university as teachers and
scholars who exemplify the best of Tufts.
The appointment takes effect on Sept. 1,
Learn more >
Prof. Stephanopoulos delivers two Keynote
lectures at the 250th ACS Meeting in Boston
At the recent ACS Meeting in Boston, Aug.
16-20, 2015, Prof. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
delivered two Keynote lectures, the first at
the symposium on Single Atom Catalysts, and
the second at the symposium Honoring Gary
Congratulations to Nan Yi
Nan Yi, Ph.D. EG12, has accepted a position as a
tenure-track Assistant Professor, in the Department of Chemical Engineering at
the University of New Hampshire. His research interests focus on catalysis,
energy and the environment, and STEM education.
For his Ph.D. thesis, he worked with Prof. Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
on the design and development of atomically dispersed supported gold and other
metal catalysts for the conversion of methanol to hydrogen and value-added
chemicals. He recently taught undergraduate/graduate courses at Tufts, Yale and
the Wentworth Institute of Technology. Nan will start his academic career at UNH
Ming Yang and Prof. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
win SOE 2015 Graduate Awards
Ming Yang and Prof. Stephanopoulos publish their latest
findings on gold atom catalysts in Science
Professor Stephanopoulos was Plenary
Speaker at the ISCRE 23 meeting in Bangkok,
Thailand, Sept. 7–10, 2014
Prof. Stephanopoulos delivers Keynote
Lectures at TOCAT7 in Kyoto, Japan, June
2014 and 8th International Conference in
Environmental Catalysis (ICEC 2014) in
Asheville, NC, Aug. 24–27, 2014
The School of Engineering and the ChBE Department
honor Prof. Stephanopoulos for her election to the NAE
Dr. Linda Abriola, Dean of the School of Engineering, hosted a
reception in honor of Prof. Stephanopoulos' election to the National Academy
of Engineering on Friday, May 9, 2014. The reception was followed by dinner
at Ballou Hall, hosted by the department's chair, Prof. Kyongbum Lee, and MC'd
by Prof. Christos Georgakis. In attendance were faculty, alumni, other
colleagues, current and former students, and family and friends of Prof.
video of Dean Abriola's address >
Ming Yang Wins 2014 IPMI student award
PhD student Ming Yang is the recipient of an IPMI
Metals Institute) Student Award, recognizing his research in the precious metals.
He will receive the award and cash prize at the 38th IPMI Conference in June 2014.
Ming is a 4th year PhD candidate working in the Nano Catalysis & Energy Laboratory
with Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos.
Professor Stephanopoulos was elected
Director-at-Large of the North American
Chongyang Wang wins Kokes Award
ChBE grad student Chongyang Wang won a 2013
Kokes Award from the North American
Catalysis Society to support her
participation at the 23rd North American
Catalysis Society Meeting for oral
presentation "Modified Nanoscale Zirconia as
Gold Support for the Low-Temperature
Methanol Steam Reforming Reaction", in
Louisville, KY, next June.
Chongyang is a 4th year PhD candidate in
Professor Stephanopoulos' research group.
Professor Stephanopoulos wins the
Giuseppe Parravano Memorial Award for Excellence in
Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos has
been selected as the winner of the 2013
Michigan Catal-ysis Society Guiseppe
Parravano Memorial Award for Excellence in
Catalysis Research. She will give an Award
Keynote Lecture at the 34th Annual Michigan
Catalysis Society Spring Symposium, which
will be held at the University of
Michigan-Dearborn on May 7, 2013 in
Dearborn, MI. Professor Stephanopoulos was
chosen for distinguished contributions to
the field of catalysis, particu-larly new
insights into the activity of atomic-scale
metals as catalysts for fuel conversion
processes and “green” production of
Professor Stephanopoulos gives a plenary
lecture at the Natural Gas Conversion
Symposium in Doha, Qatar (NGCS10_Doha)
Professor Stephanopoulos keynote speaker
Professor Stephanopoulos gave a Keynote
Lecture at the
7th International Conference
on Environmental Catalysis, in Lyon, France,
September 2-6, 2012. The lecture was titled
"Atomically dispersed gold and platinum
catalysts for hydrogen production at low
temperatures". More on the topical session
on Catalysis for Clean Energy can be found
Branko Zugic receives the Materion
Graduate Student Award of the IPMI
Branko Zugic was honored by the
International Precious Metals Institute
(IPMI) at the Institute's annual conference
in Las Vegas, last June. He received the
inaugural Materion Graduate Student Award
including a cash prize and an internship for
his work on platinum-based catalysts for
sustainable energy applications.
Prof. Stephanopoulos Speaks at Texas A&M University
Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos was an ADVANCE speaker at Texas A&M
University on April 20, 2012. She also gave a technical talk at TAMU's
Chemical Engineering department during that visit.
Ming Yang receives Student Poster Award from New England Catalysis Society
Ming Yang, a second year Ph.D. student in
Prof. Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos' group,
received the Student Poster Award from the
New England Catalysis Society (NECS) on
April 28, 2012. This, the only student award
given by NECS, is intended to honor and
encourage graduate students who have
distinguished themselves in research
contributions and presentation qualities.
Ming presented his work titled "Atomically
dispersed Au-(OH)x species on titania
catalyze the low-temperature water-gas shift
reaction" at the 2012 NECS Spring Meeting
held in Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The
poster presents the fundamental evidence to
support that atomically dispersed gold
species associated with adjacent surface
oxygen as –OH groups are the active sites
for the water-gas shift (WGS) reaction.
These serve as the active centers for the
WGS reaction, regardless of the support
oxide types (TiO2, CeO2, Fe2O3, La2O3 etc.).
The new materials catalyze the
low-temperature WGS reaction and are stable.
Silver acknowledges Gold
|On April 11, 2012, Nan Yi receives the Silver
Award from MRS President Bruce M. Clemens at the 2012 Spring Meeting in San Francisco..
Nan Yi, graduate student in Prof. Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos' group,
Graduate Student Silver Award from the Materials Research
Society (MRS). This prestigious graduate student award is "intended to
honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and
current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction".
The award is open to worldwide graduate student researchers in materials science:
chemistry, physics, biology and engineering. Nan is the first Tufts graduate
student to win this award, and is one of the few recipients in the field of
chemical engineering since the award was established in 2004. Nan also
presented his work titled "Catalytic hydrogen production from methanol
and formic acid reactions over efficient and stable gold clusters on
cerium oxide" at the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco.
NanoCEL members attend Annual AIChE Meeting
|Nan Yi, Prof. Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Yuan Wang,
Branko Zugic, Matthew Boucher, and Ioannis Valsamakis at the
Minneapolis Convention Center.
Several group members attended the 2011 Annual AIChE meeting in Minneapolis,
Prof. Stephanopoulos chaired three sessions at the meeting, and
graduate students Branko Zugic, Matt Boucher, Yuan Wang, Nan Yi, and Ioannis
Valsmakis made oral presentations in different sessions of the Catalysis and
Reaction Engineering Division.
At the CRE division dinner on Sunday, Oct. 16, Branko Zugic received a student travel award. Well done, Branko!
congratulations to all the speakers for delivering great talks!
Professor Stephanopoulos delivers plenary speech at CHEMECA
Prof. Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos was a plenary speaker at the annual
conference in Sydney, Australia. Her presentation, entitled "Nanocatalysis for
Sustainable Energy", was delivered on the opening day of the conference Sept. 19, 2011.
Matthew Boucher wins IPMI Student Award
International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI)
has selected doctoral student Matthew Boucher as recipient of the 2011
Johnson Matthey Student award for his work with precious metals as catalysts
for the steam reforming of methanol reaction. Matthew will be presented with
the award on June 14, 2011 at the annual IPMI conference in San Antonio, TX.
NanoCEL group members do well in Tufts
GSC 5K Race
Matt Boucher and Joe Lessard
sport their GSC 5K medals
NanoCEL group member Joe Lessard took 1st
place in the Tufts Graduate Student Council
5K Race on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Matt
Boucher, also a member of the NanoCEL group,
took 3d place.
Nan Yi Named Outstanding Graduate Researcher
Nan Yi was honored as this year's
Outstanding Graduate Researcher at the
doctoral level at the Graduate Student
Awards ceremony on April 29, 2011. A Ph.D.
student in the Nano Catalysis and Energy
Laboratory, Nan investigates the efficacy
and practical application of a new
generation of catalyst, namely precious
metal clusters (gold, platinum and
palladium), for hydrogen production in
sustainable energy systems through methanol
steam reforming and decomposition of formic
acid, two processes that convert raw organic
compounds into hydrogen for scalable fuel
cells. Nan has published 16 journal papers
and presented 12 meeting papers, and has
received student awards from several
academic societies, including the 2010
Johnson Matthey Student Award from the
International Precious Metal Institute, the
2009 Kokes Award from the North American
Catalysis Society, as well as competitive
student travel awards from the American
Institute of Chemical Engineers and the
Gordon Research Conferences. He was also one
of the recipients of a Tufts Graduate
Student Research Grants-in-Aid during Fall
Matt Boucher Wins Travel Award from
AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
Congratulations to Matt Boucher, a 3rd-year
Ph.D. student in the Nano-CEL research
group. He won a travel award from the AIChE
Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division,
to present his work on catalytic steam
reforming of methanol over gold on zinc
oxide nanoshapes at the upcoming AIChE
annual meeting in Salt Lake City. Matt will
be honored at the CRE Division dinner on
Monday, November 8, 2010.
Branko Zugic Receives 2010-2011 Tufts Institute for
the Environment Fellowship
Graduate student Branko Zugic was awarded
Tufts Institute for the
Environment (TIE) Fellowship for his
research in the area of biomass-derived
fuels and chemicals. The project, entitled
“An Alternative Biofuel: LPG from Biomass
Derived Organic Acids,” couples fermentation
with catalytic processing to selectively and
renewably produce propane, as well as
valuable chemical feedstocks such as
propylene. The support from TIE this past
summer allowed Branko to examine new
catalyst formulations to improve the
catalyst selectivity and stability.
Nan Yi wins IPMI Student Award
The International Precious Metals
Institute (IPMI) awarded graduate student
Nan Yi the first Johnson Matthey Student
Award for his work with precious metals as
catalysts for hydrogen production processes.
In this photo, courtesy of IPMI, Nan Yi
receives the award from Martin Durney,
President and General Manager of Chemicals &
Catalysts at Johnson Matthey, Inc., at the
annual IPMI conference in Tucson, AZ, on
June 15, 2010.
Professor Stephanopoulos Named Haber Professor
in Energy Sustainability
Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
has been named to the
and Marcy Haber Endowed Professorship in Energy Sustainability
at the School of Engineering. This endowed
professorship was created through the
generosity of Robert and Marcy Haber. A
distinguished alumnus of our department, Bob
Haber, E79, EG80, has been a member of the
School of Engineering Board of Overseers
since 2002. The Habers hope that
establishing this professorship in energy
sustainability will promote research in this
area and help to lessen the world's
dependence on oil in an environmentally
(center) was named
the first Haber Professor through a gift from Robert
J. Haber, E'79 (right) and his wife Marcy