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  • February 15, 2024  -  Karl's collaborative paper with the Surendranath group on accelerating thermochemical reactions with applied potentials is published in Science and featured in MIT News. Congratulations!

  • February 9, 2024  -  Husain's collaborative paper with the Kulik group on comparing Ru and Fe catalysts for polyolefin activation is published in the Journal of Catalysis. Congratulations!

  • January 22, 2024  -  New PhD student Juliana Lu-Yang joins the group. Welcome!

  • January 19, 2024  -  Karl's collaborative paper with the Surendranath group on understanding thermochemical nitrate hydrogenation through eletrochemistry is published in Nature Catalysis. Congratulations!

  • January 15, 2024  -  New postdoctoral fellow Dr. Rachita Rana joins from the Kulkarni and Bare groups at UC Davis and SLAC. Welcome!

  • January 4, 2024  -  Our collaborative paper with the Manthiram group on electrochemical propylene oxidation is published in Science. Congratulations!

  • November 1, 2023  -  Tomáš Pokorný from the Styskalik group at Masaryk University joins the lab as a visiting student. Welcome! 

  • September 20, 2023  - Ran's collaborative paper with the Skoda and Debecker groups on molybdenum-silica microspheres as an effective metathesis catalyst is published in ACS Catalysis. Congratulations! 

  • August 23, 2023  - Soon successfully defends his thesis work. Congratulations Dr. Kwon! 

Welcome to the Román Research Group website!  


We are a research group under the direction of Professor Yuriy Román in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. The focus of our research lies at the interface of heterogeneous catalysis and materials design.  We apply a wide range of synthetic, spectroscopic, and reaction engineering tools to study the chemical transformation of molecules on catalytic surfaces.  A strong emphasis is placed on the nanoscale fabrication of catalytic sites by controlling and manipulating the structure of the material.  Research projects are aimed at addressing current issues in and tackling relevant problems associated with alternative energy, renewable chemicals, and novel catalyst design. Learn more at our Research Page

We see ourselves as scientists, teammates, and citizens, working together to produce meaningful research for the improvement of society. We value diversity and welcome and support all identities in our group. You can read about how we see ourselves at our Values Page.

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