NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • November 11, 2022  - Professor Román is announced as a Paul H. Emmet Award winner for 2023-2024 by the North American Catalysis Society. Congratulations! 

  • October 31, 2022  - Julie's paper on enhancing liquid yields in polyolefin hydrogenolysis with the use of acidic zeolites is published in ACS catalysis.  Congratulations!

  • October 13, 2022  - Our collaborative paper with NREL on the deconstruction and upcycling of plastic through a combined chemical-biological process is published in Science.  Congratulations!

  • October 5, 2022  - Guido and the plastic team's paper on the selective conversion of polyolefins to propane is published in JACS Au.  Congratulations!

  • October 1, 2022  - Dr. Mostapha Dakhchoune from the Agrawal group at EPFL joins the lab. Welcome to the group!

  • September 22, 2022  - Mickey and Matt's paper on lignin-sourced aviation fuel blendstock produced with a molybdenum carbide catalyst is published in Joule.  Congratulations!

  • August 16, 2022  - Our collaborative paper with NREL on catalyst effects on hydrogen-free lignin depolymerization is published in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering.  Congratulations!

  • July 16, 2022  - Eliza's collaborative paper with the TRI consortium on the accomplishments and future efforts of the consortium with regard to enhanced oxygen reduction catalysts is published in Energy and Environmental Science.  Congratulations!

  • July 14, 2022  - Our collaborative paper with NREL on enhancing the solvent efficiency of lignin conversion with multi-pass systems is published in Joule.  Congratulations!

Roman Group Photo June 2022
Roman Group Photo June 2022

Credit to Ran Zhu and his spectacular photography-drone.

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Cerium enhancement of Cu-site MOFs
Cerium enhancement of Cu-site MOFs

MOF-catalyzed oxidation shows a unique enhancement with ceria due to synergistic electronic effects.

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Convective transport in intercalation batteries
Convective transport in intercalation batteries

Dimensional analysis and mathematical modeling of intercalation batteries points to parameter spaces which can improve operational efficacy.

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Roman Group Photo June 2022
Roman Group Photo June 2022

Credit to Ran Zhu and his spectacular photography-drone.

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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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