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  • May 31, 2023  - Ran's collaborative paper with the Coperet group on the spectroscopic characterization of active sites for heterogenous metathesis catalysis is published in JACS. Congratulations!

  • May 25, 2023  - Thejas and Karl's collaborative paper with the Surendranath group on the effect of protons to polarize isolated metal nanoparticles is selected for the HOT article collection in Chemical Science. Congratulations!

  • May 18, 2023  - Griffin's preview paper on the importance of rational process design is published in Chem Catalysis. Congratulations!

  • May 17, 2023  - Terry and Ran's paper in collaboration with the Coperet group on the chemical control of active sites in alkene metathesis is published in Nature. Congratulations!

  • May 1, 2023  - Visiting students Eva Andrés-Marcos and Marcos G. Farpon join from the Prieto group at ITQ Valencia. Welcome!

  • April 26, 2023  - Alexi and Thais' paper on the fundamental kinetic effects of solvent and framework polarity of aldol addition is published in ACS Catalysis. Congratulations!

  • April 12, 2023  - Our collaborative paper with NREL on reducing the feedstock dependence of lignin monomer extraction conditions is published in Green Chemistry. Congratulations!

  • April 11, 2023  - Thejas successfuly defends his thesis work. Congratulations Dr. Wesley!

  • April 5, 2023  - Our collaborative paper with NREL on the importance of catalyst choice in hydrogen-free RCF is published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. Congratulations!

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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