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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • January 19, 2023  - Stan and Jin Soo's paper on the use of core shell catalysts to improve electrocatalytic stability is published in Nano Select. Congratulations! 

  • January 9, 2023  - New PhD students Katie Groenhout, Melissa Manetsch, and Xiao Wang join the group. Welcome! 

  • December 22, 2022  - Professor Román is awarded a joint appointment with MIT Chemistry. Congratulations! 

  • December 20, 2022  - Our collaborative paper with the Shao-Horn group on the chemistry of ammonia generation on transition metal nitrides is published in Joule and selected for the front cover! Congratulations! 

  • 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!

Roman Group Photo June 2022
Roman Group Photo June 2022

Credit to Ran Zhu and his spectacular photography-drone.

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Electric Fields Influence Thermochemical Catalysis
Electric Fields Influence Thermochemical Catalysis

The thermodynamic potential of metallic surfaces has a strong influence on reaction rate, even in non-faradaic conditions.

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Infrared Spectroscopy Reveals Nature of Hafnium Sites in Beta Zeolites
Infrared Spectroscopy Reveals Nature of Hafnium Sites in Beta Zeolites

Methods for site quantification in Hafnium Zeolites, corroborated by probe reaction kinetics, enable a fair comparison with tin zeolites on a turnover frequency basis.

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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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