News and Events

Dr. Tessonnier and Sani publish a book chapter, “Bioadvantaged Nylon from Renewable Muconic Acid: Synthesis, Characterization, and Properties”. Congratulations!

Dr. Tessonnier and Sani publish a chapter in the ACS book, Green Polymer Chemistry: New Products, Processes, and Applications, in collaboration with Dr. Eric Cochran.

Abdolmohammadi, S.; Hernández, N.; Tessonnier, J.-P.; Cochran, E. W., Bioadvantaged Nylon from Renewable Muconic Acid: Synthesis, Characterization, and Properties. In Green Polymer Chemistry: New Products, Processes, and Applications, American Chemical Society: 2018; Vol. 1310, pp 355-367.

https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/bk-2018-1310.ch022

Welcome Prerna, Dustin and Joseph!

Prerna Carter – Synthesizing Novel Biobased monomers for improved polymer properties

Dustin Ganesbom – Trans-3-Hexenedioic Acid Incorporation into Nylon 6,6 for Flame Retardancy

Joseph Hadel – Novel Biobased Monomers for Modifying Polymer Properties

Best Wishes!

Radhika starts her post-doc at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado. We know you will do great things!

Kudos!

Daniel, Hamed, and Marco all passed their PhD qualifier exams!

Congratulations!

Iowa State’s Brent Shanks, George Kraus, Eric Cochran, and Jean-Philippe Tessonnier were awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office for their proposal, “Identifying Performance Advantaged Biobased Chemicals Utilizing Bioprivileged Molecules”. The proposed work will be in collaboration with Linda Broadbelt of Northwestern University and Jim Pfaendtner and David Beck from the University of Washington.

Welcome Back!

Elspeth returned from her second Center Based Research Experience at Kennedy Space Center. She spent 10 weeks in Florida characterizing her catalysts.

Welcome !

Mathew Laureano joins the Tessonnier group!

Auf Wiedersehen!

Radhika and Elspeth visit the BESSY II Synchrotron to perform Near Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (NAP-XPS) at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany. The work was done in collaboration with Raoul Blume from the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society.

CBE Perfect Pitch

Sani, Radhika, and Elspeth participated in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department’s Perfect Pitch contest. This event challenged all the Chemical Engineering Graduate students to explain their research in just 90 seconds.

The Tessonnier Group welcomes three new PhD students

Marco Nazareno Dell’Anna – Identification and Electrocatalytic Conversion of Bioprivileged Molecules

Daniel Viju Vincent Sahayaraj – Continuous Flow Lignin Deconstruction in Supercritical Solvent Mixtures and Conversion to Renewable Chemicals

Hamed Bateni – Tailoring Metal-Carbon Support Interactions for the Selective Hydrogenation of Multifunctional Chemicals.

Season Chen joins the group as a visiting scholar. Welcome!

Si (Season) Chen, a grantee of the prestigious Fulbright Hong Kong Program, joins the Tessonnier group for a ten-month stay as a visiting scientist from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She will be working on Glucose Isomerization. Congrats and Welcome!

 

Happy Birthday, Elspeth!

The group celebrates Elspeth’s birthday after she returns from her summer-long Center Based Research Experience at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL.

Jack and Radhika publish in Green Chemistry. Congratulations!

Jack and Radhika published on “cis,cis-Muconic Acid Isomerization and Catalytic Conversion to Biobased Cyclic-C6-1,4-Diacid Monomers” in Green Chemistry. The work was performed in collaboration with Prof. Brent Shanks’s group.

J.M. Carraher, T. Pfennig, R.G. Rao, B.H. Shanks, J.-P. Tessonnier, cis,cis-Muconic Acid Isomerization and Catalytic Conversion to Biobased Cyclic-C6-1,4-Diacid Monomers, Green Chem., 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C7GC00658F

Radhika wins a Kokes award to attend the 25th NAM conference!! Congratulations!

Radhika has been selected as one the 2017 Kokes Award recipients to attend the 25th North American Catalysis Society (NACS) meeting to be held in Denver, CO. She will be presenting her research on the “Carbon Support-Mediated Control of Selectivity for the Palladium-Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Multifunctional Chemicals”.