News and Events
Dr. Tessonnier and Sani publish a book chapter, “Bioadvantaged Nylon from Renewable Muconic Acid: Synthesis, Characterization, and Properties”. Congratulations!
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.
Sani’s research is highlighted in Mike Krapfl’s article, “Researchers Develop, Test New System for Making Biorenewable Chemicals”
The article can be accessed at: https://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2018/10/16/doebioprivileged
Chen, S. S.; Yu, I. K. M.; Cho, D.-W.; Song, H.; Tsang, D. C. W.; Tessonnier, J.-P.; Ok, Y. S.; Poon, C. S., Selective Glucose Isomerization to Fructose via a Nitrogen-doped Solid Base Catalyst Derived from Spent Coffee Grounds. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 2018,6 (12), 16113-16120.
Prerana 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
Elspeth was selected for a NASA Iowa Space Grant Graduate Fellowship for her work on heterogeneous catalysts for remote operation on Mars to produce rocket fuel from resources found on the planet. Congratulations!
Radhika starts her post-doc at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado. We know you will do great things!
Daniel, Hamed, and Marco all passed their PhD qualifier exams!
Brandon Vance was awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium. Congratulations!
Dr. Tessonnier receives tenure and is promoted to Associate Professor at Iowa State University.
Elspeth returned from her second Center Based Research Experience at Kennedy Space Center. She spent 10 weeks in Florida characterizing her catalysts.
Hamed was awarded the Engineering Trinect Fellowship as part of a program partnering Des Moines Public Schools and Iowa State University resulting in the infusion of engineering design into the elementary teacher preparation program.
Dr. Radhika Rao successfully defends her thesis, Carbon Support Effects on Liquid Phase Hydrogenation Reactions, and earns her PhD!
Elspeth presented a poster at the 2018 International Conference on Environmental Systems in Albuquerque, NM. “ISRU Carbon Dioxide Methanation to Fuel Mars Missions: Improving Reactor Stability”, Elspeth M. Petersen, Michael J. Holmes, Anne J. Meier, and Jean-Philippe Tessonnier
Dr. Tessonnier and Radhika publish book chapter, “Covalent Methods for Functional Carbons’ Synthesis”.
Tessonnier, J.-P.; Rao, R. G.; Giambastiani, G.;
Mathew Laureano joins the Tessonnier group!
Elspeth and Radhika presented posters at the Great Plains Catalysis Society’s inaugural symposium in Manhattan, KS.
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.
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.
Brandon Vance joins the group as an undergraduate research assistant through the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.
The group takes a brief break to celebrate Radhika’s birthday.
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.
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!
R. G. Rao, R. Blume, T. W. Hansen, E. Fuentes, K. Dreyer, S. Moldovan, O. Ersen, D. D. Hibbitts, Y. J. Chabal, R. Schlögl, J.-P. Tessonnier, Interfacial charge distributions in carbon-supported palladium catalysts, Nat. Commun., 2017, 8, 340. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-00421-x
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.
The ACS Catalysis Division (CATL) conferred their travel award to Radhika for attending the 254th ACS conference held in Washington D.C. in August 2017. Congratulations!!
Tom, Radhika, and Prof. Tessonnier give oral presentations at the 25th North American Catalysis Society Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Hoff for successfully defending his PhD thesis!! Second PhD of the group!
Tom successfully defends his thesis on ZSM-5 catalyzed fast pyrolysis of biomass. 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
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John wins ISU’s Graduate College Research Excellence Award and gives a presentation in the department. Congrats!
Congratulations to Dr. John Matthiesen for successfully defending his PhD thesis!! First PhD of the group!
John successfully defends his thesis on the electrochemical hydrogenation of muconic acid. Congratulations!
The Tessonnier group presented their research at the Hoover STEM Academy in Des Moines, Iowa and motivated the students for pursuing research in STEM fields.
The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) at ISU offered Radhika their Professional Advancement Grant (PAG) for presenting her research at the 253rd meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in San Francisco
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”.
Prof. Tessonnier and Elspeth Petersen visiting collaborators at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The Tessonnier group is working with the In-Situ Resource Utilization group to synthesize a custom catalyst to perform carbon dioxide methanation aboard a Mars rover
The Office of the Vice President for Research at ISU awarded a $10,000 Brown Graduate Fellowship to Radhika. This fellowship is offered by the Valentine Hammes Family and Leopold Hammes Brown Family Trust to students for their academic excellence and the contribution of their research to the departmental research program and ISU. Radhika was one of the first 15 students at ISU to receive this fellowship. Congratulations!!
The ACS Catalysis Division (CATL) conferred their travel award to Radhika for attending the 253rd ACS conference held in San Francisco in April 2017. She is one of the 20 students to receive this award. Congratulations!!