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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.

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!

 

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”.

Radhika receives the Brown Graduate Fellowship at ISU!! Congratulations!!

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!!

Tom and David publish in Applied Catalysis A: General. Congratulations!

In collaboration with Prof. Robert Brown’s research group, Tom and David published an article titled “Elucidating the Effect of Desilication on Aluminum-Rich ZSM-5 Zeolite and its Consequences on Biomass Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis” in Applied Catalysis A: General.

T.C. Hoff, D. W. Gardner, R. Thilakaratne, J. Proano-Aviles, R. C. Brown, J.-P. Tessonnier, Elucidating the Effect of Desilication on Aluminum-Rich Zsm-5 Zeolite and Its Consequences on Biomass Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis, Appl. Catal. A, 2017, 529, 68-78. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apcata.2016.10.009

John’s paper is published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. Congratulations!

John’s paper titled “Electrochemical Conversion of Biologically Produced Muconic Acid: Key Considerations for Scale-Up and Corresponding Technoeconomic Analysis” is published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. This work was done in collaboration with Prof. Zengyi Shao, Prof. Raj Raman, and Prof. George Kraus.

J. E. Matthiesen, M. Suástegui, Y. Wu, M. Viswanathan, Y. Qu, M. Cao, N. Rodriguez-Quiroz, A. Okerlund, G. Kraus, D. R. Raman, Z. Shao, J.-P. Tessonnier, Electrochemical Conversion of Biologically Produced Muconic Acid: Key Considerations for Scale-up and Corresponding Technoeconomic Analysis, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2016, 4, 7098-7109. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b01981

Welcome to the team!

Jeremy Morrow joins the group through the CBiRC RET (Research Experience for High School Teachers) program. He will spend 6 weeks in the lab this summer and conduct research on catalysts for hydrogenation reactions. Welcome Jeremy!!

John presents at 229th ECS in San Diego, CA

John gived a talk on “Integrating metabolic engineering and electrocatalysis for the production of polyamides from sugar” and presents a poster on the “Electrochemical conversion of cis,trans-muconic acid to trans,trans-muconic acid and trans-3-hexenedioic acid for bio-based polymer production”.

Tom and David publish in ChemSusChem. Congratulations!

Their paper titled “Tailoring ZSM-5 Zeolites for the Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass to Aromatic Hydrocarbons” is published in ChemSusChem. The work was performed in collaboration with Prof. Robert Brown’s group.

T. C. Hoff, D. W. Gardner, R. Thilakaratne, K. Wang, T. W. Hansen, R. C. Brown, J.-P. Tessonnier, Tailoring ZSM-5 Zeolites for the Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass to Aromatic Hydrocarbons, ChemSusChem, 2016, 9, 1473-1482. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201600186

John’s paper is published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. Congratulations!

John’s paper titled “Electrochemical Conversion of Muconic Acid to Biobased Diacid Monomers” is published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering.

J. E. Matthiesen, J. M. Carraher, M. Vasiliu, D. A. Dixon, J.-P. Tessonnier, Electrochemical Conversion of Muconic Acid to Biobased Diacid Monomers, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 2016, 4, 3575-3585. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.6b00679

David presents at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science

David presented two talks titled “Structure-Activity Correlations for the Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass” and “Considerations for Aluminum-Rich ZSM-5 in Moderate to High Temperature Processing” at the 128th Annual Meeting of the Iowa Academy of Science in Des Moines.

Prof. Tessonnier and Radhika present at the 251st ACS National Meeting!

Prof. Tessonnier and Radhika gave two oral presentations at the ACS National Meeting held in San Diego this year: “Hydrothermal Stability of Zeolites Under Relevant Biomass Conversion Reaction Conditions “ and “Carbon support effects on liquid-phase hydrogenation reactions”, respectively.

John publishes in Angewandte Chemie International Edition and his paper is featured on the journal’s front cover. Congratulations!!!

John’s paper titled “Combining Metabolic Engineering and Electrocatalysis: Application to the Production of Polyamides from Sugar” is published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition and is featured on the journal’s front cover!!! The work is the result of a collaboration with Prof. Zengyi Shao and Prof. Eric Cochran’s groups at ISU.

M. Suastegui, J. E. Matthiesen, J. M. Carraher, N. Hernandez, N. Rodriguez Quiroz, A. Okerlund, E. W. Cochran, Z. Shao, J.-P. Tessonnier, Combining Metabolic Engineering and Electrocatalysis: Application to the Production of Polyamides from Sugar, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 2368-2373. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201509653

M. Suastegui, J. E. Matthiesen, J. M. Carraher, N. Hernandez, N. Rodriguez Quiroz, A. Okerlund, E. W. Cochran, Z. Shao, J.-P. Tessonnier, Cover Picture: Combining Metabolic Engineering and Electrocatalysis: Application to the Production of Polyamides from Sugar (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 7/2016), Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016, 55, 2275-2275. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201600369

New paper published in Green Chemistry

Prof. Tessonnier and collaborators at ISU publish a paper in Green Chemistry titled “Conversion of Methoxy and Hydroxyl Functionalities of Phenolic Monomers over Zeolites”.

R. Thilakaratne, J.-P. Tessonnier, R. C. Brown, Conversion of Methoxy and Hydroxyl Functionalities of Phenolic Monomers over Zeolites, Green Chem., 2016, 18, 2231-2239. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C5GC02548F