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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

Welcome to the team, Sani!

Sanaz Abdolmohammadi joins the group as a graduate student. Sani will be working on the electrochemical conversion of biobased intermediates to advanced monomers and their polymerization. She will be co-advised by Prof. Eric Cochran.

Prof. Tessonnier and David present at the 2015 AIChE annual meeting

The Tessonnier research group had two talks in Salt Lake City! Prof. Tessonnier and David presented “Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Cellulose to Aromatics with Nanocrystalline ZSM-5: Role of Extra-Framework Aluminum” and “Hydrothermal Stability of ZSM-5 in Relevant Biomass Conversion Conditions”, respectively. Well done!

Jack and Sarah publish on their outreach work in Journal of Chemical Education. Congratulations!

Their paper titled “Kinetics, Reaction Orders, Rate Laws, and Their Relation to Mechanisms: A Hands-On Introduction for High School Students Using Portable Spectrophotometry” appears in J. Chem. Educ.

J. M. Carraher, S. M. Curry, J.-P. Tessonnier, Kinetics, Reaction Orders, Rate Laws, and Their Relation to Mechanisms: A Hands-on Introduction for High School Students Using Portable Spectrophotometry, J. Chem. Educ., 2016, 93, 172-174. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00640

John and Tom present at ISHHC17 in Utrecht, NL

John and Tom have been selected to attend the 17th International Symposium on Relations Between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis (ISHHC 17) and the UNM PIRE summer school that will be held in Utrecht, Netherlands on July 12-16, 2015. They will present two posters on “Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation of Muconic Acid to Bio-based Monomers” and “Thermal Stability of ZSM-5 Zeolite for the Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Cellulose to Aromatics” at ISHHC17.

New paper published in ChemCatChem

Prof. Tessonnier and collaborators of the Fritz Haber Institute publish a paper titled “Characterizing Graphitic Carbon with X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy: A Step-by-Step Approach”. The article will appear in ChemCatChem’s special issue on Carbon in the Catalysis Community.

R. Blume, D. Rosenthal, J.-P. Tessonnier, H. Li, A. Knop-Gericke, R. Schlögl, Characterizing Graphitic Carbon with X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy: A Step-by-Step Approach, ChemCatChem, 2015, 7, 2871-2881. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cctc.201500344

David and Tom publish in ACS Catalysis. Congratulations!

Their paper titled “Insights into the Hydrothermal Stability of ZSM-5 under Relevant Biomass Conversion Reaction Conditions” appears in ACS Catalysis. The work was performed in collaboration with Prof. Brent Shanks’ group.

D. W. Gardner, J. Huo, T. C. Hoff, R. L. Johnson, B. H. Shanks, J.-P. Tessonnier, Insights into the Hydrothermal Stability of ZSM-5 under Relevant Biomass Conversion Reaction Conditions, ACS Catal., 2015, 4418-4422. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.5b00888

Jack, John, and Tom present at the 24th North American Catalysis Society Meeting

Jack and John will present on “Selective Base-Catalyzed Isomerization of Glucose to Fructose” and the “Electrocatalytic Conversion of Biologically Produced Muconic Acid to a Bio-based Polymer Precursor”. Tom will present a poster on the “Thermal Stability of ZSM-5 Zeolite under Fast Pyrolysis Conditions”.