“The Role of External Acidity of Meso-/microporous Zeolites in Determining Selectivity for Acid-catalyzed Reactions of Benzyl alcohol” Journal of Catalysis 2016, 335， 165-174
“Influences of cation and anion substitutions on oxidative coupling of methane over hydroxyapatite catalysts” Fuel 2016, 167, 208-217
"TiO2 embedded in carbon submicron-tablets: synthesis from a metal–organic framework precursor and application as a superior anode in lithium-ion batteries“ Chemical Communications 2015，51， 11370-11373
Our research group is housed in department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park. Our research stays at the interface of materials synthesis and catalytic science, with an emphasis on precisely controlling composition and constitution of nanostructured particles and membranes for energy conversion and storage, and water purification applications.
The Semester Dissertation Fellowships provide support to University of Maryland doctoral candidates who have excellent qualifications and are in the latter stages of writing their dissertations. This full‐time, semester‐long fellowship can be used in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017. The Fellowship carries a stipend of $10,000, plus a candidacy Graduate School Tuition Award for the semester in which the fellowship is taken. In addition, the Graduate School pays the student’s mandatory fees and provides the student with an $800 credit to help pay for the individual health insurance coverage for the Fellow. Congratulations!
Amanda received a prestigious fellowship award through the 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). For the 2016 competition, NSF received close to 17,000 applications and made 2,000 award offers. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. Amanda's proposal is developed on the basis of her research on lamellar zeolites in the group. As part of her award, Amanda will receive a three-year annual stipend along with a cost of education allowance for tuition and fees and opportunities for international research and professional development. Amanda will start her graduate study at Harvard University in this coming fall. Congratulations!
Yiqing won NECZA 2015 meeting poster presentation award. The title of the winning poster was “Tailoring Catalytic Properties of Meso-/Microporous Layered Zeolites By Atomic Layer Deposition". Congratulations!
Amanda won a best oral presentation Award in Engingeering catagory at the Morgan State University 22nd Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Research Symposium. The title of the winning poster was “Inulin Hydrolysis over Zeolite Catalysts". Congratulations!
Laleh was one of the recipients of the 2015 Kokes Award to attend the 24th North American Catalysis Society meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. Congratulations to Laleh!
Su has received the Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grant Award from the University of Maryland Graduate School. Laleh will be using this award to support her trip to the 24th North American Catalysis Society meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. Congratulations to Su!
Yiqing and Mann won Wells and Hulka Fellowships for the 2015 - 2016 academic year. The $20,000 awards, made possible by a $400,000 endowment from Harry K. Wells (B.S ’43, mechanical engineering), support graduate research in the field of sustainable energy generation or storage. More details please see here.
Yiqing was one of the recipients of the 2015 Kokes Award to attend the 24th North American Catalysis Society meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. Congratulations Yiqing!
Yiqing's paper on the "Spatial distribution and catalytic performance of metal-acid sites in Mo/MFI catalysts with tunable meso/microporous lamellar zeolite structures" appears in Journal of Catalysis. Congratulations!
Yan (Dr. Mi Group) and Laleh's paper on the "Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Zeolite/Polyelectrolyte Nanocomposite Membranes with High Zeolite Loading" appears in Environmental Science & Technology Letters. Congratulations!
Laleh has been awarded the Harry K. Wells Endowed Fellowship. The award was established to provide annual fellowships for Clark School graduate students working on energy engineering and alternative energy sources in conjunction with the University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC). Congratulations to Laleh!
Laleh, Yiqing, Su, Baoyu and Christina show Science and technology to public during 16th annual Maryland Day. See pictures here.
High school student Oluwakonyinsola’s project in the group “Optimizing the Catalytic Ability of Lamellar MFI Zeolites” won Senior Robert L. Wistort Best Presentation Awards of Prince George Science Fair Association. She placed third in the chemistry category, which is comprised of over 100 other chemistry related projects.
Konyin will study Chemical Engineering at Columbia University (New York) this coming fall. Congratulations!
Laleh,Yiqing and Guanghui's paper "Dual Template Synthesis of Meso-/microporous MFI Zeolite Nanosheet Assemblies with Tailored Activity in Catalytic Reactions" is one of the most read articles in Chemistry of Materials.
Yiqing and Will have received travel grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to attend the Short Course and Workshop on Shale-Gas Monetization , to be held March 26-28 in Montgomery, Texas. Check here for details.
Su Cheun Oh, Mann Sakbodin, and Will Gibson joined the group.
Su obtained her B. S. degree in Chemical Engineering from UMD and joined the group as a Ph. D. student.
Mann obtained his B. S. and M. S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University with Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos. He joined the group as a Ph. D. student after a few years indurstiral experience.
Will obtained his Ph. D. degree in Chemical Engineering from UMD with Professor Greg Jackson. He joined the group as a research associate.
Laleh,Yiqing and Guanghui's paper "Dual Template Synthesis of Meso-/microporous MFI Zeolite Nanosheet Assemblies with Tailored Activity in Catalytic Reactions" is published in Chemistry of Materials. Congratulations.
Yiqing and Laleh's paper "Textural and Catalytic Properties of Mo Loaded Hierarchical Meso-/microporous Lamellar MFI and MWW Zeolites for Direct Methane Conversion" is published in Applied Catalysis A: General. Congratulations.
Baoyu is a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at the South China University of Technology. His research interest includes synthesis, simulation and catalytic characterization of microporous and mesoporous molecular sieve materials. Welcome!
Our laboratory consists of 1100 sq. ft of newly-renovated space on the 2nd floor of Building 090 (room #2223 and #2227) on the UMD main campus. This space includes a catalyst synthesis lab (2227) and a catalysis lab (2223). Click on the picture on the left to view the lab layout.
Su won A scholars Program for Indurstry-Oriented Research on Engineering (ASPIRE) Award to support her research on "Synthesis and characterization of mesopourous zeolite catalysts." Congratulations to Su!
Map's article on her intership expereince in our group (January, 2013)
Map reported her summer intership experience in our group on the News Paper of Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. She wrote "It has
been a great experience for me. I
learned a lot from there and after I
completed this internship, I have a
strong intention to apply the knowledge I got to my work, project and
future career with the hope that it
can help drive the future of science
and technology in Thailand to be
even better." The full story can be found here.
|Guanghui Zhu Joined the group as a Master student (January, 2013)|
Guanghui obatiend his BS degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University in China. He joined our group for his MS study starting from this Januray. He is co-advised by Dr. Choi and works on the project of "Micro-reactor design for efficient energy conversion". Welcome!
|Yao (Jason) He Joined the group as a visiting graduate student (January, 2013)|
Jason obtained his BE and MS degrees from Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, respectively, both in Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is currently a PhD candidate in Engineering Thermal Physics at the South China University of Technology. He joined our group to work on the project of "Heterogeneous Conversion of Biomass Renewables". Welcome!
|Yiqing received the first place award of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s Annual Student Poster Contest. Congratulations! (October, 2012)|
Yiqing, Laleh, and Tery attended the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s Annual Student Poster Contest. Yiqing presented his poster, "Catalytic Characterization of Hierarchical Meso-/microporous MFI and MWW Zeolites", and was one of the four first place winners. The award was voted by the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s members and guests for the top 10 participants in the first round, and then was selected by a panel of industrial judges for the top five posters in the second round. The prize inlcudes a $100 check and an invitation to present his work at the monthly Catalysis Club meeting.
The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia was founded in 1949 to promote the advancement of knowledge of the science of catalysis. The Club is a nonprofit organization serving members in the Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware area. The club is currently sponsored by Air Products, Zeolyst, The PQ Corporation, Du Pont, Arkema, and Johnson Matthey Catalysis.
|Terry and Helen Joined the group (Aug. 2012)|
Helen is a rising senior in the rigorous Science and Technology Program at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD. She hopes to gain research experience in order to enhance her scientific education and future career. She is working on the project "Synthesis and characterization of mesoporous zeolites" with Laleh.
|Map went back to Thailand (July, 2012)|
|Dr. Liu Awarded the ACS Petroleum Research Fund (PRF). (July, 2012)|
Dr. Liu Awarded the ACS Petroleum Research Fund (PRF). Full story here. (July, 2012)
|Science reported Self-Pillared Zeolite Nanosheets. (June, 2012)|
|Tom won ASPIRE Award (May, 2012)|
Thomas Hoff won A scholars Program for Indurstry-Oriented Research on Engineering (ASPIRE) Award to support his summer research on "Hydrolysis of Biomass over Heterogeneous Zeolite Catalysts." Congrduations to Tom!
|Map Joined the group (May, 2012)|
Pimolpong Sriyapai, a junior student from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, joined our group to start her summer research on "Nano-Engineering Zeolite Films on Proton Conducting Membranes" Welcome!
|Dr. Liu visited Grace (March, 2012)|
Dr. Liu was invited to visit W. R. Grace & Co. and to give a seminar on synthesis and characterization of micro/mesoporous zeolite catalysts.
|Welcome Yiqing and Laleh! (March, 2012)|
Yiqing and Laleh joined the group to start their PhD studies, Welcome! (March, 2012)
|Dr. Liu Joined UMD (Janary, 2012)|
|Welcome to join our group. (September, 2011)|
|Most read article in ACS Catalysis. (Janary, 2011)|