CANELA - Mpourmpakis Lab

December 9, 2014

Michael Taylor joins our lab as a PhD student! Welcome Michael!

December 8, 2014

Our recent publication "Catalysis at the Sub-Nanoscale: Complex CO Oxidation Chemistry on a Few Au Atoms" is featured on the cover of issue 1 of the Catalysis Science and Technology journal and has been selected as a "hot article"!!

The manuscript appears online here.

November 27, 2014

Our group in collaboration with researchers from the University College London (UK) and the University of Delaware publishes the article "Catalysis at the Sub-Nanoscale: Complex CO Oxidation Chemistry on a Few Au Atoms" by Nikbin N., Austin N., Vlachos D.G., Stamatakis M., Mpourmpakis G. in the Catalysis Science and Technology! This manuscript will be featured as a cover of issue 1 of the journal (year 2015)!!

November 21, 2014

Our group was represented in the AIChE 2014 conference (Atlanta GA, Nov 16-21, 2014) by the following contributions:

Talk: “Adsorption on Metal Nanoparticles: Size and Shape Matters” (Presenter: Natalie Austin)

Talk: “Structure-Activity Relationships for the Conversion of Biomass Derived Alcohols to Chemicals” (presenter: Pavlo Kostetskyy)

Poster: "Understanding the Early Stages of Metal Nanoparticle Growth Using Density Functional Theory Calculations” (Presenter: Olabobola Shobayo (UMBC))

Session Chair: Computational Catalysis IV (Chair: Giannis Mpourmpakis)

Congratulations to all of you for the very nice presentations!

October 6, 2014

The Catalysis Science & Technology journal features our recent publication “Structure-Activity Relationships onMetal-Oxides: Alcohol Dehydration” on its cover!

July 22 2014

Natalie just published her first first-author publication in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C entitled "Understanding the Stability, Electronic, and Adsorption Properties of Sub-nanometer Group XI Monometallic and Bimetallic Catalysts"!!

The just-accepted manuscript can be found online at:

Congratulations Natalie!!

July 2, 2014

The Office of Research and the Research Council of the University of Pittsburgh funded our small grant application (Central Research Development Funds) to investigate novel methane conversion pathways! (Budget: $16,000)

June 11, 2014

Pavlo Kostetskyy publishes his first first-author publication!!The manuscript entitled “Structure-Activity Relationships on Metal-Oxides: Alcohol Dehydration” is published in the Catalysis Science & Technology Journal:!divAbstract

This is a collaborative work between our lab and Ray Gorte’s lab at UPenn.

Congratulations Pavlo!!​

June 2, 2014

GM gives an invited talk at the annual Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society Meeting.​

June 2, 2014

Natalie Austin won the first place in the poster competition at the annual Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society Meeting,  which was held at Carnegie Mellon University on June 2, 2014!! Natalie's poster was entitled: "Catalyst Design at the Sub-Nanoscale".

Congratulations Natalie!!

June 1, 2014

Tybur Casuse and Olabobola (Bob) Shobayo join our lab for the summer 2014! Tybur and Bob participate in the Particle-based Functional Materials Research Experience for Undergraduates program that is led by Prof. Joe McCarthy.

Welcome guys!

May 9, 2014

Jyoti Prakash Maheswari joins our group for summer research! Jyoti is visiting our group from the Department of Chemical Engineering, at the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India. Jyoti was awarded an undergaduate scholarship to perform a two month research project in our group! Welcome Jyoti! We are very happy to have you at Pitt!

April 22, 2014

Natalie Austin has been selected to participate in the "Graduate Summer School: Electronic Structure Theory for Materials and (Bio)molecules", which will be held at UCLA from July 21 to August 1, 2014. Natalie, who successfully passed the selection procedure, will be fully sponsored to attend the event.

Congratulations Natalie!

April 18, 2014

GM gives an invited seminar in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan.

March 15, 2014

GM publishes a collaborative article in the Journal of Chemical Physics:Informatics Guided Discovery of Surface Structure-Chemistry Relationships in Catalytic Nanoparticles Andriotis A.N., Mpourmpakis G., Broderick S., Rajan K., Datta S., Sunkara M., and Menon M. 

J. Chem. Phys. 140, 094705 (2014)

January 31, 2014

Prof. Matteo Maestri from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, visited our group. Prof. Maestri gave a seminar in our Department and a computational workshop on microkinetic modeling in our group!!