CANELA - Mpourmpakis Lab

December 16, 2015

Work from our phenomenal undergraduate students Peter Tancini (class 2017) and Bob Shobayo (REU student from UMBC in summer 2014) is published in JACS, in collaboration with the lab of Prof. Jill Millstone (Chemistry, Pitt)!! Congratulations Peter and Bob!! 
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.5b10124

December 9, 2015

Xi Peng joins our lab as a PhD student! Welcome Xi!


November 20, 2015

GM is elected from the Pittsburgh Business Times in “Who’s Who in Energy”.

November 15, 2015

Our group participates in the AIChE 2015 National Meeting in Salt Lake City with great success! 
Undergraduate student Peter Tancini gives a poster presentation on " Formation Pathways of Pre-Nucleation Species in AuCu Bimetallic Nanoparticle Growth: A First Principles Study" and receives the 3rd poster award!! 
Michael Taylor gives an oral presentation on "Kidney Stone Growth Modification: Insights from First Principles Calculations", and 
GM on "Generalized Dehydration Trends: Connecting Brønsted- with Lewis- Acid Catalysis".
Congratulations guys!!

November 5, 2015

Our work on Sub-Nanoscale Au Catalysis was shortlisted for the Global IChemE Awards. Check out our video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ7pWwgGYH0

October 21,2015

PhD Candidate Pavlo Kostetskyy receives the Fall Term 2014 Outstanding PhD Paper Award!!
Congratulations Pavlo!!


September 18, 2015


Michael Taylor and Natalie Austin publish their work titled "Catalyst Design Based on Morphology- and Environment-Dependent Adsorption on Metal Nanoparticles" as a letter in ACS Catalysis! Kudos to Michael and Natalie!
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acscatal.5b01696


​August 24, 2015

John Hoover joins our lab as an undergraduate researcher.
Welcome John!


August 13, 2015

​Our paper titled "Au13: CO Adsorbs, Nanoparticle Responds" is featured in the cover of issue 32 of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C!! Congratulations to Natalie Austin and Prof. J. Karl Johnson for this nice work!
The Swanson School of Engineering made a press release about our discovery!!
http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/News/2015/Mpoumpakis-Johnson-Au13-Nanoparticle-ACS-Journal-Cover/

July 15, 2015

Pavlo Kostetskyy publishes a new paper titled "Structure-activity relationships in the production of olefins from alcohols and ethers: A first-principles theoretical study " in the Catalysis Science and Technology journal.
http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2015/cy/c5cy00925a
Great job Pavlo!


July 1, 2015


Natalie Austin publishes her paper titled "Au13: CO Adsorbs, Nanoparticle Responds" in the journal of Physical Chemistry C. This is a collaborative between our group and Prof. J. Karl Johnson at Pitt.
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b03459
Congratulations Natalie!


June 19, 2015


Pavlo Kostetskyy and Jyoti Prakash Maheswari (visiting researcher from NIT, Warangal, India) publish a paper in the journal of Physical Chemistry C "Understanding the Importance of Carbenium Ions in the Conversion of Biomass-Derived Alcohols with First-Principles Calculations".
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jpcc.5b04485
Congratulations guys!


June 14-19, 2015


Our group participates in the NAM24 meeting! Natalie Austin contributes an oral presentation titled "Adsorbate interactions with metal Nanoparticles" and Pavlo Kostetskyy a poster presentation titled "Structure-Activity Relationships in Alcohol Dehydration on Metal-Oxides". GM serves as a poster chair of the conference (total of 600 poster presentations) with Elise Fox and Xingyi Deng.


May 11, 2015

Carly Nolan, Brandon Butina and Dania Furuqui join our lab as undergraduate researchers! Welcome guys!


April 30, 2015


PhD Candidate Natalie Austin received the prestigious NSF Fellowship and graduate student Michael Taylor received an honorable mention.

Well done guys!!!!
​http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/News/2015/Pitt-graduate-students-in-Chemical-and-Petroleum-Engineering-receive-NSF-Fellowship-and-Honorable-Mention/


March 31, 2015


​PhD Candidate Natalie Austin won the Fall Term 2014 Outstanding PhD Paper!!
Congratulations Natalie!!
​"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


January 8, 2015


Work from our lab is on the news!!! 


Check "People on the move" column on Sunday's Post-Gazette: 

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/career-workplace/2015/01/04/People-on-the-Move-3/stories/201501040020 


and the blog of Prof. Geoff Maitland, President of the Chemical Engineering society in UK: 

https://ichemepresident.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/a-precious-catalyst-day-210/#more-5407


January 7, 2015


​Nicholas Zervoudis, Peter Tancini and Isadora Carnaval join our lab as undergraduate researchers! Welcome guys!