CANELA - Mpourmpakis Lab

​​December 9, 2016

GM was awarded the 2016 James Pommersheim Award for Excellence in Teaching in Chemical Engineering by the University of Pittsburgh!! GM is the first Assistant Professor to receive this award!


December 7, 2016


James Dean joins our lab as a PhD student and Zihao Yan joins our lab as a Masters student. Welcome guys! 

November 14, 2016


Peter Tancini received 1st place in “Computing and Process Control II” and 1st place in the “Computing and Simulation Technology Division” for his undergraduate poster presentation at the AIChE 2016 National Meeting in San Francisco. Great work Peter!


October 25, 2016 


Peter Tancini received the Pitt ΩΧΕ Departmental Research Day 2nd prize undergraduate poster award  and Natalie Austin received the Pitt ΩΧΕ Departmental Research Day 1st prize Graduate Poster Award. Congratulations you two!


September 29, 2016


PhD candidate Natalie Austin received the Women of Color STEM Conference Student Leadership Academic Award. Great job Natalie!!


September 23,2016


​PhD Candidate Natalie Austin and undergraduate researcher Brandon Butina publish a new paper titled "CO2 Activation on Bimetallic CuNi Nanoparticles" in an invited article Themed Issue on Nanomaterials in the Progress in Natural Science: Materials International Journal. 
DOI: 10.1016/j.pnsc.2016.08.007
Congratulations Natalie and Brandon!!


September 7, 2016 


PhD candidate  Pavlo Kostetskyy received the AIChE Division of Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Student Travel Award  for the AIChE 2016 National Meeting in San Francisco. Congratulations Pavlo!!


​​​August 8, 2016

​PhD Candidate Michael Taylor publishes a new paper titled "Molecular modifiers reveal a mechanism of pathological crystal growth inhibition" in the journal Nature!!! This paper was highlighted in Pitt Engineering News and U.S. News!!
DOI: 10.1038/nature19062

Congratulations Michael!

August 4, 2016

​PhD Candidate Pavlo Kostetskyy publishes a new paper titled "From Biomass-Derived Furans to Aromatics with Ethanol over Zeolite" in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition. This paper is featured in the journal cover of issue 42.  

DOI: 10.1002/anie.201604108
Good job Pavlo!


July 28, 2016

GM and co-investigators Professor Gotz Veser from University of Pittsburgh and Assistant Professor Chrysanthos Gounaris from Carnegie Mellon University, were awarded a 3-year $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for "Collaborative Research: Design of Optimal Bimetallic Nanoparticles"!
Pitt Engineering News-NSF Grant 2016


June 20, 2016

GM receives a $110,000 Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator (DNI) grant from the American Chemical Society (ACS) for computational modeling research!

Pitt Engineering News-ACS DNI Grant 2016


April 8, 2016

Undergraduate researcher Peter Tancini receives the Swanson School of Engineering (SSOE) Summer Internship Award to go to Italy and work on a computational project with Professor Matteo Maestri. Congratulations Peter!!


March 29, 2016


PhD Candidate Michael Taylor receives the prestigious NSF Fellowship! Congratulations Michael!!

Pitt Engineering News-NSF Fellows 2016


January 6, 2016


Macy Divens joins our lab as an undergraduate researcher! Welcome Macy! 


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!


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: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp504015a


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:

http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2014/cy/c4cy00632a#!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, 2014Prof. 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!!


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!!


December 16, 2013

Natalie Austin and Pavlo Kostetsky are the first graduate students to join our lab!! Welcome!!