CANELA - Mpourmpakis Lab

December 22, 2017

Postdoc Mudit Dixit and Peter Tancini (previous undergraduate student in the Mpourmpakis lab, now graduated) publish the article "Mechanistic Studies on the Michael Addition of Amines and Hydrazines To Nitrostyrenes: Nitroalkane Elimination via a Retro-aza-Henry-Type Process" in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Congrats to you both!
DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.7b02637

December 16, 2017

Undergraduate student Julia McKay joins the lab. Welcome Julia!


​​December 15, 2017


PhD candidate Natalie Austin receives the James M. Coull Memorial Fellowship Award for outstanding PhD student in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department at Pitt.

Congrats Natalie!


December 1, 2017


PhD student Michael Taylor publishes new article  "Reconstructing the Surface of Gold Nanoclusters by Cadmium Doping" in the Journal of the American Chemical Society! Great job Michael!!
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b11491


November 27, 2017


Postdoc Mudit Dixit's article " Elucidating the Role of Oxygen Coverage in CO
2 Reduction on Mo2C" has been selected as hot article for 2017 and featured in the front cover of Catalysis Science and Technology

Congrats again Mudit!
DOI: 10.1039/C7CY01810J


November 7, 2017
Masters student Robin Tan joins our lab. Welcome Robin!


October 9, 2017


Postdoc Mudit Dixit publishes first article in our lab entitled " Elucidating the Role of Oxygen Coverage in CO
2 Reduction on Mo2C" in the Catalysis Science and Technology journal. Congrats Mudit!

DOI: 10.1039/C7CY01810J


July 7, 2017


PhD student Michael Taylor publishes new article  "Thermodynamic Stability of Ligand-Protected Metal Nanoclusters" in the journal Nature Communications!!! This paper is highlighted in Pitt Engineering!
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15988


Good job Michael! 


July 5, 2017

PhD student Michael Taylor publishes new article  "Site-selective substitution of gold atoms in the Au
24(SR)20 nanocluster by silver" in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science!!! This paper is highlighted in Pitt Engineering!
DOI: 
10.1016/j.jcis.2017.06.049


Good work Michael!


PhD candidate Pavlo Kostetskyy’s paper titled “Computational Insights into Adsorption of C4 Hydrocarbons in Cation-Exchanged ZSM-12 Zeolite” is highlighted as a cover of in the Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research journal.
Way to go Pavlo!


June 14, 2017


PhD candidate Pavlo Kostetskyy’s  publishes a new article "Computational Insights into Adsorption of C4 Hydrocarbons in Cation-Exchanged ZSM-12 Zeolites" in the Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research journal. 

DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b00972


Great job Pavlo!


June 5, 2017

Graduate student Xi Peng’s paper titled “Potassium-Promoted Molybdenum Carbide as a Highly Active and Selective Catalyst for CO
2 Conversion to CO” is highlighted as a cover of ChemSusChem.
Congrats Xi!

June 1, 2017

Ashley Mascareno joins our lab as a summer REU student from ASU!
Welcome Ashley!

May 26, 2017

Graduate student James Dean wins the second poster award in the Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society Annual Meeting!
Way to go James!

May 22, 2017

PhD candidate Pavlo Kostetskyy’s  and recent graduate Nick Zervoudis’ paper titled “Carboranes: the strongest Brønsted acids in alcohol dehydration” is highlighted as a cover of Catalysis Science and Technology.
Great work guys!

May 19, 2017

PhD candidate Michael Taylor publishes a collaborative paper titled “Molecular “surgery” on a
23-gold-atom nanoparticle” in Science Advances.
Great job Michael!
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1603193

April 28, 2017

GM gives an invited talk in the South West Catalysis Society Symposium.

PhD candidate Natalie Austin publishes a new paper titled “CO2 activation on Cu-based Zr-decorated nanoparticles” in Catalysis Science and Technology.
Congrats Natalie!
DOI: 10.1039/C6CY02628A

April 20, 2017

Graduate student Xi Peng publishes a collaborative paper titled “Potassium-Promoted Molybdenum Carbide as a Highly Active and Selective Catalyst for CO
2 Conversion to CO” in ChemSusChem.
Great work Xi!
DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201700412

April 12, 2017

PhD candidate Pavlo Kostetskyy and recent graduate Nick Zervoudis publish a new paper titled “Carboranes: the strongest Brønsted acids in alcohol dehydration” in Catalysis Science and Technology.
Congrats Pavlo and Nick!!
DOI: 10.1039/C7CY00458C


March 10, 2017


GM was awarded the CAREER award by the National Science Foundation (NSF)!! This is NSF’s “most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization”. 

NSF Career Award


March 3, 2017

PhD candidate Michael Taylor received the Advancing Research Through Computing (ARC) 2017 Conference Best Poster award which came with a $500 travel stipend. Great Job Michael!!


February 28, 2017

PhD candidate Natalie Austin was awarded to participate in the 67th Nobel Laureate Meeting (focus on Chemistry) which will be held in Lindau Germany in June 2017. Congratulations Natalie!!
Lindau Nobel Laureate website and Pitt Press Release


February 23, 2017

PhD candidate Pavlo Kostetskyy was selected to be one of two Graduate Student Directors for the Executive Committee of AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division. Congratulations Pavlo!!


​January 23, 2017

Mitch Cholewinski and Jonathan Estes join our lab as undergraduate researchers! Welcome guys!! 


January 3, 2017


Mudit Dixit joins our lab as our very first Post Doc. Welcome Mudit!!