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News from AIChE meeting in San Francisco in November

Yubing Lu's presentation at the AIChE was selected as the "Best Presentation" in the "Atomically Dispersed Catalysts" session. Christopher Wooten won 3rd place in undergraduate poster presentation.

  

  

Karim receives the Junior Faculty Award from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science

Professor Karim has received the Junior Faculty Award from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS) at Virginia Tech. The award will fund research on developing a methodology for predictive design of metal colloidal nanoparticles with specific sizes and shapes using a novel combination of in situ thermodynamics/kinetics measurements and kinetic modeling.

  

  

Karim and Coworkers Featured on the Cover of Chemical Communications

A recent paper published in the Journal of Chemical Communications by Prof. Ayman Karim and coworkers has been chosen by the editors as the Back Cover for the December 2015 Issue. The paper describes a novel concept for upgrading the vapors generated from the pyrolysis of biomass to fuel precursors without external hydrogen supply. The concept uses a hierarchically structured catalyst with steam reforming and hydrodeoxygenation functionalities being deposited in the micropores and macropores, respectively. The hierarchical structure restricts the larger, more valuable molecules from reaching the active site (e.g. Pt) for steam reforming in the micropores where the smaller oxygenates react to generate H2. The H2 generated from small oxygenates in the micropores is used to hydrodeoxygenate the large molecules in the macropores (on PtFe), thereby eliminating the need for external H2 supply and improving the carbon efficiency of the process.

Karim's collaborators include Junming Sun from the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Washington State University (WSU), Xi Li, James Rainbolt, Libor Kovarik, Yongsoon Shin from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Yong Wang who serves in a joint position between WSU and PNNL.

  

  

Dr. Karim receives the 2015 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

Ayman Karim, Associate Professor ofChemical Engineering has been selected to receive the 2015 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, which recognizes outstanding new faculty based on their research, experience and academic leadership. Karim was recognized for his research on understanding the mechanisms of colloidal nanoparticles synthesis by combining microfluidics and in situ x-ray scattering and spectroscopy.

The 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award was created over twenty-five years ago by 3M's Technical Community in partnership with 3M gives's Giving Program to invest in outstanding young faculty. The purpose of the renewable award is to help the awardee achieve tenure while remaining in a teaching position and conducting research.

  

  

Karim and Coworkers Featured in Journal of Catalysis

A recent paper published in the Journal of Catalysis by Professor Ayman Karim and coworkers has been chosen by the editors as a Featured Article for February 2015. This recognition is given for articles deemed "worthy of extra attention, be it for the quality of the research, the clarity of the exposition or the novelty of the findings." The paper describes the role of rhenium in enhancing the activity of Pt-Re catalysts in the steam reforming of glycerol to produce syngas or hydrogen using a combination of advanced in-situ characterization techniques. Glycerol is an abundant by-product from the biodiesel industry and is also a model molecule to study the conversion of biomass derived sugars.

Karim's collaborators include Zhehao Wei and Yan Li from the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at Washington State University, David King of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Yong Wang who serves in a joint position between WSU and PNNL.