Welcome to the Porosoff Research Group!

 

The Porosoff group focuses on developing new catalysts for upgrading C1 and C2 resources (CO2, CO, CH4, C2H6)  for efficient energy storage and low-cost production of plastics, chemicals and fuels.  Understanding the relationships between chemical reactivity and catalyst electronic/structure properties are extremely important for developing catalysts that exploit particular reaction pathways.  This approach requires controlled synthesis of catalysts combined with in situ techniques and theoretical calculations.  In particular, target areas of research are three types of catalytic reactions for improved shale gas utilization and lowering CO2 emissions: (I) Catalyst development for CO2  hydrogenation, (II) Selective synthesis of light olefins from CO and H2 and (III) Catalytic dehydrogenation of light alkanes to olefins by CO2.  Experimental work combines an mix of catalyst synthesis and characterization, reactor studies and in situ spectroscopy.

Highlights and News 

July 2019 

 

Marc Porosoff, (2L) assistant professor of chemical engineering, is pictured in his lab in Gavett Hall with Aime Laurent Twizerimana ’20, (L), Eve Marealle ’21 (2R) both Xerox Engineering Research Fellows, and Madeline Vonglis ’20 (R) an Eisenberg Summer Intern July 16, 2019. They are working in the lab this summer on various aspects of converting carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into useful ethylene and propylene chemical commodities. // photo by J. Adam Fenster / University of Rochester. Read more here.

 

February 2019

Congratulations to Zhiqiang on his publication in ACS Catalysis! This marks the group’s first publication!

The paper is entitled “Development of Tandem Catalysts for CO2 Hydrogenation to Olefins” can be found here