My research and teaching interests are in reaction engineering, catalysis, separations, transport phenomena, process and product design with emphasis on energy efficiency and process intensification. Accomplishments include development of hierarchical mesoporous zeolite catalysts, oriented molecular sieve films, molecular sieve/polymer nanocomposites for membrane applications, crystal structure determination of adsorbents, that are now used in a commercial process, and synthesis of precisely sized oxide nanoparticles that have been commercialized. Current efforts focus on the design, synthesis and use of ultraselective membranes and catalysts based on zeolites, metal-organic-frameworks, and self-assembled nanostructures.

Awards and Achievements

  • National Academy of Engineering ( 2015)
  • Breck Award (International Zeolite Association) ( 2013)
  • Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research, AIChE ( 2013)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow ( 2011)
  • Charles M.A. Stine Award, Materials Engineering & Sciences Division of AIChE ( 2007)
  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award ( 1996)
  • NSF CAREER Award ( 1996)