Sarazen Research Group


promoting green chemistry and engineering techniques through kinetic, synthetic, and theoretical investigations of reaction mechanisms catalyzed by heterogeneous materials





catalysis in pores

porous crystalline materials such as zeolites, metal-organic frameworks, and porous organic polymers offer a large and diverse pool of catalysts and catalyst supports. our lab strives to elucidate how important catalytic properties affect reactivity and selectivity, and aims to control these properties via advanced synthesis strategies, which are vital for the optimization and potential industrial application of our materials and processes.



11.19 - rachel presented her work at both the Joint Meeting of the Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York and Philadelphia Catalysis Club and Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Annual Meeting.

10.19 - prof. sarazen served on a panel at the inaugural Princeton Pathway into the Academy, which is a year-long career development program prepares early-stage researchers for faculty careers in engineering and computer science.

09.19 - prof. sarazen attended the National Academy of Engineering’s 2019 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in Charleston, SC.

09.19  -  michael smith, phd student from chemistry joins the group to be co-advised with Bruce Koel.

08.19 - prof. sarazen organized and chair sessions in Fundamentals of Nanoporous Materials at ACS Fall 2019 National Meeting in San Diego, CA.

08.19  -   prof. sarazen met with rising seniors at SEASs Pathways to Graduate School program.

07.19  -   prof. sarazen presented the groups work to undergraduates at Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM), an NSF MRSEC.

06.19  -  prof. sarazen attended NAM26 in Chicago, IL sponsored by the North American Catalysis Society where she gave a presentation, chaired sessions related to her expertise, and was a discussion leader for the inaugural Women in Catalysis Luncheon. 

06.19  -  matthew ko, a rising junior at Cornell University studying Applied and Engineering Physics with a minor in Computer Science, is working with the group this summer through the 2019 PRISM/PCCM REU program ( welcome matthew!

05.19  -   prof. sarazen was selected to attend the National Academy of Engineering’s 2019 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, which targets early-career engineers from industry, universities, and government labs. the symposium will be held this September  in Charleston, SC.

04.19  -  we have a new member of the sarazen group: sir (navier) stokes. his research will focus on diffusion during catalysis, primarily of the random walk variety. 

04.19  -   prof. sarazen was the featured guest at the recent CBE women's lunch series.

04.19  -  prof. sarazen presented about the history of catalysis at the princeton public library as a part of the tower-to-town lecture series.

04.19  -  florence odigie and serge priam nsanzineza have joined the group for their senior thesis. welcome!

03.19  -  prof. sarazen gave a guest lecture in CBE 199, which introduces freshman to chemical engineering.

03.19  -  prof. sarazen, rachel, and hayat all attend the catalysis society of metropolitan new york annual symposium held at princeton. it was a great day talking about science!

03.19  -  prof. sarazen had a paper published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

01.19  -  prof. sarazen presented a flash talk at the second annual princeton catalysis initiative symposium.

01.19  -  the sarazen group has its founding members: hayat adawi and rachel yang! congrats and welcome!

01.19  -  michele sarazen officially joined the chemical and biological engineering faculty at princeton university as an assistant professor.

12.18  -  michele sarazen had papers published in Journal of Physical Chemistry C and Journal of Catalysis.

11.18  -  michele sarazen gave a presentation at AIChE annual meeting in Pittsburgh entitled "Metal Organic Framework-derived Catalysts for Propane Dehydrogenation."


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