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.






in this lab, we value people and we value their diversity. we strive for a supportive, dynamic, curiosity-driven environment where we can grow as engineers and as people.


we frequently partner with department and SEAS level groups to make STEM a more inclusive place. find out more: Women in CBE, CBE DECI, SEAS D&I



march 2024

jun and rachel received ChemCatBio-ACS CATL graduate student travel awards based on their invited talks at Spring ACS!

february 2024

michele gave a keynote at the SouthEast Catalysis Society's annual symposium held at Georgia Tech. it was great to be back in Atlanta seeing old friends!

michele was selected as "young talent" for the upcoming international congress on catalysis (ICC18) in lyon, france. she will be presenting work on both zeolite and MOF factions of the group as well as chairing a session.

january 2024

michele received the NSF CAREER award for the group's work on "Engineering Circular Hydrocarbon Reactions in Zeolite-based Catalysts." as always, it is a reflection of the students in the group, who have been an absolute dream to work with.

michele served on a panel for the Pathway into the Academy hosted by SEAS D&I Office. the panel focused on "Creating inclusive research and learning environments."

we were joined by winnie huang, an NSFGRFP fellow. she will be co-advised with marcella lusardi. welcome winnie!

the january meeting of NYCS was held at princeton. michele organized a student flash talk session where rachel, sam, and cole all presented. the keynote of the meeting was fellow zeolite enthusiast viktor cybulskis.

michele was featured in ACS Energy Letters "Women Scientists at the Forefront of Energy Research" highlighting a previous perspective from the MOF students in the group.

november 2023

we had a packed AIChE meeting! rachel, sam, jun, cole, and sonia all gave talks in Orlando. junn the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (CRE) Student Award. michele gave an invited talk in the AIChE Journal Futures session. plus we caught up with old friends!

michele served on a panel for princeton's SWE high school engineering outreach program. it was great talking with the next generation of womengineers!

michele gave a seminar ohio state, catching up with fellow Jones group alum Prof. Brunelli!

october 2023

cole, jun, and hayat's viewpoint on the complexity of mass transfer and kinetics in zeolites was published in ACS Catalysis. nice work team!

michele was selected as AIChE 35 under 35, recognizing "young individuals who will pave the way for future generations, serving as role models and innovators."

michele gave a seminar to the ChE department at UCSB, which is where she spent a summer as an REU. it was great being back!

rachel received the Wallace Memorial Fellowship in Engineering from the graduate school, which is the highest honorific fellowship bestowed to engineering students. congrats rachel!

jun won the best presentation at the CBE graduate student symposium. yay jun!

september 2023

michele trained up to Barnard College to give a talk to seniors in chemistry as a part of their thesis course.

jun received the SEAS' Award for Excellence! congrats jun on the amazing and well-deserved achievement.

michele gave an invited talk at Cell Press' sponsored LabLinks at Drexel University to discuss future needs and perspectives of hydroxide-derived nanostructures and emerging catalytic platforms.

michele and prof. emily davidson kicked off their second annual NSFGRFP workshop series.

august 2023

hayat and michael successfully defended their FPOs in CBE and CHM, respectively. we will miss them both!!!

sam's paper was published in AIChE Journal's Future issue and was selected to be highlighted at the upcoming AIChE meeting in Orlando.

the iglesia group at UC Berkeley held a "Symposium on Research Frontiers in Surface Catalysis" in Santa Rosa, CA. michele was a lead organizer and discussion chair.

michele organized and presented in a session for chris jones as the ENFL distinguished research award.

michele was appointed to the early career board for the journal of catalysis.

june 2023

michele gave an invited talk at Bristol Myers Squibb for their Process Development Sustainability Symposium.

jun's work on catalytic plastic upcycling was published in Applied Catalysis B.

the group ventured to Providence for NAM28! sam, rachel, jun, cole, sonia, and michele gave oral or poster presentations. sam and jun were Kokes award winners! michele was an invited member to the 60-year Anniversary of the Journal of Catalysis Symposium.

may 2023

future senior thesis student darius ganza CBE '24 was featured in an article about his work as a summer ACEE researcher in the lab:

bella, hojoon, and stanley all successfully defended their senior thesis work and graduated! hojoon was also recognized with a senior thesis award for his work.

before that...

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