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.






january 2023

we were joined by fellow nittany lion joshua miller. welcome joshua!

former senior thesis student clare martin and michael co-authored a paper accepted into Angewandte Chemie. congrats clare and michael!

rachel led a team of a team of undergrad and high school (!!) researchers on a paper that was accepted at Materials Advances.

december 2022

rachel, hayat, jun, sam, and cole all presented posters at NorthEast Corridor Zeolite Association annual meeting held in Villanova, PA. michele gave an invited presentation and sam won the student poster award!

as DECI chair, michele facilitated the launch of a new "women in CBE" initiative with PU postdoc Lauren Taylor. the kickoff was a reading week bagel breakfast.

november 2022

rachel, sam, stanley, and michele travelled to Phoenix for AIChE for presentations. rachel and sam won the Women in Chemical Engineering  and Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (CRE) Student Awards, respectively. stanley won first place in the Materials Engineering and Sciences division at the undergraduate poster session. michele chaired a microporous and mesoporous session and gave an invited talk in the young CRE investigator award session. congrats all around!

rachel's paper in ACS Catalysis was published!

october 2022

cole, jun, and summer researcher Darius presented their work at the ACEE 11th Annual Meeting.

our annual lab BBQ was held on a brisk Saturday afternoon. warm apple cider all around!

michele travelled to NYC to give a seminar at City College of New York.

september 2022

rachel was recognized by the SEAS' Award for Excellence! congrats rachel!!

michele and prof. davidson co-organized an NSFGRFP workshop for CBE students interested in applying.

new senior thesis student hojoon kim joined, while bella and stanley stayed in the group from their junior independent work. welcome hojoon and welcome back stanley and bella!

sam's work was used as a basis for a 2022 Water Grand Challenge Award from the High Meadows Environmental Institute.

august 2022

michele gave an invited talk at Pittsburgh/Cleveland Catalysis Society Annual Symposium in State College, PA and Fall ACS in Chicago.

july 2022

rachel and michele were selected as participants in an NSF/DOE workshop on “Rigor & Reproducibility in Thermal Heterogeneous Catalysis” Workshop, where Rachel was one of only 5 students.

michele gave an invited lecture entitled "Talking about Thiele" at the Catalysis Summer School organized by the ACS CATL division.

michele was selected as a participant for a workshop organzied by DOE National Laboratories entitled "Closing the Carbon Cycle: Opportunities in the Energy Sciences."

michele transitioned to her role as chair for the diversity, equity, climate, and inclusion committee.

june 2022

michele presented a poster on the group's work at Catalysis Gordon Research Conference.

we welcomed two high school student researchers Jackie and Elizabeth for the summer.

may 2022

the group ventured to NYC for NAM27! sam, hayat, and michele gave oral presentations. rachel and michael were Kokes award winners with poster presentations. michele served as committee secretary, technical program committee member, and chair of diversity events, which included informal networking lunches with students and senior researchers from academia, national labs, and industry as well as a “Catalyzing Diversity” session that promoted discussion on how to foster inclusion within the catalysis community.

sydney was recognized with Andlinger Center Senior Thesis Prize in Energy and the Environment, Michelle Goudie '93 Senior Thesis Award, and the Joseph Clifton Elgin Prize! congrats syd!!

jeff, sydney, and clare all successfully defended their senior thesis work! congrats!

michele presented some of the group's zeolite work at the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia's Annual Symposium.

darius ganza will be joining our lab as an ACEE undergraduate research fellow for the summer.

before that...

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