Archived News

april 2022

michele participated in a panel for high school students interested in STEM and engineering hosted by Princeton's chapter of Society of Women Engineers.

march 2022

michele presented some of the group's MOF work at the michigan catalysis society's monthly meeting as well as at ACS San Diego.

michele was invited as a participate in NSF's ECLIPSE: Ecosystem for Collaborative Leadership  and Inclusive Innovation in  Plasma Science and Engineering meeting to discuss interesting research directions.

january 2022

cole, jun, and sonia all successfully passed their first proposition! congrats!

we are thrilled to welcome new grad students james trenton, along with juniors bella ('23 CHM) and stanley ('23 CBE).

sydney was awarded the University's Sachs Scholarship for her to use to sponsor fuel cell research at TUM starting this fall! congrats sydney on this amazing accomplishment:

december 2021

unfortunately, Pacifichem was moved to virtual, but michele still enjoyed presenting her work in chris jones' session on porous materials!

hayat, rachel, sam, and michael all presented their work at NECZA, and rachel and michael won awards for best presentations!

november 2021

hayat, rachel, and michael all presented their work at AIChE. michele gave invited presentations in the inagural Pioneers of Catalysis and Reaction Engineering and Zeolite Science and Technologies.

rachel was awared a CRE graduate student awared for her excellence in research! congrats rachel!

hayat, michael, rachel, and farah all presented their work at the ACEE annual meeting.

october 2021

sam, rachel, and michele participated in ACS National Chemistry Week with demos about "Fast or Slow… Chemistry Makes It Go!."

hayat, michael, rachel, and farah all presented their work at the ACEE annual meeting.

both Clare Martin and Sydney Hughes received the Lidow Senior Thesis Award and The DuPont Senior Thesis Fellowship Grant in memory of Michelle Goudie ’93. congrats!

michele gave a seminars in the Chemical Engineering Department at Lehigh University and MAE at Princeton University.

september 2021

we officially welcomed our CBE senior thesis students, Clare Martin and Sydney Hughes, into the lab to start the experimental components of their projects!

michele gave a seminar in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at Tufts University.

michele hosted this inaugural NYCS Seminar for the Fall 2021 semester.

the group kicked off the semester with a lab BBQ!

august 2021

hayat's paper ( was published in Molecular Systems Design & Engineering!

michele was recognized by the Dean and Vice Dean of SEAS for Faculty Outstanding Teaching based on Spring 2021 semester.

july 2021

the sarazen lab is well represented in NYCS leadership! michele moved into her position as chair, rachel was elected as webmaster, and sam was elected as student representative.

rachel's paper ( was published in Catalysis Science & Technology as a part of an Emerging Investigator Series. woohoo!

jeffrey presented his work at Princeton's  Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium. great job!

june 2021

michael was awarded a summer internship with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering where he will be working on MOFs for CO2 capture applications.

farah azmi CBE '24 is working in the lab for the summer through ACEE where she will be working with cole on modelling methane conversion reactions. welcome farah!

may 2021

jeffrey was awarded the Edmund Hayes Sr. '18 and the Horton Elmer funds for his senior research work as well as American Chemical Society - Division of Analytical Chemistry Award. congrats jeffrey!

sam was awarded the Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Award for Water and the Environment through the High Meadows Environmental Institute. congrats sam!

michael was selected as a Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars (PECS) fellow through the High Meadows Environmental Institute. he also received the Third Year Seminar Hubbell '47 Prize and the Hubert Alyea '24 Teaching Award. congrats michael!

hayat was selected as a writing center fellow where she will work with undergraduate and graduate students on their writing endeavors. congrats hayat!

april 2021

michele is the recipient of the SEAS Howard B. Wentz Junior Faculty Award.

michele organized and moderated a panel entitled "catalyzing sustainability through material design" for princeton's materials institute annual symposium. the panel brought together expects on energy, chemicals, and plastics research from the industrial, academic, and non-profit sectors.

march 2021

as chair elect to the Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York, michele organized and hosted the (virtual) annual symposium. michael, hayat, and rachel all presented their work in the graduate student flash talks with michael and hayat winning awards! congrats!

february 2021

michael presented his work at the chemistry department's third year seminar. great job michael!

michele "virtually" visited colorado school of mines chemical engineering department and gave a talk entitled "metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as catalysts and catalyst precursorsfor small-molecule conversions" based on rachel and michael's.

natalia was again awarded the Dupont Senior Thesis Fellowship Grant in memory of michelle goudie '93. congrats natalia!

january 2021

sam successfully passed his first proposition! congrats!

our group keeps growing! welcome new grad students cole, jun, and sonia, along with a chemistry undergraduate jeffrey.

december 2020

michele helped translate the NorthEastern Corridor Zeolite Association's annual meeting into a virtual platform and organized the student flash talk sessions. hayat and rachel both presented their work, with sam and michael helping run the session. a full team effort!

november 2020

michele gave an invited talk on hayat's work during the "Advances in Zeolite Science and Technology" session at AIChE hosted by Stacey Zones from Chevron. she also chaired the microporous and mesoporous materials sessions.

as a AIChE CRE division director, michele helped lead a diversity and inclusion breakout session.

october 2020

rachel, hayat, and michael all presented their work at Andlinger Center's Annual Meeting. great job!

group members had a socially distant carb fest at poe field!

september 2020

natalia was awarded the Dupont Senior Thesis Fellowship Grant in memory of michelle goudie '93. congrats natalia!

august 2020

group members had a socially distant bbq with lots of homemade carbs!

michele was elected chair elect for the Metropolitan New York Catalysis Society. congrats michele!

michele virtually met with students through Princeton's Freshman Scholars Institute as a Butler adviser.

michele virtually met with rising seniors for the Pathways to Graduate School program to introduce them to Princeton CBE and encourage them to apply to our great departments!

june 2020

natalia miller '21 officially joined our lab for her senior thesis work on biomass-derived jet fuel. welcome natalia!

florence was awarded the Michelle Goudie '93 Senior Thesis Award related to energy and the environment. congrats florence!

may 2020

both Serge Priam Nsanzineza '20 and Florence Odigie '20 successfully defended their senior theses. great job both of you!

students from the Sarazen, Gounder (Purdue), Flaherty (UIUC), and Hibbitts (Florida) groups started CatChats as forums to meet and discussion catalysis via zoom.

hayat presented during Princeton's (virtual) Research Day on Catalysis for Greener Chemistry. great job hayat!

april 2020

michele was elected AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (CRE) Board Member!

michael successfully passed his generals with distinction! congrats!

march 2020

rachel's poster abstract was accepted for the Metropolitan New York Catalysis Society's annual symposium! her presentation, as well as michele's invited talk, were postponed.

february 2020

local high school teachers and students visit the lab through the princeton teaching cooperative.

michele and rachel's abstract for the International Congress on Catalysis was accepted for an oral presentation. congrats rachel!

january 2020

rachel and hayat passed their first propositions! congrats!

our group's work was featured in a Women in STEM volume of ColorMePhD! the coloring page is free to download and can be used for teaching science to kids in the classroom.

sam moore, a phd student in CBE, joined the sarazen group. welcome sam!

december 2019

prof. sarazen attended Northeast Corridor Zeolite Association's 23rd Annual Meeting at University of Pennsylvania.

november 2019

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.

october 2019

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.

september 2019

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

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

august 2019

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

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

july 2019

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

june 2019

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. 

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!

may 2019

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.

april 2019

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. 

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

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

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

march 2019

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

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!

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

january 2019

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

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

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

december 2018

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

november 2018

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