Sarazen Research Group

Michele L. Sarazen, PhD


Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University

Associated Faculty,  Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Department of Chemistry, High Meadows Environmental Institute, Princeton Materials Institute

Chair,  CBE Diversity, Equity, Climate, and Inclusion Committee

A319 Engineering Quad (office); G104-106 Engineering Quad (labs)


msarazen at princeton dot edu

Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering, 2016-2018

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Chemical Engineering, 2016

BS, Pennsylvania State University, Chemical Engineering, summa cum laude, 2011

Michele Sarazen grew up as a Sharon Tiger in Sharon, PA. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry at the Pennsylvania State University, where she researched under Robert Rioux. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley under Enrique Iglesia. Her PhD research focused on a molecular understanding of alkene and alkane chain growth on zeolites and other solid acid catalysts. Her work was recognized with the Heinz Heinemann Prize for graduate research in catalysis from UC Berkeley’s College of Chemistry and the National Science Foundation GRFP. She then became a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, working with Christopher Jones. Her research included both the synthesis of aminopolymers and their use in adsorbents for the direct air capture of CO2 as well as metal-organic framework mediated synthesis of catalysts for propane dehydrogenation.