Assistant professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
areas of expertise: chemical engineering, heterogeneous catalysis, energy, biomass conversion, biofuels, carbon dioxide utilization, design of catalytic materials
Yuriy Roman-Leshkov’s group specializes in heterogeneous catalysis and materials design. Specific emphasis is placed on the application of catalytic materials to relevant problems associated with energy, biofuels, and renewable chemicals.
His group utilizes advanced inorganic, organic and organometallic synthetic techniques to endow solid materials with well-characterized surfaces where the physical and chemical properties of the solid are manipulated by controlling the structure of the material on all length scales. In particular, significant focus is placed on the molecular design and nanoscale engineering of microporous and mesoporous materials.
Roman-Leshkov completed his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, after which he completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin–Madison — also in chemical engineering — under the guidance of Professor James Dumesic. Before joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT, Roman-Leshkov completed a two-year postdoc at Caltech, working with Professor Mark E. Davis.
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