Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI)

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Dionisios Vlachos

Lead Institution

University of Delaware




To advance the catalysis science of complex systems with a focus on thermocatalytic transformation of lignocellulosic (non-food-based) biomass into chemicals and transportation fuels.

Research Topics

catalysis (heterogeneous), biomass and biofuels, defects, mesoscale science, materials and chemistry by design, mesostructured materials, synthesis (novel systems) 

Systems Studied

Systems: metal, oxide, cellulose, porous

Interfaces: gas/solid, liquid/solid

Nanostructured: 3D

Experimental and Theoretical Methods

X-ray diffraction and scattering, neutron diffraction and scattering, neutron spectroscopy, electron microscopy, surface science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling, machine learning, data science

Partner Institutions

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Pennsylvania

BES Staff Contact

Viviane SchwartzChris Bradley