Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI)


Dion Vlachos

Lead Institution:

University of Delaware


To design and characterize novel catalysts for the efficient conversion of the complex molecules comprising biomass into chemicals and fuels.

Research Topics:

catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), biofuels (including algae and biomass), bio-inspired, hydrogen and fuel cells, materials and chemistry by design, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly), synthesis (scalable processing) 

Materials Studied:

MATERIALS: metal, oxide, cellulose, ionic liquid, porous
INTERFACES: metal/oxide, gas/liquid, gas/solid, liquid/solid, solid/solid

Experimental and Theoretical Methods:

X-ray diffraction and scattering, X-ray spectroscopy, electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, surface science, molecular dynamics (MD), density functional theory (DFT), monte carlo (MC), quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, continuum modeling, mesoscale modeling, multiscale modeling, high-throughput screening methods

Map of institutions in EFRC

Partner Institutions:

  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Columbia University
  • University of Delaware
  • Georgia Tech
  • Lehigh University
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Minnesota
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Rutgers University


BES Staff Contact:

Jeffrey L. Krause
Last modified: 7/15/2013 2:15:55 PM