Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI)

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Dionisios Vlachos

Lead Institution

University of Delaware

Year Established



To focus on developing innovative, transformational heterogeneous catalytic technologies for utilization in future biorefineries to convert lignocellulosic (non-food-based) biomass into economically viable chemicals and fuels.

Research Topics

catalysis (homogeneous), catalysis (heterogeneous), biofuels (including algae and biomass), bio-inspired, hydrogen and fuel cells, mesostructured materials, 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

Nanostructured Materials: 3D

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


Partner Institutions

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

BES Staff Contact

Robert Stack

Last modified: 9/17/2014 6:58:56 PM