Research

Check out the research our lab is passionate about.

We cover topics including catalysis, biological engineering, biomass utilization, and polymerization .

Meet the Team

Find out who's working hard and dreaming big.

Become acquainted with current graduate students, masters students, and post-docs, Professor Broadbelt, and alumni.

Publications

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Recent Publications

Microkinetic Modeling of Gold Nanoparticle-Catalyzed Oxidation of Cyclooctene

Small gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have recently shown potential to act as a catalyst for oxidation reactions mediated by free radicals. A full microkinetic model was developed in this work using automated network generation to determine the relative contributions of elementary reactions and the role of AuNPs.

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A Mechanistic Model of Fast Pyrolysis of Hemicellulose

Hemicellulose is one of the major components of biomass, which has the potential for the production of renewable transportation fuels. The model described the decomposition of hemicellulose chains, reactions of intermediates, and formation of a range of low molecular weight products (LMWPs) at the mechanistic level and specified rate constants.

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Mechanisms for Formation of Volatile Aldehydes from Oxidation of Oil-Based Systems

Small volatile aldehydes are responsible for the drying of oil-based paints. A variety of mechanistic postulates for the formation of the volatile species hexanal were assembled and quantum chemical calculations were performed to obtain estimates of kinetic parameters to the microkinetic model.

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Announcements

February
Hear hear! Linda Broadbelt nominated as an AIChE fellow!

March
Congratulations to Lauren Dellon and Sergio Vernuccio on their ISCRE 25 Travel Grant!

Double congratulations to Lauren Dellon on receiving SCGSR Fellowship!

April
Jake Martin recieved an NSF Fellowship Honorable Mention.

May
Rosalia Rizo successful defended her Masters thesis on biomass pyrolysis! Great work!

June
Round of applause to Xiaowei Zhou, Linda Broadbelt, and collaborators on their cover publication in Energy and Environmental Science!

July
Jubilation for Rob Brydon's successfully defended thesis!

August
Prof. Linda Broadbelt earns the R.H. Wilhelm Award from AIChE for her contributions in chemical reaction engineering.

September
A warm welcome to our new post-doc Pavlo Kostetsky!

October
Joseph Ni was awarded the Northwestern Institute for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN) Cluster Fellowship, great work!

Give Andrew Wolek and Elsa Koninckx a pat on the back for being the 1st and 2nd place winners, respectively, at CISTAR’s NSF Perfect Poster Pitch Presentation.

April
Prof. Linda Broadbelt is awarded the Ver Steeg Fellowship.

August
Prof. Linda Broadbelt started her new position as Associate Dean of Research.

September
Prof. Linda Broadbelt on receiving the E.V. Murphree Award from the American Chemical Society!

November
The Broadbelt Lab would like to welcome Becca Harmon, Elsa Koninckx, Grant Marsden, Jake Martin, and Joseph Ni.

December
Dr. Jennifer Greene triumphantly defends her Ph.D. thesis!

May
Andrew Stine, a graduate student in the Broadbelt group, was selected by the Council for Chemical Research to give a poster presentation at their annual meeting themed "Disruption" which is focused on disruptive technologies.

September
Congratulations to Heather Mayes on being selected as the co-winner of the department's Distinguished Graduate Researcher Award!

Congratulations to Ying Yu on being named a teaching assistant of the year!

October
Heather Mayes is featured on the cover and in a profile in DEIXIS, the annual publication of the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship.

November
Congratulations to Heather Mayes on earning the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) Graduate Student Award.

Congratulations to Lindsay Oakley on successfully defending her dissertation proposal!

December
Broadbelt group welcomes Lauren Dellon to the lab!

Congratulations to Dr. Beatriz Peñalver Bernabé on successfully defending her disseration!

March
Congratulations to Heather Mayes on being selected to participate in the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, to be held from 30 June to 5 July 2013, in Lindau, Germany. This year's meeting will focus on Chemistry, and 35 Nobel Laureates will be participating.

April
Congratulations to Lindsay Oakley and Justin Finkle for recognition by the National Science Foundation!

May
Congratulations to Kanika Mittal for successfully defending her master's thesis!

July
Congratulations to Renhu Ma for receiving a terminal year fellowship!

August
Congratulations to Di Wu for successfully defending his PhD dissertation!

September
Watch lab member Heather Mayes discuss the role of biofuels in our sustainable energy future with Nobel Laureates Steven Chu and Hartmut Michel in this Nature video filmed at the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting.

Congratulations to Beatriz Penalver on being selected as one of this year's runners up for the department's Distinguished Graduate Researcher Award!

Congratulations to Adam Pelzer for earning an NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) postdoctoral fellowship. He will be partnering with Virent, a biofuels startup in Madison Wisconsin, to analyze how to economically convert the lignin component of biomass into drop-in biofuels.

December
The lab welcomes Rob Brydon and Hanyu Gao to the group.

Janurary
The lab welcomes Venkat Regatte to the group.

March
Congratulations to Dr. Xiaoying Bao whose paper "Rate-Determining Step in the NOx Reduction Mechanism on BaY Zeolites and the Importance of Long-Range Lattice Effects" had been chosen as the cover story for the ACS Catalysis March 2, 2012 edition.

Congratulations to Broadbelt Lab alumnus Jim Pfaendtner, now an assistant professor at the University of Washington, on winning an NSF CAREER Award.

The lab welcomes Chun-Yi Sung back to the group.

May
Congratulations to Andrew Stine on receipt of the prestigious Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF)!

June
The lab welcomes Adam Pelzer to the group.

July
Congratulations to Dr. Kate Bjorkman on successfully defending her PhD thesis.

August
The lab welcomes Guozhen Zhang to the group.

October
The lab welcomes Xiaowei Zhou to the group.

November
The lab welcomes Lindsay Oakley to the group.

December
The lab welcomes Ying Yu to the group.

Janurary
Congratulations to Eric Mondor who successfully defended his master thesis.

March
The lab welcomes Matt Moura to the group.

Congratulations to Dr. Lin Wang whose paper "Model-Based Design for Preparing Styrene/Methyl Methacrylate Structural Gradient Copolymers" had been chosen as the cover story for Macromolecular Theory and Simulations in March 2011

April
Congratulations to Heather Mayes on receiving a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF).

The lab welcomes Dr. Parag Deshpande to the group.

May
The lab welcomes Dr. Majeed Shaik to the group.

June
The lab welcomes Andrew Stine to the group.

Congratulations to Dr. Patrick Ryan on successfully defending his PhD thesis.

July
Congratulations to Dr. Ivan Konstantinov on successfully defending his PhD thesis.

August
Congratulations to Heather Mayes on receiving an ARCS Foundation Scholarship for 2011-2012.

September
Congratulations to Di Wu on winning the Kemin Industries Travel Award to support his travel to attend the ACS National Meeting in San Diego in March.

February
Congratulations to Patrick Ryan who has been selected to attend the 60th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany. This is an interdisciplinary meeting dedicated to the Laureates in chemistry, physics, medicine/physiology and will give Patrick the opportunity to network with some of the greatest minds in science.

June
Congratulations to our 2010 Ph.D. graduates!
Dr. Gloria Emberger Oxford has accepted a NRC post-doctoral position at NIST.
Dr. Andrew Adamczyk has accepted a post-doctoral position at University of Southern California.
Dr. Lin Wang has accepted a position at Dow Chemical Company.
Dr. Xiaoying Bao has accepted a position at General Electric.

July
Congratulations to Patrick Ryan and Ivan Konstantinov who both received Terminal Year Fellowships from The Graduate School.

September
Congratulations to Patrick Ryan who was selected as one of the runner-ups for the Distinguished Graduate Researcher Award for the department in 2010.

December
The lab welcomes Renhu Ma and Heather Mayes to the group.

Congratulations to Beatriz Peñalver Bernabé and Di Wu who have successfully defended their research proposals and become Ph.D. candidates.

Congratulations to Lin Wang whose work was featured on materialviews.com titled as "A Clever Way to Reduce Calculation Times for Polymer Chain Sequences"

April
Congratulations to Professor Linda Broadbelt who will succeed Professor Wes Burghardt as ChBE Department Chair starting this September 2009.

June
Congratulations to our 2010 Ph.D. graduates!
Dr. Andrew Cho has accepted a position at Eagle Seven Trading in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Chunyi Sung has accepted a post-doctoral position at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
Dr. Stacey Finley has accepted a post-doctoral position at Johns Hopkins University.

September
Congratulations to Lin Wang who was granted a 2009 AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division travel award for the AIChE conference in Nashville, TN.