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(11/03/2019) Our work on synthesizing metal-substituted FAU for selective oxidations is accepted by Catalysis Science & Technology. Great work, all!

(10/22/2019) Pranjali presents at the Research Live final! Good Work!

(10/22/2019) David and Ohsung join our group. Welcome!

(10/21/2019) Our latest work on understanding solvent restructuring within Lewis acid zeolites is accepted by ACS Catalysis. Nice work!

(10/18/2019) Jason gives a talk at the ChBE Symposium; Zeynep and Tom give posters. Good Work!

(10/12/2019) Pranjali’s work on understanding the type of catalytically-active Pd for direct synthesis is accepted in AIChE Journal. Great work!

(09/26/2019) Megan may no longer be with us, but her spirit lives on with her latest JACS paper on identifying reaction intermediates within the “organometallic zoo.” Congrats!

(09/18/2019) Daniel is selected as an ARCS Foundation Scholar! Congrats!

(08/2019) Daniel and Dave give five (!) talks at ACS in San Diego!

(08/05/2019) Zeynep selected to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by students for the undergraduate class ChBE 424! Congrats!

(08/03/2019) Daniel presents at the GRC on Nanoporous Materials and Their Applications. Good work!

(08/2019) Daniel is selected as one of the two graduate student presenters at the Gordon Research Conference on Nanoporous Materials and their Applications! Congrats!

(08/01/2019) Dave receives the DOE’s Early Career Research Program Award! Congrats!

(07/11/2019) Dave is promoted to the rank of Associate Professor! Congrats!

(06/2019) Pranjali, Daniel, Jason, Abinaya, Tom, Claudia, and Zeynep give talks at NAM 2019. Good work!

(05/14/2019) Daniel is awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship! Good Stuff!

(04/22/2019) Yao passes his preliminary exam. Congrats!

(04/16/2018) Jason wins the best poster prize at the Catalysis Club of Chicago’s Annual Symposium! Congrats!

(04/16/2018) The group goes to Chicago for the Catalysis Club of Chicago’s Annual Symposium! Pranjali, Daniel, Jason, Abinaya, Claudia, and Zeynep all give poster presentations, all were well-received!

(04/15/2019) Jason passes his preliminary exam. Congrats!

(04/2019) Dave is appointed to the ACS Catalysis Early Career Advisory Board. Congratulations!

(04/2019) Recent work on ester hydrogenation gets accepted by J. Catal. Good job!

(04/08/2019) Abinaya passes her preliminary exam. Congrats!

(04/2019) David and Danim join our group. Welcome, both of you!

(12/28/2018) The group’s latest work on solvent effects on epoxidation within zeolites is accepted by JACS! Congrats all!

(12/10/2017) Megan successfully defends her thesis and is now Dr. Witzke! Congrats!

(12/07/2018) The group goes out for our annual Toys for Tots – Price is Right competition; team Megan, Jason, and Zeynep won! We then celebrated with a holiday dinner, good work all for a successful 2018 — looking forward to an even better 2019!

(11/2018) Pranjali and Daniel give awesome presentations at the 2018 annual AIChE meeting. Good job!

(10/2018) Megan, Abinaya, and Dave give great talks at the annual American Vacuum Society (AVS) meeting. Great work!

(10/15/2018) Chris and Devinda join our group. Welcome, both of you!

(10/12/2018) Jason receives third place in the poster presentation of the ChBE Symposium. Congrats!

(10/12/2018) Pranjali gives a talk, while Jason, Yao, and Abinaya give poster presentations at the ChBE symposium, all were well-received!

(09/06/2018) Dave is awarded the Early Career Award from the American Vacuum Society Prairie Chapter. Congrats, Dave; this is well deserved!

(09/06/2018) Megan and Abinaya are awarded the Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Travel Grant to attend the AVS 65th International Symposium & Exhibition held in California this October! Congrats!

(09/04/2018) Claudia, Tom, and Zeynep all pass their Research Qualifying Exams. Good work, all!

(09/2018) Yangsik Yun joins our group from Seoul National University as a new post-doctoral researcher. Welcome!

(09/2018) Jun Zhi Tan joins our group to work on green epoxidations. Good to have you!

(08/17/2018) Daniel is awarded a Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Travel Award to attend the 2018 Annual AIChE Meeting. Congrats!

(07/11/2018) Dave and the group are featured in the latest edition of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department’s Newsletter, Mass Transfer!

(06/22/2018) Megan’s work on selective C-O bond cleavage over Ni and NixPy catalysts is accepted by ACS Catalysis! Congrats!

(06/21/2018) Daniel is awarded a School of Chemical Sciences Graduate Teaching Award! Great work!

(06/08/2018) Daniel, Ami, and Alayna’s work on catalytic thiophene oxidation was accepted by the Journal of Catalysis. Good work, team!

(05/30/2018) We welcome Chris Torres through the Summer Predoctoral Instutite and Rebecca and Gayatri through the Summer Research Opportunities Programs! All will be spending their summer with the Flaherty group working on clean oxidations or the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide. Welcome!

(05/11/2018) The group goes to Chicago for the Catalysis Club of Chicago’s Annual Symposium! Megan, Pranjali, Jason, Abinaya, Yao, Zeynep, and Arian all give poster presentations, while Daniel gives a talk, all were well-received!

(03/30/2018) Alayna wins a prestigious Goldwater scholarship. Congratulations, Alayna! This is well deserved! Links to news stories in UIUC News Bureau, Chemistry, and ChBE.

(03/2018) Ami is awarded the R.J. Van Mynen Chemical Engineering Scholarship! Well done!

(03/2018) Gayatri and Rebecca join our group to work on Direct Synthesis and Green Oxidations, respectively. Welcome!

(03/05/2018) Our work on selective epoxidations was chosen as a cover article for ACS Catalysis. Congrats!

(02/27/2018) Neil’s and Hongbo’s papers on Direct Synthesis and Ethanol Upgrading at Accepted into ACS Catalysis and Journal of Catalysis, respectively! Congrats! Great day for the Flaherty group!

(02/15/2018) Daniel’s collaborative work with the Notestein group at NU on the consequences of confinement for alkene epoxidation is accepted into ACS Catalysis. Congrats!

(02/12/2018) Dave receives the College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research! Great work!

(02/03/2018) Daniel wins the 2018 Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry from the American Chemical Society!

(01/06/2018) Dave is named to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for teaching the undergraduate class ChBE 422, Mass Transfer Operations.

(01/06/2018) Daniel is named to the List of Teachers Ranked as Outstanding (top 10% of instructors) by Their Students for TA’ing the undergraduate class ChBE 422, Mass Transfer Operations.

(01/2018) Taka wins the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan (SCEJ) Outstanding Young Researcher Award for his work on “Ethanol upgrading via cascade C-C bond formation reactions!” Congrats, Taka; this is well-deserved! Link to news story.

(12/09/2017) The group went out to donate to Toys for Tots and, of course, made it a competition where Megan, Pranjali, Zeynep, and Hongbo won “Price is right”. We then celebrated with a Holiday Dinner!

(12/04/2017) Neil successfully depends his thesis and is now Dr. Wilson! Congrats! We wish you the best of luck at LAM research!

(11/17/2017) The group celebrates Andy’s successful defense with food and by casually saving the world – from both evil AI and doomsday devices!

(11/10/2017) Andy successfully defends his thesis and becomes the first Ph.D. graduate from our group! Well done, Dr. Chang! Good luck on your future endeavors!

Congrats Andy!

(11/2017) Andy wins the “Best Young Scientist Presentation at AVS 64 in Tampa Bay, FL. Well done!

(11/2017) Megan, Pranjali, Daniel, and Dave give well-received presentations at 2017 AIChE in Minneapolis, MN! Good work, all.

(10/16/2017) Claudia, Zeynep, and Tomas join our group! Welcome!

(10/2017) Alayna wins best oral presentation at the Eastern Central Illinois American Chemical Society (ECI-ACS) Undergraduate Conference! Well done!

(10/2017) Dave gives well-received seminars at Georgia Tech and Rice University to showcase our group’s latest research!

(9/2017) All three now-second years (Abinaya, Jason, and Yao) pass their Oral Qualifying Exams! Good job, all!

(7/2017) A publication by Andy and Vivek on the mechanism for C-C and C-O bond cleavage in Acetic Acid over Ru and P-doped Ru is accepted by J. Catal. Great job!

(7/05/2017) Andy and Vivek’s work on the effects of phosphorous on C-H, C-C, and C-O bond cleavage is published by the J. Vac. Sci. Tech. Good work!

(6/04/2017) Dave, Megan, and Daniel give well-received talks at the 25th Meetings of the North American Catalysis Society in Denver, CO!

(6/2017) Our work on epoxidations with hydrogen peroxide is highlighted by Illinois News Bureau, Phys.orgEurekAlert! (AAAS), ChemEurope, etc.!

(4/28/2017) Daniel’s paper on the mechanism, reactive intermediates, and reactivity descriptors for epoxidations with hydrogen peroxide in metal substituted *BEA is accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc.!

(4/15/2017) Daniel is selected as a Mavis Future Faculty Fellow by the College of Engineering. Congrats.

(4/2017) Dave, Megan, and Daniel all present the group’s latest work on H2O2 DS, HDO, and Epoxidation at the 253rd ACS Meeting in San Francisco, CA!

(3/24/2017) Megan was selected by the College of Engineering an FMC Technologies Fellow for 2017-2018. Well done!

(3/17/2017) Jason is named as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Congrats, Jason!

(3/16/2017) A publication by Taka, Andrew, and Daniel on the mechanisms for forming aromatic products from acetaldehyde and 2-butenal reactants is accepted by ChemCatChem. Nice work!

(3/10/2017) Congrats, Daniel. His paper describing the mechanism and active intermediates for cyclohexene epoxidation with H2O2 on Nb substituted BEA zeolite is published in the Journal of Catalysis.

(03/07/2017) Dave presented the groups work on catalytic oxidations and oxidants at his alma mater, the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.

(2/9/2017) Daniel is a recipient of a Richard A. Kokes Travel Award to support his attendance at the 25th North American Catalysis Society meeting in Denver this June.

(2/9/2017) Megan and Daniel are both awarded Hanratty Travel Awards from the ChBE department to attend the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco this April.

(2/6/2017) Megan receives a travel award from the CATL division of ACS to attend the spring meeting in San Francisco. Congrats, Megan.

(1/28/2017) Abinaya, Yao, and Jason all pass their quantitative qualifying exams. Congratulations!

(12/2016) Nice work, Megan! Her structure function investigation of Cu catalysts for dehydrogeation reactions was published in Chemical Communications.

(12/01/2016) Dave presented the groups work on direct synthesis and epoxidations in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University.

(11/15/2016) Andy, Neil, and Dave discuss the group’s work at the AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

(11/08/2016) Dave gave a talk in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan.

(11/01/2016) Dave gave a seminar at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University.

(10/2016) Daniel wins first place in the department’s annual Graduate Student Research Symposium for his oral presentation. Great job Daniel

(10/2016) Abinaya, Yao, and Jason join our group! Welcome all!

(10/11/2016) Andy’s paper describing how phosphourous influences the mechanism of formic acid conversion and barriers for C-H and C-O bond activation is accepted by The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Well done, Andy!

(9/29/2016) Taka’s paper on acetaldehyde oligomerization and cyclization reactions was accepted by ACS Catalysis. Congrats, Taka!

(9/27/2016) Taka “graduates” and returns to Japan where he will start his group working in the areas of materials synthesis and catalysis at the University of Tokyo. Good luck, Taka!

(9/15/2016) Dave gave seminars at ExxonMobil Chemicals and the University of Houston, Department of Chemical Engineering.

(8/23/2016) Dave gave two invited presentations in the Energy and Fuels division at the Fall ACS Meeting in Philly.

(8/19/2016) Andy submitted his paper on the effects of phosphorous on C-O and C-H rupture on Ru to JPCC.

(8/10/2016) Daniel and Pranjali submit their work on epoxidations on Nb-BEA to ACS Catalysis.

(8/9/2016) Megan is named to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students for her work as a TA in ChBE 422, Mass Transfer Operations.

(7/15/2016) Neil, Daniel, and Pranjali submitted a review chapter on the production and use of H2O2 for atom-efficient oxidations to the RSC series Catalysis.

(7/6/2016) Dave gave a presentation at the International Congress on Catalysis in Beijing on the direct synthesis of H2O2 on Pd and AuPd nanoclusters.

(6/9/2016) Our review written in collaboration with Lipeng Wu, Amit A. Gokhale, and Dean Toste is now available online in the new journal Chem by Cell Press.

(6/9/2016) Taka’s paper was selected as an “ACS Editor’s Choice“!

(6/1/2016) Aaliya, Katherine, and Vivek join the group. Welcome y’all.

(5/4/2016) Taka’s paper “Mechanistic Insight to C-C Bond Formation and Predictive Models for Cascade Reactions among Alcohols on Ca- and Sr-Hydroxyapatites” was accepted by ACS Catalysis! Nice job, Taka!

(4/21/2016) Andy passed his preliminary examination this afternoon. Congrats, Andy!

(4/18/2016) Megan has successfully completed her preliminary examination. Nicely done, Megan!

(4/1/2016) Daniel Bregante receives a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. He is one of only 200 people nationwide to honored with this award in 2016. Congratulations Daniel!

(3/22/2016) The Dow Chemical Company invites Dave for a site visit and a presentation with the Inorganic Materials and Heterogeneous Catalysis group in Midland, Michigan.

(3/21/2016) Dave gives an invited talk at the monthly meeting of the Michigan Catalysis Society.

(3/18/2016) Our work on the mechanism for the direct synthesis of H2O2 is highlighted by the Materials Research Society.

(3/15/2016) Neil and Megan present their work at ACS in San Diego. Dave gives two invited presentations in the CATL division.

(3/1/2016) Neil and Megan have been selected by the Catalysis, Science, and Technology Division of ACS to receive travel awards to attend the 251st ACS National Meeting in San Diego. Congrats!

(2/17/2016) Dave recently earned an NSF CAREER Award for our group’s work on the direct synthesis of H2O2. Nicely done!

(1/22/2016) Our recent paper on the direct synthesis of H2O2 is featured on the cover of J. Am. Chem. Soc., selected as an ACS Editors’ Choice, and highlighted by the College of Engineering at IllinoisEurekAlert! (AAAS)Phys.org, , ChemEurope, etc (as well as C & E News earlier).

Journal Cover

(12/30/2015) Work describing the effects of branching on alkane hydrogenolysis rates is now published in ACS Catalysis.

(12/7/2015) Our recent paper on the direct synthesis of H2O2 is highlighted in the December 7th issue of Chemical and Engineering News.

(11/27/2015) Neil’s paper “Mechanism for the Direct Synthesis of H2O2 on Pd Clusters: Heterolytic Reaction Pathways at the Liquid-Solid Interface” was accepted by J. Am. Chem. Soc. 

(11/20/2015) Our group visited a local Escape Room adventrure and “saved the world” in record time on Friday night and then went out to celebrate.

(11/13/2015) Neil, Megan, Taka, and Dave all traveled to the 2015 Annual AIChE Conference in Salt Lake City, where our group gave four presentations on our most recent research results.

(10/23/2015) Andy, Neil, and Megan were all selected to participate in the annual ChBE Graduate Research Symposium and gave great presentations. Neil placed third in the oral presentation competition, and Andy placed second in the poster competition. Congratulations!

(10/12/2015) Daniel Bregante (UC-Berkeley) joins the group. Welcome to the group, Daniel!

(10/12/2015) Dave and Neil submit the group’s first paper on the direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide to J. Am. Chem. Soc.

(10/06/2015) Dave receives one of the 2015 School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Awards

(9/18/2015) Megan and Neil receive Hanratty Travel Awards to present their work at the annual AIChE Meeting in Salt Lake City.

(9/15/2015) Neil passed his preliminary exam (in July) and Pranjali passed her qual. Congratulations to both of you.

(05/26/2015) Dave is named to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students for teaching the undergraduate class ChBE 422, Mass Transfer Operations.

(5/17/2015) Graduation! Rong, Christine, Han, Aileen and Rogan all receive their B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Congratulations, we know you will all do great as you move on to your jobs and graduate schools.

(5/14/2015) The group presents at the annual Spring Symposium of the Catalysis Club of Chicago. Dave gave an invited talk on the direct synthesis of H2O2

(4/17/2015) Megan is named as a Mavis Future Faculty Fellow by the College of Engineering. Congratulations Meg!

(02/22/2015) Dave is included on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students for teaching the graduate class ChBE 551, Chemical Kinetics and Catalysis.

(01/11/2015) Recent paper now in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C describes reaction mechanisms for ring opening cyclic hydrocarbons to form diesel fuels.

(1/07/2014) BELATED UPDATE. Pranjali Priyadarshini joins our group. Welcome Pranjali!

(08/20/2014) Andy and Dave are named to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students for their work in ChBE 422, Mass Transfer Operations.

(08/03/2014) Neil and Malek are awarded Dow Chemical Company Graduate Fellowships in recognition of their research accomplishments in our group. Congratulations!

(07/15/2014) Another JACS article explores the effects of alloying Pd & Au on the selectivity for decomposing HCOOH

(07/02/2014) New JACS publication explains why substitution of reactants changes rates for breaking C-C bonds at metal surfaces

(02/01/2014) New Journal of Catalysis publication identifies intermediates and driving forces for hydrogenolysis

(12/04/2013) New JACS publication explains selectivity and rates of hydrogenolysis reactions

(10/11/2013) Megan Witzke (Case Western) and Malek Ibrahim (formerly of UOP and Cairo University) join our group. Welcome to the team, Megan and Malek!

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