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The Iglesia group addresses the design, synthesis, and structural and functional characterization of inorganic solids useful as catalysts for reactions relevant to the production, conversion and use of energy carriers, the sustainable synthesis of petrochemicals, and the minimization of environmental impacts of energy conversion and use. Current research includes designing catalysts for converting C1 and oxygenate molecules to fuels and large-volume chemicals as bridges to carbon-free energy platforms, the formation mechanism and reactivity consequences of oxygen species in oxidation and deoxygenation turnovers, the design, synthesis, and catalytic use of active sites at specific locations within confined environments to enforce molecular traffic constraints and preferential stabilization of specific transition states, and the mechanistic consequences of dense phases, whether intrapore liquids or dense surface adlayers, in solvating precursors and transition states.

This research is enabled by novel synthetic protocols to prepare active nanostructures and isolated single-site catalysts within porous solids and by techniques for assessing their location, structure, and atomic connectivity, in most instances during catalytic reactions. It also exploits steady-state and transient kinetic methods and isotopically-labeled molecules to elucidate the mechanism of reactions on surfaces, at the level of primary and secondary reaction paths, but also, and most relevantly, in terms of the elementary processes that mediate catalytic sequences. The general approach involves systematic experimental inquiries into structure and function benchmarked against rigorous analysis by density functional theory and higher-level theoretical treatments.


Professor Iglesia elected member of the Royal Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences of Spain

July 9, 2021

Congratulations to Professor Enrique Iglesia for being elected as a member of the “Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales de España” (Royal Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences of Spain), a Spanish public institution founded in 1847 dedicated to the study and research of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology, and their applications and benefits for society. Among its main functions, it serves as an advisory pannel to the Government of Spain on matters within its competence and organizes meetings, publications, and seminars on the aforementioned fields.
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Jorge Quesada Receives Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

July 7, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Jorge Quesada for being awarded with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship of the EU Commission. The goal of these grants is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility. The research project of this fellowship, “Engineering Pores for Sustainable Catalytic Olefins Upgrading―Pores4Olefins”, will be developed in LSAC during the following two years.
Read about the project here.
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Professor Gounder Receives 2021 ACS Early Career Award in Catalysis

February 9, 2021

Congratulations to Professor Rajamani Gounder, an LSAC alumnus at Purdue University, for receiving the Early Career Award in Catalysis! This award recognizes and encourages accomplishments and innovation of unusual merit by an individual in the early stages of their career, emphasizing independence and creativity. The award will be presented during the ACS Fall meeting at a session honoring Prof. Gounder's contributions to the field of catalysis.
Read the official announcement here.
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Professor Iglesia Receives 2021 NACS Award

July 6, 2020

Congratulations to Professor Iglesia on winning the 2021 NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis. The award recognizes "recognizes an individual who advanced catalytic chemistry or engineering by significant service to the catalysis community in addition to technical accomplishments." The award citation reads, "For tireless dedication to the stewardship of catalysis and for encouraging, mentoring, and recognizing its practitioners." The plaque will be presented during the closing banquet ceremonies at the 2021 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society.

Read more about the announcement here.

Haefa Mansour Receives Outstanding GSI Award

October 31, 2019

Congratulations to Haefa Mansour for the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award! Haefa is recognized for her teaching of Undergraduate Kinetics.

Professor Iglesia Receives E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry

August 26, 2019

Professor Iglesia has been named the 2020 recipient of the E.V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, sponsored by the ExxonMobil Research and Engienering Company. The award is given for "outstanding research of a theoretical or experimental nature in the fields of industrial chemistry or chemical engineering". Professor Iglesia will be honored at the 2020 ACS Spring National Meeting in Philadelphia.

Congratulations Professor Iglesia!

Professor Iglesia Presents Boudart Award Lecture at NAM26

July 1, 2019

Professor Iglesia presented a plenary lecture on "Tailoring Binding Sites and Their Environments" at the 26th meeting of the North American Catalysis Society.

The session recognized Professor Iglesia as the recipient of the Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis, announced earlier in January this year. Professor Iglesia celebrated the reception of the award with past and current LSAC members at an award dinner.

Ari Fischer Receives Chevron Research Fellowship

May 8, 2019

Congratulations to Ari for receiving the Chevron Research Fellowship in recognition of his excellence in catalysis research!

Professor Iglesia Named One of the Neil Armstrong Distinguished Visiting Fellows at Purdue University

March 5, 2019

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