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November 16, 2021
Professor Kronawitter delivers a presentation at the 2021 AIChE Annual Meeting in the  Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division titled "New Insights into Oxidative Methanol Conversion through Operando Interrogation of the Near-Surface Gas Phase Above a Catalyst."  The presentation describes recent findings from our exciting new studies, made possible through collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories' Combustion Research Facility, to  examine the near-surface gas phase during heterogeneous catalysis. Sadi M. Gurses, Nils Hansen, Jonathan H. Frank, David L. Osborn, Ambarish Kulkarni are co-authors.
November 9, 2021
Congratulations to Sadi Gurses for publishing a new article in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters ! The article is titled "Near-Surface Gas-Phase Methoxymethanol Is Generated by Methanol Oxidation over Pd-Based Catalysts."  It reports an exciting discovery: that methoxymethanol - a rarely observed and reactive C2 oxygenate - is an intermediate generated during oxidative conversion of methanol to upgraded chemicals.  This study involved additional work with the Kulkarni group at UC Davis and our collaborators at Sandia National Laboratories.
June 23, 2021
Professor Kronawitter is pleased to deliver an invited seminar at the School of Chemistry, University of New South Wales (Sydney), titled "Utilizing CO2, Air, and Electricity to Facilitate Light Alkane Upgrading." Sadi Gurses, Yulei Wang, and Noah Felvey are co-authors. 
May 28, 2021
Congratulations to Wenqi Zhou for passing her Ph.D. Preliminary Exam!
February 1, 2021
Congratulations to Sadi Gurses for publishing a new article in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C ! The article is titled "Electrochemistry of the Interaction with Methane with Platinum at Room Temperature Investigated through Operando FTIR and Voltammetry."  The article investigates - as a function of time, applied potential, and pH in aqueous electrolytes - the nature of chemical fragments bound to the surfaces of Pt electrodes that result from the heterogeneous decomposition/oxidation of methane.
It was a privilege to contribute this article as part of the Emily A. Carter Festschrift virtual special issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry.
October 7, 2020
Professor Kronawitter gives a presentation at the Electrochemical Society Pacific Rim Meeting (PRiME 2020), titled "In Situ Deposition of Platinum-Group Metals for Electrocatalytic Hydrogen Peroxide Production by Oxygen Reduction." Sadi Gurses, Yulei Wang, Özge Bayoglu, and Noah Felvey are co-authors. 
September 16, 2020
Professor Kronawitter delivers an Invited Department Seminar for Uppsala University's Department of Chemistry, titled "Utilizing Electricity, Air, and Carbon Dioxide for Selective Conversion of Light Alkanes." Sadi Gurses, Yulei Wang, Zhu Chen, Bruce Koel, Noah Felvey, and Ron Runnebaum are co-authors. 
August 14, 2020
Congratulations to Yulei Wang, Sadi Gurses, and Noah Felvey for publication of a recent study: "Room temperature and atmospheric pressure aqueous partial oxidation of ethane to oxygenates over AuPd catalysts" in Catalysis Science and Technology! The article makes important observations on the conversion of a light alkane to value-added oxygenates in the mild conditions that are relevant to technologies for distributed chemical manufacturing.
July 17, 2020
Professor Kronawitter is a participant on a recent Perspective in ACS Catalysis, led by Bruce Gates and Erjia Guan, on supported catalysts incorporating isolated, paired metal centers: "Supported Metal Pair-Site Catalysts."
July 6, 2020
Congratulations to Noah Felvey for publication of his recent study in Catalysis Science and Technology!  Noah's work is a collaboration between the lab of Ron Runnebaum and the Kronawitter lab. The article is titled "Ethane dehydrogenation over Cr/ZSM-5: Characterization of active sites through probe molecule adsorption FTIR" by Noah Felvey, Michael Meloni, Coleman X. Kronawitter*, and Ron Runnebaum*.
June 9, 2020
Congratulations to Leah Filardi for passing her Ph.D. qualifying exam! A great end to the quarter for the team.
May 28, 2020
Professor Kronawitter gives an invited seminar for the UC Santa Barbara Catalysis Seminar Series titled "Thermal and Electrochemical Catalysis for Light Alkane Upgrading."
May 20, 2020
Congratulations to Özge Bayoglu for passing her Ph.D. qualifying exam!
October 17, 2019
Professor Kronawitter gives an Invited Presentation at the 236th Electrochemical Society Meeting - Symposium: Photocatalysts, Photoelectrochemical Cells, and Solar Fuels; Session: Photocatalysis and Electrocatalysis - titled "Aqueous Thermal-Electrochemical Catalysis for Light Alkane Upgrading," in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Yu Lei Wang, Sadi Gurses, and Noah Felvey are co-authors.
August 12, 2019
Sadi Gurses presented a poster at the SUNCAT Summer Institute 2019 titled "Thermal and Electrochemical Catalysis for Aqueous-Phase Light Alkane Upgrading." The poster presentation was co-authored by Dr. Yu Lei Wang, Noah Felvey, and Coleman Kronawitter.
July 31, 2019
Congratulations to Dr. Yu Lei Wang and the Kronawitter group team for acceptance of recent work for publication in ACS Catalysis! The article is titled "In situ deposition of Pd during Oxygen Reduction Yields Highly Selective and Active Electrocatalysts for Direct H2O2 production" by Yu Lei Wang, Sadi Gurses, Noah Felvey, Alexey Boubnov, Samuel S. Mao, and Coleman X. Kronawitter*.
June 24, 2019
Professor Kronawitter is presenting research results at the 2019 North American Catalysis Society Meeting (NAM26) in Chicago, IL in a talk titled "Thermal and Electrochemical Catalysis for Aqueous-Phase Valorization of Light Alkanes." Sadi Gurses, Dr. Yu Lei Wang, and Noah Felvey are co-authors on the presentation.
May, 2019
Congratulations to Özge Bayoglu and Leah Filardi for passing their Ph.D. Preliminary Exams!
March 25, 2019
Professor Kronawitter is privileged to give an invited seminar at ExxonMobil Chemical Company in Baytown, TX, titled, "Thermal and Electrochemical Catalysis for Light Alkane Upgrading."
December, 2018
We are proud to welcome three new students to the group!  We welcome Özge Bayoglu (Ph.D., Chemical Engineering), Leah Filardi (Ph.D., Chemical Engineering), and Shiva Murali (M.S., Chemical Engineering).
October, 2018
The Kronawitter goup welcomes Yizhen Chen, a Visiting Scholar from University of Science and Technology of China.  Yizhen is primarily working on a collaborative project involving syntheses and applications of atomically-dispersed catalysts for selective conversions of light hydrocarbons. He is co-advised by Prof. Gates, Prof. Kronawitter, and Prof. Kulkarni of the Department of Chemical Engineering.
October 3 and 4, 2018
Professor Kronawitter is giving two Invited Presentations at the Advanced Light Source 2018 User Meeting. On October 3 he will give a talk titled "Investigations of heterogeneous processes for electrocatalysis through ambient pressure photoemission spectroscopy." On October 4 he will give a tutorial lecture titled "Experimental challenges associated with synchrotron APPES at semiconductor crystal surfaces."
August 28, 2018
Congratulations to Sadi Gurses for passing his Ph.D. Qualifying Exam!
June 15, 2018
Congratulations to Jose Hernandez! Jose has graduated with a M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering.
May 4, 2018
Congratulations to Noah Felvey for passing his Ph.D. Qualifying Exam!
March 21, 2018
Professor Kronawitter gives an Invited Seminar at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis in Berkeley, CA.
March 2, 2018
Professor Kronawitter gives an Invited Presentation at the 3rd Molecules and Materials for Artificial Photosynthesis Conference in Cancun, Mexico. Program here.
September 18, 2017
Professor Kronawitter and Professor Runnebaum elected Co-Chairs of the Pacific Coast Catalysis Society, a chapter of the North American Catalysis Society! NACS website here.
September 16, 2017
Professor Kronawitter and Professor Runnebaum hosting the Pacific Coast Catalysis Society Annual Meeting 2017 at UC Davis.  Full program, including speakers, available here.
September 15, 2017
Congratulations to Jose Hernandez for being accepted into the Business Development Fellow Program at UC Davis!
June, 2017
Congratulations to Sadi Gurses and Noah Felvey for passing their Ph.D. Preliminary Exams!
June 5, 2017
Professor Kronawitter gives a talk at the 25th North American Catalysis Society Meeting in Denver, CO.
April 17, 2017
Professor Kronawitter gives a talk at the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting 2017, in Phoenix, AZ.
June 31, 2016
Professor Kronawitter gives an Invited Presentation at SPIE Optics + Photonics for Sustainable Energy in San Diego, CA.