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NMGC Research on Ethanol Purification Leads to Patent

August 7, 2018

A patent entitled "Zeolites for separation of ethanol and water" was granted to Ilja Siepmann, Peng Bai, and Michael Tsapatsis. A high-throughput computational screening study led to the discovery of zeolites for adsorption or membrane based separation processes.

Professor Siepmann receives 2018 ASME Touloukian Award

June 26, 2018

The 2018 American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Yeram S. Touloukian Award was presented at the triennial Symposium on Thermophysical Properties to Ilja Siepmann for distinguished contributions to predictive modeling of complex fluids including their thermophysical and structural properties and their phase and sorption equilibria; and for pioneering developments of efficient Monte Carlo algorithms and accurate transferable force fields.

Evgenii Fetisov wins Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award

August 28, 2017

Evgenii Fetosov won the Chemical Computing Group Excellence Award for Graduate Students presented by the Americal Chemical Society (ACS) Computers in Chemistry Division at the ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C. He was honored for his research on first principles Monte Carlo simulations of reactive phase and sorption equilibria.

Groundbreaking process for creating ultra-selective separation membranes published in Nature

March 15, 2017

A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has developed a groundbreaking one-step, crystal growth process for making ultra-thin zeolite nanosheets and demonstrated their use as ultra-selective membranes for chemical separations. Peng Bai, Evgenii Fetisov,  Raghu Thyagarajan, and Rob DeJaco performed electronic structure calculations and molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations to aid the structure determination and probe the transport and adsorption selectivities.

Take the Best, Leave the Rest

September 22, 2016

Integrated computational and experimental research discovers new ways to sort molecules for clean energy and other applications.

Researchers Develop New Approach for Studying Reaction Equilibria in Complex Chemical Systems

July 25, 2016

Graduate student Evgenii Fetisov and Professor Ilja Siepmann have developed a new simulation approach to predict reactive equilibria.

Evgenii Fetisov & Mansi Shah Awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

April 27, 2016

Congratulations, Evgenii & Mansi!

Researchers Identify Promising Materials for Next Generation Sour Gas Sweetening

April 25, 2016

Mansi Shah, a fourth-year graduate student in chemical engineering, and her advisors, Michael Tsapatsis and Ilja Siepmann, have identified promising zeolite structures that will be instrumental in the design of next-generation gas sweetening technologies.

A manuscript describing this research has appeared online in Angewandte Chemie International Edition and will also featured as a frontispiece in a future issue.

Mona Minkara, Ph.D., Received Ford Foundation Fellowship

April 20, 2016

Mona Minkara, Ph.D., a post-doctoral associate working with Professor J. Ilja Siepmann, has received a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Ford Foundation Fellowship. Congratulations, Mona!

Rebecca Lindsey Receives Award at ACS. Congrats, Becky!

March 15, 2016

Rebecca Lindsey has been awarded the Colloids and Surface Chemistry Division Poster Award at the 2016 ACS meeting for her work entitled, “Partitioning of Organics in Surfactant Bilayers.”

Siepmann Group Heading to San Diego for ACS

March 7, 2016

J. Ilja Siepmann  |  Evgenii Festisov  |  David Harwood  |  Robert Hembree  |  Rebecca Lindsey  |  Mona Minkara  |  Kimberly Struk  |  Jeffrey Sung