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Umit S. Ozkan's Research Group for Heterogeneous Catalysis & Electrocatalysis

Welcome to the Heterogeneous Catalysis Research Group (HCRG)

Our research strives to elucidate catalytic phenomena in a variety of systems. Current research includes development of novel catalytic materials for fuel cell applications, catalytic water treatment, high-temperature electrocatalysis of oxidation reactions, high-temperature electrocatalytic NH3 production, electrocatalytic carbon dioxide and water reduction, fuel reformulation for hydrogen production, oxidation catalysis, hydrogenolysis, and hydrogenation.

HCRG members in CBEC lobby October 2023


Principle Investigator

Ozkan Lab Research Overview

Our recent research projects include non-precious metal electrocatalyst development for low-temperature fuel cells, electrocatalytic halogen production over heteroatom doped carbon catalysts, high-temperature electrocatalytic reduction of CO2 and H2O, high-temperature electrocatalytic NH3 production,  electrocatalytically-assisted oxidation reactions, and catalytic water treatment.

Our goal is to acquire a fundamental understanding of the nature of active sites on catalyst surfaces and the catalytic reaction pathways and ultimately to be able to design catalysts with the desired molecular architecture for specific reactions.



Our group in Ohio State news

Our group in Ohio State news

Umit Ozkan elected to the National Academy of Engineering
Jain, Paulson honored as trailblazers in AIChE's "35 Under 35"
Ozkan joins distinguished list of ACS Olah Award recipients
Snehal Patil: Going above and beyond in research and service
Research of graduate students receives national support
Interdisciplinary collaboration catalyzed by President’s Research Excellence grants
Students recognized at Lowrie Awards Banquet
Umit Ozkan receives top North American Catalysis Society Award

Updates from the group

HCRG members at halloween party 2023
HCRG at Departmental Halloween party
October 2023
Halloween party organized by CEGC! Fun activities, costumes, spooky decorations and delicious food...
HCRG dinner with RIck Watson Sept 2023
HCRG dinner outing with Rick and Ling
September 2023
HCRG dinner outing with former group members, Rick Watson and Ling Zhang-Watson
Dishari's Farewell Lunch
HCRG celebrates Dishari graduating with her PhD
August 2023
With some fun games, lunch and farewell gifts, HCRG celebrates Dishari's graduation. Dishari Basu will be joining CORTEVA, Indianapolis, IN.
HCRG Group Dinner NAM28
HCRG group dinner at NAM28, Providence, RI
June 2023
HCRG (former and present group members) celebrates Dr. Umit Ozkan receiving 'The Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis Award', for her pioneering work that bridged the heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis fields.
HCRG celebrates Anagha and Jaesung graduating with Ph.D.
April 2023
Anagha Hunoor will be joining DOW, MI and Jaesung will be joining MIT, MA as a postdoctoral associate.
HCRG party at Ozkan residence Dec 2022
Holiday Party at Dr.Ozkan's house
January 2023
We had a fun, welcoming party. We played a white elephant game.



  • Professor Umit Ozkan elected to the National Academy of Engineers
  • Professor Umit Ozkan received American Chemical Society's George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry. 


  • Will Lvovich, an undergraduate researcher at HCRG received the College of Engineering Honors Scholarship. 
  • Snehal Patil received AIChE's Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division travel award to present her research at AIChE 2023, Orlando, FL.  
  • Snehal Patil received Edward Ray Travel Award to support her travel to AIChE 2023, Orland, FL. 
  • Professor Umit Ozkan received 2023 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis or her pioneering work that bridged the heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis fields.
  • Dishari Basu won a 2023 Kokes Travel Award given by North American Catalysis Society to present her research at the NAM28 conference in Providence, RI, in June 2023.


  • Dishari Basu won a 2022 Tri-State Catalysis Travel Award to present her research at NAM conference.
  • Anagha Hunoor was awarded 2022 Kokes Travel Award  by North American Catalysis Society to present her research at the NAM conference, in June 2023.
  • Anagha Hunoor and Dishari Basu both received William G. Lowrie Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Award.


  • Anagha Hunoor won an AICHE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division 2021 Travel Award to present her research paper at the 2021 AIChE Annual Meeting.

  • Benjamin Rudzinski, First Place, Engineering: Life Sciences division, Denman Undergraduate Research Forum.  


  • Saurabh Ailawar placed among the Top 10 out of 110 contestants in the Poster Competition for his poster, "Aqueous-phase hydrodechlorination of trichloroethylene over Pd-supported on swellable organically modified silica (SOMS)," which he presented during the 2019 Ohio State Materials Week. Saurabh won the same award three years in a row and was also a finalist in the Three-Minute Thesis competition.
  • Dishari Basu's poster was one of the Top 10 out of the 110 posters on exhibition in the Poster Competition at the 2019 OSU Materials Week event. Her poster was entitled "Preferential Oxidation of Carbon Monoxide over Swellable Organically Modified Silica (SOMS) supported Cobalt Oxide."


  • Benjamin Rudzinski, First Prize-AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, AIChE Annual Meeting Poster Competition. 


  • Deeksha Jain, AIChE Board of Directors (Graduate Student Director), Catalysis & Reaction Engineering Division. Also received an AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Travel Award,

Ozkan Group Members


Pepper Ozkan
PhD (Honorary)
In Loving Memory
Makayla LaTorre-Gronningsater
Student Assistant (UG researcher)


Aravind Asthagiri
Aravind Asthagiri
Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University
Nicholas Brunelli
Nicholas Brunelli
Endowed Professorship, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Ohio State University
Anne Co
Anne Co
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Ohio State University
Paul Edmiston
Paul L. Edmiston
Professor of Chemistry, College of Wooster (Ohio)
miller, jeffrey t.
Jeffrey T. Miller
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University
millet, jean-marc
Jean-Marc Millet
Researcher at CNRS, IRCE-LYON, France