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Umit Ozkan

  • COE Distinguished Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Eng
  • 358 CBEC
    151 W. Woodruff Ave.
    Columbus, OH 43210
  • 614-292-6623

About

Education

  • B.S., Middle East Technical University, 1978
  • M.S., Middle East Technical University, 1980
  • Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1984

 

Key Honors and Distinctions

  • American Chemical Society, Energy and Fuels Division, Henry H. Storch Award, 2017
  • The Ohio State University, College of Engineering Distinguished Professor Endowment, 2012
  • Distinguished Researcher Award, American Chemical Society, Energy and Fuels Division, 2012
  • Elected as American Chemical Society Fellow, 2011
  • The Ohio State University, College of Engineering, Lumley Outstanding Research Award, 2011
  • Elected as American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 2011
  • John van Geuns Lectureship Award  at the Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, 2010
  • Elected as AICHE Fellow, 2010
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers WIC Mentorship Excellence Award, 2009
  • French Universite Claude Bernard- CNRS Lectureship Award, 2007
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, 2006
  • The Ohio State University, College of Engineering Scott Faculty Excellence Award, 2004
  • Society of Women in Engineering, Achievement  Award, 2002
  • Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award, 1999
  • French Centre de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Fellowship, 1994-5
  • W.M. Keck Foundation Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, 1994
  • The Ohio State University College of Engineering, The Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, 1993
  • The Ohio State University, College of Engineering, Lumley Outstanding Research Award, 1991
  • The Ohio State University, College of Engineering, Charles E. MacQuigg Outstanding Teaching Award, 1990

 

RESEARCH AREAS - Ozkan Research Group for Heterogeneous Catalysis

Heterogeneous Catalysis, Electrocatalysis and Catalytic Materials; Sustainability, Energy, Environment.

Our research program is in the general areas of heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis. 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.  The reactions we are working with are related to energy, environmental protection, and alternative processes for chemical manufacturing.

Our recent projects focusing on the environment include catalytic treatment of water contaminated with halogenated hydrocarbons and aromatics, emission control from stationary combustion sources and reforming of VOCs emitted from industrial processes. Projects that involve electrocatalysis are related to electro-catalytically assisted oxidative dehydrogenation of lower alkanes, high-temperature electrocatalytic NH3 production,  and high-temperature electrolysis of CO2 and H2O for syngas production.   We continue our work on developing non-precious metal electro-catalysts  for PEM and methanol fuel cells, with the main effort focusing on  identifying the active sites and the elucidating the reaction mechanisms involved in oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions. 

The catalytic materials we use include metal oxides, metal nitrides, metal sulfides, supported metals, and heteropoly compounds. Some of our time and effort are spent in the characterization of the catalysts throughout their life history using microscopic, spectroscopic, and thermal analysis techniques. These techniques include X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectronspectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, laser Raman spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Electron Spin Resonance Spectroscopy, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, Superconducting quantum interference device magnetometry, and temperature- programmed reduction/desorption and thermogravimetric analysis. Our major effort is in the area of reaction kinetics, where we try to elucidate reaction pathways and identify the active sites. We use flow reactor systems that operate either at steady state or at transient mode. We analyze the feed and product streams using a combination of techniques, such as gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, high-performance liquid chromatography, and chemiluminescence. We also make use of isotopic labeling techniques quite heavily to differentiate between reaction pathways. We use isotopic labeling techniques for both steady-state reaction studies and for transient response experiments.  For our studies that focus on electrocatalysis, we use electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, electrical conductivity measurements, voltammetry, and fuel cell testing, and fuel Cell testing.  

 

Honors

  • 20130401

    Special Issue of Topics in Catalysis Honoring Umit Ozkan.

  • 20120501

    OSU Mortar Board Senior Honor Society Mentoring Recognition.

  • 20120101

    The Ohio State University Engineering Distinguished Professor.

  • 20120101

    ACS Energy and Fuels Division Distinguished Researcher Award.

  • 20110801

    ACS Fellow.

  • 20110501

    TechColumbus Innovation Excellence Award.

  • 20110501

    The Ohio State University, College of Engineering Lumley Outstanding Research Award.

  • 20101101

    AICHE Fellow.

  • 20101001

    Iowa State University Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering.

  • 20100201

    AAAS Fellow.

  • 20100101

    Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Amsterdam John van Geuns Lectureship Award.

  • 20091101

    AICHE Mentorship Excellence Award.

  • 20090501

    OSU Mortar Board Senior Honor Society Mentoring Recognition.

  • 20070901

    French CNRS Lectureship Award.

  • 20070301

    Fulbright Senior Scholar Award.

  • 20060501

    The Ohio State University, College of Engineering Lumley Outstanding Research Award.

  • 20040501

    The Ohio State University, College of Engineering Scott Faculty Excellence Award.

  • 20030401

    Columbus Technical Council Technical Person of the Year Award.

  • 20021101

    METU CHemical Engineering Professor Somer Distinguished Alumni Award.

  • 20020501

    Top Contributor to Advancement of Technology Award.

  • 20020101

    ACS Columbus Section Chemical Research Excellence Award.

  • 20020101

    Society of Women Engineers Achievement Award.

  • 20000501

    The Ohio State University, College of Engineering Lumley Outstanding Research Award.

  • 19990701

    United Nations Transfer of Technology Through Expatriate Nationals (TOKTEN) Visiting Professorship.

  • 19990401

    Iowa State University College of Engineering Professional Progress Award.

  • 19990101

    The Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award.

  • 19980101

    Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society Outstanding Research Award.

  • 19980101

    The Ohio State University Emerging Academic Leaders Award.

  • 19960501

    The Ohio State University, College of Engineering Lumley Outstanding Research Award.

  • 19960401

    Tulane University Newcomb Lectureship.

  • 19940901-19950801

    CNRS Senior Fellowship Award.

  • 19910701-19950701

    NSF Woman Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research.

  • 19940101

    Keck Outstanding Engineering Educator Award.

  • 19930501

    The Ohio State University College of Engineering, The Harrison Faculty Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.

  • 19920501

    Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award.

  • 19910501

    Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award.

  • 19910501

    Lumley Outstanding Research Award.

  • 19910301

    YWCA Women of Achievement Award in Science and Technology.

  • 19910101

    Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Engineering Educator of Ohio Award.

  • 19900501

    The Ohio State University, College of Engineering Charles E. MacQuigg Outstanding Teaching Award.