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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

  • 2013

    Special Issue of Topics in Catalysis Honoring Umit Ozkan. .

  • 2012

    ACS Energy and Fuels Division Distinguished Researcher Award. .

  • 2012

    OSU Mortar Board Senior Honor Society Mentoring Recognition. .

  • 2012

    The Ohio State University Engineering Distinguished Professor. .

  • 2011

    TechColumbus Innovation Excellence Award. .

  • 2011

    ACS Fellow. .

  • 2011

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

  • 2010

    AICHE Fellow. .

  • 2010

    Iowa State University Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering. .

  • 2010

    AAAS Fellow. .

  • 2010

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

  • 2009

    OSU Mortar Board Senior Honor Society Mentoring Recognition. .

  • 2009

    AICHE Mentorship Excellence Award. .

  • 2007

    French CNRS Lectureship Award. .

  • 2007

    Fulbright Senior Scholar Award. .

  • 2006

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

  • 2004

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

  • 2003

    Columbus Technical Council Technical Person of the Year Award. .

  • 2002

    Top Contributor to Advancement of Technology Award. .

  • 2002

    METU CHemical Engineering Professor Somer Distinguished Alumni Award. .

  • 2002

    ACS Columbus Section Chemical Research Excellence Award. .

  • 2002

    Society of Women Engineers Achievement Award. .

  • 2000

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

  • 1999

    The Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar Award. .

  • 1999

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

  • 1999

    Iowa State University College of Engineering Professional Progress Award. .

  • 1998

    Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society Outstanding Research Award. .

  • 1998

    The Ohio State University Emerging Academic Leaders Award. .

  • 1996

    Tulane University Newcomb Lectureship. .

  • 1996

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

  • 1994-1995

    CNRS Senior Fellowship Award. .

  • 1991-1995

    NSF Woman Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research. .

  • 1994

    Keck Outstanding Engineering Educator Award. .

  • 1993

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

  • 1992

    Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award. .

  • 1991

    Society of Professional Engineers Outstanding Engineering Educator of Ohio Award. .

  • 1991

    Lumley Outstanding Research Award. .

  • 1991

    Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award. .

  • 1991

    YWCA Women of Achievement Award in Science and Technology. .

  • 1990

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