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Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability
Distinguished Professor

Nano Catalysis and Energy Laboratory


B.S., Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Florida
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Brief Biography

Dr. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos joined the Chemical Engineering Faculty of Tufts University as the Raytheon Professor of Pollution Prevention in January 1994. Her previous work experience was with MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Her research, in the broad field of clean and sustainable energy generation, uses heterogeneous catalysis principles to solve problems in fuel processing and in the production of 'green' chemicals. The main focus of her work is the understanding of metal-metal and metal-oxide interaction at the atomic scale to guide the synthesis of new catalysts that maximize the yields of desired products, while using only trace amounts of expensive noble metals. At Tufts, she directs the Nanocatalysis and Energy Laboratory. In 2009, she was named the inaugural Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability in the School of Engineering. Since 2002, she has served as Editor of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, and is an Associate Editor of Science Advances.

Recent Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Carol Tyler Award, IPMI
  • 2015 Distinguished Professor
  • 2015 Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award, School of Engineering, Tufts University
  • 2014 Member, National Academy of Engineering
  • 2014 Associate Editor, Science Advances
  • 2013 Director-at-Large, North American Catalysis Society
  • 2013 Giuseppe Parravano Memorial Award, The Michigan Catalysis Society
  • 2012 2nd Vice Chair, AIChE/Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division
  • 2009 Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability, Tufts University
  • 2009 Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2008 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2008 Henry J. Albert award, International Precious Metals Institute
  • 2007 Distinguished Scholar Award, Tufts University
  • 2002 Editor, North and South America, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental

Courses Taught

  • ChBE 103/160 Chemical and Catalytic Reaction Engineering
  • ChBE 173 Clean Energy Technologies and Policy
  • ChBE 202 Chemical Kinetics and Catalysis

Research Interests

  • Nanoscale Gold Catalysts
  • Single Atom Supported Metal Catalysts
  • Fuel Processing and Fuel Cells
  • Single Atom Alloy Catalysts for selective hydrogenation and oxidation reactions