Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tufts University in 1994 as the Raytheon Professor of Pollution Prevention. Previously, she worked for MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She has served as the editor of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental since 2002, and is an associate editor of Science Advances. She holds ten patents and has written more than 160 technical papers. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulous' research interests include nanoscale gold catalysts, single atom supported metal catalysts, fuel processing and fuel cells, and single atom alloy catalysts for selective hydrogenation and oxidation reactions.The Nano Catalysis and Energy Laboratory investigates new catalyst materials for the production of hydrogen and ‘green' chemicals. Pioneering work from the lab has demonstrated the use of single atom catalysts for reactions of interest to fuel processing, which entails efficient and sustainable use of precious metals in clean energy production, and in the commodity and value-added chemicals production with improved yields and reduced carbon footprint.