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

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 is a Distinguished Professor and the Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability in the School of Engineering at Tufts University. She joined the Chemical Engineering Faculty of Tufts University as the Raytheon Professor of Pollution Prevention in January 1994. Her previous professional experience was with MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. At Tufts, she directs the Nano Catalysis and Energy Laboratory, which investigates new catalyst materials for hydrogen and 'green' chemicals production. Pioneering work from her lab has demonstrated the use of single metal atom catalysts for reactions of interest to fuel processing and chemicals production with improved yields and reduced carbon footprint. The hallmark of her research is efficient and sustainable use of precious metals in demanding reactions, such as the water-gas shift and methanol/ethanol steam reforming reactions, alcohol dehydrogenation, selective hydrogenation of alkynes, alkane dehydrogenation, and the selective oxidation of methane to methanol or acetic acid. Since 2002, she has served as Editor of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental and is an Associate Editor of Science Advances. She holds ten patents and has written more than 170 technical papers. She is the recipient of various awards, including the Tufts Distinguished Scholar award, the Henry J. Albert award of the International Precious Metals Institute, the Giuseppe Parravano Memorial award of the Michigan Catalysis Society, the Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award of the Tufts School of Engineering, and the Carol Tyler award of the IPMI. She is an honorary professor of Tianjin University and the Beijing University of Chemical Technology, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the AAAS and AIChE.

Recent Honors and Awards

  • 2019 ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalysis Science
  • 2017 Honorary Professor, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, PRC
  • 2017 Director-at-Large, North American Catalysis Society
  • 2016 Carol Tyler Award, IPMI
  • 2016 Honorary Professor, Tianjin University, PRC
  • 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
  • 2013 Chair, AIChE/Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (CRE) 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 reactions