Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Office: ES&T 2314
Favorite molecule? 1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine
Favorite US President? Teddy Roosevelt
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2011
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley 2016
– Advised by Dr. Enrique Iglesia
MOF-derived iron carbide catalysts for propane dehydrogenation, Synthesis of aminopolymers for CO2 capture sorbents
These projects involve the synthesis and characterization of materials and their application in catalysis and separations. The reactivity and selectivity of iron carbide catalysts, synthesized by using metal organic frameworks as precursors, for propane dehydrogenation to propene is investigated. Further, the development of novel amino-polymers and their use for amine-oxide composite sorbents for CO2 capture is studied.
- Sarazen, M. L., Doskocil, E. and Iglesia, E. Effects of Void Environment and Acid Strength on Alkene Oligomerization Selectivity. ACS Catalysis, 2016.
- Sarazen, M. L., Doskocil, E. and Iglesia, E. Catalysis on Solid Acids: Mechanism and Catalyst Descriptors in Oligomerization Reactions of Light Alkenes, Journal of Catalysis, 2016.
- Sarazen, M. L. and Iglesia, E. Stability of Bound Alkoxides during Reactions of Alkenes on Solid Acids, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., U.S.A., 2017.
- Sarazen, M. L. and Iglesia, E. Incorporation of Light Alkanes into Alkene Oligomerization Cycles on Solid Brønsted Acids via Hydrogen Transfer, submitted.
- Sarazen, M. L. and Iglesia, E. Experimental and Theoretical Investigation of Alkene Coupling Reactions: Effects of Size, Shape and Charge, submitted.