Selected Publications

Zeolite Membranes

Ultra-selective high-flux membranes from directly synthesized zeolite nanosheets.
M. Y. Jeon, D. Kim, P. Kumar; et al.
Nature 2017 543 (7647), 690-694 doi:10.1038/nature21421
Dispersible exfoliated zeolite nanosheets and their application as a selective membrane.
K. Varoon, X. Zhang, B. Elyassi; et al.
Science 2011 334(6052), 72-75 doi:10.1126/science.1208891
Grain boundary defect elimination in a zeolite membrane by rapid thermal processing.
J. Choi, H.-K. Jeong, M. A. Snyder; et al.
Science 2009 325 (5940), 590-593 doi:10.1126/science.1176095
Microstructural optimization of a zeolite membrane for organic vapor separation.
Z. P. Lai, G. Bonilla, I. Diaz; et al.
Science 2003 300 (5618), 456-460 doi:10.1126/science.1082169

Mesoporous Zeolites

Synthesis of self-pillared zeolite nanosheets by repetitive branching.
X. Zhang, D. Liu, D. Xu, M. Tsapatsis; et al.
Science 2012 336 (6089), 1684-1687 doi:10.1126/science.1221111
Hydrothermal synthesis of zeolites with three-dimensionally ordered mesoporous-imprinted structure.
H. Chen, J. Wydra, X. Zhang; et al.
JACS 2011 133 (32), 12390-12393 doi:10.1021/ja2046815
Hierachical nanofabrication of microporous crystals with ordered mesoporosity.
W. Fan, M. A. Snyder, S. Kumar; et al.
Nature Materials 2008 7 (12), 984-991 doi:10.1038/nmat2302
Layer structure preservation during swelling, pillaring and exfoliation of a zeolite precursor.
S. Maheshwari, E. Jordan, S. Kumar; et al.
JACS 2008 130 (4), 1507-1516 doi:10.1021/ja077711i

Mixed Matrix and Polymer Supported Membranes

Open-pore two-dimensional MFI zeolite nanosheets for the fabrication of hydrocarbon-isomer-selective membranes on porous polymer-supports.
H. Zhang, Q. Xiao, X. Guo; et al.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016 55 (25), 7184-7178 doi:10.1002/anie.201601135
A semi-empirical approach for predicting the performance of mixed matrix membranes containing selective flakes.
J. A. Sheffel, M. Tsapatsis
J. Membrane Sci. 2009 326 (2) 595-607 doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2008.10.041
Fabrication of polymer/selective-flake nanocomposite membranes and their use in gas separation.
H. K. Jeong, W. Krych, H. Ramanan; et al.
Chem. Mater. 2004 16 (20) 3838-3845 doi:10.1021/cm049154u

Process Design

A mathematical model for zeolite membrane module performance and its use for techno-economic evaluation of improved energy efficiency hybrid membrane-distillation processes for butane isomer separation.
N. Mittal, P. Bai, A. Kelloway; et al.
J. Membrane Sci. 2016 520, 434-339 doi:10.1016/j.memsci.2016.06.041
Modeling, optimization and cost analysis of an IGCC plant with a membrane reactor for carbon capture.
F. V. Lima, P. Daoutidis, M. Tsapatsis
AIChE 2016 62 (5), 1568-1580 doi:10.1002/aic.15153
Continuous production of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural from fructose: a design case study.
A. I. Torres, P. Daoutidis, M. Tsapatsis
Energy Environ. Sci. 2010 3 (10), 1560-1572 doi:10.1039/C0EE00082E


Identifying optimal zeolitic sorbents for sweetening of highly sour natural gas.
M. S. Shah, M. Tsapatsis, J. I. Siepmann
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2106 55 (20), 6041-6046 doi:10.1002/ange.201600612
Discovery of optimal zeolites for challenging separations and chemical transformations using predictive materials modeling.
P. Bai, M. Y. Jeon, L. Ren; et al.
Nature Comm. 2015 6, 5912 doi:10.1038/ncomms6912
Adsorption of fermentation inhibitors from lignocellulosic biomass hydrolyzates for improved ethanol yield and value-added product recovery.
R. Ranjan, S. Thust, C. Gounaris, E. Chrysanthos; et al.
Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 2009 122 (1-3), 143-148 doi:10.1016/j.micromeso.2009.02.025
A titanosilicate molecular sieve with adjustable pores for size-selective adsorption of molecules.
S. M. Kuznicki, V. A. Bell, S. Nair; et al.
Nature 2001 412 (6848), 720-724 doi:10.1038/35089052



On the rotational intergrowth of hierarchical FAU/EMT zeolites.
M. Khaleel, A. J. Wagner, K. A. Mkhoyan; et al.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014 53 (36), 9456-9461 doi:10.1002/anie.201402024
A highly crystalline layered silicate with three-dimensionally microporous layers.
H. K. Jeong, S. Nair, T. Vogt; et al.
Nature Mater. 2003 2 (1), 53-58 doi:10.1038/nmat795
A study of heat-treatment induced framework contraction in strontium-ETS-4 by powder neutron diffraction and vibrational spectroscopy.
S. Nair, M. Tsapatsis, B. H. Toby; et al.
JACS 2001 123 (51), 12781-12790 doi:10.1021/ja011703z
Synthesis and structure determination of ETS-4 single crystals.
S. Nair, H. K. Jeong, A. Chandrasekaran
Chem. Mater. 2001 13 (11), 4247-4254 doi:10.1021/cm0103803


Self-pillared, single-unit-cell Sn-MFI zeolite nanosheets and their use of glucose and lactose isomerization.
L. Ren, Q. Guo, P. Kumar; et al.
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.  2015 54 (37), 10848-10851 doi:10.1002/anie.201505334
One-pot synthesis of 5-(ethoxymethyl)furfural from glucose using Sn-BEA and Amberlyst catalysts.
C. M. Lew, N. Rajabbeigi, M. Tsapatsis
Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2012 51 (14), 5364-5366 doi:10.1021/ie2025536
Influence of layer structure preservation on the catalytic properties of the pillared zeolite MCM-36.
S. Maheshwari, C. Martinez, M. T. Portilla; et al.
J. Catal. 2010 272 (2), 298-308 doi:10.1016/j.jcat.2010.04.011


Zeolite and Silica Nucleation and Growth Studies

Combining  pre- and post-nucleation trajectories for the synthesis of high FAU-content faujasite nanocrystals from organic-free sols.
M. Khaleel, W. Xu, D. A. Lesch; et al.
Chem. Mater. 2016 28 (12), 4202-4213 doi:10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b00588
Nanoparticles in lysine-silica sols.
T. M. davis, M. A. Snyder, J. E. Krohn; et al.
Chem. Mater. 2006 18 (25), 5814-5816 doi:10.1021/cm061982v
Mechanistic principles of nanoparticle evolution to zeolite crystals.
T. M. Davis, T. O. Drews, H. Ramanan; et al.
Nature Mater. 2006 5 (5), 400-408 doi:10.1038/nmat1636
Zeolite (MFI) crystal morphology control using organic structure-directing agents.
G. Bonilla, I. Diaz, M. Tsapatsis; et al.
Chem. Mater. 2004 16 (26), 5697-5705 doi:10.1021/cm048854w


Zeolite membranes - a review and comparison with MOFs.
N. Rangnekar, N. Mittal, B. Elyassi; et al.
Chem. Soc. Rev. 2015 44 (20), 7128-7154 doi:10.1039/C5CS00292C
Hierarchical nanomanufacturing: from shaped zeolite nanoparticles to high-performance separation membranes.
M. A. Snyder, M. Tsapatsis
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2007 46 (40) 7560-7573 doi:10.1002/anie.200604910
Progress in manipulating zeolite morphology and related applications.
T. O. Drews, M. Tsapatsis
Curr. Opin. Colloid Interf. Sci. 2005 10 (5-6), 233-238 doi:10.1016/j.cocis.2005.09.013