Michael Stellato

Co-Advisors: Andreas Bommarius, Valerie Thomas

Email: mstellato@gatech.edu

 

Research Interests:

  • Sustainability and Renewable Chemicals
  • Surface chemistry and Reaction Engineering
  • Material Synthesis and Characterization

 

Current Research Topic:

Michael’s research focuses on the heterogeneously catalyzed convergence of lignin depolymerization products into a single, value-added product stream.  Using a novel combination of hydrodeoxygenation and cracking chemistry, highly substituted aromatic rings are upgraded to phenol for bulk chemical production.  In order to properly develop this process, the microkinetics, deactivation, and regeneration of the catalysts need to be well understood.

 

Education:

2012 – 2016 University of Massachusetts Amherst
B.S. in Chemical Engineering
Thesis title: Novel Synthesis Techniques for [Cu] SSZ-13 Zeolites
Advisor: Wei Fan

 

Publications:

  1. Teixeira, A. R. et al. Reactive Liftoff of Crystalline Cellulose Particles. Sci. Rep. 5, 11238 (2015); doi.org/10.1038/srep11238