Sean Najmi

Co-advisor: AJ Medford


Office: RBI 433F

Social: LinkedIn


  • Sugar chemistry on metal oxides
  • Solute-solvent-solid catalyst interactions

Research Summary:

By employing on-line spectroscopic techniques complemented by density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we seek to elucidate the fundamental selectivity factors affecting the conversion of sugars (ie. glucose) to commodity chemicals over solid catalysts. We are particularly interested in the interactions of metal oxides with solute-solvent mixtures, and the impact these mixtures have on the surface of our catalysts. Through ultra-high vacuum environments, physical characterization of the catalyst, and DFT calculations, the mechanism inherent to the reaction can be determined. We are actively collaborating with the Medlin Group at the University of Colorado, Boulder on this project.



2017 University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
B.S. in Chemical Engineering



National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP)

Meyerhoff Scholar