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Research Group

About the Group

Our group endeavors to understand heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis at an atomic level through the use of kinetic, isotopic, and spectroscopic studies combined with state-of-the-art density functional theory calculations in order to improve conversions of fossil- and biomass-derived feedstocks into fuels and chemicals.

Furthermore, the group has developed programs for simple setup and automation of DFT calculations and a web-interface for visualizing their results, permitting high throughput studies (without scaling relationships) and rapid verification of calculation results.
(Take a tour of our web-interface for VASP calculations.)


Hibbitts Research Group Published its First Paper

June 16, 2017

Congratulations to our undergraduate reseracher, Kathleen Dreyer, for publishing the first paper out of the group in Nature Communcations (accepted June 2017).

Hibbitts Research Group Presents at NAM25

June 4, 2017

Our work on MTO was presented in a talk at NAM25. In addition, Two of our Ph.D students, Paul and Steven, presented posters.

Congratulations to Steven for recieving the Koke's award.

Hibbitts Research Group Welcomes New Members

December 7, 2016

We welcome 6 new Master's students: Ankit Gokhale, Alex Hoffman, Vivek Jogia, Siddharth Katiyar, Sang-Meon Lee, and Sukhdeep Kaur.

Earlier this semester, we welcomed Fulbright Scholar Mariya Kulagina, Undergraduate Researcher Joe Malvas, and Ph.D. student Mykela Deluca.

Learn more about them and their research:

Our Group Has Been Awarded Two Computational Grants from NSF's XSEDE Program

September 15, 2016

One proposal will focus on converting methanol to hydrocarbons within zeolite catalysts, while the other will focus on converting methane to ethylene/ethane on rare earth oxides (a collaboration with Prof. Hagelin-Weaver's group). These two proposals will provide a combined 3.3 million cpu-hours valued at $115,000.

Our Group Has Been Awarded a Grant from ACS's Petroleum Research Fund

June 10, 2016

We have received ACS-PRF's New Doctoral Investigator award, which will support a student researching the conversion of methanol to hydrocarbons within zeolite catalysts.

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