Laboratory for Catalysis and Materials Research
Welcome to the Cybulskis Research Group in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University! We are an experimental research laboratory that focuses on understanding the molecular details of heterogeneously catalyzed reactions and using this insight to engineer materials, processes, and reaction pathways over length scales ranging from the nano-to-macro levels. Historically, catalyst discoveries have enabled the creation of many important technologies. Processes such as ammonia synthesis for fertilizer, fluidized catalytic cracking for high-octane gasoline, and olefin polymerization for plastics and elastomers all have made very large, positive impacts on society and would not have been possible without catalysts. Our ability to effectively use catalysts for applications in energy, emissions control, and chemical production, requires rationally designing these materials at the molecular scale and developing new catalytic processes to efficiently carry out chemical transformations with high selectivity.
We are primarily interested in synthetic zeolites and molecular sieves due to their well-defined molecular-sized pores and cavities that can be augmented with multiple types of active sites, allowing these materials to function as tunable nanoreactors. Our research approach combines materials synthesis with characterization tools and reaction kinetics to fundamentally understand how the physicochemical properties of these reactive solids govern their intrinsic catalytic performance for applications in chemical manufacturing and emissions control. We invite you to learn more about our research team and capabilities. Please contact us if you have questions or would like additional information.