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Publication in Nature Communications


Mechanistic Study of Zeolite Crystallization Published in Nat. Commun.

In this manuscript we use scanning probe microscopy to monitor zeolite LTA crystallization in situ with a spatiotemporal resolution that captures dynamic processes in real time. We report a distinctive pathway involving the formation of gel-like islands from supersaturated solutions comprised of (alumino)silicate molecules. Three-dimensional assembly and evolution of these islands constitutes a unique mode of growth that differs from classical theories. Time-resolved imaging also reveals that growth can occur by (nearly) oriented attachment. At later stages of crystallization, a progressive transition to lower supersaturation shifts growth to a layered mechanism involving two-dimensional nucleation and spreading of layers.

The blog entitled “Peering into the Black Box of Zeolite Crystallization” was posted on the Nature Research Chemistry Community: [Blog Posting]


2018 Norman Hackerman Award


Jeff received the 2018 Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research from the Welch Foundation. The description for the award is the following along with pictures form the award ceremony that was held at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel:


“Dr. Rimer’s lab has made two significant materials science research discoveries in the past decade. The discovery of a molecule that inhibits calcium oxalate crystallization, the principal component of kidney stones, may lead to a promising therapeutic that has the potential to replace drugs currently used to treat this widespread disease. The second notable discovery is inspiring new methods to optimize the synthesis of zeolites, which are important as catalysts in petrochemical industries.”

  • Welch Foundation News Release [Link]
  • Houston Business Journal [Link]; PR Newswire [Link]
  • University of Houston [Link]; EurekAlert [Link]
  • Featured in newspapers: Houston Chronicle, New York Times, etc.

Artwork selected for cover of Nature Materials


Our article was featured on the cover of the October 2020 issue of Nature Materials. This work was a collaborative effort between University of Houston (Rimer, Palmer), Stockholm University (Zou), University of Minnesota (Dauenhauer), Utrecht University (Weckhuysen), and Johns Hopkins University (Tsapatsis). This work was part of a Focus Issue on Zeolite Catalysis.

About the Cover: Nanosized zeolites enable better catalytic performance; however, their synthesis is non-trivial. Here, a simple treatment is presented that enables the growth of nanosized fins on zeolites that act as pseudo-nanoparticles, reducing deactivation rates for methanol-to-hydrocarbon catalysts.

Read more about this work:

Research Article by Dai et al.

Focus Issue Editorial article

Look Beneath the Surface, News & Views by German Sastre

 

 


Recent News

Perspective Accepted in JACS
Our Perspective on controlling zeolite nucleation through seed-assisted synthesis was accepted in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations Rishabh and Adam!

Undergraduate Scholarship
Undergraduate researcher Raghav Baskar received a 2022 PURS scholarship from the University of Houston to work on the design of kidney stone therapeutics. Congratulations Raghav!

Third Place in UH 3MT Competition
Congratulations to Adam Mallette for winning third place in the campus-wide 3-minute thesis competition. This skill development activity challenges graduate students to explain their research project to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. Adam presented his thesis work examining zeolite nucleation and interzeolite conversions and their implications for nuclear waste remediation. Congratulations Adam!

Paper Accepted in ACS Catalysis
Our work in collaboration with Idaho National Laboratory (Chase Taylor, Jagoda Urban-Klaehn, and Kevin Gering) on the use of positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) to probe catalyst deactivation was accepted for publication in ACS Catalysis. Congratulations Thuy!

Travel Award to AIChE
Yu Liang received a Cullen Travel Award to attend the American Institute of Chemical Engineering Annual Meeting in Boston, MA to present his work on zeolite synthesis. Yu is coadvised by Allan Jacobson (UH, Chemistry). Congratulations Yu!

Cover in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
Our paper in collaboration with Prof. Matteo Maestri (Milan) and SABIC (S. Chinta and D. West) was featured on the front inside cover of Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Great artwork by Mariano!

Paper Accepted in Journal of Catalysis
Our work on zeolite coreshell catalyst design was accepted for publication in the Journal of Catalysis as part of the Boudart Special Issue. This work was in collaboration with Prof. Paul Dauenhauer (U. Minnesota), Dr. Simon Bare (SLAC), and Dr. Conan Weiland (BNL). Congratulations Thuy as well as Shilpa and Sungmin!

College Best Dissertation Award
Thuy Le is the recipient of the 2021 Best Dissertation Award (1st Prize) in the Cullen College of Engineering. Congratulations Thuy!

Front Cover Article Accepted in CrystEngComm
Our work on organophosphates as potent inhibitors of barite crystallization was accepted for publication in CrystEngComm. This work was in collaboration with Dr. Mike Reynolds (Shell) and Prof. Jaci Conrad (U. Houston). Our artwork was also selected for the front cover of the November 28th issue. Congratulations Ricardo and great job with the cover design!

Departmental Best Dissertation Award
Rishabh Jain is a recipient of the 2021 Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Doctoral Dissertation Award. Congratulations Rishabh!

Multiple Honors for Parmar
Deependra received two awards for his work on zeolite catalysis. He received a 2021 Graduate Student Travel Award from the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering (CRE) Division to attend the annual AIChE Meeting. He also received a Poster Award for the upcoming Great Plains Catalysis Society (GPCS) Symposium where he will also have the chance to give an oral presentation. Deependra is coadvised by Prof. Grabow (U. Houston) and works on both experiments and computational  studies. Congratulations DP!

Paper Accepted in Angew. Chemie
Our work in collaboration with Prof. Matteo Maestri (Politecnico di Milano) and SABIC (S. Chinta and D. West) on the thermodynamic and kinetic effects of molten salt media on the growth of faceted NiO catalysts was accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Congratulations Mariano!

Photo Contest Winner
Doyoung’s beautiful struvite crystals won first prize in the 22nd American Conference on Crystal Growth and Epitaxy (ACCGE-22) photo contest in the category of digitally modified images. These crystals were prepared using phosphate-based modifiers, which direct the formation of these floral-like arrangements. Congratulations Doyoung!

Paper Accepted in Chem. Mater.
Our work on identifying hydroxycitrate as a unique and potent inhibitor of barite nucleation and growth was accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials. This work was in collaboration with Dr. Mike Reynolds (Shell) and Prof. Jaci Conrad (U. Houston). Congratulations Ricardo and Xi!

Paper Accepted in PCCP
Our work on characterizing the thermodynamic effects of growth modifiers on one-dimensional zeolites was accepted for publication in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. This work was performed in collaboration with Profs. Jeremy Palmer (U. Houston) and Rob Rioux (Penn State). Congratulations Rui and James!

Front Cover in Mol. Syst. Des. Eng.
Our paper in collaboration with Dr. Mike Reynolds (Shell) and Prof. Jaci Conrad (UH) was featured on the front cover of Molecular System Design & Engineering. Great design and artwork by Ricardo!

Two Successful PhD Defenses
Congratulations to Doyoung (now Dr. Kim) and Ricardo (now Dr. Sosa) who both successfully defended their PhD dissertations. Doyoung will be heading to Samsung (South Korea) and Ricardo to Abbvie (Chicago, IL). Thank you both for your outstanding work and contributions to the group over the years – you will definitely be missed. Congratulations!

R01 Grant from NIH
We received a $1.2M grant from the National Institutes of Health in collaboration with lead PI Prof. Peter Vekilov (U. Houston) and Co-PI Dr. David Sullivan (Johns Hopkins). This work is focused on understanding the role of crystal growth modifiers in malaria. Check out the news articles appearing on the UH website [Link] and EurekAlert [Link].

Undergraduate Research Fellowship
This summer Khoa Nguyen will be joining our group to contact research. Khoa was the recipient of a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). See the news story by UH on SURF awardees [Link]. Congratulations Khoa and welcome to the group!

Poster Award at the SWCS Symposium
Deependra Parmar, who is co-advised by Prof. Lars Grabow, won a best poster award at the 2021 Southwest Catalysis Society (SWCS) Symposium. He presented his work on toleuene alkylation by methanol over zeolite catalysts. Congratulations Deependra!

Paper Accepted in Cryst. Growth Des.
Our paper in collaboration with Dr. Julian Gale (U. Curtin) was accepted for publication in ACS Crystal Growth & Design. This work identifies the unique role of zinc ions as inhibitors of calcium oxalate crystallization. Congratulations Bryan!

Successful PhD Defense
Congratulations to Wenchuan (now Dr. Ma) who successfully defended his PhD dissertation. Wenchuan is co-advised by Prof. Peter Vekilov (UH). He will be starting a postdoc position at MIT next month. Thanks Wenchuan for being a wonderful group member, and for the high quality research you performed during your PhD. We wish you luck at MIT!

Paper Accepted in Sci. Adv.
Our paper in collaboration with Prof. Valentin Valtchev (LCS, Caen) was accepted for publication in Science Advances. This work uses a unique method of dissolution to decipher nonclassical mechanisms of zeolite crystallization. Congratulations Thuy!

Paper Accepted in Mol. Syst. Des. Eng.
Our paper in collaboration with Dr. Mike Reynolds (Shell) and Prof. Jaci Conrad (UH) was accepted for publication in Molecular System Design & Engineering. This work identifies a green compound capable of inhibiting nucleation and growth of barite mineral scale. Congratulations Xi and Ricardo!

Paper Accepted in Adv. Mater.
Our paper in collaboration with Prof. Javier Garcia Martinez (U. Alicante) was accepted for publication in Advanced Materials. This work identifies an organic-free route to produce self-pillared pentasil zeolites that exhibit outstanding catalytic performance. Check out the news article published by the University of Houston [Link] and EurekAlert [Link]. Congratulations Rishabh and Aseem!

Cover Article in Chem. Mater.
Our paper in collaboration with Dr. Siva Chinta (SABIC) was accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials. This work identifies ways of controlling crystal habit of metal oxide solution solutions using molten salt syntheses. It was featured as one of the supplementary covers. Congratulations Mariano and great design of the cover artwork!

Departmental Best Dissertation Award
Dr. Aseem Chawla is a recipient of the 2020 Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Doctoral Dissertation Award. Congratulations Aseem!

New Members Joining the Group
We are pleased to welcome 6 new members to the Rimer Group. Five graduate students joined in January: Vraj Chauhan, Dipayan Chakraborty, Muhammad Fiji, Chenfeng Huang, and Zhiyin Niu. One postdoc joined in February: Dr. Seungwan Seo.

Prof. Rimer Elected a Senior Member of the NAI
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has announcement their 2021 Class of Senior Members, which includes Prof. Rimer. Many thanks to all the amazing graduate students and postdocs in the group (past and present) whose innovation and hard work has made this possible. For more information, refer to news articles from the University of Houston and PR Newswire.

Paper Accepted in ACS Mater. Lett.
Our paper in collaboration with Prof. Allan Jacobson (UH) was accepted for publication in ACS Materials Letters. This work examines the use of alkaline earth metals as both accelerants and structure-directing agents in zeolite synthesis. Congratulations Yu Liang!

Prof. Rimer Joins ACS Editorial Board
In January 2021, Prof. Rimer joined ACS Crystal Growth & Design as an Associate Editor. Read the news story written by the University of Houston Daily Cougar (Link), the Cullen College of Engineering at UH (Link), and a “Get to Know the Editor” profile published by ACS (Link).

Graduate Student Awards at AIChE
Our group won two awards at the 2020 AIChE Annual Meeting, both given by the Materials Engineering & Sciences Division (MESD). Rishabh Jain received second place in the Graduate Student Award Competition in the Inorganic Chemistry Area. Ricardo Sosa received third place in the MESD Poster Competition. Congratulations Rishabh and Ricardo!

Paper Accepted in JBC
Our paper in collaboration with Profs. Vekilov and Miljanic (UH) and Prof. David Sullivan (Johns Hopkins) was accepted for publication in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. This work identifies a second mechanism of artemisinins’ therapeutic action against malaria parasites. Congratulations Wenchuan and Katy!

Paper Accepted in ACS Appl. Mater. Interface
Our paper in collaboration with Dr. Mike Reynolds (Shell) and Profs. Jaci Conrad and Jeremy Palmer (UH) was accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. This work examines the use of alginate as a green and highly efficient treatment for barite scale. Congratulations Ricardo and Xi!

Paper Accepted in Catal. Sci. Technol.
Our paper in collaboration with Prof. Praveen Bollini (UH) was accepted for publication in Catalysis Science & Technology. This work examines the impact of nonstoichiometric oxygen in NiO catalysts. Congratulations Xiaohui and Mariano!

Paper Accepted in PNAS
Our paper on time-resolved in situ AFM analysis of zeolite A crystallization was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). This work highlights the prevalence and role of defects in zeolite crystallization. Congratulations Madhuresh and Rishabh!

Best Dissertation Award
Aseem Chawla received the 2020 Best Dissertation Award from the UH Cullen College of Engineering for his PhD dissertation titled “Controlling Microporous and Mesoporous Domains in Zeolite Crystallization.” Congratulations Aseem on this very prestigious and highly deserving honor!

AIChE Travel Awards
Congratulations to Heng and Xiaohui (co-advised with Prof. Bollini) on receiving 2020 CRE Travel Awards to virtually attend the AIChE Annual Meeting. Great job to both of you!

Successful PhD Defense
Congratulations to Thuy (now Dr. Le) who successfully defended her PhD dissertation. She will be starting her new position at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory later this month. Thanks Thuy for being an amazing group member, and for all of the high quality and diverse research you performed during your PhD. We wish you luck at PNNL and you will be missed!

New Award from DOE
Prof. Rimer received an award from the Department of Energy (DOE) Basic Energy Sciences (BES) to examine mechanisms of zeolite crystallization. This project involves a collaboration with Prof. Jeremy Palmer (U. Houston).

Paper Accepted in AIChE Journal
Our DOE NEUP project in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh and PNNL resulted in a paper on density functional theory calculations of (alumino)silicate oligomerization. Many thanks to Yanni and Emily at Pitt for leading this effort!

Paper Accepted in Chem. Mater.
Our paper in collaboration with Queens University (Belfast, Ireland) was accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials. This work examines the ability of polyphosphates to inhibit both nucleation and growth of struvite crystals. Congratulations Doyoung!

Review Accepted in ChemCatChem
Our review in collaboration with Prof. Praveen Bollini (U. Houston) entitled “Synthesis, Structure, and Catalytic Properties of Faceted Oxide Crystals” was accepted for publication in ChemCatChem. Congratulations and thanks to Xiaohui and Mariano for their hard work!

Presentations at the 2020 GPCS Fall Symposium
Four students in our group will be presenting their posters at the 2020 Great Plains Catalysis Society (GPCS) Virtual Symposium: Yu Liang, Rishabh Jain, XiaohuiZhao, and Heng Dai. A special congratulations to Heng Dai for receiving an award for his poster entitled “Finned Zeolite Catalysts”! For details of the program check out their website [link].

Publication in Nature Materials
Our research article introducing a new class of nanoporous materials, “finned zeolite catalysts”, has been published in Nature Materials. This work was a collaborative effort with Professors Xiaodong Zou (Stockholm University), Bert Weckhuysen (Utrecht University), Paul Dauenhauer (University of Minnesota), Jeremy Palmer (University of Houston), and Michael Tsapatsis (Johns Hopkins University). Congratulations Heng, Yufeng, and Thuy! See also news articles published by the University of Houston (link), University of Minnesota (link), Utrecht University (link), Stockholm University (link), Science Daily (link), SCIENMAG (link), Phys.org (link), and EurekAlert (link).

VIP Paper Accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
Our research article in collaboration with Lars Grabow and Scott Smith (UH), Anatoly Frenkel (Brookhaven National Lab), Jing Liu (Manhattan College), and Ken Whitmire (Rice Univ.) on the nature and role of Ga species in Ga-ZSM-5 catalysts for ethylene dehydroaromatization was accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. The article is listed as a Very Important Paper (VIP). Congratulations Yunwen!

Mini-Review Accepted in J. Catal.
Our mini-review titled “Impact of Acid Site Speciation and Spatial Gradients on Zeolite Catalysis” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Catalysis. Congratulations Thuy and Aseem!

New Group Member
We are pleased to have Dr. Sungmin Han join the Rimer Group as a new postdoc. Sungmin received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin working with Buddie Mullins. His research project is in the area of zeolite catalysis. Welcome Sungmin!

Group Alumnus Receives Award
Former postdoc Marlon Conato who is now a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Philippines Diliman received a 2020 National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Philippines Outstanding Young Scientist Award. Marlon was also recently promoted to Full Professor. Congratulations Prof. Conato!

New Award from NSF
Prof. Rimer received an award from the National Science Foundation to examine seed-assisted zeolite synthesis. This project will involve collaborations with Prof. Javier Garcia Martinez at the University of Alicante and Prof. Rafael Gomez-Bombarelli at MIT. See the news article written by the UH Cullen College of Engineering [Link]

Successful PhD Defense
Congratulations to Yunwen (now Dr. Zhou) who successfully defended her PhD dissertation. She will be starting her new position at Shell this Summer. Thanks Yunwen for all of your amazing work and for being a wonderful group member. You will be missed!

VIP Paper Accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
Our paper in collaboration with SABIC (S. Chinta and D. West), the University of New Mexico (A. Datye), and U. Houston (P. Bollini) on the synthesis of nickel oxide catalysts with high-index, hydrothermally-stable facets was accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. The journal selected this as a Very Important Paper (VIP). Congratulations Mariano and Xiaohui!

Successful PhD Defense
Congratulations to Aseem (now Dr. Chawla) who successfully defended his PhD dissertation. He is starting his new position at Micron Technology in May. Thanks Aseem for all of your amazing work and for being a wonderful group member. You will be missed!

Paper Accepted in JACS
Our paper in collaboration with the Rioux group (Penn State) on the one-step synthesis and characterization of 2-dimensional MWW-type zeolite was accepted for publication in Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations Yunwen and Ming-Feng!

Commentary Published in Nature Materials
Jeff wrote a News and Views of a recent paper published in Nature Materials discussing the observation of magnetite crystal growth by reaction-limited cluster aggregation of crystalline precursors.

Paper Accepted in Chem Mater
Our paper in collaboration with the Garcia Martinez group (U. Alicante) on the use of elemental mapping to track zeolite crystallization was accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials. Congratulations Aseem!

Artwork Featured on Inside Cover
Our paper in collaboration with Queens University Belfast was featured on the inside cover of Chemistry: A European Journal. Congratulations Doyoung!

Paper Accepted in Micropor. Mesopor. Mater.
Our paper on the impact of seeded growth in zeolite synthesis was accepted for publication in Microporous and Mesoporous Materials as part of the special issue “Enigma of Zeolites” in honor of Prof. Valentin Valtchev’s 60th birthday. Congratulations Rishabh!

Award from SPE
Aseem was named the winner of the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) Scholarship, which is given by the University of Houston SPE Student Chapter. Congratulations Aseem!

New Group Members
We have recently had three new additions to the Rimer Group: postdoc Weiwei Tang and graduate students Kumari Shilpa and Danyi Sun. Welcome to the group!

Travel Award for ICC
Heng Dai received a travel award to attend the 17th International Congress on Catalysis (ICC) in San Diego. He will be presenting an oral presentation on his research involving the synthesis and testing of hierarchical zeolite catalysts. Congratulations Heng!

Commentary Published in PNAS
Jeff wrote on commentary on a recent paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences discussing the role of inorganic ions in preserving the shape of amorphous precursors of calcium carbonate biominerals as they undergo a disorder-to-order transition.

Paper Accepted in ACS Catalysis
Our paper entitled “Enhanced Selective Oxidation of Ammonia in a Pt/Al2O3@Cu/ZSM-5 Coreshell Catalyst” was accepted for publication in ACS Catalysis. This work is a collaboration with Prof. Mike Harold (U. Houston) and Cummins. Thanks to everybody who contributed, and congratulations Thuy!

Paper Published in Nature
Our paper on the cooperative effects of multiple crystal growth inhibitors was published in Nature magazine. This work was a collaborative effort with Profs. Peter Vekilov (U. Houston) and Jim Lutsko (Brussels). This paper was also featured in several articles by the University of Houston, Science Daily, and other news outlets. Congratulations Wenchuan!

2018 MSDE Hot Article
Aseem and Rui’s paper on ZSM-5 synthesis by mixed structure-directing agents in Molecular Systems Design & Engineering was selected as one of eight 2018 Hot Articles. This work was performed in collaboration with Prof. Jeremy Palmer (UH).

2020 O’Donnell Award
Jeff received the 2020 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Engineering from the Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas (TAMEST). The award ceremony was held during the TAMEST Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX in January 2020. Check out the news article from the University of Houston (link). Videos of Jeff’s research presentation and award ceremony are also available through the conference website (link).

Undergraduate Scholarship
Undergraduate researcher Jakob Claret received a 2020 PURS scholarship from the University of Houston to work on zeolite synthesis. Congratulations Jakob!

Paper Accepted in JACS
Manjesh’s paper on mordenite synthesis using cooperative organic structure-directing agents was accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. This work is part of a collaboration with UC Santa Barbara, ETH Zurich, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and other at U. Houston. Thanks to everybody who contributed, and congratulations Manjesh and Yufeng!

Paper Accepted in Chem. Eur. J.
Our paper in collaboration with the Queens University (Belfast, Ireland) was accepted for publication in Chemistry: A European Journal. This work examines struvite crystallization using microfluidics to elucidate the effects of reaction conditions on the kinetics and mechanisms of crystallization. Congratulations Doyoung!

Poster Award
Aseem received a poster award from the 2019 Southwest Catalysis Society Fall Symposium at LSU. Congratulations Aseem!

Artwork Selected for Back Cover
Our paper in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering was highlighted on the back cover of the November 1st issue. Congratulations Wei and Yunwen!

Poster Award
Ricardo received a poster award from the 2019 Organization for Chemical Engineering Graduate Student (OChEGS) Symposium. He presented his work in collaboration with Prof. Jaci Conrad and Dr. Mike Reynolds (Shell) on barite scale formation. Congrats Ricardo!

Paper Accepted in Cryst. Growth Des.
Our paper on the pathological formation of ammonium urate crystals was accepted for publication in Crystal Growth & Design. Congratulations to Xi and our wonderful team of collaborators!

Rimer Quoted in News Articles
A publication in Nature Materials by Prof. Gomez-Bombarelli and coworkers titled “Graph similarity drives zeolite diffusionless transformation and intergrowth” was featured in news articles at MIT and SciTechDaily. Prof. Rimer was interviewed for these news articles and provided a quote describing the importance of this latest publication in the field of nanoporous materials science.

AIChE Travel Award
Rishabh is the recipient of a 2019 CRE Travel Award to attend the AIChE Meeting in Orlando. Congrats Rishabh!

Paper Accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
Our paper on nonclassical pathways in silicalite-1 crystallization was accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie. This work presents a unique method of assessing structural transformations of amorphous precursors and linking this phenomenon to the mechanism of crystal growth. Congratulations Madhuresh and Manjesh!

Artwork Selected for Cover
Our paper in collaboration with Prof. Javier Garcia Martinez (U. Alicante) on time-resolved imaging of zeolite USY mesopore formation was selected for the front cover of Chemistry of Materials. In this study we use in situ atomic force microscopy to track the formation of hierarchical zeolites through the use of surfactant treatments. Congratulations Aseem and the rest of the team for this great work!

Paper Published in React. Chem. Eng.
Our paper on the deleterious effects of low temperature ZSM-5 synthesis has been accepted for publication in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering. Congratulations Wei and Yunwen!

Commentary for C&E News
Prof. Rimer was interviewed for a news article describing a recent Nature paper by Miao and coworkers. For details of the news clip in Chemical & Engineering News titled “Watching crystal nucleation happen atomic scale”, check out their website.

Paper Accepted in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
Our paper in collaboration with the University of Tokyo was accepted for publication in Angewandte Chemie. This work presents a unique 2D-3D-2D crystal transformation to bridge the gap between structurally distinct lamellar zeolites. Congratulations Madhuresh!

PhD Defense
Congratulations to Madhuresh (now Dr. Choudhary) for successfully defending his PhD thesis on zeolite growth mechanisms. Great job!

Travel Award
Aseem received a Cullen Travel Award from the University of Houston to attend the Gordon Research Conference on Nanoporous Materials & Their Applications in August. Congratulations Aseem!

Gordon Research Conference
Jeff chaired the 2019 GRC Meeting on Crystal Growth & Assembly on June 23 – 28 at the University of Southern New Hampshire. There were four posters from the Rimer Group. Many thanks to the numerous speakers, discussion leaders, poster presenters, and general attendees. Also a special thanks to Kristen Fichthorn (vice chair) and the GRS co-chairs (Elias and Yael) for making this a successful event!

Visiting Researchers from UP Diliman
Aren and Jenica from Prof. Marlon Conato’s research group at the University of the Philippines are visiting our lab for several months to work on zeolite synthesis. Welcome to the group!

Manjesh Accepts Position at IIT Delhi
Former group member Manjesh Kumar is now Prof. Kumar! Effective May 15th he will be starting at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. We look forward to seeing his research program grow over the years. Congratulations and good luck Manjesh!

Multiple Poster Awards
The Rimer Group took three of five poster awards at the 2019 Southwest Catalysis Society Spring Symposium. Congratulations to Thuy, Aseem, and Yunwen for receiving top honors. Thanks to all of the other students and postdocs who participated in this event.

Artwork Selected for Cover
Our first paper introducing a new microfluidics platform for tracking crystal growth/dissolution was selected for a cover in Lab on a Chip. This work is in collaboration with Prof. Jaci Conrad (UH) and Dr. Mike Reynolds (Shell).

Group Alumnus Receives NSF Award
James Sutjianto, a UH alumnus and former undergraduate researcher in our group, received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. James is a PhD student in chemical engineering at Penn State working with Prof. Enrique Gomez. Congratulations James on this well-deserved recognition!

Research Fellowship
Undergraduate researcher Jakob Claret received a SURF Fellowship from the University of Houston to work on zeolite synthesis this summer. Congratulations Jakob!

Paper Accepted in Chem. Mater.
Our paper in collaboration with Prof. Jeremy Palmer (UH) was accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials! This paper explores the ability to control routes of classical and nonclassical crystallization in zeolite synthesis. Congratulations Wei and Madhuresh!

Travel Award to NAM ’19
Thuy received a Kokes Travel Award to attend the 2019 North American Catalysis Society Meeting in Chicago. She and two others (Yunwen and Aseem) will be presenting talks at the meeting. Congratulations Thuy!

Paper Accepted in Chem. Mater.
Aseem’s paper on in situ measurments of zeolite USY mesostructuring was accepted for publication in Chemistry of Materials. This work was in collaboration with Prof. Javier Garcia Martinez’s group (University of Alicante). Congratulations everyone!

Paper Accepted in Lab Chip
Our paper in collaboration with Prof. Jaci Conrad (UH) and Dr. Mike Reynolds (Shell) was accepted for publication in Lab on a Chip! This is our first paper on the topic of microfluidics where we designed a novel platform for tracking single crystal growth, inhibition, and dissolution. Congratulations Ricardo and Xi!

Visiting Scholar
We are pleased to welcome Prof. Xiujie Li from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Division of Fossil Energy Conversion. She will be visiting our group for 6 months to work in the area of zeolite synthesis. Welcome Xiujie!

Paper Accepted in Chem. Eur. J.
A paper by Wei and Rishabh on interzeolite transformation was accepted for publication in Chemistry European Journal. Congratulations!

Travel Fellowship
Thuy was awarded a graduate student fellowship to attend the NASCRE-4 meeting in Houston. Good job Thuy!

GRC Travel Fellowship
Ricardo was awarded the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship from the Gordon Research Conference to attend the 2019 Crystal Growth & Assembly meeting. Good job Ricardo!

Multiple Undergraduate Honors
Congratulations to Esther for receiving multiple honors: BP Scholar,  Society of Women Engineers Scholar, and a National Society of Black Engineers Houston Sasol Scholar. Fantastic job Esther!

Check out this article written by UH College of Engineering on Esther’s many accomplishments [Link]

Review Accepted for Publication
Prof. Rimer’s paper with collaborators at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School was accepted for publication in Curr. Opin. Nephrol. Hypertens. on the topic of citrate therapy for calcium phosphate kidney stones. Congratulations Drs. Maalouf and Sakhaee!

Highlight in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.
Prof. Rimer’s winning of the Welch Foundation’s Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research was featured by Angewandte Chemie. Check out the article: Link

Undergraduate Fellowship
Nam Le received a PURS Fellowship to work on zeolite synthesis. Congrats Nam and welcome to the group!

Student and Postdoc Awards
Aseem was selected as one of twelve students in the state of Texas for an American Society of Indian Engineers (ASIE) Scholarship. Mariano was the recipient of a Postdoctoral Career Enhancement Award that will sponsor his trip to the University of New Mexico to work with Prof. Datye’s group. Congratulations guys!

PhD Defense
Group member Yufeng Shen successfully defended his PhD thesis. He will be heading to WR Grace to start his next position. Congratulations Dr. Shen on a job well done!

Multiple Honors at AIChE Meeting
The Rimer group took home several awards from the AIChE Meeting in Pittsburgh. Aseem and Ricardo won 2nd and 3rd place Poster Awards in the MESD Poster Session, respectively. Aseem was also awarded the 2nd place Graduate Student Award from MESD for his presentation in the award session. Congrats to Aseem and Ricardo on these fantastic achievements!

Paper Accepted in Journal of Catalysis
Our collaborative paper with Aditya Bhan (U. Minnesota) was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Catalysis. Congrats to Thuy, Heng, and others for this exciting work!

Feature on Cover of I&EC Research
Prof. Rimer and others selected for the 2018 Class of Influential Researchers in the journal Industrial Engineering and Chemistry Research were featured on the front cover. Congratulations to the 2018 Class of Researchers!

UH News Article: Link

Paper Accepted in ACS Catalysis
Yufeng and Thuy’s paper on the deconvoluted effects of crystal topology and internal mass transport for methanol to hydrocarbons reactions was accepted for publication in ACS Catalysis. This work is a collaboration with Prof. Bert Weckhuysen’s group (Utrecht University). Congrats and thanks to all for this exciting work!

DOE NEUP Grant Awarded
Prof. Rimer (PI) and collaborators from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Pittsburgh were awarded $800k to investigate safer storage of nuclear waste. For more information, read the UH News Story. This news was also circulated on EurekAlert and was featured on the main page of the University of Houston. Check it out: Link

AIChE Travel Award
Aseem is the recipient of a 2018 CRE Travel Award to attend the AIChE Meeting in Pittsburgh. Congrats Aseem!

Paper Accepted in ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces
Katy’s paper on complex solvent stucturing at hematin crystal interfaces was accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. This work was a collaboration with Prof. Jeremy Palmer and Peter Vekilov. Congrats everybody!

PhD Defense and Farewell
Wei Qin successfully defended his PhD. Congratulations Dr. Qin! Also, we bid farewell to James who will be joining Penn State as a PhD student this Fall. Good luck James!

Work on Kidney Stones Published
Jihae’s paper on polyprotic acid inhibition of calcium oxalate kidney stones was accepted for publication in Crystal Growth & Design. This work is a collaboration with the Mpourmpakis Group (U. Pittsburgh) and Dr. John Asplin (Litholink Corp.). Congrats all!

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