Giannis Mpourmpakis (Ioannis Bourmpakis)

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, University of Crete, 2006
Summary:

My research expertise is interdisciplinary, blending concepts and techniques from Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering. I use theory and computation to investigate the physicochemical properties of nanomaterials with potential applications in diverse nanotechnological areas, ranging from energy generation and storage, to materials design, nanoparticle growth, magnetism, and catalysis.

In the Computer-Aided Nano and Energy Lab (C.A.N.E.LA.), led by Prof. Mpourmpakis, we use theory and computation to investigate the physicochemical properties of nanomaterials with potential applications in diverse nanotechnological areas, ranging from green energy generation and storage to materials engineering and catalysis. Our laboratory core expertise lies on "ab-initio" electronic-structure theoretical calculations. We develop structure-activity relationships and apply multiscale tools to elucidate complex chemical processes that take place on nanomaterials. Ultimately, we design novel nanostructures with increased, molecular-level precision and tailored multifunctionality. 

Students
Namesort descending Position Email
Cowan, Michael Graduate Student mic132@pitt.edu
Dean, James Graduate Student jrd101@pitt.edu
Tan, Robin Graduate Student KAT129@pitt.edu
Taylor, Michael Graduate Student mgt16@pitt.edu

Michael Cowan

Graduate Student

mic132@pitt.edu
905 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15213

Affiliation:

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
University of Pittsburgh

James Dean

Graduate Student

jrd101@pitt.edu
3700 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh PA, 15261

Affiliation:

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
University of Pittsburgh

Project:

Catalysis via nanoparticles

Robin Tan

Graduate Student

KAT129@pitt.edu
905 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh PA, 15213

Affiliation:

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
University of Pittsburgh

Michael Taylor

Graduate Student

mgt16@pitt.edu
3700 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh PA, 15261
402-740-8975

Affiliation:

Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
University of Pittsburgh

Project:

Metal Nanoparticle Stability/ Reactivity

Most Cited Publications
  1. "SiC Nanotubes:  A Novel Material for Hydrogen Storage," Giannis Mpourmpakis and George E. Froudakis, George P. Lithoxoos and Jannis Samios, Nano Lett. 6, 1581 (2006)
  2. "Carbon Nanoscrolls:  A Promising Material for Hydrogen Storage," Giannis Mpourmpakis, Emmanuel Tylianakis, and George E. Froudakis, Nano Lett. 7, 1893 (2007)
  3. "Correlating Particle Size and Shape of Supported Ru/γ-Al2O3 Catalysts with NH3 Decomposition Activity," Ayman M. Karim, Vinay Prasad, Giannis Mpourmpakis, William W. Lonergan, Anatoly I. Frenkel, Jingguang G. Chen and Dionisios G. Vlachos, J. Am. Chem. Soc.131, 12230 (2009)
  4. "Why boron nitride nanotubes are preferable to carbon nanotubes for hydrogen storage?: An ab initio theoretical study," Giannis Mpourmpakis, George E. Froudakis, Catalysis Today 120, 341 (2007)
  5. "DFT study of furfural conversion to furan, furfuryl alcohol, and 2-methylfuran on Pd (111),"  V Vorotnikov, G Mpourmpakis, and DG Vlachos.  Acs Catalysis 2.12 (2012)
Recent Publications
  1. "Structure–property relationships on thiolate-protected gold nanoclusters." Cowan, Michael J., and Giannis Mpourmpakis. Nanoscale Advances (2019).
  2. "Computational Study of Methane Activation on γ-Al2O3." Cholewinski, Mitchell C., Mudit Dixit, and Giannis Mpourmpakis. ACS Omega 3, no. 12 (2018): 18242-18250.
  3. "Understanding Alkane Dehydrogenation through Alcohol Dehydration on γ-Al2O3." Kostetskyy, Pavlo, Carly Nolan, Mudit Dixit, and Giannis Mpourmpakis. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2018).
  4. "Structure Activity Relationships in Alkane Dehydrogenation on γ-Al2O3: Site-Dependent Reactions." Dixit, Mudit, Pavlo Kostetskyy, and Giannis Mpourmpakis. ACS Catalysis(2018).
  5. "Rethinking Heterometal Doping in Ligand-Protected Metal Nanoclusters." Taylor, Michael G., and Giannis Mpourmpakis. The journal of physical chemistry letters (2018).

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