Giannis Mpourmpakis (Ioannis Bourmpakis)

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

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. 

Namesort descending Position Email Joined
Austin, Natalie Graduate Student 5 years ago
Dean, James Graduate Student 1 year ago
Dixit, Mudit Postdoctoral Fellow 1 year ago
Taylor, Michael Graduate Student 4 years ago
Yan, Zihao Graduate Student 2 years ago
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. "Stabilization of Si-based cage clusters and nanotubes by encapsulation of transition metal atoms," Antonis N Andriotis, Giannis Mpourmpakis, George E Froudakis2 and Madhu Menon, New J. Phys. 4, 78 (2002)
Recent Publications
  1. "Design of highly selective ethanol dehydration nanocatalysts for ethylene production," Natalie Austin,  Pavlo Kostetskyy  and  Giannis MpourmpakisNanoscale (2018)
  2. "Direct Catalytic Conversion of BiomassDerived Furan and Ethanol to Ethylbenzene," Ivo Teixeira, Benedict T.W. Lo, Pavlo Kostetskyy, Lin Ye, Chiu Tang, Giannis Mpourmpakis, and Shik Chi Edman Tsang, ACS Catalysis. January 16, 2018
  3. "Reconstructing the Surface of Gold Nanoclusters by Cadmium Doping," Qi Li, Kelly J. Lambright, Michael G. Taylor, Kristin Kirschbaum, Tian-Yi Luo, Jianbo Zhao, Giannis Mpourmpakis, Soumitra Mokashi-Punekar, Nathaniel L. Rosi, and Rongchao JinJ. Am. Chem. Soc. 139, 17779 (2017)
  4. "Site-selective Substitution of Gold Atoms in the Au24(SR)20Nanocluster by Silver," Qi Li, Michael G. TaylorKristin Kirschbaum, Kelly J. LambrightXiaofan ZhuGiannis MpourmpakisRongchao JinJ Colloid Interface Sci. 505, 1202 (2017)
  5. "Computational Insights into Adsorption of C4 Hydrocarbons in Cation-Exchanged ZSM-12 Zeolites," Pavlo Kostetskyy and Giannis Mpourmpakis, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 56, 7062 (2017)

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