University of Delaware
PhD Chemical Engineering ’03
West Chester University
BS Physics ’98
The objective of our work is to develop predictive theories of surface chemistry related to heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis and photocatalysis. We are currently working on a number of projects in the fields of sustainable energy generation and conversion, functional nanomaterials, fundamental and applied heterogeneous catalysis. We use a range of experimental techniques including those aimed at performance assessment, kinetic analysis of chemical transformations, in operando spectroscopy, and electron microscopy. These experimental techniques are combined with first principles theoretical tools such as electronic structure calculations (DFT), ab initio kinetics and thermodynamics, and optical simulations.
Plasmonic metal nanoparticles are an emerging class of materials for heterogenous photocatalysis. Our research focuses on understanding the mechanism of this process using both experimental and modeling techniques.
The electrochemical oxygen reduction reaction limits the performance of low-temperature hydrogen fuel cells. We have developed models to help guide the design of nanostructures which can drive this reaction more efficiently. Learn more
Most commercial heterogenous catalysts have been discovered through trial-and-error approaches. We focus on the bottom-up design of optimal catalysts through a detailed understanding of underlying physical mechanisms governing these processes.
An ACS Interview with Suljo Linic in 2014. Featuring Editor-in-Chief of ACS Catalysis, Christopher Jones, with Suljo.
University of Michigan
Chemical Engineering Department
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Martin Lewis Perl Collegiate Professor of Chemical Engineering, 2020
Professor, 1938 Faculty Scholar Fellow, 2014
Associate Professor, 2010
Assistant Professor, 2004
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2003-2004
ChE 341: Fluid Mechanics
ChE 344: Reaction Engineering and Design
CHE 495/695: Electronic Structure Calculations in Engineering
CHE 495/696: Molecular Foundation for Heterogeneous Catalysis and Electro-catalysis
CHE 496/696 course: Ab initio Electronic Structure Calculations in Engineering
ChE 528: Chemical Reaction Engineering
2008: New ChE 496/696 Course
Molecular foundation for heterogeneous catalysis and electro-catalysis.
The course addresses numerous topics including:
Chemical bonding on metal surfaces
Various experimental tools that are used to study chemical transformations on surfaces at molecular level.
Various theoretical tools used to study chemical interactions on surfaces.
The material was discussed through a number of examples addressing contemporary issues related to the fields of energy and environment. These examples focused on the chemistry of fuel cells, chemistry of alloys, chemistry on nano-sized catalytic materials, characterization of these materials, relationships between the electronic structure of a material and its (electro)catalytic activity, etc.
We also discussed strategies that can be utilized to employ molecular insights to identify optimal electro(catalysts) for different electro(chemical) processes. For example, we developed a molecular foundation for a number of important phenomena including Sabatier’s principle, Bronsted-Evans-Polanyi (BEP) relationships, volcano curves, and many others.
2006: New ChE 496/696 Course
Ab initio Electronic Structure Calculations in Engineering
This course described various methods of solving the governing equation of quantum mechanics (Schrodinger equation) with a particular emphasis on Density Functional Theory (DFT). Furthermore it was illustrated how to utilize the electronic structure calculations to develop atomistic insights into elementary processes that govern the performance of heterogeneous catalysts, fuel cell electrodes, chemical sensors, etc. We also discussed different methodologies that allow us to use the atomistic insights obtained in the DFT calculations to draw conclusions about macroscopic observables such as catalytic activity and selectivity.
Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis, 2017
North American Catalysis Society
Giuseppe Parravano Memorial Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research, 2016
Michigan Catalysis Society
Associate Editor for the ACS Catalysis journal, 2014 –
ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science, 2014
American Chemical Society
1938 Faculty Scholar Professorship
University of Michigan
Thiel Lectureship, 2013
University of Notre Dame Department of Chemical Engineering
Monroe-Brown Foundation Research Excellence Award, 2012
University Of Michigan College Of Engineering
Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Young Investigator Award, 2011
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
1938E Award, 2010
University of Michigan College of Engineering
Unilever Award for Outstanding Young Investigator in Colloid and Surfactant Science, 2009
American Chemical Society
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2009
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation
DuPont Young Professor Award, 2008–2010
DuPont Chemical Company
Departmental Excellence Award, 2007
University of Michigan Department of Chemical Engineering
NSF Career Award, 2006–2011
National Science Foundation
Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany
Young Scientist Prize, July 2004
Council of the International Association of Catalysis Societies, Paris, France
Faculty Deveopment Grant
University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School
Competitive Fellowship Award, 2002
University of Delaware
Outstanding Student Award, 1998
West Chester University College of Arts and Sciences
Faculty Scholarship, 1995–1998
West Chester University
Soros Foundation Fellowship, 1995–1998
Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications
Plasmonic-metal nanostructures for efficient conversion of solar to chemical energy, S. Linic, P. Christopher, D. B. Ingram, Nature Materials, 10, 911, 2011. 5th most cited in Nature Materials between 2010-2016 per Google Scholar Metrics.
Visible light enhanced catalytic oxidation reactions on plasmonic silver nanostructures, P. Christopher, H. Xin, S. Linic, Nature Chemistry, 3, 467, 2011. 13th most cited in Nature Chemistry between 2010-2016 per Google Scholar Metrics.
Water splitting on composite plasmonic-metal/semiconductor photo-electrodes: Evidence for selective plasmon induced formation of charge carriers, D. B. Ingram, S. Linic, JACS, 133, 5202, 2011. 75th most cited in JACS between 2010-2016 per Google Scholar Metrics.
Photo-chemical transformations on plasmonic metal nanoparticles, S. Linic, U. Aslam, C. Boerigter, M. Morabito, Nature Materials, 14, 567, 2015.
Singular Characteristics and Unique Chemical Bond Activation Mechanisms of Photocatalytic Reactions on Plasmonic Nanostructures, P. Christopher, H. Xin, M. Andiappan, S. Linic, Nature Materials, 11, 1044, 2012.
Tuning selectivity in propylene epoxidation by plasmon mediated photo-switching of Cu oxidization state, M. Andiappan, J. Zhang, S. Linic, Science, 339, 1590, 2013.
Enhancing photo-chemical activity of semiconductor nanoparticles with optically active Ag nano-structures: Photo-chemistry mediated by Ag surface plasmons, P. Christopher, D. B. Ingram, S. Linic, J. Phys. Chem. C, 114, 9173, 2010.
Engineering Selectivity in Heterogeneous Catalysis: Ag Nanowires as Selective Ethylene Epoxiation Catalysts, P. Christopher, S. Linic, JACS, 130, 11264, 2008.
Predictive model for the design of plasmonic metal/semiconductor composite photocatalysts, D. B. Ingram, P. Christopher, J. Bauer, S. Linic, ACS Catalysis, 1, 1441, 2011.
High Activity Carbide Supported Catalysts for Water Gas Shift, N. Schweitzer, J. Schaidle, E. Obiefune, X. Pan, S. Linic, L. Thompson, JACS, 133, 2378, 2011.
Catalytic and Photocatalytic Transformations on Metal Nanoparticles with Targeted Geometric and Plasmonic Properties, S. Linic, P. Christopher, M. Andiappan, H. Xin, Accounts of Chemical Research, 46, 1890, 2013.
High performance Ag-Co alloy catalysts for electrochemical oxygen reduction, A. Holewinski, J. Idrobo, S. Linic, Nature Chemistry, 6, 828, 2014.
Evidence and implications of direct charge excitation as the dominant mechanism in plasmon-mediated photocatalysis, C. Boerigter, R. Campana, M. Morabito, S. Linic, Nature Communications, 7, 10545, 2016.
Mechanism of Charge Transfer from Plasmonic Nanostructures to Chemically Attached Materials, C. Boerigter, U. Aslam, S. Linic, ACS Nano, 10, 6108, 2016.
Invited Book Chapters and Publications
E. Nikolla, S. Linic*, “Rational Design of Heterogeneous Catalysts: From Molecular Insights to Novel Catalysts”, Springer, in press
S. Linic*, M. A. Barteau*, “Heterogeneous Catalysis of Alkene Epoxidation,” Chapter 14.11.6 in the Handbook of Heterogeneous
Catalysis, 2nd edition, volume 7, G. Ertl, H. Knözinger, F. Schüth, J. Weitkamp (eds.), Wiley-VCH, 2008, pp. 3448-3464.
Government, University, or Industrial Reports (Non-Refereed)
E. Nikolla, S. Linic, “Hybrid Experimental/Theoretical Approach Development of a Carbon-Tolerant Alloy Catalyst,”, DOE-NETL Annual review, 2006
E. Nikolla, S. Linic, “Hybrid Experimental/Theoretical Approach Development of a Carbon-Tolerant Alloy Catalyst,”, DOE-NETL Annual review, 2007
E. Nikolla, S. Linic, “Hybrid Experimental/Theoretical Approach Development of a Carbon-Tolerant Alloy Catalyst,”, DOE-NETL Annual review, 2008
S. Linic was one of co-authors of the report by DOE-BES on Basic Research Needs: Catalysis for Energy, published by DOE-BES in 2008
UM 4082: Highly Selective Catalysts for Epoxidation of Ethylene to
Form Ethylene Oxide. US Patent No. 7,820,840
UM 4414: Nanostructures for Photo-Catalytic Applications. US Patent Application No. 12/800,294
UM 4719: Plasmon Driven Chemical Reaction. Provisional Patent Application No. 61/346,771