Michele L. Sarazen

Michele L. Sarazen

Michele L. Sarazen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University. Her research group at Princeton couples synthetic, kinetic, and theoretical investigations of porous crystalline materials as catalysts and adsorbents for sustainable fuel and chemical production with an emphasis on reaction and deactivation mechanisms. She earned her BS in Chemical Engineering, summa cum laude, at the Pennsylvania State University and her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Her thesis, completed under the guidance of Enrique Iglesia, investigated zeolite-catalyzed alkene and alkane chain growth reactions through both experimental and theoretical approaches. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, working with Christopher Jones on the synthesis of hybrid adsorbents for direct air capture of CO2 and metal-organic framework-based catalysts. Her recognitions include the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Howard B. Wentz, Jr. Junior Faculty Award, National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering, as well as a Division Director for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the recent Chair of the Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York.