Faculty Profile

Dionisios G. Vlachos

Allan & Myra Ferguson Chair of Chemical Engineering

Director, Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI)
Director, Delaware Energy Institute (DEI)


  • Doctorate – 1992 University of Minnesota
  • Masters – 1990 University of Minnesota
  • Bachelors – 1987 National Technical University of Athens

About Dionisios G. Vlachos

Dionisios (Dion) G. Vlachos is the Allan and Myra Ferguson Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware, the Director of the University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI) and of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI), an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). He obtained a five-year diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1987, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1990 and 1992 respectively, and spent a postdoctoral year at the Army High Performance Computing Research Center in Minnesota. After that, Dr. Vlachos joined the University of Massachusetts as an assistant professor, was promoted to an associate professor in 1998 and joined the University of Delaware in 2000. He was a visiting fellowat Princeton University in the spring of 2000, a visiting faculty member at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital in the spring of 2007 and the George Pierce Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2007, and the Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2009-2016.

Professor Vlachos is the recipient of the 2016 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award, the R. H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering from AIChE (2011) and is an AAAS Fellow (since 2009). He also received a NSF Career Award and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. He is a member of AIChE, ACS, the Combustion Institute, MRS, the North American Catalysis Society (NACS) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). He has given named lectures: the Doumas Lecture, Department of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2016, the ICI Distinguished Lecturer, DB Robinson Lectureship Series at the University of Alberta, 2014-2015, and the J. D. Lindsay Lecture Series, Chemical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, Oct. 8, 2014.

Dr. Vlachos’ main research thrust is multiscale modeling and simulation along with their application to catalysis, crystal growth, portable microchemical devices for power generation, production of renewable fuels and chemicals, catalyst informatics, detailed and reduced kinetic model development and process intensification.

He is the corresponding author of more than 340 refereed publications with over 10,000 citations, and an h factor of 56, and has given over 200 plenary lectures, keynote lectures and other invited talks. Professor Vlachos has served as an executive editor of the Chemical Engineering Science journal and also served or currently serves on the editorial advisory board of ACS Catalysis, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, Applied Catalysis A: General.

Select Publications 

For a complete listing of publications, please view the Full CV.

  1. J. E. Sutton, W. Guo, M. A. Katsoulakis and D. G. Vlachos, “Effects of correlated parameters and uncertainty in electronic-structure-based chemical kinetic modelling”, Nature Chem 8, 331, (2016)
  2. Z. B. Zhuang, S. A. Giles, J. Zheng, G. R. Jenness, S. Caratzoulas, D. G. Vlachos, and Y. S. Yan, “Nickel supported on nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as hydrogen oxidation reaction catalyst in alkaline electrolyte”, Nature Communications 7, (2016)
  3. W. Guo, and D. G. Vlachos, “Patched bimetallic surfaces are active catalysts for ammonia decomposition”, Nature Communications 6, 8619, (2015)
  4. M. Nunez, and D. G. Vlachos, “Steady state likelihood ratio sensitivity analysis for stiff kinetic Monte Carlo simulations”, Journal of Chemical Physics 142(4), 7, (2015)
  5. R. E. Patet, N. Nikbin, C. L. Williams, S. K. Green, C.-C. Chang, W. Fan, S. Caratzoulas, P. J. Dauenhauer, and D. G. Vlachos, “Kinetic Regime Change in the Tandem Dehydrative Aromatization of Furan Diels-Alder Products”, ACS Catal. 5(4), 2367, (2015)
  6. T. D. Swift, H. Nguyen, A. Anderko, V. Nikolakis, and D. G. Vlachos, “Tandem Lewis/Bronsted homogeneous acid catalysis: conversion of glucose to 5-hydoxymethylfurfural in an aqueous chromium(III) chloride and hydrochloric acid solution”, Green Chemistry 17(10), 4725, (2015)
  7. V. Choudhary, S. H. Mushrif, C. Ho, A. Anderko, V. Nikolakis, N. S. Marinkovic, A. I. Frenkel, S. I. Sandler, and D. G. Vlachos, “Insights into the Interplay of Lewis and Br?nsted Acid Catalysts in Glucose and Fructose Conversion to 5-(Hydroxymethyl)furfural and Levulinic Acid in Aqueous Media”, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 135(10), 3997, (2013)
  8. M. Salciccioli, M. Stamatakis, S. Caratzoulas, and D. G. Vlachos, “A review of multiscale modeling of metal-catalyzed reactions: Mechanism development for complexity and emergent behavior”, Chem. Eng. Sci. 66, 4319, (2011)
  9. D. A. Hansgen, D. G. Vlachos, and J. G. Chen, “Using first principles to predict bimetallic catalysts for the ammonia decomposition reaction”, Nature Chem 2(5), 484, (2010)
  10. Z. Lai, G. Bonilla, G. Nery, I. Diaz-Carretero, K. Sujaoti, M.A. Amat, E. Kokkoli, O. Terasaki, R.W. Thompson, M. Tsapatsis, D.G. Vlachos, “Microstructural optimization of a zeolite membrane for organic vapor separation”, Science 300, 456, (2003)

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For a complete listing of awards, please view the Full CV.

  1. Executive Editor (Chemical Engineering Science: 2011)
  2. AAAS Fellow (American Association for the Advancement of Science: 2009)
  3. Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professorship of Chemical Engineering (University of Delaware: 2009)
  4. Top 100 Engineers (Int. Biographical Centre: 2009)
  5. George Piercy Distinguished Visiting Professorship ( Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department, University of Minnesota: 2007)
  6. Chemical Engineering Science Most Cited 2003-2006 Paper Award, for the paper of “Mesoscopic modeling of transport and reaction in microporous crystalline membranes”, Chem. Engng Sci. 58, 895-901 (2003) by M. A. Snyder, D. G. Vlachos, and M. A. Katsoulakis: 2003
  7. Provost’s Merit Award (University of Delaware: 2002 – 2003)
  8. Outstanding Advisor Service Award (College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts: 1997)
  9. Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts: 1997)
  10. National Science Foundation Career Award (National Science Foundation: 1997)

Research Areas 

Catalysis, rational design of catalysts, sustainable energy, portable microchemical devices for power and chemicals generation, fuels and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass, reactor design, nanomaterials, multiscale modeling, self-assembly and self-organization

Office: 250M ISEB
Phone: 302-831-2830

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