June 2017

Congratulations to our graduates, Julie, Derrick, and Christina (M.S.) and Brook and Roy (B.S.)

June 2016

Dante receives the Faculty Early Career Award from the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UCLA

June 2016

Dante receives the 2016 Hellman Fellow Award to support his research on process intensification strategies for methane conversion to hydrogen and methanol

May 2016

Dante receives the Doctoral New Investigator Award from the ACS-PRF to study the fundamentals of gas-solid reactions relevant to contaminant removal from oil and gas

May 2016

Our lab receives a grant from the UCLA Academic Senate Council on Research to study the fundamentals of gas-solid reactions as they pertain to catalysis and adsorption

Welcome to the website for the Simonetti Research Group in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at UCLA.

Our research focuses on the science and engineering of catalysis and adsorption as solutions to the problems associated with clean and efficient utilization of carbon-based resources for energy and chemical applications.  The primary goal of our research is to discover new catalytic reaction and sorptive separation systems for the conversion of biomass, light alkanes/natural gas, and heavy oil feedstocks as well as to improve the sustainability of existing refinery and petrochemical processes.  Toward this goal, we combine reaction kinetics studies with materials characterization experiments and kinetic modeling to elucidate reaction mechanisms at the molecular level and then exploit this knowledge to discover and develop new catalytic and adsorption processes.