Michael Tsapatsis

Research Interests

We develop membranes and catalysts with tailored properties by combining synthetic chemistry, novel processing, and systematic characterization with careful evaluation of performance in challenging applications. Our publications focus on molecular sieve synthesis, crystal structure elucidation, pattern formation, morphology control, and incorporation in engineering devices. Our work is strengthened by substantial industrial interactions.


Engineering Diploma, The University of Patras, Greece, 1988

MS, Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1992

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1994


National Academy of Engineering (2015)

Breck Award (International Zeolite Association) (2013); Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research, AIChE (2013)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow (2011); George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research, Institute of Technology, UMN (2008); Charles M.A. Stine Award, Materials Engineering & Sciences Division of AIChE (2007);

Merck Sharp and Dohme Lectures, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (2006); Van Ness Lectures, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2006); Robert W. Vaughan Lecture, California Institute of Technology (2006);

DB Robinson Distinguished Speaker, University of Alberta (2006); Stratis V Sotirchos Memorial Lecture (2005); G.C.A. Schuit Lecture, University of Delaware (2004)

National Center for Electron Microscopy/Department of Energy Fellow (1995); North American Membrane Society Fellowship (1993)

Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, College of Engineering, UMass-Amherst (1998); Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1998); David and Lucile Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering (1996); NSF CAREER Award (1996)

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