Steven L. Suib

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Director of IMS
Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor

Department of Chemistry
55 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06269
Phone: (860) 486-2797
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  • Postdoctoral Associate, University of Illinois, 1979
  • Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • B. S. SUNY, Fredonia

Research Focus

  • Synthesis by molecular design of environmentally friendly catalysts, surfaces, ceramics, adhesives and other materials.
  • Characterization of the structural, surface, bulk, optical, magnetic, electronic, morphologic and thermal properties of these materials is also a vital part of this work.
  • Synthesis, characterization, and catalytic studies of porous transition metal oxide materials is being pursued.
  • Redox catalytic cycles developed based on changes in oxidation states of these materials. Some of the catalytic reactions include activation of CO2, water splitting, selective oxidation of hydrocarbons, gas oil cracking, Fischer tropsch, biomass conversion, and others.
  • Microwave heating being used to make novel nano-size materials as well as to drive catalytic reactions. Other applications include adsorption, sensors, and battery materials.


  • Fellow, American Academy for the Advancement of Science, 2020
  • Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, 2012
  • Elected Chair for the Applied Chemical Technology Subdivision (ACTS) of the American Chemical Society (ACS), 2011

Current Publications

Ouyang, J.; Zhao, Z.; Yang, H.; He, J.; Suib, S. L., Surface Redox Characters and Synergetic Catalytic Properties of Macroporous Ceria-Zirconia Solid Solutions, J. Haz. Mat., 2019, 366, 54-64.

Lawson, M.; Horn, J.; Wong-Ng, W.; Espinal, L.; Nguyen, H. G.; Kaduk, J.; Lapidus, S. H.; Meng, Y.; Suib, S.; Li, L., Carbon Capture and Storage Properties of Porous Octahedral Molecular Sieve, Powder Diff., 2019, 34, 13-20.

Wang, Y.; Wu, Y.; Shirazi Amin, A.; Kerns,P.; Fee, J.; He, J.; Jin, L.; Maric, R.; Suib, S., Direct Construction of Mesoporous Metal Sulfides via Reactive Spray Deposition Technology, ACS Appl. Energy Mat., 2019, 2, 2370-2374.

Yang, Y.; Su, X.; Zhang, L.; Kerns, P.; Achola, L.; Hayes, V.; Quardokus, R.; Suib, S. L.; He, J., Intercalating MnO2 Nanosheets with Transition Metal Cations to Enhance Oxygen Evolution, ChemCatChem, 2019, 11, 1689-1700.

Dissanayake, D.; Achola, L.; Kerns, P.; Rathnayake, D.; He, J.; Macharia, J.; Suib, S. L., Aerobic Oxidative Coupling of Amines to Imines by Mesoporous Copper Aluminum Mixed Metal Oxides via Generation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), Appl. Catal. B: Env., 2019, 249, 32-41.

Muya, R. K.; Achola, L.; Njagi, E. C.; Ombaka1, O.; Suib, S. L., Synthesis Characterization 0and Applications of Transition Metal Doped Manganese Oxide Catalysts, Res. J. Life Sci. 0BioInf. Pharm. Chem. Sci., 2019, 5, 16-30.

Lv, H.; Sun, L.; Xu, D.; Suib, S. L., Liu, B., One-Pot Aqueous Synthesis of Ultrathin Trimetallic 02PdPtCu Nanosheets for the Electrooxidation of Alcohols, Green Chem., 2019, 21, 2367-2374.

Wang, C.; Zou, X.; Liu, H.; Chen, T.; Suib, S. L.; Chen, D.; Xie, J.; Li, M.; Sun, F., Highly Efficient catalyst of palygorskite-Supported manganese Oxide for Formaldehyde Oxidation at Ambient and Low Temperature: Performance, Mechanism and Reaction Kinetics, Appl. Surf. Sci., 2019, 486, 420-430.

Shakil, M. M.; Meguerdichian, A.; Tasnim, H.; Shirazi A., Alireza; S. M.; Suib, S. L., Syntheses of ZnO with Different Morphologies: Catalytic Activity Towards Coumarin Synthesis via the Knoevenagel Condensation Reaction, Inorg. Chem., 2019, 58, 5703-5714.

Dutta, B.; Clarke, R.; Raman, S.; Shaffer, T. D.; Achola, L.; Nandi, P.; Suib, Steven L., Lithium Promoted mesoporous manganese oxide catalyzed  oxidation of allyl ethers, NatureComm., 2019, 10, 1-6.