Fuat E. Celik

Fuat E. Celik

Assistant Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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B.S.E. Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, 2002
M.Eng. Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, 2003
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
Post-doc. Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2010-2012


  • A. Walter Tyson Assistant Professorship Award
  • AIChE Student Chapter Advisor’s Honor Roll Award (Level II)
  • Rutgers School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award
  • Fellow, Summer Institute for Preparing Future Faculty, UC Berkeley
  • Chevron-Berkeley Fellowship, UC Berkeley
  • Richard J. Kokes Travel Award, North American Catalysis Society
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley 
  • Citation for Outstanding Teaching, UC Berkeley
  • Princeton Option Master of Engineering Scholarship, Princeton University
  • Richard K. Toner Thermodynamics Prize, Princeton University
  • Elected to Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

Professional Affiliations

2012 – present, Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
2010-2012 Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering University of Wisconsin-Madison
Advisor: Prof. Manos Mavrikakis
2003-2004 Research Assistant 
Princeton Environmental Institute - Energy Group Princeton University
Advisors: Prof. Robert H. Socolow, Dr. Eric D. Larson  

Research Interests

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis for Energy Applications
  • Biofuels 
  • Biochemicals
  • Kinetics
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Materials Synthesis
  • Quantum and Computational Chemistry
  • Fourier-Transform Infrared
  • UV-Visible
  • X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy, Energy and Environmental Systems

Selected Publications


  • F.E. Celik, M. Mavrikakis, Stability of Surface and Subsurface Hydrogen on and in Au/Ni Near-Surface Alloys.Surf. Sci. (2015) doi:10.1016/j.susc.2015.01.001 (in press).


  • A.N. Mlinar, P.M. Zimmerman, F.E. Celik, M. Head-Gordon, A.T. Bell, Effects of Brønsted-Acid Site Proximity on the Oligomerization of Propene in H-MFI. J. Catal. 288 (2012) 65-73.


  • T. Kim, F.E. Celik, D.G. Hanna, S. Shylesh, S. Werner, A.T. Bell, Gas-Phase Hydroformylation of Propene over Silica-Supported PPh3-Modified Rhodium Catalysts. Top. Catal. 54 (2011) 299-307.


  •   F.E. Celik, T. Kim, A.N. Mlinar, A.T. Bell, An Investigation of the Mechanism and Kinetics of Dimethoxymethane Carbonylation over FAU and MFI Zeolites. J. Catal. 274 (2010) 150-162.
  •   F.E. Celik, T. Kim, A.T. Bell, Effect of Zeolite Framework and Si/Al Ratio on Dimethoxymethane Carbonylation.J. Catal. 270 (2010) 185-195.


  •  F.E. Celik, T. Kim, A.T. Bell, Vapor-Phase Carbonylation of Dimethoxymethane over H-Faujasite. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 48 (2009) 4813-4815.
  •  E.D. Larson, H. Jin, F.E. Celik, Large-Scale Gasification-Based Coproduction of Fuels and Electricity from Switchgrass. Biofuels, Bioprod. Bioref. 3 (2009) 174-194.
  •   H. Jin, E.D. Larson, F.E. Celik, Performance and Cost Analysis of Future, Commercially-Mature Gasification-Based Electric Power Generation from Switchgrass. Biofuels, Bioprod. Bioref. 3 (2009) 142-173.


  •  F.E. Celik, H. Lawrence, A.T. Bell, Synthesis of Precursors to Ethylene Glycol from Formaldehyde and Methyl Formate Catalyzed by Heteropoly Acids. J. Mol. Catal. A: Chem. 288 (2008) 87-96.