Tewodros (Teddy) Asefa


Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Office:CBE-138; Lab: CBE-159/161
Website: http://chem.rutgers.edu/asefa_teddy


BSc, Distinction, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, 1992
MSc, The State University of New York at Buffalo, 1996-1998
PhD, University of Toronto, 1998-2002
Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University, 2003-2005


  • Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, 2016.
  • CNPq Science Without Borders Fellowships for Visiting Professorship, Brazil, 2014-2017.
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Fellowship for Visiting Professorship, Switzerland, 2015.
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, Maringá State University, Maringá, Paraná State, Brazil; 2014-2017.
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan; Fall 2014.
  • Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowships for Scholarly Excellence, 2012
  • NSF Special Creativity Award, 2011–2013
  • NSF-DMR, American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellowships (NSF-ACIF), One of the 10 Awardees, 2010
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2007–2012
  • Miller Postdoctoral Fellow Nominee, University of California at Berkeley, 2002
  • University of Toronto Open Fellowships, 1999–2002
  • Fulbright Fellow, University of Delaware and SUNY at Buffalo, 1996–1998
  • Dean's List and Distinction Graduate, 1989–1992

Research Interests

Nanoparticles and Core-Shell Nanoparticles with Novel Structures and Multifunctional Groups and Their Applications
Multifunctional Self-Assembled Monolayers on Surfaces and Nanoparticles and their Self-Assembled Structures
Catalysis and Nanocatalysis
Multifunctional Nanoporous and Mesoporous Materials for Drug-Delivery
Nanomaterials in Cancer Treatment
Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

Selected Publications



  1. “Nanocatalysis: Synthesis and Applications” ~600 pages, Edited by Vivek Polshettiwar and Tewodros Asefa, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013. ISBN: 978-1-118-14886-0.

Released July 2013: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-111814886X.html


Book Chapters:


  1. Polshettiwar, V.*; Asefa, T.*; “Introduction to Nanocatalysis” Book Chapter In Nanocatalysis: Synthesis and Applications” (V. Polshettiwar, T. Asefa, eds.), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013, 1-10.
  2. Asefa, T.*; Biradar, A. V.; Das, S.; Sharma, K. K.; Silva, R. “Nanocatalysts for the Heck Coupling Reactions” 40 pages, Book Chapter in “Nanocatalysis: Synthesis and Applications” (V. Polshettiwar, T. Asefa, eds.), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013, 11-50.
  3. Asefa, T.*; Biradar, A. V.; Das, S.; Sharma, K. K. “Nanostructured Catalysts for the Henry, Aldol, and Knoevenagel Reactions” 30 pages, Book Chapter in “Nanocatalysis: Synthesis and Applications” (V. Polshettiwar, T. Asefa, eds.), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013, 221-250.



  1. Asefa, T.* "Metal-Free and Noble Metal-Free Heteroatom-Doped Nanostructured Carbons as Prospective Sustainable Electrocatalysts" Acc. Chem. Res. 2016, 49, 1873-1883.
  2. Huang, X.; Zhou, L.-J.; Voiry, D.; Chhowalla, M.; Zou, X.*; Asefa, T.* "Monodisperse Mesoporous Carbon Nanoparticles from Polymer/Silica Self-Aggregates and Their Electrocatalytic Activities" ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 2016, 8, 18891–18903.


  1. Feng, L.-L.; Yu, G.; Wu, Y.; Li, G.-D.; Li, H.; Sun, Y.; Asefa, T.*; Chen, W.*; Zou, X.* High-Index Faceted Ni3S2 Nanosheet Arrays as Highly Active and Ultrastable Electrocatalysts for Water Splitting" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 2015, 137, 14023–14026. Featured in JACS Spotlight: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/jacs.5b11387
  1. Zhang, T.; Huang, X.; Asefa, T.* "Nanostructuring Polymers with High Surface Area using Inorganic Templates for Efficient Extraction of Anionic Dyes from Solutions" Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 16135–16138.