Fuat E. Celik

Fuat E. Celik

Assistant Professor

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Website: Lab Webpage


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


  • AIChE Student Chapter Advisor’s Honor Roll Award (Level II) (2014 and 2015)
  • Rutgers School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award (2013 and 2015)
  • A. Walter Tyson Assistant Professorship Award (2014)

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

  • Energy and Environmental Systems
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Computational Chemistry
  • Molecular Spectroscopy
  • Kinetics and Reaction Engineering
  • Material Synthesis
  • Organometallic Chemistry
  • Process Simulation and Design

Selected Publications

  • B. Sheludko, M.T. Cunningham, A.S. Goldman, F.E. Celik*, Continuous Flow Alkane Dehydrogenation by Supported Pincer-Ligated Iridium Catalysts at Elevated Temperatures. ACS Catalysis 2018, https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.8b01497
  • S. Atta, A.M. Pennington, F.E. Celik*, L. Fabris*, TiO2 on Gold Nanostars Enhances Photocatalytic Water Reduction in the Near-Infrared Regime. Chem 2018, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chempr.2018.06.004
  • A.M. Pennington, R.A. Yang, D.T. Munoz, F.E. Celik*, Metal-Free Hydrogen Evolution over Defect-Rich Anatase Titanium Dioxide. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2018, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.06.096
  • A. Hook, T.P. Nuber, F.E. Celik*, Density Functional Theory Investigation of the Role of Cocatalytic Water in Methane Steam Reforming over Anatase TiO2 (101). Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2018, 57, 8131-8143. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.8b00944
  • A. Hook, F.E. Celik*, Density Functional Theory Investigation of the Role of Cocatalytic Water in Water Gas Shift Reaction over Anatase TiO2 (101). Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 2018, 57, 6830-6841. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.8b00532
  • A.M. Pennington, A.I. Okonmah, D.T. Munoz, G. Tsilomelekis, F.E. Celik*, Changes in Polymorph Composition in P25-TiO2 during Pretreatment Analyzed by Differential Diffuse Reflectance Spectral Analysis Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2018, 122, 5093-5104. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b10449
  • F.E. Celik, B. Peters, M.-O. Coppens, A. McCormick, R.F. Hicks, J. Ekerdt, A Career in Catalysis: Alexis T. Bell, ACS Catalysis 2017, 7, 8628-8640. https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.7b03218
  • A. Hook, F.E. Celik*, Predicting Selectivity for Ethane Dehydrogenation and Coke Formation Pathways over model Pt-M Surface Alloys with Ab Initio and Scaling Methods, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2017, 121, 17882-17892. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b03789
  • A. Hook, J.D. Massa, F.E. Celik*, Effect of Tin Coverage on Selectivity for Ethane Dehydrogenation over Platinum-Tin Alloys, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2016, 120, 27307-27318. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b08407
  • L.V. Dinh, B. Li, A. Kumar, W. Schinski, K.D. Field, A. Kuperman, F.E. Celik*, A.S. Goldman*, Alkyl-Aryl Coupling Catalyzed by Tandem Systems of Pincer-Ligated Iridium Complexes and Zeolites, ACS Catalysis 2016, 6, 2836-2841. https://doi.org/10.1021/acscatal.6b00149
  • A. Kulkarni, A. Kumar, A.S. Goldman, F.E. Celik*, Selectivity for dimers in pentene oligomerization over acid zeolites. Catalysis Communications 2016, 75, 98-102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catcom.2015.11.012
  • F.E. Celik, M. Mavrikakis, Stability of surface and subsurface hydrogen on and in Au/Ni near-surface alloys. Surface Science 2015, 640, 190-197. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.susc.2015.01.001
  • 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. Journal of Catalysis 2012, 288, 65-73. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcat.2012.01.002
  • 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. Topics in Catalysis 2011, 54, 299-307. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11244-011-9664-3
  • 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. Journal of Catalysis 2010, 274, 150-162. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcat.2010.06.015
  • F.E. Celik, T. Kim, A.T. Bell, Effect of zeolite framework and Si/Al ratio on dimethoxymethane carbonylation. Journal of Catalysis 2010, 270, 185-195. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcat.2009.12.021
  • F.E. Celik, T. Kim, A.T. Bell, Vapor-Phase Carbonylation of Dimethoxymethane over H-Faujasite. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2009, 48, 4813-4815. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.200900464
  • E.D. Larson, H. Jin, F.E. Celik, Large-scale gasification-based coproduction of fuels and electricity from switchgrass. Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining-biofpr 2009, 3, 174-194. https://doi.org/10.1002/bbb.137
  • H. Jin, E.D. Larson, F.E. Celik, Performance and cost analysis of future, commercially-mature gasification-based electric power generation from switchgrass. Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining-biofpr 2009, 3, 142-173. https://doi.org/10.1002/bbb.138
  • F.E. Celik, H. Lawrence, A.T. Bell, Synthesis of precursors to ethylene glycol from formaldehyde and methyl formate catalyzed by heteropoly acids. Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 2008, 288, 87-96. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molcata.2008.03.029