tibor in a room with machinesProf. Tibor Szilvási recently received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his innovative research and teaching ideas. Tibor joined the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2020. Since then, he has led several key projects focused on using computational simulations to predict and understand the performance of materials. His research reduces the need for experimental work and has helped accelerate research by identifying materials with suitable properties for a variety of applications related to plastic waste recycling and catalysis.

The NSF CAREER award will provide Tibor with funding as he prepares to tackle his next challenge related to catalysis. He will develop computational methods to investigate catalytic reactions relevant to the chemical industry, and his research group will be using high-performance computational screening to identify optimal catalyst structures, compositions, and kinetics to increase overall activity, selectivity, and stability. Tibor’s new project will advance our understanding by simulating the thermal, electrocatalytic, and photocatalytic conversion of feedstock materials and by pinpointing relevant catalyst design factors, Tibor’s work will help realize more efficient catalysts.

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is extraordinarily proud of Tibor’s achievements. His innovative application of computational research methods in new areas has streamlined investigation into several new fields and research directions. We are excited to see what he will accomplish as he enters the next progression of his career. Congrats, Tibor!