Umit S. Ozkan is a College of Engineering Distinguished Professor and the Chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department  at The Ohio State University.  She has been on the faculty of Chemical Engineering since 1985.   Between 2000 and 2005, she also served as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering. She held Visiting Scientist and Visiting Professor positions at the French Institut de Recherches  sur la Catalyse  (Catalysis Research Institute) Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and Université Claude Bernard, respectively. She received her B.S. (1978) and M.S. (1980) degrees from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey and her Ph.D. (1984) from Iowa State University.    

Dr. Ozkan’s current research interests are focused on heterogeneous catalysis and electro-catalysis.  She has edited eight books, has written over 200 refereed publications and book chapters, given over 350 conference presentations and over 150 invited lectures in 20 different countries.  She has seven patents and over 11,000 citations.  Professor Ozkan has held and continues to hold many leadership positions in several professional organizations, including American Institute of Chemical Engineers,  American Chemical Society and the North American Catalysis Society. She is on the Editorial Boards of Catalysis Today, Journal of Molecular Catalysis, Catalysis Letters, Topics in Catalysis, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Catalysis Book Series, Applied Catalysis B, ACS Applied Energy Materials and Catalysis Reviews in Science and Engineering,  ACS Catalysis and Nature Sustainability.   Dr. Ozkan is a Professional Engineer registered in Ohio.  She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE), and American Chemical Society (ACS).


International Awards and Recognitions


John van Geuns Lectureship Award at the Van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at the University of Amsterdam



French Universite Claude Bernard- CNRS Lectureship Award



French Centre de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) Fellowship


National Awards and Recognitions


Honored by a special issue of Catalysis Today (Volume 323, 270 pages, 2019)



ACS Energy and Fuels Division, Henry H. Storch Award



Invited Speaker for Catalysis Gordon Conference



Honored by a special volume of Topics in Catalysis (Volume 56, issues 18-20), 2013



Distinguished Researcher Award, American Chemical Society, Energy and Fuels Division



Elected as American Chemical Society Fellow



Elected as American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow



Elected as AICHE Fellow



Iowa State University, Professional Achievement Citation in Engineering



American Institute of Chemical Engineers WIC Mentorship Excellence Award



Invited Speaker for Electrochemistry Gordon Conference



Fulbright Senior Scholar Award



Society of Women in Engineering, Achievement Award



Iowa State University, College of Engineering Professional Progress Award



Tulane University, Newcomb Lectureship



W.M. Keck Foundation Engineering Teaching Excellence Award



National Science Foundation Woman Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research




Union Carbide Corporation Innovation Recognition Award


Regional Awards and Recognitions


TechColumbus Innovation Award



Technical Person of the Year, Columbus Technical Council



American Chemical Society Columbus Section Chemical Research Excellence Award



Top Contributor to Advancement of Technology Award, Industry and Technology Council of Central Ohio


University Awards and Recognitions


Honored by an Endowed Professorship created in her name



Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award



The Ohio State University Lab Safety Committee Excellence in Safety Award



The Ohio State University, Engineering Distinguished Professor Endowment



OSU Mortar Board Senior Honor Society Mentoring Recognition


2011, 2006, 2000

The Ohio State University, College of Engineering, Lumley Outstanding Research Award



Ohio State University, College of Engineering Scott Faculty Excellence Award



Ohio State University, Distinguished Scholar Award



Ohio State University, College of Engineering Harrison Award for Excellence in Engineering Education



The Ohio State University, College of Engineering, Charles E. MacQuigg Outstanding Teaching Award



Heterogeneous catalysis and electrocatalysis; catalytic materials; surface kinetics; in-situ and operando characterization of catalysts.



  • Jain, D., Ozkan, U.S.,  “Electrocatalytic Applications of Heteroatom-doped Carbon Nanostructures:Thinking Beyond PEM fuel Cells”, Catalysis Book Series, Royal Society of Chemistry . Catalysis, 32, 44–80 (2020) DOI: 10.1039/9781788019477-00044.
  • Gunduz, S., Deka, D.J., Ozkan, U.S., “A Review of the Current Trends in High-temperature Electrocatalytic Ammonia Production Using Solid Electrolytes,” Journal of Catalysis, 387 207–216 (2020).
  • Basu, D., Ailawar, S., Celik, G., Edmiston, P., Ozkan, U.S., “Effect of High Temperature on Swellable Organically Modified Silica (SOMS) and Its Application for Preferential CO Oxidation in H2 Rich Environment,” ChemCatChem. 12, 1-17 (2020)
  • Deka, D.J., Gunduz, S., Kim, J., Feree, M., Co, A.C., Ozkan, U.S., “Temperature-induced changes in the synthesis gas composition in a high-temperature H2O and CO2 co-electrolysis systemApplied Catalysis A . 602, 602 (2020).
  • Jain, D., Gustin, V., Basu, D., Gunduz, S., Deka, D.J., Co, A.C., Ozkan, U.S.,“Phosphate Tolerance of Nitrogen-Coordinated-Iron-Carbon (FeNC) Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction: A Size-related Hindrance Effect,” Journal of Catalysis. 390 150-160 (2020)
  • Jain, D., Zhang, Q., Gustin, V., Hightower, J., Gunduz, S., Co, A.C., Miller, J.T., Asthagiri, A., Ozkan, U.S., “An Experimental and DFT Investigation into Chloride Poisoning Effects on Nitrogen-Coordinated-Iron-Carbon (FeNC) Catalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction” The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. 124(19), 10324–10335 (2020.
  • Deka, D.J., Kim, J., Gunduz, S., Jain, D., Shi, Y.,  Miller, J., , Co, A.C., Ozkan, U.S.,” Coke formation during high-temperature CO2 electrolysis over AFeO3 (A=La/Sr) cathode:  Effect of A-site metal segregationsubmitted to Applied Catalysis B.


  • Gunduz, S., Dogu, D., Deka, D.J., Meyer, K.E., Fuller, A., Co, A.C., Ozkan, U.S., “Application of Solid Electrolyte Cells in Ion Pump and Electrolyzer Modes to Promote Catalytic Reactions: An Overview”. Catalysis Today. 323, 3-13, (2019).
  • Olson, N., Deshpande, N., Gunduz, S., Ozkan, U.S., Brunelli, N.A., “Utilizing Imogolite Nanotubes as a Tunable Catalytic Material for the Selective Isomerization of Glucose to Fructose,” Catalysis Today. 323, 69-65 (2019) .
  • Dogu, D., Sohn, H., Bhattacharya,  Cornelius, C., and Ozkan., U.S.,  “Using Volatile Organic Compounds in Waste Streams as Fuel,”  International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering, 17(6),1-18, (2019)
  • Celik, G., Ailawar, S., Gunduz, S., Edmiston, P.L, Ozkan, U.S., “Formation of Carbonaceous Deposits on Pd-based Hydrodechlorination Catalysts: Vibrational Spectroscopy Investigations over Pd/Al2O3 and Pd/SOMS”, Catalysis Today. 323, 129-140 (2019). .
  • Deka, D.J., Gunduz, S., Fitzgerald, T., Miller, J. T., Co, A.C., Ozkan, U.S., “Production of syngas with controllable H2/CO ratio by high temperature co-electrolysis of CO2 and H2O over Ni and Co- doped lanthanum strontium ferrite perovskite cathodes,” Applied Catalysis B. 248, 487-503 (2019).
  • Sinha Majumdar, S., Alexander, A.-M., Gawade, P., Celik, G., Ozkan, U.S., “Effect of alumina incorporation on the sulfur-tolerance of the dual-catalyst aftertreatment system for reduction of nitrogen oxides under lean conditions,” Catalysis Today. 320 204-213 (2019).​1016/​j.​cattod.​2018.​01.​027.  
  • Celik, G., Ailawar, S., Gunduz, S., Miller, J.T., Edmiston, P.L, Ozkan, U.S., “Aqueous-phase Hydrochlorination  of Trichloroethylene over Pd-based Swellable Organically Modified Silica: Catalyst Deactivation Due to Sulfur Species,” I&EC Research, 58 (10), 4054-4064 (2019).  DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.8b05979
  • Dogu, D., Gunduz, G.,. Meyer, K.E., Deka, D. J., Co, A.C.,and and Ozkan., U.S.,  “CO2 and H2O Electrolysis Using Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cell (SOEC) with La and Cl- doped Strontium Titanate Cathode,” Catalysis Letters. 149 (7), 1743-1752 (2019)
  • Deka, D.J., Gunduz, S., Kim, J., Fitzgerald, T., Shi, Y., Co, A.C., Ozkan, U.S., “Hydrogen Production from Water in a Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell: Effect of Ni Doping on Lanthanum Strontium Ferrite Perovskite Cathodes”  Submitted to  Special Issue of I&EC Research, Chuck Eckert Festschrift.58(50,) 22497-22505, (2019)
  •  Deka, D.J., Gunduz, S., Ozkan, U.S., “Advances in High Temperature Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 and H2O,”  Advances in Catalysis. 62, 113-165 (2019)
  • Jain, D.,  Zhang, Q., Hightower, J., Gustin, V.,  Asthagiri, A. , Ozkan, U.S., “Changes in Active Sites on Nitrogen-doped Carbon Catalysts under Oxygen Reduction Reaction: A Combined Post-reaction Characterization and DFT Study,”. ChemCatChem.,11, 1-7, (2019) (invited paper). DOI: 10.1002/celc.201800134