Taylor Sulmonetti

Taylor P. Sulmonetti, Ph.D.

Senior Associate
Thermal Sciences
Atlanta

Dr. Sulmonetti is a chemical engineer whose areas of expertise include reaction and chemical process engineering, heterogeneous catalysis, environmental catalysis, biomass processing, materials characterization, and various spectroscopic techniques. His research interests include catalysis and catalytic processes, industrial chemical processes, process safety, fires and explosions, alternative energy processes, and biorenewable products.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Sulmonetti earned his Ph.D. at Georgia Institute of Technology. As a Graduate Research Assistant at Georgia Tech, he synthesized, characterized, and analyzed non-precious, multi-metal catalysts utilized in the conversion of key biomass platform molecules into renewable fuel additives and plastic precursors. He gained extensive experience in reaction engineering including designing and testing lab-scale batch reactors and vapor phase flow reactors, along with product analysis through gas chromatography (GC). Additionally, he has significant experience with material characterization techniques including X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

Prior to his graduate studies, Dr. Sulmonetti held an internship in the beverage industry for the Coca-Cola Company conducting failure analysis and environmental life cycle testing of fountain drink syrup pumps. He also held an internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center where he synthesized and characterized poly(imide-siloxane)s for high temperature applications.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2017
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2013
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Leadership Fellow, 2016-2017

Publications

Vieira LH, Possato LG, Chaves TF, Lee JJ, Sulmonetti TP, Jones CW. Insights into redox dynamics of vanadium species impregnated in layered siliceous zeolitic structures during methanol oxidation reactions. ChemCatChem 2020; 12(1), 141-151.

Mahamular S, Yin K, Sulmonetti TP, Kwon HT, Davis RJ, Li L, Shibata H, Malek A, Jones CW, Agrawal PK. α-Alumina supported doped ceria catalysts for steam gasification and oxidation of radical coke. Chemical Engineering Research and Design 2019; 151: 1-9.

Golub KW, Sulmonetti TP, Darunte LA, Shealy MS, Jones CW. Metal–Organic-Framework-Derived Co/Cu–Carbon Nanoparticle Catalysts for Furfural Hydrogenation. ACS Applied Nano Materials 2019; 2(9): 6040-6056.

Yang SC, Pang SH, Sulmonetti TP, Su WN, Lee JF, Hwang BJ, Jones CW. Synergy between Ceria Oxygen Vacancies and Cu Nanoparticles Facilitates the Catalytic Conversion of CO2 to CO under Mild Conditions. ACS Catalysis 2018; 8(12): 12056-12066.

Kwon HT, Bukhovko MP, Mahamulkar S, Sulmonetti TP, Min B, Almas Q, Malek A, Agrawal PK, Jones CW. Sol–gel derived CeO2/α‐Al2O3 bilayer thin film as an anti‐coking barrier and its catalytic coke oxidation performance. AIChE Journal 2018; 64(11): 4019-4026.


Sulmonetti TP, Bo H, Lee S, Agrawal PK, Jones CW. Reduced Cu-Co-Al Mixed Metal Oxides for the Ring-Opening of Furfuryl Alcohol to Produce Renewable Diols. ACS Sustainable Chemical Engineering 2017; 5(10): 8959-8969.

Bo H, Kim WG, Sulmonetti TP, Sarazen ML, Tan S, So J, Moore JS, Liu Y, Dixit RS, Nair S, Jones CW. Mesoporous CoAl2O4 Spinel Catalyst for Non-Oxidative Propane Dehydrogenation. ChemCatChem 2017; 9(17): 3330-3337.

Sulmonetti TP, Bo H, Ifkovits Z, Lee S, Agrawal PK, Jones CW. Selective Hydrogenolysis of Furanics Utilizing Reduced Cobalt Mixed Metal Oxide Catalysts. ChemCatChem 2017; 9(10): 1815-1823.

Sulmonetti TP, Pang S, Claure MT, Lee S, Cullen D, Agrawal PK, Jones CW. Vapor Phase Hydrogenation of Furfural over Nickel Mixed Metal Oxides. Applied Catalysis A: General 2016; 517: 187-195.

Presentations

Oral Presentations

Sulmonetti TP. Chemical Based Pretreatments of Lignocellulosic Biomass. International Biomass Conference and Expo. Savannah, GA, 2019.

Sulmonetti TP, Agrawal PK, Jones CW. Tunable Mixed Metal Oxides for the Selective Hydrogenation and Ring-Opening of Furfuryl Alcohol. AIChE National Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 2017.

Sulmonetti TP, Bo H, Ifkovits Z, Lee S, Agrawal PK, Jones CW. Selective Hydrogenolysis of Furfuryl Alcohol to 2-Methylfuran Over Reduced Co-Fe-Al Mixed Metal Oxides. AIChE National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2016. – Session’s Best Presentation

Sulmonetti TP, Bo H, Lee S, Agrawal PK, Jones CW. Ring-Opening of Furfuryl Alcohol Towards 1,5-Pentanediol Over Reduced Cu-Co-Al Mixed Metal Oxides. AIChE National Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2016. – Session’s Best Presentation

Sulmonetti TP, Agrawal PK, Jones CW. Hydrogenation and Hydrogenolysis of Furanics Utilizing Non-Precious Mixed Metal Oxides. Southeastern Catalysis Society Symposium, Asheville, NC, 2016.

Sulmonetti TP, Pang S, Claure MT, Lee S, Cullen D, Agrawal PK, Jones CW. Vapor Phase Hydrogenation of Furfural Utilizing Nickel Mixed Metal Oxides. AIChE National Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, 2015.

Poster Presentations

Sulmonetti TP, Agrawal PK, Jones CW. Tunable Mixed Metal Oxides for the Selective Hydrogenation and Ring-Opening of Furfuryl Alcohol. North American Catalysts Society Meeting, Denver, CO, 2017.

Sulmonetti TP, Pang S, Claure MT, Lee S, Cullen D, Agrawal PK, Jones CW. Vapor Phase Hydrogenation of Furfural Utilizing Nickel Mixed Metal Oxides. International Congress on Catalysis, Beijing, China 2016.

Prior Experience

Engineering Intern - Freestyle Division, Coca-Cola, Summer 2012

Polymer Research Intern, NASA’s Langley Research Center, Summer 2011

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Chemicals Engineers – AIChE (member)

National Association of Fire Investigators – NAFI (member)

FiltExpo – Session Chair, 2019

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CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), 2017
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2013
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Leadership Fellow, 2016-2017