Canan Sener


Hometown: Ankara-Turkey

B.S. Hacettepe University

M.S. Middle East Technical University

Ph.D. Middle East Technical University


- Synthesis of multimetallic catalysts with controlled size and composition.
- Shape controlled synthesis of metal nanoparticles.
- Solvent effects in upgrading lignocellulosic biomass to value-added chemicals.

Selected Publications

  1. Sener. C., Motagamwala, Ball, M.R., A.H., Dumesic, J.A., “Synthesis of Shape-Controlled Pt Nanoparticles with Tunable Sizes”, in preparation.
  1. Sener. C., Motagamwala, A.H., Dumesic, J.A., “Solvent Effects on Hydrogenolysis of Glycerol”, to be submitted.
  1. Sener, C., Motagamwala, A.H., Alonso, D.M., Dumesic, J.A., “Enhanced Furfural Yields from Xylose Dehydration in the Ɣ-Valerolactone/Water Solvent System at Elevated Temperatures”, submitted.
  1. Motagamwala, A.H., Won, W., Sener, C., Alonso, D.M., Maravelias, C.T., Dumesic, J.A., “Toward Biomass-Derived Renewable Plastics: Production of 2,5-Furandicarboxylic Acid from Fructose”, Science Advances, 4, eaap9722 (2018).
  1. Liu, Y., Goeltl, F., Ro, I., Ball, M.R., Sener, C., Aragao, I.B., Zanchet, D., Huber, G.W., Mavrikakis, M., Dumesic, J.A., “Synthesis Gas Conversion over Rh-Based Catalysts Promoted by Fe and Mn”, ACS Catalysis, 7, 4550-4563 (2017).
  1. Ro, I., Liu, Y., Ball, M.R., Jackson, D.H.K., Chada, J.P., Sener, C., Kuech T.F., Madon R.J., Huber G.W., Dumesic, J.A., “Role of the Cu-ZrO2 Interfacial Sites for Ethanol Conversion to Ethyl Acetate and Methanol Synthesis from CO2 and H2”, ACS Catalysis, 6 (10), 7040-7050 (2016).
  1. Ro, I., Sener, C., Stadelman, T.M., Ball M., Venegas J.M., Burt, S., Hermans, I., Dumesic, J.A., Huber, G.W., “Measurement of Intrinsic Catalytic Activity of Pt Monometallic and Pt-MoOx Interfacial Sites Over Visible Light Enhanced PtMoOx/SiO2 Catalyst in Reverse Water Gas Shift Reaction”, Journal of Catalysis, 344, 784-794 (2016).
  1. Sener, C., Wesley, T.S., Alba-Rubio, A.C., Kumbhalkar, M.D., Hakim, S.H., Ribeiro, F.H., Miller, J.T., Dumesic, J.A., “PtMo Bimetallic Catalysts Synthesized by Controlled Surface Reactions for Water Gas Shift”, ACS Catalysis, 6, 1334-1344 (2016).
  1. Alba-Rubio, A.C., Sener, C., Hakim, S.H., Gostanian, T.M., Dumesic, J.A., “Synthesis of Supported RhMo and PtMo Bimetallic Catalysts by Controlled Surface Reactions”, ChemCatChem, 7, 3881-3886 (2015).
  1. Hakim, S.H., Sener, C., Alba-Rubio, A.C., Gostanian, T.M., O’Neill, B.J., Ribeiro, F.H., Miller, J.T., Dumesic, J.A., “Synthesis of Supported Bimetallic Nanoparticles with Controlled Size and Composition Distributions for Active Site Elucidation”, Journal of Catalysis, 328, 75-90 (2015).
  1. O’Neill, B.J., Sener, C., Jackson, D.H.K., Kuech, T.M., Dumesic, J.A., “Control of Thickness and Chemical Properties of Atomic Layer Deposition Overcoats for Stabilizing Cu/γ-Al2O3 Catalysts”, ChemSusChem, 7, 3247-3251 (2014).
  1. Mellmer, M.A., Sener, C., Gallo, J.M.R., Lutherbacher, J.S., Alonso, D.M., Dumesic, J.A., “Solvent Effects in Acid-Catalyzed Biomass Conversion Reactions”, Angewandte Chemie, 53, 11872-11875 (2014).