Dr. Alberto Striolo

EPSCoR Research Focus: 
Chemical Conversion
Associate Professor
Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering
University of Oklahoma
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B.S. | Chemical Engineering | University of Padova, Italy | 1998
Ph.D. | Chemical Engineering | University of Padova, Italy | 2002
Research Interests: 

Cellulosic Bioenergy Research:  Chemical Conversion

Dr. Striolo's research goal is to understand how molecules behave at interfaces (solid-liquid, liquid-gas, and liquid-liquid). The molecules of interest include proteins, polymers, surfactants, solvents and, most importantly, water.

The research is exquisitely fundamental and will result in practical applications as diverse as nanofluidic devices, safe storage systems for nuclear waste, enhanced oil recovery and water desalination operations.

Current active projects investigate the following:

  • Aqueous electrolyte solutions (towards enhancing ion-exchange processes)
  • Lubrication in cartilage (to remediate osteoarthritis symptoms)
  • Self-assembling colloidal systems (to design ‘molecular factories’)
  • Heat transfer in nanocomposite materials (to engineer advanced lubricants for extreme conditions)
  • The optimization of heterogeneous catalysts (the goal is 100 percent product selectivity)

Dr. Striolo and his co-researchers deploy an arsenal of inter-disciplinary approaches in which accurate experimental results are coupled to state-of-the-art computational and theoretical investigations. The Stirolo laboratory is equipped with one computational cluster, hotohke and with experimental machinery suitable for the study of interfacial phenomena. The rearchers have developed significant expertise in conducting classical Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics simulations.

The research team is extending their capabilities to include ab initio methods and integral equations. When the experiments required to validate their theoretical predictions cannot be performed within their facilities,  the researchers rely on experienced collaborators with whom they have established a fruitful intellectual exchange of ideas, problems and solutions.

The results of the Striolo lab's research have been featured in over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and 3 book chapters, and presented at over 100 invited or contributed seminars.

Pictured (above):  Simulation snapshots for SDS aggregates on two approaching SWNTs at low SDS surface coverage. The SWNTs are separated by 6.90 angstroms. Green, red, and yellow spheres represent methyl groups, oxygen, and sulphur atoms of SDS, respectively. Blue spheres represent sodium ions. Carbon atoms in nanotubes are connected with bold grey lines. Water is not shown for clarity. Courtesy: ACS Nano

Research Assistants Funded by EPSCoR: 

Heng Fan | Doctoral student | Chemical Engineering | China | fanheng@ou.edu

Key Publications: 

Bold items indicate OK EPSCoR-supported research

  • Argyris, D., P. D. Ashby, and A. Striolo. “Assessing the Structure of Interfacial Water via AFM: Insights from Simulations.”ACS Nano. (2011). 5: 2215-2223.

  • Fan, H., D. E. Resasco, and A. Striolo, “Amphiphilic Silica Nanoparticles at the Water-Decane Interface: Insights from Atomistic Simulations.” Langmuir. (2011). 27: 5264-5274. doi: 10.1021/la200428r
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  • Ho, T. A., D. Argyris, L. L. Loyd, D. V. Papavassiliou, D. E. Cole, and A. Striolo. “Interfacial Water on Crystalline Silica: A Comparative Molecular Dynamics Simulation Study.” Molecular Stimulation. (2011). doi: 10.1080/08927022.2010.513008.
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  • Shi, L., V. I. Sikavitsas, and A. Striolo. “Experimental Friction Coefficients for Bovine Cartilage Measured with a Pin-On-Disc Tribometer: Testing-Configuration and Lubricant Effects.” Annals of Biomedical Engineering. (2011). 39: 132-146.

  • Suttipong, M., N. R. Tummala, B. Kitiyanan, and A. Striolo. “Role of Surfactant Molecular Structure on Self Assembly: Aqueous SDBS On Carbon Nanotubes.” Journal of Physical Chemistry C. (2011). In press. Also featured in the cover art of Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Issue # 35, (8 September 2011). doi: 10.1021/jp203247r.
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  • Tummala, N. R., B. P. Grady, and A. Striolo. “Lateral Confinement Effects on the Structural Properties of Surfactant Aggregates: SDS on Graphene.” Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. (2010). 12: 13137-13143. doi: 10.1039/C0CP00600A.
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  • Morrow, B. H. and A. Striolo. “Platinum Nanoparticles on Carbonaceous Materials: Effect of Support Geometry on Nanoparticle Mobility, Morphology, and Melting.” Nanotechnology. (2008). 19. doi: 10.1088/0957-4484/19/19/195711.
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Multiscale Simulation Studies to Enable Catalytic Bio-Oil Upgrade by Alberto Striolo
A presentation in the OK EPSCoR Biofuels Teleconference Series

Curriculum Vitae: 

Read about Dr. Striolo in the News at http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/tech/44612#.