Zachary Ulissi

  • Program Years: 2010-2014
  • Academic Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Field of Study: Chemical Engineering
  • Academic Advisor: Michael Strano
  • Practicum(s):
    Argonne National Laboratory (2012)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2015
    Masters of Advanced Studies in Mathematics, Cambridge University, 2010
    B.S. Physics, and B.E. Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, 2009

Current Status

  • Status: Assistant Professor Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Research Area: Chemical Engineering
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Wang, Q. H., Bellisario, D. O., Drahushuk, L. W., Jain, R. M., Kruss, S., Landry, M. P., Mahajan, S. G., Shimizu, S. F. E., Ulissi, Z. W. & Strano, M. S. Low Dimensional Carbon Materials for Applications in Mass and Energy Transport. Chemistry of Materials 26, 172-183 (2014).

Bellisario, D. O., Ulissi, Z. & Strano, M. S. A Quantitative and Predictive Model of Electromigration-Induced Breakdown of Metal Nanowires. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117, 12373-12378 (2013).

Choi, W., Ulissi, Z. W., Shimizu, S. F. E., Bellisario, D. O., Ellison, M. D. & Strano, M. S. Diameter-dependent ion transport through the interior of isolated single-walled carbon nanotubes. Nature Communications 4 (2013).

Paulus, G. L. C., Wang, Q. H., Ulissi, Z. W., McNicholas, T. P., Vijayaraghavan, A., Shih, C.-J., Jin, Z. & Strano, M. S. Charge Transfer at Junctions of a Single Layer of Graphene and a Metallic Single Walled Carbon Nanotube. Small 9, 1954-1963 (2013).

Shimizu, S., Ellison, M., Aziz, K., Wang, Q. H., Ulissi, Z., Gunther, Z., Bellisario, D. & Strano, M. S. Stochastic Pore Blocking and Gating in PDMS-Glass Nanopores from Vapor-Liquid Phase Transitions. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117, 9641-9651 (2013).

Ulissi, Z. W., Strano, M. S. & Braatz, R. D. Control of nano and microchemical systems. Computers & Chemical Engineering 51, 149-156 (2013).

Zhang, J., Landry, M. P., Barone, P. W., Kim, J.-H., Lin, S., Ulissi, Z. W., Lin, D., Mu, B., Boghossian, A. A., Hilmer, A. J., Rwei, A., Hinckley, A. C., Kruss, S., Shandell, M. A., Nair, N., Blake, S., Sen, F., Sen, S., Croy, R. G., Li, D., Yum, K., Ahn, J.-H., Jin, H., Heller, D. A., Essigmann, J. M., Blankschtein, D. & Strano, M. S. Molecular recognition using corona phase complexes made of synthetic polymers adsorbed on carbon nanotubes. Nature Nanotechnology 8, 959-968 (2013).

Carver, C., Ulissi, Z., Ong, C. K., Dennison, S., Kelsall, G. H. & Hellgardt, K. Modelling and development of photoelectrochemical reactor for H-2 production. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 37, 2911-2923 (2012).

Sen, F., Boghossian, A. A., Sen, S., Ulissi, Z. W., Zhang, J. & Strano, M. S. Observation of Oscillatory Surface Reactions of Riboflavin, Trolox, and Singlet Oxygen Using Single Carbon Nanotube Fluorescence Spectroscopy. Acs Nano 6, 10632-10645 (2012).

Boghossian, A. A., Zhang, J., Le Floch-Yin, F. T., Ulissi, Z. W., Bojo, P., Han, J.-H., Kim, J.-H., Arkalgud, J. R., Reuel, N. F., Braatz, R. D. & Strano, M. S. The chemical dynamics of nanosensors capable of single-molecule detection. Journal of Chemical Physics 135 (2011).

Ulissi, Z., Prasad, V. & Vlachos, D. G. Effect of multiscale model uncertainty on identification of optimal catalyst properties. Journal of Catalysis 281, 339-344 (2011).

Ulissi, Z. W., Shimizu, S., Lee, C. Y. & Strano, M. S. Carbon Nanotubes as Molecular Conduits: Advances and Challenges for Transport through Isolated Sub-2 nm Pores. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2, 2892-2896 (2011).

Ulissi, Z. W., Zhang, J., Boghossian, A. A., Reuel, N. F., Shimizu, S. F. E., Braatz, R. D. & Strano, M. S. Applicability of Birth-Death Markov Modeling for Single-Molecule Counting Using Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Fluorescent Sensor Arrays. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2, 1690-1694 (2011).

Prasad, V., Karim, A. M., Ulissi, Z., Zagrobelny, M. & Vlachos, D. G. High throughput multiscale modeling for design of experiments, catalysts, and reactors: Application to hydrogen production from ammonia. Chemical Engineering Science 65, 240-246 (2010).

Sviridov, A. P., Ulissi, Z., Chernomordik, V., Hassan, M. & Gandjbakhche, A. H. Visualization of biological texture using correlation coefficient images. Journal of Biomedical Optics 11 (2006).


- Gandjbakhche A, Chernomordik V, Hassan M, Sviridov A, Smith P, Decherney A, Ulissi Z. Polarization adapter for colposcope. Employee Invention Report (2009).


-National Science Foundation GRFP Award (Accepted at Cambridge)
-Chemical Engineering Industrial Laboratory Award
-Chemical Engineering Industrial Research Award
-Mathematical Contest in Modeling (2009): Outstanding Solution
(Awarded to Top 9 out of 1,672 International Teams)
-Mathematical Contest in Modeling (2008): Outstanding Solution
(Awarded to Top 9 out of 1,162 International Teams)
-Delaware Space Grant Tuition Award
-Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association General Wickham Scholarship
-Society of Photoinstrumentation Engineers Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering (2012)