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Russell Chianelli

Faculty RankProfessor
InstitutionUniversity of Texas at El Paso
DepartmentChemistry, Materials Research & Technology Institute
Address500 West University
El Paso TX 79968-0685
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    InstitutionAmerican Chemical Society

    InstitutionSigma Xi

    InstitutionNew York Academy of Science

    InstitutionMaterials Research Society

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    1970Sigma Xi Award for Best Undergraduate Thesis, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn
    1997Lifetime achievement award, Academia Mexicana de Materiales
    1999Award for outstanding achievement in developing the University Seminar Program., University of Texas at El Paso
    1999Award for Outstanding Research, University of Texas at El Paso
    2006UT System Chancellor''s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award, University of Texas at EL Paso
    2009Achievement Award, Southwest Catalysis Club

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    The Vision of MRTI is to create fundamental scientific understanding that leads to commercial relevance. This means theory, experiment, engineering, business and commercialization are intimately connected and must be performed by interdisciplinary teams.
    MRTI’s mission is take fundamental understanding developed by UTEP scientists and engineers to commercial development. Mayan Pigments is an example where UTEP theory and materials science have developed novel products that are now sold world - wide. It is also part of MRTI’s mission to achieve our mission and goals with the active participation of our Hispanic majority students. In this we have been successful.
    1. MRTI director, Russell R. Chianelli was an active participant in the Washington Advisory Group (WAG) that helped develop the strategic plan and thus, the objectives are well understood.

    Firstly, MRTI’s major thrust is Energy and the Environment with additional efforts in Emerging Technologies: Information Technology, Biotechnology & Nanotechnology and Health and Biomedical Sciences and Engineering.
    • High Volumetric Activity Catalysts for Chemicals: UTEP invented and patented catalysts have unusual activity and selectivity for producing petrochemical. (DOW Chemicals)
    • Novel Heavy Feed Upgrading: Developed techniques for upgrading heavy hydrocarbons. (TIED Corp.)
    • Sonic Process for Removing Lipids from Algae and Novel Method for Monitoring Lipid Production (development phase): These methods promise to enhance processes for making biodiesel and we are talking with potential customers. (Navaho Nation)
    • Novel Gasification Catalysts (development phase): We have patented very high activity catalyst useful for CO + H2 conversion to long chain alcohols and petrochemical products. The published materials will be presented to DOW in April. (NASA/Oxford Catalysts)
    • Inexpensive Organic/inorganic Photovoltaic Devices (development/research phase): This program which uses inexpensive asphaltenes materials is making good progress and promises to be commercial (Currently funded by HUNT POWER, Dallas).
    • Enhancement of Methane Producing Organism in Solid Waste Landfills (development/research phase): This program enhances the rate that methane producing organisms in landfills produce methane by identifying limitations such as nutrients, water, etc. This program needs a partner.
    • Novel Thermoelectric Materials (development/research phase): We are developing novel thermoelectric materials to convert waste heat to electricity (Currently funded by TXL Corp.)
    • Bioremediation/Phytoremediation Solutions (development/research phase): Based on Exxon Valdez bioremediation and phytoremediation experience. We can provide services for cleaning contaminated sites.
    • Novel Hydrogen Storage Materials (research phase): We have a novel hydrogen storage material that has the potential of being the most efficient system yet discovered on a weight and volume basis.
    • Photo-catalytic Processing of Methane/CO2 to Useful Transportation Liquids (research phase): This program that has just started has a huge potential to produce clean fuels from Methane and CO2

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    1. Dominguez N, Torres B, Barrera LA, Rincon JE, Lin Y, Chianelli RR, Ahsan MA, Noveron JC. Bimetallic CoMoS Composite Anchored to Biocarbon Fibers as a High-Capacity Anode for Li-Ion Batteries. ACS Omega. 2018 Aug 31; 3(8):10243-10249. PMID: 31459153.
    2. Ramos M, Ortiz-Jordan L, Hurtado-Macias A, Flores S, Elizalde-Galindo JT, Rocha C, Torres B, Zarei-Chaleshtori M, Chianelli RR. Hardness and Elastic Modulus on Six-Fold Symmetry Gold Nanoparticles. Materials (Basel). 2013 Jan 14; 6(1):198-205. PMID: 28809302.
    3. Alvarado M, Chianelli RC, Arrowood RM. Computational study of the structure of a sepiolite/thioindigo mayan pigment. Bioinorg Chem Appl. 2012; 2012:672562. PMID: 23193386.
    4. Ramos M, Ferrer D, Martinez-Soto E, Lopez-Lippmann H, Torres B, Berhault G, Chianelli RR. In-situ HRTEM study of the reactive carbide phase of Co/MoS2 catalyst. Ultramicroscopy. 2013 Apr; 127:64-9. PMID: 22925737.
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    5. Botez CE, Martinez H, Tackett RJ, Chianelli RR, Zhang J, Zhao Y. High-temperature crystal structures and chemical modifications in RbH(2)PO(4). J Phys Condens Matter. 2009 Aug 12; 21(32):325401. PMID: 21693965.
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    6. Botez CE, Hermosillo JD, Zhang J, Qian J, Zhao Y, Majzlan J, Chianelli RR, Pantea C. High-temperature phase transitions in CsH2PO4 under ambient and high-pressure conditions: a synchrotron x-ray diffraction study. J Chem Phys. 2007 Nov 21; 127(19):194701. PMID: 18035892.
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    7. Polette-Niewold LA, Manciu FS, Torres B, Alvarado M, Chianelli RR. Organic/inorganic complex pigments: ancient colors Maya Blue. J Inorg Biochem. 2007 Nov; 101(11-12):1958-73. PMID: 17761292.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Cells
    8. Chianelli RR, Perez De la Rosa M, Meitzner G, Siadati M, Berhault G, Mehta A, Pople J, Fuentes S, Alonzo-Nuñez G, Polette LA. Synchrotron and simulations techniques applied to problems in materials science: catalysts and Azul Maya pigments. J Synchrotron Radiat. 2005 Mar; 12(Pt 2):129-34. PMID: 15728965.
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    9. Gardea-Torresdey JL, Arteaga S, Tiemann KJ, Chianelli R, Pingitore N, Mackay W. Absorption of copper(II) by creosote bush (Larrea tridentata): use of atomic and x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2001 Nov; 20(11):2572-9. PMID: 11699784.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    10. Gardea-Torresdey JL, Tiemann KJ, Armendariz V, Bess-Oberto L, Chianelli RR, Rios J, Parsons JG, Gamez G. Characterization of Cr(VI) binding and reduction to Cr(III) by the agricultural byproducts of Avena monida (oat) biomass. J Hazard Mater. 2000 Dec 30; 80(1-3):175-88. PMID: 11080577.
      Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    11. Roxlo CB, Deckman HW, Gland J, Cameron SD, Chianelli RR. Edge surfaces in lithographically textured molybdenum disulfide. Science. 1987 Mar 27; 235(4796):1629-31. PMID: 17795596.
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    12. Chianelli, R.R. Banks, E. Nakajima, S. Shapiro, L.C. Tilevitz, O. Alonzo, J.R. Science. Fibrous apatite grown on modified collagen. 1977; 198:1164-66.
    13. Whittingham, M.S. Chianelli, R.R. . Reactivity of Solids. The Reactivity of Metal Oxides and Sulfides with Lithium at 25°C — the Critical Role of Topotaxy. 1977; 89-94.
    14. Chianelli, R.R. . Journal of Crystal Growth. Microscopic studies of transition metal chalcogenides. 1976; 34:239-44.
    15. Chianelli, R.R. Scanlon, J.C. Whittingham, M.S. Gamble, F.R. Inorganic Chemistry. Structural studies of the intercalation complexes titanium sulfide-ammonia (TiS2.NH3) and tantalum sulfide-ammonia (TaS2.NH3). 1975; 14:1691-96.
    16. Chianelli, R.R. Scanlon, J.C. Thompson, A.H. Materials Research Bulletin. A structural refinement of Stoichiometric TiS2. 1975; 10:1379-82.
    17. Chianelli, R.R. Dines, M.B. Inorganic Chemistry. Reaction of n-Butyllithium with Transition Metal Trichalcogenides. 1975; 14:2417-21.
    18. Chianelli, R.R. Banks, E. Korestein, R.R. Inorganic Chemistry. Crystal chemistry of struvite analogs of the type MgMPO4.6H2O (M+ = potassium(1+), rubidium(1+), cesium (1+), thallium(1+), ammonium(1+). 1975; 14:1634-39.
    19. Chianelli, R.R. Banks, E. . Journal of Applied Crystallography. Crystal and spectroscopic data for SrNaPO4.9H2O and BaNaPO4.9H2O. 1974; 7:301-03.
    20. Chianelli, R.R. Banks, E. Pintchovsky, F. Journal of Crystal Growth. The growth of some alkaline orthophosphates in gelatin gels. 1973; 18:185-90.
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