Viktor J. Cybulskis

Assistant Professor

Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

367 Link Hall



  • Postdoctoral, Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 2016-2018
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, 2016
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, 2005

Areas of Expertise:

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Kinetics and Reaction Mechanisms
  • Synthetic Materials Chemistry
  • Zeolites and Molecular Sieves

The Cybulskis lab focuses on understanding the molecular details of heterogeneously catalyzed reactions and designing reactive micro-environments to enable pathways for selective chemical transformations that safeguard our ecosystem from harmful emissions and pollutants. We are primarily interested in zeolites and molecular sieves. The well-defined, molecular-sized pores and cavities in these structures can be tailored with distinct catalytic sites and confining voids, allowing them to function as tunable nanoreactors.

Our experimental research approach combines materials synthesis, catalyst characterization, fundamental reaction kinetics, and mechanistic studies to fundamentally understand how the physicochemical properties of porous inorganic solids govern their intrinsic catalytic performance for applications in chemical manufacturing and emissions control. Current research topics include:

  • Carbon-carbon coupling of oxygenated molecules by cooperative acid-base sites in zeolites
  • Tandem catalytic pathways for direct epoxidation of alkenes
  • Methane abatement through low-temperature catalytic oxidation

Selected Publications

Roslova, M.; Cybulskis, V.J.; Davis, M.E.; Zones, S.I.; Zou, X.; Xie, D. “Structure Elucidation and Computationally Guided Synthesis of SSZ-43: A One-Dimensional 12-Membered Ring Zeolite with Unique Sinusoidal Channels.” Angewandte Chemie International Edition2022, DOI: 10.1002/anie.202115087.

Zhu, R.; Liu, B.; Wang, S.; Huang, X.; Schuarca, R.L.; He, W.; Cybulskis, V.J.; Bond, J.Q. “Understanding the Mechanism(s) of Ketone Oxidation on VOx/γ-Al­23.” Journal of Catalysis2021, 404, 109-127.

Guo, Q.; Ren, L.; Kumar, P.; Cybulskis, V.J.; Mkhoyan, A.K.; Davis, M.E.; Tsapatsis, M.; “A Chromium Hydroxide/MIL-101(Cr) Composite Catalyst and its use for Selective Glucose Isomerization to Fructose.” Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 2018, 130, 5020-5024.

Cybulskis, V.J.; Bukowski, B.C.; Tseng, H.-T.; Gallagher, J.R.; Wu, Z.; Wegener, E.; Kropf, A.J.; Ravel, B.; Ribeiro, F.H.; Greeley, J.; Miller, J.T. “Zinc Promotion of Platinum for Catalytic Light Alkane Dehydrogenation: Insights into Geometric and Electronic Effects.” ACS Catalysis. 2017, 7(6), 4173-4181.

Cybulskis, V.J.; Pradhan, S.U.; Lovón-Quintana, J.J.; Hock, A.S.; Hu, B.; Zhang, G.; Delgass, W.N.; Ribeiro, F.H.; Miller, J.T. “The Nature of the Isolated Gallium Active Center for Propane Dehydrogenation on Ga/SiO­2.” Catalysis Letters. 2017, 147, 1252-1262.

Cybulskis, V.J.; Wang, J.; Pazmiño, J.H.; Ribeiro, F.H.; Delgass, W.N. “Isotopic Transient Studies of Sodium Promotion of Pt/Al2O3 for the Water-Gas Shift Reaction.” Journal of Catalysis. 2016, 339, 163-172.