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About Dr Constantinos Zeinalipour

Dr Constantinos Zeinalipour is a lecturer in chemistry at Northeastern University London since July 2023. After obtaining his Bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of Cyprus in 1999 he obtained an MA in chemistry from San Diego State University (2003) and a PhD in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego and SDSU JDP in 2006. He then held postdoctoral positions at the University of Cyprus, Cardiff University, University of Warwick, University College London, Research Complex at Harwell (2006-2018). He also held lecturer positions at the University of Greenwich (2018-2020), University of East London (2020-2022), Middlesex University (2020-2021, 2023). His research experience spans the area of investigating the reaction mechanism of important catalytic reactions using computational methods. He has made significant contribution in elucidating new mechanisms for the synthesis of ammonia on various metal nitrides.


PhD in Chemistry, University of California, San Diego (2006)
MA in Chemistry, San Diego State University (2003)
BSc in Chemistry, University of Cyprus (1999)


Dr Constantinos Zeinalipour's Research

In general my academic and professional experience has enabled me to use a wide variety of computational and theoretical tools to rationalize reaction mechanisms on nanoclusters, nanoparticles and surfaces.
During my PhD studies at the University of California San Diego/SDSU (2001-2006) I extensively studied graphite and graphene-based materials using Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). Subsequently, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cyprus (2006-2011), where I studied the mechanism and kinetics of catalytic reactions with industrial applications, occurring on nanocatalysts (water-gas shift) and in enzymes (aldoxime dehydratase). During the period 2008-2012 I have also directed a small research start-up through which I have established several collaborations with the academia and published in the field of rational drug-design and molecular recognition and won a price at the Cyprus Entrepreneurship competition (CYEC 2012) for inventing a portable device that could disinfect water using solely solar radiation. Shortly after Constantinos became a research assistant at Cardiff University where he worked with Prof. Adam Lee, Prof. Dave Willock and Prof. Karen Wilson to understand the oxidation of Au nanoparticles (Au NPs) and the reaction mechanism of allylic alcohol selective oxidation (selox) on oxidized Au NPs. In 2014 he took up research associate position at University College London working with Sir Prof. Richard Catlow in understanding the reaction mechanism of ammonia and hydrazine synthesis of various metal nitrides. This research was performed in collaboration with the experimental group of Prof. Justin Hargreaves at the University of Glasgow. After 2018 Constantinos held various lecturer positions in chemistry at universities across London and continued publishing concerning the sphere-in-contact model of carbon materials and of metal nanoparticles.

Selected publications

  1. Zeinalipour-Yazdi, C. D.; Hargreaves, J. S. J.; Catlow, C. R. A.; Low-T Mechanism of Ammonia Synthesis on Co3Mo3N, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2018, 122, 6078–6082. (COVER ARTICLE)
  2. Zeinalipour-Yazdi, C. D.; Hargreaves, J. S. J.; Catlow, C. R. A., Nitrogen Activation in a Mars–van Krevelen Mechanism for Ammonia Synthesis on Co3Mo3N. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2015, 119, 28368-28376. (COVER ARTICLE)
  3. Zeinalipour-Yazdi, C. D.; Willock, D. J.; Machado, A.; Wilson, K.; Lee, A. F., Impact of co-adsorbed oxygen on crotonaldehyde adsorption over gold nanoclusters: a computational study. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2014, 16, 11236-11244. (INSIDE COVER ARTICLE)

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Dr Constantinos Zeinalipour's Teaching

Dr Constantinos Zeinalipour has previously taught general, organic, inorganic, physical, materials and environmental chemistry. He uses molecular models in his teaching and describes molecular systems through computer simulations.