Jean-Philippe Tessonnier

  • Assistant Professor

Main Office

2138 Biorenewables Research Laboratory
Ames, IA 50011-1098
Phone: 515 294-4595


  • Ph.D. Chemistry-Catalysis, Université de Strasbourg, France, 2005
  • M.S. Analytical Chemistry-Materials Chemistry, Université de Strasbourg, France, 2001
  • Licence (B.S.) Chemistry, Université de Strasbourg, France, 1999

Interest Areas

  • Heterogeneous catalysis and biorenewables
Teaching Spring Semester 2018
  • Ch E 382, Chemical Reaction Engineering (Section B)

Brief Biography

Honors and Awards
  • Brian Kelly Award of the British Carbon Group, 2010
Professional Memberships
  • American Carbon Society,
  • American Chemical Society
  • Max Planck Society Alumni
  • North American Catalysis Society

Selected Publications

  • M. Suastegui, J. E. Matthiesen, J. M. Carraher, N. Hernandez, N. Rodriguez Guiroz, E. W. Cochran, Z. Shao, J.-P. Tessonnier, Combining Metabolic Engineering and Electrocatalysis: Application to the Production of Polyamides from Sugar, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2016.
  • R. Thilakaratne, J.-P. Tessonnier, R. C. Brown, Conversion of Methoxy and Hydroxyl Functionalities of Phenolic Monomers over Zeolites, Green Chemistry, 2016.
  • J. M. Carraher, S. M. Curry, J.-P. Tessonnier, Kinetics, Reaction Orders, Rate Laws, and Their Relation to Mechanisms: A Hands-on Introduction for High School Students Using Portable Spectrophotometry, J. Chem. Educ., 2015.
  • R. Blume, D. Rosenthal, J.-P. Tessonnier, H. Li, A. Knop-Gericke, R. Schlögl, Characterizing Graphitic Carbon with X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy: A Step-by-Step Approach, ChemCatChem, 2015, 7, 2871-2881.
  • D. W. Gardner, J. Huo, T. C. Hoff, R. L. Johnson, B. H. Shanks, J.-P. Tessonnier, Insights into the Hydrothermal Stability of Zsm-5 under Relevant Biomass Conversion Reaction Conditions, ACS Catal., 2015, 4418-4422.
  • J. M. Carraher, C. N. Fleitman, J.-P. Tessonnier, Kinetic and Mechanistic Study of Glucose Isomerization Using Homogeneous Organic Brønsted Base Catalysts in Water, ACS Catal., 2015, 5, 3162-3173.
  • C. Marichy, N. Donato, M. Latino, M.-G. Willinger, J.-P. Tessonnier, G. Neri, N. Pinna, Gas Sensing Properties and P-Type Response of Ald Tio2 Coated Carbon Nanotubes, Nanotechnology, 2015, 26, 024004.
  • C. Liu, J. M. Carraher, J. L. Swedberg, C. R. Herndon, C. N. Fleitman, J.-P. Tessonnier, Selective Base-Catalyzed Isomerization of Glucose to Fructose, ACS Catal., 2014, 4, 4295-4298.
  • J. Matthiesen, T. Hoff, C. Liu, C. Pueschel, R. Rao, J.-P. Tessonnier, Functional Carbons and Carbon Nanohybrids for the Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Renewable Chemicals in the Condensed Phase, Chin.
  • J. Catal., 2014, 35, 842-855.
  • C. Marichy, P. A. Russo, M. Latino, J.-P. Tessonnier, M.-G. Willinger, N. Donato, G. Neri, N. Pinna, Tin Dioxide–Carbon Heterostructures Applied to Gas Sensing: Structure-Dependent Properties and General Sensing Mechanism, J. Phys. Chem. C, 2013, 117, 19729-19739.
  • J.-P. Tessonnier, S. Goubert-Renaudin, S. Alia, Y. Yan, M. A. Barteau, Structure, Stability, and Electronic Interactions of Polyoxometalates on Functionalized Graphene Sheets, Langmuir, 2013, 29, 393-402.
  • J.-P. Tessonnier, M. A. Barteau, Dispersion of Alkyl-Chain-Functionalized Reduced Graphene Oxide Sheets in Nonpolar Solvents, Langmuir, 2012, 28, 6691-6697.
  • K. Mette, A. Bergmann, J.-P. Tessonnier, M. Hävecker, L. Yao, T. Ressler, R. Schlögl, P. Strasser, M. Behrens, Nanostructured Manganese Oxide Supported on Carbon Nanotubes for Electrocatalytic Water Splitting, ChemCatChem, 2012, 4, 851-862.
  • C. Marichy, J.-P. Tessonnier, M. C. Ferro, K.-H. Lee, R. Schlögl, N. Pinna, M.-G. Willinger, Labeling and Monitoring the Distribution of Anchoring Sites on Functionalized Cnts by Atomic Layer Deposition, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 7323-7330.
  • R. Arrigo, M. E. Schuster, S. Wrabetz, F. Girgsdies, J.-P. Tessonnier, G. Centi, S. Perathoner, D. S. Su, R. Schlögl, New Insights from Microcalorimetry on the Feox/Cnt-Based Electrocatalysts Active in the Conversion of Co2 to Fuels, ChemSusChem, 2012, 5, 577-586.
  • M. J. Becker, W. Xia, J.-P. Tessonnier, R. Blume, L.-D. Yao, R. Schlögl, M. Muhler, Optimizing the Synthesis of Cobalt-Based Catalysts for the Selective Growth of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes under Industrially Relevant Conditions, Carbon, 2011, 49, 5253-5264.
  • J.-P. Tessonnier, D. S. Su, Recent Progress on the Growth Mechanism of Carbon Nanotubes: A Review, ChemSusChem, 2011, 4, 824-847. Review paper.
  • Rinaldi, J.-P. Tessonnier, M. E. Schuster, R. Blume, F. Girgsdies, Q. Zhang, T. Jacob, S. B. Abd bd Hamid, D. S. Su, Schlögl, Dissolved Carbon Controls the Initial Stages of Nanocarbon Growth, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2011, 50, 3313-3317.
  • F. Ocampo, J. A. Cunha, M. R. de Lima Santos, J. P. Tessonnier, M. M. Pereira, B. Louis, Synthesis of Zeolite Crystals with Unusual Morphology: Application in Acid Catalysis, Appl. Catal. A, 2010, 390, 102-109.
  • J.-P. Tessonnier, M. Becker, W. Xia, F. Girgsdies, R. Blume, L. Yao, D. S. Su, M. Muhler, R. Schlögl, Spinel-Type Cobalt–Manganese-Based Mixed Oxide as Sacrificial Catalyst for the High-Yield Production of Homogeneous Carbon Nanotubes, ChemCatChem, 2010, 2, 1559-1561. Villa, J.-P. Tessonnier, O. Majoulet, D. S. Su, R. Schlögl, Transesterification of Triglycerides Using Nitrogen-Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes, ChemSusChem, 2010, 3, 241-245.
  • J.-P. Tessonnier, D. Rosenthal, F. Girgsdies, J. Amadou, D. Begin, C. Pham-Huu, D. S. Su, R. Schlögl, Influence of the Graphitisation of Hollow Carbon Nanofibers on Their Functionalisation and Subsequent Filling with Metal Nanoparticles, Chem. Commun., 2009, 7158-7160.
  • J.-P. Tessonnier, O. Ersen, G. Weinberg, C. Pham-Huu, D. S. Su, R. Schlögl, Selective Deposition of Metal Nanoparticles inside or Outside Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes, ACS Nano, 2009, 3, 2081-2089.
  • Villa, J.-P. Tessonnier, O. Majoulet, D. S. Su, R. Schlögl, Amino-Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes as Solid Basic Catalysts for the Transesterification of Triglycerides, Chem. Commun., 2009, 4405-4407.
  • J.-P. Tessonnier, A. Villa, O. Majoulet, D. S. Su, R. Schlögl, Defect-Mediated Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes as a Route to Design Single-Site Basic Heterogeneous Catalysts for Biomass Conversion, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 6543-6546.