Jean-Philippe Tessonnier


Professor, Richard C. Seagrave Professor


2138 Biorenewables Research Laboratory
617 Bissell Rd.
Ames, IA 50011-1098


  • Iowa State University College of Engineering Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award, 2021
  • Richard C. Seagrave Professorship in Chemical and Biological Engineering, 2020
  • Plenary Speaker, Biennial Meeting of the GDCh-Division Sustainable Chemistry, 2020
  • Inaugural Member of the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Early Career Board, 2017–2019
  • Keynote Speaker, International Carbon Conference, 2016
  • Teaching Award of the AIChE Student Chapter, 2015, 2016, 2018
  • Carol and Jack Johnson Faculty Fellowship, 2012
  • Brian Kelly Award of the British Carbon Group, 2010


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

Interest Areas

  • Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • Electrochemical Synthesis
  • Biorenewable Chemicals
  • Performance-Advantaged Biobased Chemicals and Materials


  • Vincent Sahayaraj, L. A, A. J. Kohler, H. Bateni, H. Radhakrishnan, A. Saraeian, B. H. Shanks, X. Bai, J.-P. Tessonnier, An Effective Strategy to Produce Highly Amenable Cellulose and Enhance Lignin Upgrading to Aromatic and Olefinic Hydrocarbons, Energy & Environmental Science, 2023.
  • R. G. Rao, R. Blume, M. T. Greiner, P. Liu, T. W. Hansen, K. S. Dreyer, D. D. Hibbitts, J.-P. Tessonnier, Oxygen-Doped Carbon Supports Modulate the Hydrogenation Activity of Palladium Nanoparticles through Electronic Metal–Support Interactions, ACS Catalysis, 2022, 12, 7344-7356.
  • Saraeian, G. Gupta, R. Johnson, R. W. Dorn, A. M. Kauffmann, H. Bateni, J.-P. Tessonnier, L. T. Roling, A. J. Rossini, B. H. Shanks, Hydrogenation/Hydrodeoxygenation Selectivity Modulation by Cometal Addition to Palladium on Carbon-Coated Supports, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2022, 20, 7759-7771.
  • Carter, J. L. Trettin, T.-H. Lee, N. L. Chalgren, M. J. Forrester, B. H. Shanks, J.-P. Tessonnier, E. W. Cochran, Bioenabled Platform to Access Polyamides with Built-in Target Properties, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2022, 144, 9548-9553.
  • A, H. Radhakrishnan, D. Vincent Sahayaraj, J.-P. Tessonnier, H. Hu, X. Bai, One-Pot Production of Oxygenated Monomers and Selectively Oxidized Lignin from Biomass Based on Plasma Electrolysis, Green Chemistry, 2021, 23, 9109-9125.
  • Vincent Sahayaraj, L. A, E. M. Mitchell, X. Bai, J.-P. Tessonnier, Comparative Study of the Solvolytic Deconstruction of Corn Stover Lignin in Batch and Flow-through Reactors, Green Chemistry, 2021, 23, 7731-7742.
  • Abdolmohammadi, D. Gansebom, S. Goyal, T.-H. Lee, B. Kuehl, M. J. Forrester, F.-Y. Lin, N. Hernández, B. H. Shanks, J.-P. Tessonnier, E. W. Cochran, Analysis of the Amorphous and Interphase Influence of Comononomer Loading on Polymer Properties toward Forwarding Bioadvantaged Copolyamides, Macromolecules, 2021, 54, 7910-7924.
  • N. Dell’Anna, M. Laureano, H. Bateni, J. E. Matthiesen, L. Zaza, M. P. Zembrzuski, T. J. Paskach, J.-P. Tessonnier, Electrochemical Hydrogenation of Bioprivileged cis,cis-Muconic Acid to trans-3-Hexenedioic Acid: From Lab Synthesis to Bench-Scale Production and Beyond, Green Chemistry, 2021, 23, 6456-6468.
  • Wirtanen, T. Prenzel, J.-P. Tessonnier, S. R. Waldvogel, Cathodic Corrosion of Metal Electrodes—How to Prevent It in Electroorganic Synthesis, Chemical Reviews, 2021, 121, 10241-10270.
  • Huo, J.-P. Tessonnier, B. H. Shanks, Improving Hydrothermal Stability of Supported Metal Catalysts for Biomass Conversions: A Review, ACS Catalysis, 2021, 11, 5248-5270.
  • M. Petersen, R. G. Rao, B. C. Vance, J.-P. Tessonnier, SiO2/SiC Supports with Tailored Thermal Conductivity to Reveal the Effect of Surface Temperature on Ru-Catalyzed CO2 Methanation, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2021, 286, 119904.
  • M. Carraher, P. Carter, R. G. Rao, M. J. Forrester, T. Pfennig, B. H. Shanks, E. W. Cochran, J.-P. Tessonnier, Solvent-Driven Isomerization of Cis,Cis-Muconic Acid for the Production of Specialty and Performance-Advantaged Cyclic Biobased Monomers, Green Chemistry, 2020, 22, 6444-6454.
  • S. Chen, Y. Cao, D. C. W. Tsang, J.-P. Tessonnier, J. Shang, D. Hou, Z. Shen, S. Zhang, Y. S. Ok, K. C. W. Wu, Effective Dispersion of Mgo Nanostructure on Biochar Support as a Basic Catalyst for Glucose Isomerization, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2020, 8, 6990-7001.
  • S. Chen, D. C. W. Tsang, J.-P. Tessonnier, Comparative Investigation of Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Brønsted Base Catalysts for the Isomerization of Glucose to Fructose in Aqueous Media, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2020, 261, 118126.
  • S. Chen, J. M. Carraher, G. Tuci, A. Rossin, C. A. Raman, L. Luconi, D. C. W. Tsang, G. Giambastiani, J.-P. Tessonnier, Engineered Nitrogen-Decorated Carbon Networks for the Metal-Free Catalytic Isomerization of Glucose to Fructose, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2019, 7, 16959-16963.
  • S. Chen, I. K. M. Yu, D.-W. Cho, H. Song, D. C. W. Tsang, J.-P. Tessonnier, Y. S. Ok, C. S. Poon, Selective Glucose Isomerization to Fructose Via a Nitrogen-Doped Solid Base Catalyst Derived from Spent Coffee Grounds, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2018, 6, 16113-16120.
  • H. Chadderdon, D. J. Chadderdon, J. E. Matthiesen, Y. Qiu, J. M. Carraher, J.-P. Tessonnier, W. Li, Mechanisms of Furfural Reduction on Metal Electrodes: Distinguishing Pathways for Selective Hydrogenation of Bioderived Oxygenates, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2017, 139, 14120-14128.
  • Pfennig, J. M. Carraher, A. Chemburkar, R. L. Johnson, A. T. Anderson, J.-P. Tessonnier, M. Neurock, B. H. Shanks, A New Selective Route Towards Benzoic Acid and Derivatives from Biomass-Derived Coumalic Acid, Green Chemistry, 2017, 19, 4879-4888.
  • C. Hoff, M. J. Holmes, J. Proano-Aviles, L. Emdadi, D. Liu, R. C. Brown, J.-P. Tessonnier, Decoupling the Role of External Mass Transfer and Intracrystalline Pore Diffusion on the Selectivity of Hzsm-5 for the Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 2017, 5, 8766-8776.
  • G. Rao, R. Blume, T. W. Hansen, E. Fuentes, K. Dreyer, S. Moldovan, O. Ersen, D. D. Hibbitts, Y. J. Chabal, R. Schlögl, J.-P. Tessonnier, Interfacial Charge Distributions in Carbon-Supported Palladium Catalysts, Nature Communications, 2017, 8, 340.