Julian Silverman

Post Doctoral Researcher
Primary office:
CEBC Bldg. C room 145E


Julian R. Silverman is a post-doctoral research and teaching fellow working at the CEBC under Dr. Subramaniam, and with the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Kansas. His projects focus on waste valorization, and developing open access tools for student researchers. He received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center in Chemistry (Material Science and Nanotechnology) in 2016, and conducted research in Dr. George John’s Soft Materials Laboratory at the City College of New York’s Center for Discovery and Innovation in Harlem. His thesis research focused on the biocatalytic synthesis of novel surfactants and their assembly to afford molecular gels. The work developed sustainable functional materials and brought them into the classroom. For his studies on mechanogelation he was awarded the James Whittam Award in Interfacial Phenomenon (2015). Julian received his B.S. Honors in Atmospheric and Environmental Chemistry from McGill University in Montréal, working in Dr. Audrey Moores’ research laboratory. Efforts focused on the development and characterization of magnetically recoverable nanoparticle catalysts for one-pot condensation reactions, which were later adapted for upper-level integrated organic/inorganic laboratory. Fitting with the circular nature of the principles he brings to the bench, he began learning green chemistry at McGill in the Pulp and Paper building, and now reads Tomlinson’s publications written there at the CEBC as he works to process lignin. He has lectured in the undergraduate classroom, led laboratories, and is currently working to evaluate and renovate CPE 910, a capstone research seminar for graduate engineers and chemists. He is a graduate of the ACS GCI Green Chemistry Summer School, as well as the Green Chemistry Education workshop in Oregon, and starting May 2017 an Advancing Green Chemistry Science Communication Fellow. 


Interests: sustainability, origin of life, metamaterials, the history of chemistry and industry, education, theatre, running, and writing, bringing science from the page to the stage.


     Member of: ACS, AOCS, SCC, CM&E, NYAS, City College Science Alliance (founding member)

Selected Publications

Silverman J.R., (2016) Biobased Organic Chemistry Laboratories as Sustainable Experiment Alternatives. J Chem Educ., 93 (10), 1679-1681 doi: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00706.

Silverman, J.R., John, G., (2015) Biobased Fat Mimicking Molecular Structuring Agents for Medium Chain Triglyceride and Other Edible Oils. J. Agric. Food Chem. 63 (48), 10536-10542, doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.5b04236

Silverman, J. R.; Samateh, M.; John, G. (2016), Functional Self-Assembled Lipidic Systems Derived from Renewable Resources. Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 118: 47-55. doi: 10.1002/ejlt.201500198

 John, G.; Hwang, H.; Jadhav, S.; Silverman, J. (2014) Sweet and Sustainable, Biorefinery concept: a powerhouse for sustainable future and molecular design. J. Chem. Ed. 10, 1563-1568. doi: 10.1021/ed3007764

Jung, J. H., Lee, J. H., Silverman, J. R., & John, G. (2013). Coordination polymer gels with important environmental and biological applications. Chemical Society Reviews, 42 (3), 924–936. doi: 10.1039/C2CS35407A

R. Hudson, J. Silverman, C. M. Cirtiu, C.J. Li*, A. Moores* (2011) “Copper-Iron-Oxide Nanoparticles as Magnetically Recoverable Catalysts for the Biginelli Condensation” Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Nanotechnology, 2012, AUG 7-9, 2012

Selected Presentations

Lecture at the 104th Annual American Oil Chemists Society Meeting in Montreal, Quebec April 28th – May 1st 2013 entitled: Biocatalytic Synthesis of Low-molecular Weight Oil-thickening Amphiphiles From Renewable Feedstocks. Session ID: IOP: 2

Lecture at the 6th Workshop of Fats and Oils as Renewable Feedstocks for the Chemical Industry in Karlsruhe, Germany March 17th-19th 2013 entitled: Bio-catalytic synthesis of small molecule oil structuring agents from renewable resources. Session ID: L28

​Lecture at 20th Gordon Green Chemistry Seminar, July 30-31st, Stowe Vermont, titled “Sustainable Molecular Oleogels: Next Generation Fuels

Posters: at the Cosmetic Technology Transfer Conference of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists Nov. 2013 in Woodbridge New Jersey entitled: Sweet and Solid: Sugar Based Oil Thickening Agents, (2nd Prize) at the Antioxidant Symposium of the NYSCC June 2014 at the New York Academy of the sciences entitled: Pro-antioxidant oil structuring agents from renewable resources, (NSF Scholar) at the 18th Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Washington DC, July 2014 entitled: Sustainable Molecular Oleogelators, NSF INFEWS PI Workshop 2017, Arlington VA, An Open Access Resource for Assessing Innovation. 

Selected Awards & Honors

Awarded the James Whittam award for research excellence in interfacial phenomenon (2015)


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