Publications,  Patents, & Presentations


1. Sullivan, K.P.*, A. Werner*, K.J. Ramirez*, L.D. Ellis*, J. Bussard, B. Black, D. Brandner, F. Bratti, B. Buss, X. Dong, S. Haugen, M. Ingraham, M. Konev, W. Michener, J. Miscall, I. Pardo, S. Woodworth, A. Guss, Y. Roman-Leshkov, S. Stahl, G.T. Beckham.  (2022) “Mixed plastics waste valorization via tandem chemical oxidation and biological funneling.”  Science, 378, 207-211.  [Link] *denotes equal contribution

2. Ellis*, L.D., N.A. Rorrer*, K.P. Sullivan*, M. Otto, J.E. McGeehan, Y. Román-Leshkov. N. Wierckx, G.T. Beckham. (2021) “Chemical and biological catalysis for plastics upcycling.”  Nature Catalysis, 4, 539-556. [Link]  *denotes equal contribution

3. Ellis, L.D., S.V. Orski, A.G. Norman, G. K.L. Beers, Y. Román-Leshkov, G.T. Beckham. (2021) “Tandem heterogeneous catalysis for polyethylene depolymerization via an olefin intermediate process.” ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 9, 623-628. [Link]

4.     Ellis, L.D., S. Parker, J. Hu, H. Funke, J.L. Falconer, J.W. Medlin. (2020) “Tuning gas adsorption selectivity and diffusion rates in zeolite 5A with phosphonic acid monolayers.” Cell Reports Physical Sciences, 1: 100036. [Link]  

5.     Ellis, L.D. & G.T. Beckham. (2019) “Reaction: Proteins from chemocatalysis; It’s what’s for dinner.” Chem, 5, 1353-1354. [Link]  

6.     Ballesteros-Soberanas, J., L.D. Ellis, J.W. Medlin. (2019) “Effects of phosphonic acid monolayers on the dehydration mechanism of aliphatic alcohols on TiO2.” ACS Catalysis, 9: 7808-7816. [Link]  

7.     Ellis, L.D., D.K. Schwartz, J.W. Medlin. (2019) “Effects of metal oxide surface doping with phosphonic acid monolayers on alcohol dehydration activity.” Applied Catalysis A: General, 571: 102-106. [Link]  

8.     Coan, P.D., L.D. Ellis, D.K. Schwartz, J.W. Medlin. (2018) “Enhancing cooperativity in bifunctional acid-Pd catalysis with carboxylic acid-functionalized organic monolayers.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C, 12: 6637-6647. [Link]  

9.      Zhang, J., L.D. Ellis,  B. Wang, M. Dzara, C. Sievers, S. Pylypenko, E. Nikolla, J.W. Medlin. (2018) “Control of interfacial acid-metal catalysis with organiz monolayers.” Nature Catalysis, 1: 2520-1158. [Link]    

10.  Ellis, L.D., R.M. Trottier, C.B. Musgrave, D.K. Schwartz, J.W. Medlin. (2017) “Controlling the surface reactivity of titania via electronic tuning of self-assembled monolayers.” ACS Catalysis, 7: 8351-8357. [Link]  

11.  Ellis, L.D., S. Pylypenko, S.R. Ayotte, D.K. Schwartz, J.W. Medlin. (2016) “Trimethylsilyl-functionalized alumina exhibits increased activity for 1,2-propanediol dehydration.” Catalysis Science & Technology, 6: 5721-5728. [Link]  

12.   Gould, T.D., M.M. Montemore, A.M. Lubers, L.D. Ellis, A.W. Weimer, J.L. Falconer, J.W. Medlin. (2015) “Enhanced dry reforming of methane on Ni and Ni-Pt catalysts synthesized by atomic layer deposition.”   Applied Catalysis A: General, 492: 107-116. [Link]  

13.   Holwerda, E.K., L.D. Ellis, L.R. Lynd. (2013) “Development and evaluation of methods to infer biosynthesis and substrate consumption in cultures of cellulolytic microorganisms.” Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 110: 2380-2388. [Link]  

14.   Spender, J., A.L. Demers, X. Xie, A.E. Cline, M.A. Earle, L.D. Ellis, D.J. Neivandt.  (2012) “Method for production of polymer and carbon nanofibers from water-soluble polymers.” Nano Letters, 12: 3857-3860. [Link]  

15.   Ellis, L.D., E.K. Holwerda, S.Rogers, D.Hogsett, X.Shao, L.R. Lynd.  (2012) “Closing the carbon balance for fermentations by Clostridium thermocellum (ATCC 27405).” Bioresource Technology, 103: 293-299. [Link]  

16. Wark, M., B. Kalanyan, L.D. Ellis, J. Fick, L. Connell, D. Neivandt, and J.F. Vetelino. (2007) “A lateral field excited acoustic wave sensor for the detection of saxitoxin in water.” Proc. IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, 28:1217–1220. [Link]   


1. Beckham, G.T., L.D. Ellis, K.P. Sullivan, A. Werner. (2022) “Upcycling Mixed Waste Plastic Through Chemical Depolymerization and Biological Funneling.” U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 63/126,153. [Link]

2. Ellis, L.D. & G.T. Beckham. (2022) “Catalysts and methods for depolymerizing plastics.” U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 63/050,209. [Link]

3. Falconer, J.L., J.W. Medlin, L.D. Ellis, H.H. Funke, S. Parker.  (2019)  “Functionalization of zeolites.”  U.S. Patent Application 16/389910. [Link]  

4. Neivandt, D.J., J. Spender, X. Xie, and L.D. Ellis. (2010) “Carbon nano-structures from preformed polymers.” Patent number US 2011/0091711 A1. [Link]       

Presentations (presenting author underlined, beginning from end of 2021)