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Dr. Tibor Szilvási

Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator



  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary, EU, 2016
  • M.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary, EU, 2011
  • B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary, EU, 2009

Dr. Tibor Szilvási’s research group focuses on the design of functional materials with well-tailored specific properties by applying computational methods.

Societal needs require to develop efficient and cheap functional materials for various technologies. The Szilvási group is committed to accelerate the development of new materials by using fast and accurate computational methods to screen potential candidates and pinpoint materials with desired properties. Using computational methods, we can potentially save millions of dollars and years of tedious experimental efforts and therefore can provide solution for pressing problems in time.

Dr. Szilvási’s research group aims to focus on engineering interfaces and molecular materials. Specifically, we intend (i) to optimize catalysts relevant for industrial processes, (ii) to identify functional materials for soft matter applications, (iii) to design complex interfaces for energy and sensor applications. To achieve our goals, we also develop computational methods and protocols that can provide more accurate predictions for material design.

Affiliated Areas
Chemical and Biological Engineering, Polymers and Soft Materials Research Center

Selected Publications

  • “Calculated Physicochemical Properties of Glycerol-Derived Solvents to Drive Plastic Waste Recycling”, A. Soyemi, T. Szilvási, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 62, 6322 (2023).
  • “Accessing the Main-Group Metal Formyl Scaffold Through CO-activation in Beryllium Hydride Complexes”, T. Hadlington, T. Szilvási, Nature Communications, 13, 461 (2022).
  • “Trends in Computational Molecular Catalyst Design”, A. Soyemi, T. Szilvási, Dalton Transactions, 50, 10325 (2021).
  • “Demonstrating the Direct Relationship between Hydrogen Evolution Reaction and Catalyst Deactivation in Synthetic Fe Nitrogenases”, Z. Benedek, M. Papp, J. Oláh, T. Szilvási, ACS Catalysis, 10, 12555 (2020).

Awards and Honors

  • UA President’s Faculty Research Award, 2022
  • UA-AIChE Outstanding Professor Award, 2022
  • Selected participant of the 129th BASF Summer School, 2015
  • BME Research Award, 1st prize, 2011
  • North Rhine-Westphalia German Young Scientist Award in Chemistry, 2011

Dr. Szilvási's Impact

Innovative UA Research Recognized with NSF CAREER Awards

Four professors at The University of Alabama received one of the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious honors for early-career faculty.

Engineering Graduate Student Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

A doctoral student has become the first University of Alabama student ever chosen for the highly selective Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship.

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UA to Celebrate Excellence Among Faculty Research, Creative Activity

Members of The University of Alabama faculty will be honored for their research, scholarship and creative contributions at the upcoming Faculty Research Day.

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