Irina Yarulina

Postdoctoral Fellows

​Postdoctoral Fellow​


Research Interests

​My research area lies in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and its application in C1 chemistry. I use the novel techniques of materials synthesis and characterization to develop the catalysts for CO2, methane and methanol conversion as an alternative and sustainable method to obtain conventional products via unconventional routes

Selected Publications

  • ​I. Yarulina, A. Dikhtiarenko, F. Kapteijn, J. Gascon. Consequences of secondary zeolite growth on catalytic performance in DMTO studied over DDR and CHA. Cat. Sci. Tech. 7, 300-309, (2017)
  • J. Goetze, F. Meirer, I. Yarulina, J. Gascon, F. Kapteijn, J. Ruiz-Martínez, B.M. Weckhuysen. Insights into the activity and deactivation of the methanol-to-olefins process over different small-pore zeolites as studied with operando UV–vis spectroscopy. ACS Catal. 7, 4033-4046, (2017).
  • I. Yarulina, S. Bailleul, A. Pustovarenko, J.R. Martinez, K.D. Wispelaere, J. Hajek, B.M. Weckhuysen, K. Houben, M. Baldus, V. Van Speybroeck, F. Kapteijn, J. Gascon. Suppression of the Aromatic Cycle in Methanol-to-Olefins Reaction over ZSM-5 by Post-Synthetic Modification Using Calcium. ChemCatChem 8, 3057-3063, (2016).
  • I. Yarulina, J. Goetze, C. Gucuyener, L. van Thiel, A. Dikhtiarenko, J. Ruiz-Martinez, B.M. Weckhuysen, J. Gascon, F. Kapteijn. Methanol-to-olefins process over zeolite catalysts with DDR topology: effect of composition and structural defects on catalytic performance. Cat. Sci. Tech. 6, 2663-2678, (2016).
  • I. Yarulina, F. Kapteijn, J. Gascon. The importance of heat effects in the methanol to hydrocarbons reaction over ZSM-5: on the role of mesoporosity on catalyst performance. Cat. Sci. Tech. 6, 5320-5325, (2016).


  • ​Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, 2016
  • M.Sc., Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Lomonosov Moscow State University of Fine Chemical Technology, Russia, 2012
  • B.Sc., Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Lomonosov Moscow State University of Fine Chemical Technology, Russia, 2010

Professional Profile

  • ​2012: Master thesis internship, GGRC, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

KAUST Affiliations

  • KAUST Catalysis Center
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering

Research Interests Keywords

Heterogeneous Catalysis Porous Materials Zeolites C1 Chemistry