I have always been passionate about sciences and the continuous search for knowledge and its applicability. This passion led me to get involved in chemical engineering, which I now believe plays an important role overcoming many of the challenges related to an appropriate use of resources, sustainable industrial processes, cleaner technologies and more efficient energy supplies. During my undergraduate studies, I had the opportunity to gain some understanding of the mechanics of catalysis research, while getting an insight into the role of chemical engineers in the alternative energies area and waste products valorization, which I consider a promising field. Now as a chemical engineer and aware of the importance of catalysis for the sustainable development of the modern society, I find myself keen to contribute in this field by generating high impact and transformative knowledge.
The main goal of my research in Carrero Group is to develop catalysts for the oxidative dehydrogenation of small alkanes to produce olefins. These catalysts should aim to increase the conversion and selectivity of these processes and to reduce or eliminate the over-oxidation of the obtained olefins to CO and CO2.
April 2017 – October 2017
Undergraduate Researcher, University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia. Research project: Aqueous phase reforming of glycerol over Ni-Sn-Al hydrotalcites for hydrogen production.
October 2015 – March 2016
Research assistant, University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia. Research project: Aqueous phase photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange and methylene blue using synthesized TiO2.
Aqueous phase reforming of glycerol over Ni-Sn-Al hydrotalcites for H2 production. Mayra Alejandra Páez Arias, Óscar Iván Morales Tapias, Aída Luz Villa. DYNA. Status: submitted
Hobbies and extracurricular activities
Swimming & Snorkeling
Trekking & Outdoors activities