Mitchell Vines


I grew up in Brentwood, Tennessee just outside of Nashville. All throughout middle school and high school, my favorite classes and clubs were always those that had to do with science. Coming into college, this translated into an interest in STEM disciplines  and  manifested itself in a Chemical Engineering major. Now a sophomore at Auburn, I am enjoying being a part of the Carrero group and doing research on catalysis, as it is a subject that has always interested me. Beyond interest, however, I look forward to coming  into the lab and learning because it allows me to exercise my critical thinking skills in a way that is entirely applicable to real life situations, and I am excited to see all of the progress that results from it.

As the world’s desire for various products increases, there is an increasing demand for the base products necessary to produce them. Many of these base materials can be produced from natural gas and crude oil. Heterogeneous catalysis is a promising method for the production of the desired materials used to create the variety of products demanded of industry. I joined Dr. Carrero’s team in February 2019, and I work alongside Rafael Sanchez in his research to develop methods for preparing conventional catalysts using unconventional methods. I will be analyzing an assortment of catalysts prepared and use Raman spectroscopy to determine their oxidative-reductive properties in order to establish an effective process. No dibReaching this goal will have a profound impact on industry by reducing production cost and increasing efficiency.

Oral & Poster Presentations

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Awards & Membership

Member of AICHE | February 2019 – Present

Member of Honors College Congress | August 2017 – Present

Member of Honors Congress Recruitment Team | August 2017 – May 2018

Member of Emerge Leadership Team | August 2017 – May 2018



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