I am a junior originally from Tampa, Florida and came to Auburn University in 2015 to pursue my undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. I have always had a talent and passion for the fields of science and mathematics and decided to direct these inclinations towards a career in chemical engineering, which is a field that I feel has an abundance of beneficial applications for both societal advancement and environmental preservation. I joined Dr. Carrero’s research group in June 2017, where an area of particular focus is heterogeneous catalysis and spectroscopy. This is my first experience participating in research, and I am currently working alongside Jorge Moncada and supporting him in his investigative studies.
The incessant consumption of hydrocarbons as both fuel and chemical feedstocks has created an ever-increasing demand for the improved production of certain chemical compounds. Heterogeneous catalysis is a viable method for the selective production and upgrading of specific reagents, especially natural gas, crude oil, and biomass, to produce more desirable products, such as terminal olefins, and has widespread use in industry. The emphasis of my research will be on the analysis of myriad metal oxides to optimize catalytic activity. I will utilize in-situ/operando Raman spectroscopy to determine certain mechanistic and oxidative-reductive properties of catalysts in order to tune the composition towards the most effective formula. This will have critical implications when applied to manufacturing processes for both economical interests, by reducing productions costs, as well as environmental interests, by increasing efficiency.
Oral & Poster Presentations
- Operando Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of Silica Supported V-Nb Catalysts for Tuning Redox Properties | AIChE Annual Student Conference, October 2017
Awards and Memberships
- National Merit Scholar
- Dean’s List—Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016
- Pumphrey Outstanding Pre-Engineering Student Award
- Pi Gamma Tau Freshman Engineering Honorary
- Auburn Chemical Engineering Annual Scholarship
- Florida Engineering Society University Scholarship
- Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers
- Basketball, tennis, soccer
- Weight training