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
- Establishing a Raman-Spectrokinetic Approach for the Analysis of Metal Oxide and Metal Carbide Catalysts| Auburn University This is Research: Student Symposium, March 2018
- New Insights on the Redox Properties of Two- and Three-Dimensional Supported Vanadium Oxide Catalysts: A Raman-Spectrokinetics Study| 2018 SECS Meeting, September 2018
- Operando Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of Silica Supported V-Nb Catalysts for Tuning Redox Properties | AIChE Annual Student Conference, October 2017
- Jorge Moncada, William R. Adams, Raj Thakur, Michael Julin, and Carlos A. Carrero. Developing a Raman Spectrokinetic Approach To Gain Insights into the Structure-Reactivity Relationship of Supported Metal Oxide Catalysts. ACS Catal. (2018), Just Accepted Manuscript. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.8b02041
- Raj Thakur, Armin VahidMohammadi, Jorge Moncada, Reid Adams, Mingyang Chi, Bruce Tatarchuk, Majid Beidaghi, Carlos A. Carrero. New Insights into the Thermal and Chemical Stability of V2CTx MXene Under Different Environments. In preparation.
Awards and Memberships
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
- Omega Chi Epsilon – National Honor Society for Chemical Engineering
- 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