Undergraduate Students

Kaitlyn Lawrence
Joined November 2016
The objective of my research is to design and synthesize a library of binary and ternary supported metal oxide catalysts at sub- and monolayer coverage by implementing different state of the art methodologies. I’ll mix different molecular metal oxide species on the catalyst surface to tune both the acidic and redox properties of such materials in order to enhance catalytic performances in different industrially attractive reactions.
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David Schartung
Joined December 2016
Due to the constantly increasing demand for oil-based products by consumers over the last century, conventional crude oil levels have peaked and are now on a terminal global decline. As conventional oil dwindles, scientists and engineers have begun to study new means of producing and upgrading unconventional crude oil sources. Presently, delayed coking is the most commonly utilized process for refining the asphaltene-rich fraction of...
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Natalie Stephens
Joined January 2017
Catalysis offers the potential for more sustainable reactions to upgrade natural gas, crude oil and biomass. Therefore, it is important to study various catalysts for these purposes as well as gaining fundamental insights into the processes at work in industrial environments. My research revolves around spectroscopy. I use electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to measure the conductivity in low conductive media and monitor the electrical...
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Reid Adams
Joined June 2017
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.
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Amanda Dawson
Joined January 2017
In preparation....
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