GROUP MISSION

Catalytic processes are relied upon globally for trillions of dollars per year of industry. The conversion of oil to gasoline, transformation of natural gas and nitrogen into fertilizer, and conversion of un-burnt fuels into less harmful gasses in the tail pipes of cars all rely on solid-state catalysts. Increasing demands for efficient, environmentally friendly chemical processes, in concert with the push to utilize emerging natural resources, rely on the development novel catalytic materials and processes.

 

We use principles from chemical engineering, materials science, physical chemistry and solid-state physics to engineer catalytic reactions towards these goals. We develop molecular-level insights into governing phenomena of catalytic reactions by coupling quantum chemical calculations with an array of experimental and characterization techniques. Mechanistic insights are utilized to guide the synthesis of catalysts with targeted geometries, compositions and architectures.

 
MEET THE TEAM

PHILLIP CHRISTOPHER

Principal Investigator

Chair of Sustainable Manufacturing, Sustainable Materials and Product Design Initiative, University of California, Santa Barbara

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

  • SUJITH RAMAKRISHNAN

    Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

    RESEARCH FOCUS

    Bond Selective Chemistry

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCHERS

  • CHITHRA ASOKAN

    B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Chicago

    RESEARCH FOCUS

    Catalysis

  • ISABEL BARRAZA ALVAREZ

    B.S. Chemistry & Mathematics, University of Texas at El Paso

    RESEARCH FOCUS

    Photocatalysis

  • JORDAN FINZEL

    B.S. Chemical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    RESEARCH FOCUS

    Heterogeneous and Photocatalysis

  • NICK GADINAS

    B.S. Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University

    RESEARCH FOCUS

    Atomically Dispersed Rhodium

  • ANIKA JALIL

    B.S. Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University

    RESEARCH FOCUS

    Single-Atom Alloy Catalysis

  • JUSTIN MARLOWE

    B.S. Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University

    RESEARCH FOCUS

    Sustainable Catalysis

  • JI QI

    M.S. Chemical Engineering, Columbia University

    RESEARCH FOCUS

    Atomically Dispersed Rhodium

  • EMILY SCHROEDER

    B.S. in Chemical Engineering, The University of Arizona

    RESEARCH FOCUS

    Heterogeneous catalysis

  • ZACH WESTMAN

    B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Arizona

    RESEARCH FOCUS

    Catalytic Upcycling of Polyolefins

  • GREGORY ZAKEM

    B.S. Chemical Engineering, Villanova University

    RESEARCH FOCUS

    Atomically Dispersed Metals

  • ROSADRIANA ZELAYA

    B.S. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

    RESEARCH FOCUS

    Single-Atom Oxides

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS

  • ALAN DANG

    4th Year, Chemical Engineering

  • AUSTIN MORALES

    4th Year, Chemical Engineering

  • SYLVIA YANG YANG

    3rd Year, Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering
UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9510

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