Darren Walshaw

Darren Walshaw
Mentor: Dr. David Mazyck
College of Engineering
"Beginning my studies at the University of Florida, my initial goal was to focus all my efforts and attention on classwork. While I followed through with this plan for a few years, I soon realized I needed a supplemental form of continuing and expanding my education. After researching a few organizations and various professors research interests, I decided the best way to achieve a well-rounded education was to apply my knowledge in research."


Environmental Engineering



Research Interests

  • Sustainable Air Pollution Control
  • Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Agriculture

Academic Awards

  • Cuban Infrastructure Competition 2016
  • University Scholars Program 2016


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  • Jet Ski Journey for Daniel Kids
  • Field Work in Cedar Key

Hobbies and Interests

  • Being Outside
  • Cooking
  • Yoga
  • Building

Research Description

Structural Silica-Titania Composite Synthesis for Photocatalytic Oxidation Applications
Silica-Titania Composites (STC) have been proven to efficiently capture airborne mercury (Hg) and completely oxidize hazardous air pollutants, particularly methanol, into inert byproducts such as water and carbon dioxide. STC are prepared using a sol-gel hydrolysis method in which the initial solution evolves to form a molded gel, which is then cured to form a solid photocatalytic sorbent. This method gives rise to the composites high sequestration and degradation efficacy, while also increasing the structural strength. The composites have traditionally been synthesized in pellet form, roughly 3 mm in diameter and 5 mm in length. This research aims to synthesize a new, larger physical structure, while retaining the same functional efficiency and structural solidarity, in order to expand its applicability in commercial operation.