"I applied to the Scholars Program to learn more about the research process and about presenting that research in a scholarly manner. I am considering PhD research in the future, and I feel that the Scholars Program is an excellent introduction to the research community here at UF. My goals for the academic year include publishing the results of my simulations based research in conjunction with the results of the corresponding experimental research project that is being conducted by the other members of my lab, namely my graduate mentor Robert Mueller."
* Engineering of many sorts * Computer Modelling! * Quantum Mechanics.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Will graduate Suma Cum Laude (Spring, 2012)
- College of Engineering Dean's List
- Gator Christian Life
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
- Integrated Product and Process Design (IPPD)
I help to organize and carry out community service projects in a community service movement that some of my friends and myself are trying to institute as a part of the infrastructure of the church. The idea is to create an atmosphere in the church of student-led activities which meet the actual (rather than perceived) needs of the community.
Hobbies and Interests
- Guitar, photography, computer programming, bicycling, bicycle maintenance, and reading.
Monte Carlo Simulation of Long Range Self-Diffusion in Model Porous Membranes and Catalysts with a Hierarchy of Pore Sizes
The study of diffusion in microporous materials such as zeolites is of particular significance for applications pertaining to catalytic and separations processes. This research project is a continuation of a previous computational study concerning the nature of diffusion in zeolite systems on the order of hundreds of nanometers, the length scale comparable with the sizes of individual zeolite crystals. The objective of this project is to extend study of diffusion inside and near a single zeolite crystal to diffusion in model membranes and catalysts consisting of many zeolite crystals separated by mesopores and macropores. In this way, information about bulk diffusion in zeolite systems can be gained while keeping in view the implications of the structural heterogeneities of the system. The ultimate goal of the project is to develop fundamental understanding of the relationship between transport properties on small length scales comparable with the size of individual crystals and those in macroscopic model systems. The method employed is a modified random walk Monte Carlo Simulation written primarily in "C++". This two dimensional simulation models molecular diffusion in a typical zeolite system, and can readily be extended to model diffusion in the Knudsen regime as well. Coupled with a parallel experimental study that is currently being conducted, this proposed diffusion model has the potential to lend new understanding to the subject field, and to allow more precise and efficient design and use of the applications of zeolite technology. Common applications include the use of zeolites in ion exchange beds in water purification processes, the use of zeolites in detergents, the use of zeolites as the basis for manufacturing catalysts, and the use of zeolites to efficiently remove fission products from nuclear waste.