Mentor: Dr. Clifford Russell Bowers
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I applied for the University Scholars program to gain research experience and see whether it is something I would like to pursue further in graduate school. This year I hope to improve my lab technique, organization and research skills. I'm excited to learn more about a field different than my major, catalysis and NMR spectroscopy. Ideally I'd like to gather publishable data and be one of the first to study parahydrogen induced hyperpolarized signals using colloidal catalysts."
Materials Science and Engineering
- Materials Science
- Catalysis with Parahyhrogen Induced Polarization NMR
- Aerospace Engineering
- UF Design Build Fly Team
- UF Sailing Team
- St. Francis Homeless Shelter
Hobbies and Interests
- Building/Flying model airplanes
- Mountain biking
An Investigation of Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysts in Parahydrogen Induced Polarization Reactions Using NMR
This project studies the parahydrogen induced polarization (PHIP) effect which produces dramatic signal enhancements using NMR. Currently we are studying hydrogenation reactions using both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts. This technique allows signal enhancements of up to 150 times on select protons. So far we have found that an aldehyde proton neighboring the hydrogenated alkene shows a strong enhancement and longer lifetime than the two added protons. We are in the process of computer modeling the system in an effort to further understand this spin polarization transfer. We have demonstrated both PASADENA (high magnetic field reaction) and ALTADENA (low magnetic field reaction) type signals in our own lab with a Bruker 400 mhz spectrometer as well as in the Chemistry Departments Varian 500mhz spectrometer. In our lab we have developed a continuous flow reaction setup which allows gas and liquid reactions to be carried out in the magnet. This is a requirement in order to obtain a PASADENA signal. Recently we have used this setup to detect a PHIP enhancement using heterogeneous catalysts which were previously believed to not exhibit the effect.