Mentor: Dr. Helena Hagelin-Weaver
College of Engineering
"I got into research because I wanted to further my educational experience by getting involved with research and learn what it is like to conduct research in a laboratory setting."
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Synthesis of Well-Defined Copper Catalysts Supported on Shape-Selected Nanoparticle Oxides
Preparing well-defined solid catalysts is one of the main challenges in heterogeneous catalysis. Solid catalysts often consist of high surface area supports with a range of surface sites onto which active metals are deposited, sometimes resulting in a wide distribution of active metal particle sizes. This means that hetereogeneous catalyst development often involves a trial-and-error approach. Our goal is to prepare well-defined heterogeneous catalysts using shape-selected nanoparticle oxides as catalyst supports. The active metal will then be carefully deposited onto these supports using different methods. With more well-defined catalysts, the identification of structure-activity relationships is facilitated and can allow a more focused catalyst development strategy.