2016 Mellichamp Sustainability Fellows

Timothy Carroll

The heterogeneous vanadium phosphate oxide catalyst (VPO) is one of the few industrial examples of an abundant first row transition metal performing C-H bond activation, and is used for the 14 el

Ali Chamas

The goal of my research is to replace non-renewable chemical commodities by selectively depolymerizing the robust and aromatic-rich lignin into mono-aromatic platform chemicals.

Hongyi Chen

In palladium-catalyzed transformations, stoichiometric amounts of toxic and expensive organometallic reagent are usually consumed in the transmetalation step, which is not user-friendly.

Megan Chui

My research focuses on the selective disassembly of lignocellulosic biomass towards the production of higher commodity chemicals. A renewable, abundant, non-food competing feedstock, lignocellulosic biomass provides an attractive alternative to petroleum due to its high aromatic carbon and oxygen density.

Clifford Hardy

Through bioinformatics tools, gene clusters have been identified in the genomes of the obligate oil-degrading bacteria Alcanivorax dieselolei and Alcanivorax pacificus that appear to encode novel siderophore (small molecule iron chelators) biosynthetic pathways.

Zachary Jones

Selective deconstruction of lignocellulose, specifically, the recalcitrant lignin fraction, is a potential route to renewable aromatics. Their production from underutilized lignin could improve the economic competitiveness of biorefineries.

Chiu (Marco) Lam

The goal of the research is to explore the use of a microflow reactor to construct a sigma bond between two formally electrophilic carbon center via electroreductive cyclization (ERC) and the electrohydro cyclization (EHC).

Bi Ngyuen

Bottom-up Assembly of Copper Nanoclusters for Use as CO2 Reduction Catalysts

James Shaum

The work in the Read de Alaniz Lab has focused on carbon-nitrogen bond formation through electrophilic-nitroso containing compounds. This is the opposite of most carbon-nitrogen bond forming strategies, which allows for the use of untraditional and mild conditions.

David (Ches) Upham

Fossil resources have enormous chemical potential; however, their use is environmentally unsustainable because of the release of carbon dioxide. CO2-free production of hydrogen from natural gas is possible through methane pyrolysis; 

Shou Zhao

Because of the nonrenewable nature of petroleum, the development of sustainable feedstocks is gaining increasing attention.