A few pictures from a group outing at Copper Mountain:
MS Applied Chemistry, Clausthal University of Technology
Research interests: I synthesize supported transition metal carbide and nitride catalysts and study support/catalyst interactions with surface characterization techniques, such as X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy.
BS Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Research interests: Synthesis, characterization, and application of catalysts for biomass conversion to liquid fuels via gasification routes. My emphasis is on the oligomerization of bio-derived light olefins towards non-aromatic, drop-in liquid fuels for gasoline, diesel, and jet engines.
B.S. Chemistry, Colorado Mesa University
Research interests: Synthesis, characterization, and application of catalysts for biomass conversion; gaining a first-principles understanding of the nature of catalytic active sites and their behavior modifications under reaction conditions.
More about Amy: Amy received her B.S. with honors in Chemistry from Colorado Mesa University in 2015, where she conducted research with Professor David R. Weinberg. Post graduation, she worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Derek R. Vardon. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Applied Chemistry at Colorado School of Mines under the supervision of Professor Ryan M. Richards and Dr. Vardon. Her research focuses on heterogeneous catalyst design, application, and characterization for biomass upgrading to commodity chemicals.
BS Chemistry, Florida State University
Research interests: Synthesis and characterization of metal oxide materials for varied applications. Primarily focused on materials for catalysis of raw materials into usable fuels. Secondary focuses revolve around the exploitation of electronic properties of oxide materials for energy conversion, e.g. in photovoltaic systems.
More about Luke: With a B.S. in chemistry from Florida State University, Luke arrived in Colorado to pursue his graduate studies in materials science. Luke was first advised by Dr. Shubham Vyas of the Chemistry department, approaching materials science from a computational standpoint. His work used a combination of density functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to investigate the electronic and growth properties of a family of materials known as inorganic clathrates. Upon earning his masters, Luke made a switch to the experimental side, focusing on synthetic inorganic chemistry under Dr. Ryan Richards. Outside of being a nerd in the lab, Luke is a nerd in his free time: he is an avid comic book enthusiast, a dabbler of linguistics, and the proud owner of giant-tongued dog, Leo, and beautiful ball python, Sacha.
BS Biochemistry & California State University, Long Beach
Single-Subject Teaching Credential - Chemistry, California State University, Long Beach
Research Interests: Synthesis and characterization of metal oxides, specifically lithium-doped magnesium oxide for oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) reactions, and carbon-coated metal oxides for pyrolysis oil upgrading.
More about Allyson: Allyson obtained her BS in Biochemistry from CSULB in 2013, and subsequently completed her Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Chemistry in 2014. Teachin has always been a passion of hers, and she thoroughly enjoyed being a Supplemental Instrution coordinator for CSULB pre-nursing students which led her to her desire to become a professor after obtaining her PhD at CSM. She is passionate about renewable energy resource and hopes that the materials she synthesizes in the Richards lab will be used industrially for biomass upgrading, OCM, and other clean energy applications.
Chris Cadigan, Ph.D.
BS Chemistry, Santa Clara University
Research Interest: Inorganic synthesis of nanostructured materials (metals, metal oxides, metal nitrides) for use in catalysis, electrocatalysis, batteries, and biofuels.