Former Group Members
A few pictures from a group outing at Copper Mountain:
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.
Research interests: Developing novel hierarchical zeolites and non-zeolitic catalysts for biomass conversion with an emphasis on catalytic fast pyrolysis; synthesis, characterization and application of functionalized mesoporous catalysts.
Research Interest: Metal oxides and synchrotron experiments
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.
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.
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 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 widely used for
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.
Visiting Professor at CSM & NREL
Research Interest: Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels, Biochemicals & Biomaterials; Carbon materials & Catalysts
School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Shanghei University
Research Interest: Metal oxide catalysts