Graduate Research AssistantAdvised by Professor Jeffrey T. Miller
Miller Research Group, Undergrad Research Assistant (2013 - 2014)
As a result of the shale gas boom there is a burgeoning interest in the use of light alkanes as building blocks for fuels and chemicals. Dehydrogenation is a key step in the process of converting light alkanes to desirable products. The focus of my work is the synthesis and characterization of supported palladium-alloy nanoparticle catalysts for the selective dehydrogenation of propane to propene. The goal of the project is to identify the bimetallic phases and understand their role in the dehydrogenation reaction.