Kurt Wohl Memorial Lecture: Susannah Scott
"Kinetics and Mechanisms of Reactions Relevant to Lignocellulosic Biomass Conversion in Porous Heterogeneous Catalysts"
Operando MAS-NMR spectroscopy provides an unprecedented level of detail about the kinetics and mechanisms of liquid-phase reactions catalyzed by solid porous catalysts at moderately elevated temperatures and pressures. Our experiments reveal highly dynamic reaction networks for hydrolysis and hydrogenolysis, with mechanistic similarities between small model compounds and larger oligomers but strong solvent effects and large variations depending on the nature of the active phase.
BIO: Susannah Scott is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she currently holds the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Chair in Sustainable Catalysis. She is jointly appointed to the faculty in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry & Biochemistry, and she leads UC Santa Barbara’s Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainable Manufacturing. She is an Associate Editor for ACS Catalysis and a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science. In her research, Scott investigates, designs and reengineers catalysts for chemical transformations including the manufacturing and deconstruction of olefin-based polymers, transformations of olefins, the valorization of biomass, the remediation of environmental contaminants.
Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:00am to 11:00am
Colburn Lab, 102 CLB
University of Delaware- Colburn Lab, University of Delaware, 150 Academy St, Newark, DE 19716-3196, USA