Ni/CeO2 catalysts are a viable, and inexpensive alternative to precious metals for the oxidation of methane. Scott is exploring the potential for Ni/CeO2 catalysts for the partial oxidation of methane, by using density functional theory (DFT) computations for different reaction intermediates. The catalytic partial oxidation of methane has the potential to be a more economical and energy efficient method to produce syngas, and also limit CO2 emissions. He is exploring mechanisms which can lead to higher value products.
Scott is a B.S. Chemical Engineering and B.A. Mathematics student graduating in May 2023. He is the Treasurer of UB’s American Institute of Chemical Engineers chapter and is an Academic Assistant in UB’s First-Year Interest Engineering Living Learning Community. In addition to his interest in utilizing computational methods and machine learning to advance the study of catalysis, he is also passionate about clean energy technologies and polymer engineering. After graduation, Scott plans to pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering.