Caitlin Horvatits

Caitlin Horvatits
With the vast concern of how air pollution is negatively impacting the environment as well as the risks for human health, much attention has been given to a major contributor to this pollution – vehicles powered by fossil fuels. While vehicle emissions such as hydrocarbons (HCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) carry significant risks, work is being done through the development of new technologies and increasingly strict vehicle emissions regulations to reduce the harmful air pollution. A main focus of current research is the development of NOx and HC traps that capture these emissions at low temperatures, associated with a cold start of engines. My research focus is on the fundamental single molecule adsorption and desorption behaviors over the trap materials such as zeolite catalysts.
I am currently a master’s student in chemical engineering here at the University at Buffalo. I previously obtained my B.S. degree in Physics from Buffalo State College. During my undergraduate studies, I conducted research on the growth and crystalline structure of rare earth metal-iron oxide (hex-YbFeO 3 and hex-HoFeO 3 ) thin films. The thin films were grown in the lab and analyzed with the use of XRD, AFM, Vibrating Sample Magnetometer, and UV-VIS-NIR Spectrophotometer.
MS Thesis: A Theoretical Study of Adsorption Over the Ag/SSZ-13 Zeolite Informed with Experiments
Current Position: Development Engineer, Alkegen, Tonawanda, NY
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