UCSB Engineering

Susannah Scott


Chemical Engineering
Chemistry & Biochemistry

Susannah Scott


Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5080

tel: (805) 893-5606
fax: (805) 893-4731

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Research Description

Professor Scott's research interests include applications of surface organometallic chemistry to active site characterization and the design of new heterogeneous catalysts for olefin polymerization, metathesis and oxidation, inorganic reaction mechanisms especially related to the activation of small molecules and transformations and transport of metals, particularly mercury, in the environment.
The SCOTT group conducts both fundamental and applied research in surface chemistry and catalysis. We aim to understand the interactions and transformations of molecules at the gas-solid interface by creating highly uniform active sites. Co-workers apply techniques from organometallic and coordination chemistry, surface science, spectroscopy, kinetics and mechanistic analysis and modeling to investigate, design and reengineer heterogeneous catalysts. The group consists of engineering and chemistry students working closely together to solve problems at the interface of chemistry and reaction engineering

Research Groups


Scott received her B.Sc in Chemistry from the University of Alberta and her Ph.D in Chemistry from Iowa State University of Science and Technology.


  • Canada Research Chair in Surface Organometallic Catalyst Design, 2001-2002
  • Miller Visiting Resarch Professorship, University of California - Berkeley, 2001
  • YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Information Technology and Science), 2000
  • Premier's Research Excellence Award (Ontario), 1999
  • University of Ottawa Young Researcher of the Year Award, 1999
  • Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award, 1998-1999
  • Cottrell Scholar of Research Corporation, 1997
  • NSERC Women's Faculty Award, 1994-1999
  • John Charles Polanyi Prize in Chemistry, 1994
  • NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1992-1994