Susannah Scott

Susannah Scott

Distinguished Professor
Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainability Chair, Sustainable Catalytic Processing
Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering


(805) 893-5606
3325 Engineering II and Building 489, Room 101A

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Assistant Contact Info: 

Carlo Broderick
(805) 893-8614
Sycamore Hall (Building 489), Room 101

Fellow of: 

American Association for the Advancement of Science


Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Catalysis; Eastman Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley; Boulder Scientific Lecturer, Colorado State University; Kurt Wohl Memorial Lecturer, University of Delaware; ChangJiang Visiting International Professor, Dalian University of Technology; John van Geuns Lecturer, University of Amsterdam; Grace Hopper Distinguished Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania; Vladimir N. Ipatieff Lectureship in Catalysis, Northwestern University; Visiting International Professorship, Université de Lille Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Canada Research Chair in Catalyst Design; Miller Visiting Research Professorship, University of California, Berkeley; Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surface Organometallic Catalyst Design; YWCA Women of Distinction Award (Information Technology and Science); Premier's Research Excellence Award (Ontario); University of Ottawa Young Researcher of the Year Award; Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award; Cottrell Scholar, Research Corporation; NSERC Women’s Faculty Award; John Charles Polanyi Prize in Chemistry; NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship; Research Excellence Award, Iowa State University; Teaching Excellence Award, Iowa State University; 1967 Centennial Post-graduate Scholarship, NSERC; Gold Medal in Chemistry, University of Alberta


Materials & Interfaces, Energy Efficiency & Sustainability

The Scott group conducts both fundamental and applied research in reactions, surface chemistry, and catalysis. Our goal is to understand the interactions and transformations of molecules at gas-solid and liquid-solid interfaces by creating highly uniform active sites. We use advanced techniques in organometallic and coordination chemistry, surface science, high resolution spectroscopy, isothermal and non-isothermal kinetics, mechanistic analysis and modeling to investigate, design and reengineer heterogeneous catalysts. Our group includes both chemical engineering and chemistry students, working to solve important current problems at the interface of chemistry and reaction engineering. We are working on problems in catalytic olefin metathesis and polymerization, alkane dehydrogenation, biomass upgrading, polymer waste upcycling, and pharmaceutical manufacturing, with particular emphasis on active site structure-function relationships and solvent effects.


PhD Iowa State University of Science and Technology
BS University of Alberta