Susannah Scott

Susannah Scott

Duncan & Suzanne Mellichamp Professor in Sustainability
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: 

Debbie Kleinpeter
(805) 893-8614
debbie@engineering.ucsb.edu (link sends e-mail)
Bldg 489, Room 100

Fellow of: 

American Association for the Advancement of Science


Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Canada Research Chair in Catalyst Design


Energy Efficiency & Sustainability

The Scott group conducts both fundamental and applied research in surface chemistry and catalysis. We aim to understand the interactions and transformations of molecules in solution and at gas-solid interfaces by creating highly uniform active sites. We apply techniques from organometallic and coordination chemistry, surface science, spectroscopy, kinetics, mechanistic analysis and modeling to investigate, design and re-engineer heterogeneous catalysts. A key element of our strategy is to synthesize well-defined molecular precursors and anchor them onto solid supports via self-limiting surface reactions. For example, organochromium complexes CrRx are precursors to active sites in the Phillips (Cr/SiO2) catalysts for ethylene polymerization, while perrhenates such as (CH3)3SiOReO3 and CH3ReO3 are precursors to supported olefin metathesis catalysts.


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