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Susannah Scott

Susannah Scott

Duncan & Suzanne Mellichamp Professor in Sustainability
Chemical Engineering

 

Affiliation: 
Chemical Engineering

Contact

(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

Honors

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

Research

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.

Education

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