Group News

Oct 02, 2022

Scientists from UCSB, UIUC, and Dow develop a method of recycling plastic into high-value plastic molecules. The news is included in UCSB The Current:

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Sep 28, 2022

Garrett's work on upcycling polyethylene waste into propylene has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society:


June 09, 2022

Congratulations! Chemistry PhD student Yuquan Zhao has been selected as a recipient of the Phi Lambda Upsilon Award from Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry!


May 22, 2022

Congratulations! Chemistry PhD student Jiakai Sun received Richard J.Kokes Award at the NAM 27th, New York.






May 22, 2022

Dr. Hyunjin Moon attended the 27th NAM conference and presented his work on the surface hydrophobicity effect on heterogeneous catalysis.










May 22, 2022

Dr. Lijun Gao attended the 27th NAM conference and gave a talk about the role of support acidity in activation and deactivation of Re-based catalysts for olefin metathesis.




Recent Notable Publications


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Current Initiatives

Mellichamp Initiative in Sustainability

Sustainable Materials and Product Design

In 2014, Susannah Scott created the interdisciplinary Mellichamp Academic Initiative in Sustainable Materials and Product Design, in order to integrate broader sustainability considerations into research in the chemical sciences
and engineering. UC Santa Barbara provided the Initiative with a cluster of
four endowed Chairs. The Initiative’s scope includes assessment/minimization
of environmental impact and assessment/optimization of economic feasibility, cultivation of public awareness, and social acceptance of sustainability goals. Susannah Scott currently holds the Mellichamp Chair in Sustainable Catalytic Processing.

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Enhancing Success in Transfer Education for Engineering Majors

ESTEEM is an NSF-funded S-STEM scholarship program for academically-talented, low-income undergraduate students in Engineering. Led by Susannah Scott, the project is a partnership with Professor Mike Gerber in UC Santa Barbara's Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, and collaborators in four of our regional California Community Colleges (CCCs): Allan Hancock College, Oxnard College, Santa Barbara City College, and Ventura College. The goal is to facilitate transfer of engineering students between community college and four-year universities, understand barriers, promote their academic and professional success, and strengthen ties between CCC and UC faculty.

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