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1995-2001

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, minor in Statistics and Computer Science.

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Thesis Reactivity of light hydrocarbons over noble metal catalysts

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Advisor James A. Dumesic

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GPA  3.83/4.00
1 Sponsorship Research funded by ACS Petroleum Research Fund
 

Experimental: 

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Kinetic testing

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Calorimetry                  

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Infrared spectroscopy

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Catalyst preparation

Theoretical: 

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Microkinetic analysis

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Monte Carlo molecular simulations

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Density-functional theory calculations

    Adsorption and reactions of light hydrocarbons (C2, C4) and hydrogen were studied on surfaces of metal catalysts (Pt, Pt/Sn, Pt/Au, Pd and Ni).  Catalysts were characterized with volumetric titration, calorimetry, temperature-programmed desorption and infrared spectroscopy.  Kinetic data for acetylene and ethylene hydrogenation were collection under steady-state and transient conditions over Pt and Pd catalysts.

    Experimental data on modes of adsorption, energetics and reactivity of surface species were consolidated with molecular simulations.  The molecular simulations for co-adsorption of C2 species and H2 and ethane hydrogenolysis on Pt were custom written in C++ using Monte Carlo algorithms based on a lattice gas model, where energetics were dependent on types of sites and proximity of neighboring surface species.  Parameters for the molecular simulations were estimated with density-functional theory (DFT) calculations using Dacapo plane wave code.  DFT results were also used to elucidate details of molecular reactions in acetylene hydrogenation over Pt and Pd catalysts and to propose an explanation for observed experimental kinetic differences between these two metals.

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1990-1991

Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, England  

Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property.
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Patents

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Trademarks

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Copyright

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Competition Law

1 Advisor Jeremy Phillips
1 Sponsorship Personal scholarships from Central British Fund, W. R. Grace Ltd., Marks & Clerk.

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1983-1988

State University of Oil & Gas, Moscow, Russia

Diploma (combined B.S. and M.S.) in Oil & Gas Chemical Engineering with Honors, all distinction grades.

 

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Thesis Effects of additives on the stability and reactivity of sulfides on surfaces of petroleum hydrotreating catalysts:

Study on effects of doping of Co-Mo desulfurization catalysts with Na and K.  Catalyst synthesys and characterization.  Kinetic experiments for thiophene desulfurization with 35S were conducted at the Zelinsky’s Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences.

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Advisors Igor I. Stolonogov, Victor M. Kogan.

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GPA  4.00/4.00

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