Chemical Engineering Student Award
Ms. Manasa Sridhar received one of the graduate student travel awards from the CRE Division of the AICHE. The award was presented during the 2010 Annual AICHE meeting on November 8, 2010 in Salt Lake City and is recognition of her research work. The award consists of a check for $400 and a ticket to the Division's dinner.
Ms. Sridhar is working toward her Ph.D. under the direction of Professor Peter Smirniotis. Her research involves the synthesis of transition metal modified molecular sieves that can photo assist the water gas shift reaction (WGS) at ambient temperature and visible-light conditions. In this way, carbon monoxide, resulting from various processes involving abundant sources such as coal, natural gas, biomass etc., can be utilized to produce hydrogen. The overall motivation of this work is the synthesis of novel catalysts that activate upon exposure to solar energy, are durable and poison-tolerant and can carry out the WGS at negligible power and expense, at high through-put and thermodynamically favorable conditions and with easy catalyst reactivation.