David Hibbitts

Mentor
David Hibbitts
Project Title
Heterogeneous Catalysis for Chemical Upgrading
College
Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering
Time Commitment
11-15 hours/week
Method
Research Credit Unpaid Unpaid with future paid opportunities
Location of Research
On-Campus ,Remote (can be conducted by an online student)
Possible Co-Authorship
Yes

Project Description

Our group uses a combination of experimental and computational methods to study different types of solid catalysts to enable and improve large-scale chemical reactions, such as plastics recycling, biomass conversion, and the upgrading of light molecules such as methane or methanol. Our goal is to fundamentally understand how a catalyst’s structure influences its behavior and preference for forming specific products. Undergraduate students can synthesize and test catalysts in our lab or use density functional theory (DFT) calculations to predict the structures of these catalysts and reaction energies to predict reaction mechanisms. Undergraduates can collaborate with groups at UF and other schools such as UC Santa Barbara, Purdue, Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Princeton, Houston, and Ohio State and work with industry partners from Ford Motor Co. and ExxonMobil. Our prior undergraduate students have a strong track record of publishing their results in peer-reviewed journals (3 undergraduate authors in the last 5 years, with one undergraduate as the lead author) and acceptance to top-tier PhD programs. Read more about our ongoing projects and prior work at hibbitts.rc.ufl.edu. No prior experience is required. Our group welcomes students of all races, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, and sexual orientations.

Additional Requirements
None

Contact Information

Email Address
hibbitts@ufl.edu
Phone Number