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USC Student Emily Roberts Wins Kenneth Hancock Memorial Award

Blog Post created by ACS Green Chemistry Institute® on Jul 6, 2018

Congratulations to this year’s Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award winner, Emily Roberts, who is a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Chemistry at the University of Southern California. She received the award from the ACS Executive Director and CEO Tom Connelly at the GC&E Conference in June.

 

hancock.pngEmily Roberts receives Hancock Award from Tom Connelly.
©2018 American Chemical Society. Photo Credit: Naim Hasan Photography

 

The Hancock Award provides national recognition and honor for outstanding student contributions to furthering the goals of green chemistry through research and/or studies.

 

Roberts' research is directed towards improving the production of biofuels by scaling catalytic nanoparticle fabrication. She is investigating earth-abundant catalysts composed of Ni and Ni2P.  Her research is also focused on transitioning and scaling the batch manufacturing of these nanoscale catalysts to a continuous flow droplet microreactor using an ionic liquid solvent in place of volatile organic solvents.

 

The Hancock Award is sponsored by the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry and the National Institute of Standards & Technology.

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