Jing Fang, CEBC doctoral student in Prof. Bala Subramaniam's laboratory, recently received the Richard J. Kokes Student Travel Award to present her research at the 21st North American Meeting of the North American Catalysis Society in San Francisco, CA from June 7 to 12, 2009. Fang is part of a group of young scientists in the field who were selected based on the merit of their contributions to the field of catalysis.
Fang's research focuses on how to retain expensive rhodium-based catalysts inside the reactor during a chemical process called hydroformylation. In order for this process to be commercially viable, she must demonstrate that greater than 99.8% of the catalyst is recycled. She is applying quantitative analytical techniques to verify that the level of rhodium retained in this process meets the needed performance requirements.
Fang's research poster is titled, "Continuous Homogeneous Hydroformylation with Nanofiltration for Retention of Polymer Supported Rh Catalyst Complexes." Her research project is truly interdisciplinary in nature, with collaborations between chemical engineers and chemists. Co-authors on her poster are Ranjan Jana, postdoc at CEBC, and Jon Tunge, Associate Professor of Chemistry at KU.
The Kokes Travel Award program of NACS provides funding for conference registration fees, accommodations in San Francisco, and a travel allowance. This award is sponsored by the generosity of the North American Catalysis Society and the local Pacific Coast Catalysis Society, as well as major support from the division of Basic Energy Sciences of the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.