- Mechanocatalytic Depolymerization of Lignin
- Fundamentals of Mechanocatalysis
- Conversion of Lignin to Value-added chemicals
Andrew’s research focuses on the fundamentals of mechanocatalysis and application for the depolymerization and upgrading of lignin. Mechanocatalysis (driving catalytic reactions via mechanical energy) allows for direct reaction between solids and offers a promising approach for converting lignin (a natural aromatic polymer produced in plants and trees) to value-added chemicals by avoiding many issues with solvent separations and recovery. By also focusing on the fundamental phenomena of mechanocatalysis (hot spots and transient active sites), more efficient mechanocatalytic systems can be designed and allow for more accurate scale-up to industrial sizes.
|2016 – present||Georgia Institute of Technology|
|Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering|
|2011 – 2016||Georgia Institute of Technology|
|B.S. in Chemical Engineering|