Chemical catalysis expert to join Energy and Sustainable Materials Cluster

Dr. Amanda Cook will be  will be joining the UO Chemistry faculty this summer as a part of the UO’s Energy & Sustainable Materials Clusters of Exellence program. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan while working for Prof. Melanie Sanford, Dr. Cook began working for Prof. Christophe Coperet at ETH Zurich as a post-doctoral fellow. At Oregon, Dr. Cook’s research program will design and develop new catalysts for the transformation of organic molecules. Using a molecular approach to surface chemistry, solid catalysts will be synthesized, allowing for in-depth mechanistic studies to be carried out. The targeted catalytic reactions are of potential industrial utility, and include carbon dioxide reduction, alkyne functionalization, and biomass conversion.