REU site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Sustainable Chemistry and Catalysis at Arizona State University

Project: Research project

Project Details


o New REU Site, or renewal of previously funded REU Site (provide previous NSF Award Number)? New REU Site
o Project title (as shown on Cover Sheet): REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Sustainable Chemistry and Catalysis at Arizona State University
o Principal Investigator: Ryan J. Trovitch
o Submitting organization: AZ Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University
o Other organizations involved in the project's operation: None
o Location(s) (universities, national labs, field stations, etc.) at which the proposed undergraduate research will occur: Arizona State University
o Main field(s) and sub-field(s) of the research: Chemistry, Green Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry
o No. of undergraduate participants per year: 10
o Summer REU Site, or academic year REU Site?: Summer REU Site
o No. of weeks per year that the students will participate: 10
o Does the project include an international component or an RET component?: No
o Name, phone number, and e-mail address of point of contact for student applicants: Laura K. G. Ackerman, 808-258-9342,; Ryan J. Trovitch, 480-727-8930,
o Web address (URL) for information about the REU Site (if known): To be determined
Intellectual Merit
A new REU site at Arizona State University focused on educating first-time researchers to consider green chemistry when developing research projects is proposed. With guidance from the research mentors, students will design catalysts from abundant resources that operate under mild conditions, prepare materials in an environmentally-responsible manner, and explore the role of solvent choice in reaction design. The research projects will take place on a single floor of ASUs newly constructed Biodesign C facility, which will offer each REU fellow access to communal laboratory and work space. A comprehensive program featuring professional development and career advice workshops will supplement community building activities which are designed to foster a welcoming environment for the participants. Leading aspects of sustainable chemistry and catalysis will be discussed throughout the project, and the participants will have an opportunity to present their research results to their peers prior to the programs conclusion.
Broader Impacts
This REU program will recruit promising undergraduate students who have demonstrated a passion for chemistry, but who have not yet had an opportunity to participate in a research project. The co-PIs will seek to recruit students from small liberal arts colleges, large community colleges throughout Arizona, tribal colleges in the American Southwest, and underrepresented minority students who have successfully completed college preparatory programs. The research being conducted at this site will introduce students to the environmental and economic benefits of green methodology early in their research careers, impacting the future approaches that they take to address scientific challenges. The students will also have the opportunity to prepare an infographic highlighting the importance of their own sustainable chemistry and catalysis research for the general public.
Effective start/end date9/1/218/31/24


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $312,000.00


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