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Third Year Graduate Student

B.S. in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Research Interests

Stephen grew up in the southern half of the continental U.S. He attended Colorado School of Mines where he obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a B.S. in Chemistry. After working in the oil industry for two years, he joined the Wheeler Group at Texas A&M in the Fall of 2015. Stephen transferred to UGA with the Wheeler Group in January, 2017. In his sparse spare time he runs a woodworking shop out of his garage and fixes up his house.

Previously, Stephen worked on the implementation of a functional-group based symmetric adapted perturbation theory (F-SAPT) and applications of F-SAPT to understand model non-covalent interactions with aromatic rings. He is currently working to quantify the impact of Pd-nanoparticle structure on selective hydrogenations and Heck coupling reactions of model systems. Work on the relatively well-understood Pd-nanoparticles will be followed by an exploration of reactions catalyzed by Ni-based nanoparticles.