I recently won 2nd place in the 2013 Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA), presented by Dow and the Resnick Sustainability Institute. My application was based on extending my recent discovery of an olefin metathesis-based photoresist (PLOMP) towards the more general idea of recycling catalyst waste in olefin metathesis reactions. As well, the preparation of my PLOMP photoresists can be done without generating any waste, and used to directly pattern chemically functional materials. We think this discovery has the potential to green many microfabrication processes, as well as reduce precious catalyst waste in industrial scale reactions.
More info: Press Release // PLOMP Manuscript
Accepting my award, with Harry Atwater and Neil Fromer.