Canning Receives DOE 2019 SCGSR Award

October 4, 2019

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Griffin Canning named a DOE 2019 SCGSR awardee for his application titled “In-Operando Spectroscopic Studies of Next Generation Alkane Transformation Catalysts." Canning will spend 8 months at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL) at SLAC National Accelerator Lab in Menlo Park, CA, in the Co-ACCESS laboratory of Simon Bare. He is focusing on developing techniques to study catalyst surfaces under working conditions using X-rays and infrared light.

Canning is a 5th year PhD candidate in chemistry, working with Professor Abhaya Datye, Chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering, as his advisor. He completed his undergrad work at the University of Washington. His research focuses on understanding processes by which catalysts fail, so that we can prevent such failure in next generation catalysts.

The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory/facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories/facilities.

The SCGSR program provides supplemental funds for graduate awardees to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory/facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist within a defined award period. Collaborating DOE Laboratory Scientists may be from any of the participating DOE national laboratories/facilities. The award period for the proposed research project at DOE laboratories/facilities may range from 3 to 12 consecutive months.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the 6 Office of Science research programs and the DOE national laboratories/facilities