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David Treviño Jr

Undergraduate Student Assistant
Primary office:
Strong Hall, room 151


1. What is your major at KU?

Chemical Engineering 


2. What is your background in research?

I currently work at the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis under Dr. Bravo Suarez as an undergraduate researcher. My team and I study the dehydration reaction of ethanol in the presence of a catalyst. As one of the most demanded processes in chemical manufacturing serving as a precursor to polymers and plastics, finding a catalyst that facilitates successful conversion of ethanol under low temperatures requires less energy and is economically sound. This also provides a greener method for synthesizing products such as ethylene by limiting the dependency on fossil fuels for this reaction.


3. What do you do at the Center for Undergraduate Research?

As the undergraduate student assistant, I support administrative communications via social media and outreach, work closely with the center's Research Ambassadors, and coordinate on-campus events for students to present their research.

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