Environmental Chemistry Research
A major research focus at Oak Crest is dedicated to answering research questions with an environmental perspective using chemistry approaches. These efforts are subdivided into three broad areas of research.
- Air & Water Quality. Atmospheric research varies from field-based studies on the impact of vehicle exhaust emissions on air quality to laboratory investigations on fundamental atmospheric processes and spectroscopic instrument development. The water quality research primarily involves the development of novel sensor platforms for low level monitoring as well as field studies on chemical and biological processes in urban watersheds.
- Microbiology. Biocatalysis is a major research focus of the microbiology program and includes the isolation of bacterial cultures, evaluation of solvent tolerance, and library screening to achieve stereoselective conversions of interest to synthetic chemists. Laboratory and field studies are directed at improving our understanding of the formation and development of bacterial biofilms. Applying phylogenic, genomic, and microscopic techniques to studying microbial interactions in extreme environments is another area of active research.
- Catalysis & Energy. The catalysis program primarily is dedicated towards developing novel strategies for CO2 chemical activation and fixation into high value materials. Delubrication in powder metallurgy is another area of catalysis reserach. The energy research involves new spectroscopic sensors for use in energy production, and the development of novel light absorbing systems inspired by nature for solar conversion.