STAMI Seminar Lecture Series - Travis J. Williams

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This talk will show how catalytic, aerobic oxidation can be used to recover both carbon fibers and matrix monomers from partially cured carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) production scrap and waste. The discovery process will be told from a vantage point of molecular mechanism.


Travis Williams is a professor of Chemistry at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University with Paul Wender in 2005 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech with John Bercaw before coming to USC in 2007. Travis is interested in solving problems ranging from energy use and storage to medical imaging and sustainable manufacturing. His group's recent work on hydrogen storage—a carbon-neutral, sustainable approach to transportation fuel—has garnered international media attention. His award-winning clean-tech startup, Catapower, Inc., produces biofuels and fine chemicals from waste oil feedstocks. Travis has received numerous honors and awards, including the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the Stanford Centennial Teaching Award, the Caltech ASCIT Teaching Award, the Thieme Chemistry Journals Award, the USC Wrigley Sustainability Prize, two RSC (UK) emerging investigator awards, and is a distinguished fellow of the USC Center of Excellence in Teaching.



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  • Created:04/22/2019
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