Dr. Michael S. Wong
Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Dr. Michael S. Wong is Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University. He is also Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering. He was educated and trained at Caltech, MIT, and UCSB before arriving at Rice in 2001. His research program broadly addresses chemical engineering problems using the tools of materials chemistry, with a particular interest in energy and environmental applications ("catalysis for clean water"). He has received numerous honors, including the MIT TR35 Young Innovator Award, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Nanoscale Science and Engineering Young Investigator Award, Smithsonian Magazine Young Innovator Award, and in 2015, the North American Catalysis Society/Southwest Catalysis Society Excellence in Applied Catalysis Award. He is a Research Thrust Leader in the NSF-funded NEWT (Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment) Engineering Research Center. He is the 2016-17 Chair of the ACS Catalysis Science and Technology Division, and serves on the Applied Catalysis B: Environmental editorial board.
PLATFORM PRESENTER - Emerging Contaminants: Tick Tock
Peroxide Catalysis Approach for ex situ and in situ 1,4-Dioxane Remediation
Heterogeneous catalysis is highly effective in degrading a variety of chemical compounds from water sources, but its potential as a technology to remediate contaminated water remains under-explored. My research group has been studying the catalytic chemistry of designer materials with controlled nanostructure and compositional features over the years. I present our recent efforts for 1,4-dioxane. I will present our progress on the hydrogen peroxide-assisted degradation of dioxane using a series of metal oxides to identify and understand the materials properties most critical for optimal performance. I will discuss the implications of our findings towards lowering H2O2 requirements in a non-Fenton, advanced oxidation approach.