Carbon dioxide is often considered a by-product of fossil fuel consumption — and not a useful one, either. But what if carbon dioxide could be turned into something useful or even an energy source? Jocelyn Legere, a junior chemistry major, will be working on a project at Yale University this summer to do just that.
Legere, who is concentrating on nanotechnology, will conduct group research on catalysts and their effectiveness in converting carbon dioxide into useful material as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program at Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for eight weeks starting later this month. The summer program will focus on graduate-level research and methods of professional research.
Taking part in a capstone experience through Bloomsburg at Penn State University, she is receiving full training for processes and tools in nanofabrication technology manufacturing.
Legere intends to continue her work in nanotechnology to develop ways to “decrease the harmful effects everyday products have on the environment.” Using her experience and training, she hopes to make her mark in the scientific world by combining green chemistry and nanotechnology to reduce the environmental impact on today’s society.