2018 Resnick Postdoctoral Scholar
Originally from the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, Canada, Gwen completed her PhD in chemistry with Prof. Deryn Fogg at the University of Ottawa. There, she studied the intrinsic reactivity and decomposition of the active species in ruthenium-catalyzed olefin metathesis, an exceptionally powerful and “green” technology for building carbon-carbon bonds. She also built on these insights to improve catalyst productivity and reduce waste. Her research was recognized by the Inorganic Division of the Canadian Institute for Chemistry, with its 2018 “AGWIC” award for graduate work in inorganic chemistry, and by a postdoctoral fellowship from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). At Caltech, Gwen’s research will focus on new ways to activate carbon dioxide (CO2) using mixed-metal complexes. With emerging technologies for efficiently capturing CO2 directly from the atmosphere, this research could lead to powerful strategies for taking advantage of atmospheric CO2 to synthesize renewable, carbon-neutral liquid fuels.
Faculty Sponsor: Theodor Agapie