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About Jason R. Hattrick-Simpers

The primary focus of Dr. Hattrick-Simpers’s work is on the development and utilization of high-throughput strategies to expedite the discovery and optimization of new energy materials. His main research interests center on the identification of novel materials and the design of rapid screening measurement techniques for hydrogen storage applications, catalysts for syngas production, and coal slagging gasification reactors. In the area of hydrogen storage materials the central thrust is on the exploration of mixed cation borohydride - amide - metal hydride systems, which have recently been demonstrated to store a reasonable weight percent of hydrogen with favorable thermodynamics and kinetics. In the field of catalysis, his interest is in the rapid screening of novel sulfur and carbon resistant bimetallic catalysts for the production of syngas from heavy hydrocarbons. Another focus of his work is on the development of refractory ceramics that exhibit reduced slag wetability, or that introduce a surface passivation layer at the slag - refractory interface, to reduce the penetration of molten slag into the refractory liner of coal slagging gasification reactors. One central theme is the development of new rapid screening measurement techniques, which reliably measure their properties. To this end in-situ vibrational spectroscopy systems, in both the ultra-high-vacuum ( 10-8 Torr ) and ultra-high pressure ( 1,000 bar ) regimes, are used to monitor chemical changes during testing that can elucidate reaction pathways and give insight into the underlying physical mechanisms.


Present Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina - Columbia

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Materials Science and Engineering

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Honors and Awards

  • National Research Council Fellow 2007, National Academy of Science
  • Travel Grant 2006, Frontiers of Chemistry (Japan)
  • ARCS Fellow 2003-2004, Achievement Rewards for College Students Foundation
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship 2001 & 2002, University of Maryland
  • Magna Cum Laude 2002
  • Member of Epsilon Pi Epsilon National Physics Honor Society
  • Member of Golden Key Honor Society
  • Medallion Award for Excellence in Physics 2002, Rowan University
  • James M. Schafer Excellence in Mathematics Award 2001, Rowan University

Contact Information

Phone: (803)777-4693
Fax: (803)777-8265
Address: Chemical Engineering
University of South Carolina
301 Main Street, Room 3C19
Columbia, SC 29208


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