David Chester Upham
Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs
CO2-free conversion of greenhouse gases into chemicals, fuels, and products
I am looking for one postdoc to start on an industrially funded project approximetaly January 1 2021.
I am also considering a highly qualified PhD student to work on liquid heterogeneous catalysis.
Please include the position you are applying to in your application.
The postdoc must have relavent experience working with and/or constructing reactors. The candidate must also have experience in hetorogeneous catalysis.
Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!
- Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
- Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
- Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
- Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
- Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
- Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
- Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
- Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
- Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
- Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
- Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
- Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
- Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
- Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.
ADVICE AND INSIGHTS FROM UBC FACULTY ON REACHING OUT TO SUPERVISORS
These videos contain some general advice from faculty across UBC on finding and reaching out to a potential thesis supervisor.
- Dry reforming of methane catalysed by molten metal alloys (2020)
Nature Catalysis, 3 (1), 83-89
- Optimization-based technoeconomic analysis of molten-media methane pyrolysis for reducing industrial sector CO2 emissions (2020)
Sustainable Energy & Fuels,
- Bromine and iodine for selective partial oxidation of propane and methane (2019)
Applied Catalysis A: General, 580, 102-110
- Revealing the Synergy between Oxide and Alloy Phases on the Performance of Bimetallic In-Pd Catalysts for CO2 Hydrogenation to Methanol (2019)
ACS Catalysis, 9 (4), 3399-3412
- Catalysts for sustainable processes: Understanding and controlling active site environments (2018)
Meet the Faculty Candidate Poster Session - Sponsored by the Education Division 2018 - Core Programming Area at the 2018 AIChE Annual Meeting, , 114-116
- Halogen-Mediated Partial Combustion of Methane in Molten Salts to Produce CO2-Free Power and Solid Carbon (2018)
ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 6 (11), 15673-15681
- Hydrogen production using methane: Techno-economics of decarbonizing fuels and chemicals (2018)
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 43 (5), 2540-2555
- Catalytic molten metals for the direct conversion of methane to hydrogen and separable carbon (2017)
Science, 358 (6365), 917-921
- Investigation of the Bromination/Dehydrobromination of Long Chain Alkanes (2017)
Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 56 (34), 9411-9418
- Molten salt chemical looping for reactive separation of HBr in a halogen-based natural gas conversion process (2017)
Chemical Engineering Science, 160, 245-253
- Techno-Economic Analysis of Methane Pyrolysis in Molten Metals: Decarbonizing Natural Gas (2017)
Chemical Engineering and Technology, 40 (6), 1022-1030
- Halogen-Mediated Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Propane Using Iodine or Molten Lithium Iodide (2016)
Catalysis Letters, 146 (4), 744-754
- Partial oxidation of propane with CO2 on Ru doped catalysts (2016)
Catalysis Science and Technology, 6 (14), 5483-5493
- CO2 methanation by Ru-doped ceria: The role of the oxidation state of the surface (2015)
Catalysis Science and Technology, 5 (3), 1783-1791
- Investigation of the active sites of rhodium sulfide for hydrogen evolution/oxidation using carbon monoxide as a probe (2014)
Langmuir, 30 (19), 5662-5668
- Metal sulfides as hydrogen electrocatalysts for H2-Br2 flow batteries (2014)
Fuels and Petrochemicals Division 2014 - Core Programming Area at the 2014 AIChE Annual Meeting, 3, 307-308
- Gas-phase chemistry to understand electrochemical hydrogen evolution and oxidation on doped transition metal sulfides (2013)
Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 160 (10), A1902-A1906
- Direct and repetitive growth cycles of carbon nanotubes on stainless steel particles by chemical vapor deposition in a fluidized bed (2010)
Carbon, 48 (9), 2652-2656