Elizabeth Trodden PhD Student
School of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, UK
Office: WP Annex G.05 (JN 3.03 in September 2019)
Beth carried out her placement year at Pfizer as an analytical chemist working to GMP standards, where her Master’s project was in the advancement of retention time prediction software such as ACD Labs / LC Simulator. Alongside this, she was involved in a project to further an in-silico method development programme where she modelled relationships between retention time and chemical structure, managing the datasets in an enterprise database. She carried out two summer projects applying Molecular Dynamic software (dl_poly 2) to investigate how the clustering of supercritical CO2 differs when a co-solvent and triglyceride molecule were incorporated into the system, compared to that of pure supercritical CO2. Before finishing her MChem she worked on a research project involving the atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) of styrene and methyl methacrylate utilising photocatalysis. She also has experience with heterogeneous catalysis, synthesising mixed lead halide perovskites for photovoltaic applications under the supervision of Dr. Julia Payne at the University of St Andrews. After finishing her Master’s degree in Chemistry she decided to continue in the field of research, with the aim to provide sustainable solutions to limit industrial CO2 emissions.
Her main research interests are Carbon Capture, Carbon Utilisation, catalysis, homogeneous catalysis.