Student wins chemical engineering poster competition

Chemical Engineering major Matthew Pearlson, a junior in Commonwealth College, recently won first place in the fuels and petrochemical division of the National Student Research Poster Competition at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual conference.

Pearlson’s research studied how hydrogen energy can be produced cleanly
and renewably by solar photoelectrochemical water-splitting. His work is the first documented electrodeposited heterojunction (a device consisting of two or more semiconductors) of copper and zinc oxides made for photoelectrochemical water-splitting using inexpensive and non-toxic materials.