Christy Wheeler West, Ph.D.

Christy Wheeler West, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

Dr. Wheeler West’s research interests center on elucidating the effects of the molecular scale environment on reactive chemical systems and employing that understanding to manipulate the behavior of those systems. 

Current projects in her group include:     

  • Synthesis of efficient oxide-supported noble metal catalysts using supercritical fluid deposition     
  • Applications of novel quaternary ammonium salts for phase-transfer catalysis and metal recovery


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Alabama


Guess My Birthday: Demonstrating the Significance of Significant Figures. C.W. West. Chem. Eng. Ed. (accepted 2015)

Impact of Sulfur Heteroatoms on the Activity of Quaternary Ammonium Salts as Phase Transfer Catalysts for Nucleophilic Displacement Reactions, C.W. West, R.A. O’Brien, E.A. Salter, B.E. Hollingsworth, T.L. Huynh, R.E. Sweat, N.J. Griffin, A. Wierzbicki, J.H. Davis Jr, J. of Mol. Cat. A: Chem. 2015, 398, 282-288.

A simple and rapid route to novel tetra(4-thiaalkyl)ammonium bromides. R.A. O’Brien, C. Wheeler West, B.E. Hollingsworth, A.C. Stenson, C.B. Henderson, A. Mirjafari, N. Mobarrez, K.N. West, K.M. Mattson, E.A. Salter, A. Wierzbicki, J.H. Davis, Jr. RSC Adv., 2013, 3 (46), 24612-24617.

The water gas-shift reaction at short contact times, C. Wheeler, A. Jhalani, E. J. Klein, S. Tummala and L. D. Schmidt, Journal of Catalysis 2004, 223, 191-199.

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EG 101 Introduction to Engineering and Design
EG 270 Engineering Thermodynamics
ChE 203 Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes
ChE 372 Chemical Reactor Design
ChE 525 Chemical Reactor Analysis

Faculty Advisor: Chemical Engineering Honor Society