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.See More
Phase-Transfer-Catalyzed Alkylation of Phenylacetonitrile in Supercritical Ethane, C. Wheeler, D.R. Lamb, J.P. Jayachandran, J.P. Hallett, C.L. Liotta, and C.A. Eckert, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 2002, 37, 1763-1767.
Ionic liquids as catalytic green solvents for nucleophilic displacement reactions, C. Wheeler, K.N. West, C.L. Liotta, C.A. Eckert, Chem. Commun. 2001, 887-888.
In Situ Formation of Alkylcarbonic Acids with CO2, K.N. West, C. Wheeler, J.P. McCarney, K.N. Griffith, D.M. Bush, C.L. Liotta, C.A. Eckert. J. Phys. Chem. A 2001, 105, 3947-3948.
Phase-Transfer Catalysis in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide: Kinetic and Mechanistic Investigations of Cyanide Displacement on Benzyl Chloride, K. Chandler, C.W. Culp (Wheeler), D.R. Lamb, C.L. Liotta, C.A. Eckert, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 1998, 37, 3252-3259.
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