Keishla R. Rivera-Dones

Position/Year:: Graduate Research Assistant since 2015, co-advised by J. Dumesic and G. Huber

Short Bio: I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and have a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez. I have obtained most of my professional background through industry experience, having participated in various internships/co-ops and working full-time as a Process Engineer at ExxonMobil. I am pursuing my PhD as a personal and professional goal within the Chemical and Biological Engineering department atUW-Madison under the advising of Prof. Dumesic and Prof. Huber. My area of research deals specifically with developing and studying new catalysts for use in non-oxidative methane coupling to yield high-end olefins and aromatics. Our goal is to develop, analyze, and characterize catalytic systems that will maximize methane conversion while minimizing coke production and maintaining high selectivity to desired products. 

List of publications:

1. D. Gerceker, A. H. Motagamwala, K. R. Rivera-Dones, J. B. Miller, G. W. Huber, M. Mavrikakis and J. A. Dumesic; "Methane Conversion to Ethylene and Aromatics on PtSn Catalysts" ACS Catal. 7 (2017) 2088-2100. DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.6b02724

2. Patterson, R.; Hammoud, A.; Rivera-Dones, K. (2009) “Assessment of SOI AND Gate, Type CHT-7408, for Operation in Extreme Temperature Environments”

3. Patterson, R.; Hammoud, A.; Rivera-Dones, K. (2009) “Evaluation of Advanced COTS Passive Devices for Extreme Temperature Operation”