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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Bregante wins National Defense Science and Engineering fellowship

Daniel Bregante, a graduate student in Dr. David Flaherty’s research group, has won the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations Daniel!

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student Daniel Bregante
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate student Daniel Bregante

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships are prestigious awards given annually to about 200 students nationwide. They’re awarded to applicants who are pursuing doctoral degrees in a range of areas, from aeronautical engineering to physics. The fellowship provides financial support equivalent to a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship.

It’s sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, the High Performance Computing Modernization Program, and the Office of Naval Research, under the direction of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering.

Bregante focuses on understanding the mechanism behind olefin epoxidation on metal-oxide catalysts with hydrogen peroxide “and what descriptors we can find to help develop more selective and active catalysts.”

“By using framework substituted zeolites, I can directly compare different transition metals and understand how their intrinsic properties affect their ability to epoxidize olefins,” he said.

Bregante, who completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California-Berkeley, joined the University of Illinois Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering graduate program last fall.