I am a second-year Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington, where I work in the Rorrer lab on heterogeneous catalysis. In the Rorrer lab, my research is focused on developing inexpensive earth abundant catalysts that depolymerize and upcycle polyolefins that represent plastic waste in milder conditions while minimizing methane formation, which is an incentive for plastic waste recycling, reducing the severe burden of plastic waste globally. Along with research, I enjoy engaging in outreach activities. Recently, I was one of the directors for the Distinguished Young Scholars Seminar (DYSS), where I organized an NSF-style panel for speaker selection and prepared itineraries and meeting logistics for visiting speakers. I am also the social chair of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students (ACES), where I coordinate and delegate tasks regarding events such as the recruitment weekend. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking/doing outdoor activities with my friends, spending time with my family, or staying at home and watching Harry Potter movies all day!
Mahdokht (Maddie) Soltani