Nate Olson

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Title Graduate Research Assistant
Department Materials Science and Engineering
Biography

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Nate joined UIUC and Jessica Krogstad’s group in August of 2018. He graduated in May of 2018 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Ohio State University.

Education

BS Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude with Honors Research Distinction (2018)

Projects

Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Aerogels for High Temperature Applications

Research Areas & Previous Experience

At OSU, Nate worked in the Catalytic Material Design Group under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Brunelli where he focused on heterogeneous catalyst design, synthesis, and characterization. He studied the use of imogolite nanotubes as a catalyst for biomass conversion (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2018.07.059). Nate also worked as an intern at NASA Glenn Research Center with Dr. Frances Hurwitz where he studied metal oxide aerogels for extreme environments. Nate currently studies aerogels that are stable to high temperatures for use as insulation in aerospace applications. He will be developing novel formulations for metal oxide aerogels and characterizing the effects of heating on microstructure to develop highly porous insulation for extreme environments.

Awards

NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship ( NASA Grant Number 80NSSC18K1189)
Hamer Fellowship (2018)
OSU CBE Outstanding Undergraduate Award for Research Excellence (2018)
Ohio State Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship (2016)

Email no6@nospam6145a3ceab1a7.illinois.edu