Hometown: Peoria, Arizona, United States
Graduation date: Spring 2022
FURI | Fall 2020
Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Plastic WasteThe hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of waste plastics with algae and different catalysts will allow for the study of the effect of feedstocks on the HTL product distribution and help SRP convert plastic waste from electrical cable insulators into useful products. The research will address sustainability goals by investigating a solution for plastic waste and producing oil products that can be upgraded into fuels, recycled into new plastics, or used for other value-added purposes. The end goal is to create a circular lifecycle for plastic materials.
Mentor: Shuguang Deng
Sponsored project | Fall 2020
Alexa Sanchez was awarded a W. L. Gore & Associates sponsorship for her Fall 2020 FURI project. W. L. Gore & Associates is a uniquely creative, product leadership enterprise that has served a variety of global markets for 60 years, and provides innovative solutions that its associates stand behind. Gore established funds to support undergraduate students in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative program and values student-driven research and developing relationships with students in the program.