Honors Fellowships

Gannon Connor

Connor, Gannon - SquareName: Gannon Connor
Title of Project:
 Exploring Artificial Photosynthesis for Hydrogen Fuel Production
Advisor: William McNamara
Honors Department: Chemistry

Inspired by plants that use sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to create sugar, this project seeks to synthesize an inexpensive, abundant earth metal catalyst that converts hydrogen gas into clean hydrogen fuel. This catalyst will be coupled to a system that uses light energy to split water into oxygen and hydrogen gas, creating a dependable process to create hydrogen fuel that is analogous to natural photosynthesis.

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Majors: Chemistry
Future Plans: I plan on completing my major in Chemistry and minor in Biology as well as conducting an Honors Thesis in Chemistry. I would like to attend graduate school in order to pursue a career in research and development or medicinal chemistry.
Hobbies: I enjoy intramural sports such as soccer, football, and basketball, I am a member of the Lutheran Students Association, and I have a part time job as a cook at The Crust.
Fun Fact: I love watching movies, especially in the theater. I am a huge fan of science fiction, so I try to see every movie of the genre that comes out in theaters. I also enjoy running and sitting on the beach.


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