Laura A. Achola

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Laura A. Achola

Postdoctoral Appointee

Biography

Laura Achola is currently a Postdoctoral Appointee in the Concentrating Solar Technologies group at Sandia National Laboratories. Her work involves the research and development of materials for renewable energy applications with expertise in materials synthesis, characterization and application. She supports projects in the topics of solar thermochemical H2O splitting for renewable hydrogen and fuel production. She has over 20 peer reviewed publications.

Education

    Bachelor of Science, Industrial Chemistry, University of Nairobi, August 2014
    Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry, University of Connecticut, May 2020

Research Interests & Responsibilities

    Materials for CSP
    Solar-thermal chemistry
    hermochemical energy storage

Publications

  • Achola, L. A., A. Ghebrehiwet, J. Macharia, P. Kerns, J. He, J. Fee, C. Tinson, J. Shi, S. March, M. Jain, and S. L. Suib. “Enhanced visible-light-assisted peroxymonosulfate activation on cobalt-doped mesoporous iron oxide for orange II degradation,” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 263 (2020): 118332.
  • Dutta, B., L. A. Achola, R. Clarke, V. Sharma, J. He, P. Kerns, and S. L. Suib. “Photocatalytic Transformation of Amines to Imines by Meso‐Porous Copper Sulfides,” ChemCatChem, 11 no. 17, (2019): 4262-4265.
  • Dissanayake, D., L. A. Achola, P. Kerns, D. Rathnayake, J. He, J. Macharia, and S. L. Suib. “Aerobic oxidative coupling of amines to imines by mesoporous copper aluminum mixed metal oxides via generation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS),” Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 249 (2019): 32-41.