Muscle Shoals, AL


2010 Goldwater Scholar

2010 UM Taylor Medalist

B.A. in Chemistry, University of Mississippi, 2011

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Mississippi, 2011

B.A. in Chinese, University of Mississippi, 2011


Dr. Mengxiang Fang

    Coal and Biomass Combustion and Gasification Technology Research Group

    Institute for Thermal Power Engineering/State Laboratory for Clean Energy Utilization

    Zhejiang University in Hangzhouse, China

Department of Fluid Separations

    Institute for Thermo and Fluid Dynamics

    Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Bochum, Germany


Research Interests

We worked on developing new catalysts for the photocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide to hydrocarbons. We have tested titanium dioxide and carbon-doped titanium dioxide both with and without copper as catalysts for the reaction. We have synthesized doped and undoped titanium dioxide from TiOSO4 and will next test compounds synthesized from Ti(SO4)2.


W.-Y. Chen, G. Shi, A. K. Hailey, E. S. T. Tsai, N. I. Hammer, and Z. Wu, "Photocatalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Organic Compounds Using A Green Photocatalyst: An Undergraduate Research Experiment," The Chemical Educator, 17, 166-171 (2012). DOI: 10.1007/s00897122438


A. Hailey, and N. Hammer, “New Catalysts for the Photocatalytic Reaction of CO2 to Hydrocarbons”, 62nd Southeastern Regional Conference of the American Chemical Society, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 2010. (oral)

A. Hailey, G. Shi, W.-Y. Chen, and N. Hammer,”New Catalysts for the Photocatalytic Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Hydrocarbons,” Mississippi EPSCoR State Meeting, Jackson, Mississippi, April 2010. (poster)

Career Goals