A native Marylander from Reisterstown, Christopher graduated with high honors from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with a B.S. in Chemistry. Several undergraduate research experiences, including his participation in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, led Christopher to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Maryland. In his graduate research, Christopher synthesized and characterized multimetallic nanoparticles and investigated their catalytic activities for several energy conversion processes. After the completion of his Ph.D., Christopher was awarded a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associateship to help advance nanobiotechnology metrology in the Biosystems and Biomaterials Division at NIST, with a specific focus on cerium oxide (CeO2, ceria) nanoparticles.
Following the completion of his NRC postdoc, Christopher joined the Solid Sorbent Project team within the Materials Measurement Science Division, which aims to develop advanced adsorption measurements to accelerate materials discovery at the NIST Facility for Adsorbent Characterization and Testing (FACT). Christopher is contributing to the development of gas sorption metrologies, with the specific goal of advancing metrology for high-pressure methane sorption across a range of temperatures.
The availability of natural gas in the U.S., recently spurred by technological breakthroughs in the production of shale gas, offers an unprecedented opportunity for advancing the economic, national, and environmental security of the nation. To be a more efficient chemical fuel, natural gas must be sweetened (or purified) by separating sour gas contaminants, such as carbon dioxide, from the major component methane. The simplest form of testing adsorbents for this application involves measuring carbon dioxide and methane sorption isotherms. While adsorbent technology has shown great potential for cost-efficient natural gas purification, materials innovation is hindered by the lack of fundamental material design principles derived from reliable experimental gas sorption data. Due to the direct impact in enabling technology for cost-efficient natural gas purification, development of methane sorption metrology offers potential direct impacts on the energy, catalysis, and automotive industries.
2016 International Nanotoxicology Congress Travel Award
2015 National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associateship
2013-2014 Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship
2011-2013 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship
2008-2010 Dolphus E. Milligan Graduate Fellowship
2008 Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society
2008 The Phi Beta Kappa Society
2004-2008 UMBC Meyerhoff Scholarship