Dorman Named a Fulbright U.S. Scholar

March 24, 2022

James Dorman headshotBATON ROUGE, LA – LSU Chemical Engineering Associate Professor James Dorman has been named a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award, a competitive fellowship that provides unique opportunities for scholars to teach and conduct research abroad.

Dorman will work in Udine, Italy, with Alessandro Trovarelli, professor of industrial chemistry at the University of Udine.

“I am honored to receive the Fulbright Award and the opportunity it provides to be a scientific representative of the United States,” Dorman said. “I was happily surprised to be awarded one of the six Italian fellowships, especially since the awards are open to all fields of study, including history and art.

“The award allows me to spend time in Udine, Italy, working with [Dr. Trovarelli] researching how mechanical energy, instead of thermal, can be used to drive catalytic reactions. This technique is one possible route that has been proposed that will help lower the greenhouse gas footprint of the petrochemical industry and has long-term implications for the local economy, if successful.”

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers more than 400 awards in more than 130 countries for U.S. citizens to teach, conduct research, and carry out professional projects around the world. Alumni of the program include 61 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 76 MacArthur Fellows, and thousands of leaders and world-renowned experts in academia and other fields across the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

Dorman joined the LSU College of Engineering in 2015. He holds a bachelor’s and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California-Los Angeles, and his research interests include nanostructure and catalyst synthesis with a focus on controlling the atomic-scale defects to engineer electronic and chemical properties of metal oxides for energy-efficient conversion processes.

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