Elliot Rossomme (he/him) is expecting to receive his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in August 2022. His primary research projects have involved developing, testing, and implementing computational tools to understand the physics and chemistry of carbon capture in electrochemical systems.
During the Fall 2021 Greener Solutions course, Elliot partnered with the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association to identify ways to eliminate 6PPD, an industry-standard additive that protects rubber from oxidation and ozonation, from tire production. To continue working on this project, Elliot began a Greener Partnerships internship with the Agricultural Research Services division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to better understand the ozone chemistry of rubber and evaluate the technical performance of proposed alternatives to 6PPD in silico. This approach allows us to consider a wide array of biologically based and inspired antidegradants with the end goal of eliminating the toxicity associated with 6PPD and its derivatives.