Shona Becwar

Graduate Student Researcher

Contact Phone

(480) 734-7610

Office Location

Engineering 2 3313



Shona is coadvised by Prof. Bradley Chmelka (ChE) and Prof. Songi Han (DCB). She is investigating the synthesis and optimization of non-precious metal heteroatom-containing porous carbon materials. These conductive graphitic materials have proven to be both comparable to industrially employed oxygen reduction reaction catalyzing material in fuel cells, and promising grey water filtration materials. Additionally, she is investigating the structuring of conductive polymers for use in solar panel like applications.


  • 2012 - 2016: B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Arizona State University (Advisor: Prof. David Nielsen)
  • 2016 - present: Graduate Student Researcher, Chemical Engineering, University of California - Santa Barbara (Coadvisors: Prof. Bradley Chmelka and Prof. Songi Han)