Prof. Scott received her Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Iowa State University in 1991. She pursued her postdoctoral studies at the Institut de recherches sur la catalyse in Lyon, France. Since 2003, she has worked at University of California, Santa Barbara, as a professor of chemical engineering, chemistry and biochemistry. She is the director of NSF partnership in International Research and Education in Electron Chemistry and Catalysis at Interfaces. Her group conducts both fundamental and applied research in surface chemistry and catalysis, aiming to understand the interactions and transformations of molecules in solution and at gas-solid interfaces by creating highly uniform active sites. They apply techniques from organometallic and coordination chemistry, surface science, spectroscopy, kinetics, mechanistic analysis and modeling to investigate, design and re-engineer heterogeneous catalysts.
Prof. Scott has been awarded John Charles Polanyi Prize in Chemistry, University of Ottawa Young Researcher of the Year Award, Premier’s Research Excellence Award (Ontario), Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surface Organometallic Catalyst Design, Pinnacle Award and so on. She has published more than 100 research papers in the international journals such as J.Am.Chem.Soc., Chem.Mater., J. Catal. and so on.