Linder Receives $10,000 Award for Research Project at SWOSU


Dr. Doug Linder, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, has received a $10,000 award for a research project taking place on the Weatherford campus.

The award comes from Oklahoma’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) for a research project entitled “The Development of a Potent Pt-Au Nanoparticle Catalyst for the Selective Hydrogenation of Acrolein to Allyl Alcohol:  A Density Functional Theory Study.”

Linder is one of four recipients from across the state that received the Research Opportunity Award (ROA).  The award provides faculty at regional universities the opportunity to collaborate with faculty at comprehensive research universities.

The project goal is to determine the structure and composition of a gold and platinum (Au-Pt) catalyst that maximizes selective Acrolein Hydrogenation to Allyl Alcohol. Linder is collaborating with Dr. Alberto Striolo, associate professor in the Department of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, and his research team in designing catalysts in the upgrade of bio-oil to fungible fuels.

For questions about the grant, contact Linder at 580.774.7179 or by email at