Nat Eagan obtained his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering at the University of Massachusetts—Amherst in 2014 before pursuing a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin under the direction of Professor George Huber. He earned his PhD in 2019 with a thesis entitled, “Catalytic Conversion of Biomass-Derived Platform Molecules to Distillate-Range Fuels.” Eagan then spent one year investigating catalysis by dilute alloys as a postdoctoral associate in the IMASC EFRC under the supervision of Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos and Professor Charles Sykes before transferring to Harvard University to continue this work under the supervision of Professor Cynthia Friend and Professor Robert Madix.
The Eagan Sustainable Catalysis Laboratory aims to develop and understand novel catalytic processes which improve the sustainability of fuel and chemical syntheses. The group utilizes advanced catalyst syntheses, materials characterizations, product analyses, and kinetic tools to connect fundamental catalytic observations to performance under economically relevant conditions.
- 2018: Roland A. Ragatz Teaching Assistant Discussion Award, University of Wisconsin
- 2016: Roland A. Ragatz Teaching Assistant Discussion Award, University of Wisconsin
- 2015: Bird-Stewart-Lightfoot Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin
- 2014: Dahlke-Hougen Fellowship, University of Wisconsin