Ydna Marie Questell-Santiago
Ydna Questell-Santiago was born in Puerto Rico and received her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM) in 2014. At UPRM, Ydna did undergraduate research in electrochemistry under the supervision of Prof. Arnaldo Carrasquillo. During her bachelor studies, Ydna worked as an intern engineer in Merck Sharp & Dohme Química (MSDQ) where she was certified as Green Belt Lean Six Sigma. Afterwards, she was selected in the program of Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, she worked in chemical biomass depolymerization and liquid CO2 under the supervision of Prof. James Dumesic. Ydna then joined Glucan Biorenewables LLC at Madison, Wisconsin, supervised by Dr. David Alonso where she continued her research in biomass conversion. After receiving her BSc degree in 2014, Ydna joined Prof. Jeremy Luterbacher in the Laboratory of Sustainable and Catalytic Processing (LPDC) to pursue her doctoral degree. She was awarded the 1st prize in the 2018 Clariant CleanTech Award and the 2017 Chemistry Travel Award by SCNAT and SCS.
My current research is centered in the upgrading of aldehyde-stabilized carbohydrates into furans and polyols using heterogeneous catalysts.
|Research Assistant||Glucan Biorenewables, LLC Madison, Wisconsin USA||August 2013 â December 2013|
|Undergraduate researcher||Catalysis Research Laboratory Prof. James Dumesic||University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin USA||May 2013 â August 2013|
|Intern Engineer||Merck Sharp & Dohme Química (MSDQ) Barceloneta, Puerto Rico||January 2013 â May 2013|
|Undergraduate researcher||Electrochemical Research Laboratory Prof. Arnaldo Carrasquillo||University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Puerto Rico||August 2011 â December 2012|
|PhD||Chemistry and Chemical Engineering||École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)||October 2014 - present|
|BSc||Chemical Engineering||Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez||August 2008 - May 2014|
|Questell-Santiago, Y. M., Zambrano-Valera, R., Amiri, M. T., and Luterbacher, J. S.
Nature Chemistry. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41557-018-0134-4
|Carbohydrate stabilization extends the kinetic limits of chemical polysaccharide depolymerization|
|Questell-Santiago, Y. M., and Luterbacher, J. S.
Royal Society of Chemistry - High Pressure Technologies in Biomass Conversion, 2017, 9-36
|Chapter 2: Introduction to High Pressure CO2 and H2O Technologies in Sustainable Biomass Processing|
|Shuai, L., Amiri, M.T., Questell-Santiago, Y. M., HÃ©roguel, F., Li, Y., Kim, H., Meilan, R., Chapple, C., Ralph, J. and Luterbacher, J. S.
Science, 2016, 354, 329-333
|Formaldehyde stabilization facilitates lignin monomer production during biomass depolymerization|
|Shuai, L., Questell-Santiago, Y. M., and Luterbacher, J.S.
Green Chem., 2016, 18, 937-943
|A mild biomass pretreatment using Î³-valerolactone for concentrated sugar production|
|Luterbacher, J. S., Alonso, D. M., Rand, J. M., Questell-Santiago, Y. M., Yeap, J. H., Pfleger, B. F. and Dumesic, J. A.
ChemSusChem., 2015, 8, 1317â1322
|Solvent-Enabled Nonenyzmatic Sugar Production from Biomass for Chemical and Biological Upgrading|