OURS National Scholarships

Arun Johnson : Astronaut Scholarship

Arun Johnson (CBE, ’23) from Redwood City, CA, has long been interested in sustainable chemistry. He began researching carbon capture, fusion energy, and nanomaterials for cleaning car exhaust in high school, winning an Emergent Ventures grant and the Pioneer Tournament. As an undergraduate, he has been performing research on the use of nanomaterials for selective water purification in Prof. Jeffrey Long’s group. He is also the Vice President of the Biofuels Technology Club, which converts waste cooking oil from the dining halls into diesel fuel. He is interning at Terraform Industries, a carbon capture startup, this summer. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and continue his research in the use of nanomaterials for tackling climate change.