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Daniel Scott

Faculty of Sciences

55-220 Kulanui Street, Bldg. 5
Laie, Hawaii 96762

Research Interest

Students, who research under the direction of Dr. Scott, research and develop a variety of projects which include bio-fuel cells, pharmaceutical protein stabilization, anti-cancer peptides, tungsten carbide corrosion, soap formulations and more.

Bio-fuel cells

Fuel cell configurations for energy harvesting are undoubtedly more energy efficient and can quickly complete with traditional fuel efficiencies. Harnessing sources of fuel that are more “natural” like glucose and fructose could eventually allow us to tap into energy the way nature does, at the carbohydrate level. Such fuel cells are conceived and developed in our labs. Research is constantly being done to improve such cells and to apply the produced power to small devices for a display of the possibilities.

Anti-Cancer Properties of Beta Amyloid

Beta amyloid, the protein found in people showing symptoms of dementia and paranoia, such as in the case of Alzheimer's disease, has been shown to have anti-microbial and anti-viral properties. Some work also suggests that this protein may be an immune response by our body. It is hypothesized that the protein may actually be effective at slowing cancer cell growth. This hypothesis is being tested by students in the lab.

Tungsten Carbide Corrosion/Oxidation

Tungsten carbide is a very dense material recognized for its strength and hardness. It is used in industrial drilling and has allowed humanity access to vast amounts of chemical energy that has led to the development of our world as we know it. With further advents in industrial drilling, the corrosion and oxidation of tungsten carbide parts is proving to be a contributing factor to the lifetime of drilling materials. Addressing this issue by learning about the corrosion process of tungsten carbide will contribute to the life time of industrial pieces that depend on their tungsten carbide parts. This can also contribute to the lowering of the price of energy to developing nations.

Bacterial Identification

Hand washing removes a significant amount of bacteria from people’s hands. However, it does not remove all of the bacteria. In hospitals and medical facilities where hand washing is frequent and bacterial growth is kept to a minimum often bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics result. This issue may be related to the pressure that is placed on the bacteria that survive hand washing by the soap that is chosen to be used in the setting that is desired to be sterile. In this work the kind of bacterial left on washed hands is determined after different soaps are used to wash hands and after changing different variables in the hand washing process.

Soap formulations

Recently the BYUH campus has begun using waste vegetable oil (WVO) to make biodiesel for local needs. From this process leftover glycerol is available to use as to make soap for campus services. This soap is inexpensive to make and has saved various campus services significant amounts of money. The soap that is made in our lab is constantly being improved to continue to save money for the campus. This development and production of soap is also a tool that allows students in the biochem department to work in the lab while they are receiving their education. We are also continuing to and work on formulation development that can address antibacterial and fungicide needs in laundry and other applications.

Research Group

Current Members:

  • Trevor Tuthill
  • Joe Reeve
  • Aisha Liongi
  • Meaua Brown
  • Ho Lam Lo
  • Benjamin Lee
  • Jackson Oliver
  • Alondra Grover
  • Walt Lawrence

Previous Members:

  • Dane Orton
  • Brigham Yang
  • Harry Tong
  • Ierutia Reiher
  • Man Yee Lai
  • Cheuk Wing Ng
  • Jordan McEwen
  • Leticia ChettySekotilani Aloi
  • Wai Shun Mak
  • Jeremy Tsang
  • Tsz Ho Tsang
  • Chan Tsz Yin
  • Riley Mills
  • Randell Kim
  • Theresa Holmes
  • Ian Idang
  • Bright Izekor
  • Evan Dickson
  • Lavender Lin
Biochemistry Program Chemistry Program Physical Science Program Physics Program