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Daniel Scott

Associate Professor
Faculty of Sciences

McKay Classroom Building Room 145

(808) 675-3813

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, and soap formulations.

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.

Protein stabilization

For years the number of available bio-pharmaceuticals (protein drugs) has been increasing. As this market grows there is an increase in the need for the stabilization of such drugs. This stabilization is provided in the form of chemical excipients that prevent protein denaturing and extend their shelf life and in some cases their bioavailability. Identifying the appropriate formulation for a specific polypeptide is not a simple matter. It is time intensive and there are so many excipients, it is difficult to identify the perfect formulation. Identifying new methods to determine protein stability that are fast and are capable of high throughput methods would be extremely valuable to the pharmaceutical community.

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.

Current Classes

  • CHEM 100 – The World of Chemistry
  • CHEM 101 – Introduction to General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 105 – General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 105L – General Chemistry Laboratory and Recitation
  • CHEM 106 – General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 106L – General Chemistry II Laboratory and Recitation
  • CHEM 381L – Biochemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 382 – Biochemistry II
  • CHEM 382L – Biochemistry Laboratory II
  • CHEM 326/326L – Analytical Chemistry and Analytical Lab

Research Group

Current Members:

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 YinRiley MillsRandell KimTheresa Holmes