BPC Associate Professor Published in Nature Communications

BPC Associate Professor of Physical Sciences, Dr. Sampyo Hong, was recently published in Nature Communications.

MOUNT VERNON — Brewton-Parker College (BPC) Associate Professor of Physical Sciences, Dr. Sampyo Hong, was recently published in Nature Communications. Nature Communications is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-quality research from all areas of the natural sciences. Papers published in this journal are considered high-impact research by the science community. The publication entitled Fine-tuned local coordination environment of Pt single atoms on ceria controls catalytic reactivity was coordinated, performed, and co-written by Dr. Hong and thirteen others on their recent research and findings. This work was a collaboration with the experimental and theory groups at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Hong and his two UCF colleagues received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $864,827 in September 2001 and this work was supported by the grant. BPC President Dr. Steven Echols shared his enthusiasm for Dr. Hong by stating, “We are proud of this outstanding achievement!”

In this work, using a combination of a conventional wet preparation and calcination temperature-control approach, ceria (CeO2) supported platinum (Pt) single atom catalysts with precisely controlled coordination environments are successfully fabricated and demonstrated to possess high carbon monoxide (CO) oxidation activity. Based on the publication, constructing single-atom catalysts with fine-tuned coordination environments can be a promising strategy to achieve satisfactory catalytic performance.

Dr. Hong explained part of the experiment by commenting, “Millions of chemical products we use daily are made using catalysts. Examples of usage of catalysts include refining crude oils into gasoline and cleaning car exhaust gasses in three-way catalytic converters. Catalysts are materials that make chemical reactions faster. Usually, rare, and expensive materials such as platinum are frequently used catalysts. Scientists are working to make catalysts more efficient by using every atom as catalysts. This way, scientists can maximize the utilization of expensive catalyst materials and reduce catalyst loading.

Making such atomic catalysts is challenging because atoms have a strong tendency to aggregate into clusters of a bigger size. Through this work, scientists will get an insight into how to achieve highly efficient single-atom catalysts for various reactions. This is why theoretical calculations are necessary to elucidate it.”

Dr. Hong and others were responsible for the theoretical calculations. He used the DFT method (which is Density Functional Theory). Dr. Hong explains DFT as “a theoretical tool for understanding the physical and chemical properties of materials. It enables scientists to precisely calculate the properties of atoms and molecules and thus is used to make a prediction of the structure and energetics of chemical compounds and crystals.” While most theoretical calculations were done by Prof. Rahman’s group, Dr. Hong explains that his contribution was to, “construct models for the Pt single atom catalysts and ceria support and calculate how the Pt single atoms catalyze CO oxidation, in which CO molecules combine with oxygen (O2) molecules to become carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules.”

 The Provost of BPC, Dr. Robert Brian, had encouraging words for Dr. Hong, “To see in print the end results of his work these past several years on the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant with the Central Florida group is quite impressive. I would venture to suggest that he and his three colleagues responsible for the DFT calculations pulled one of the laboring oars in completing and publishing this work. We are all very proud and grateful that he is a part of our faculty.”

If interested in reading more, the publication can be found here: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-34797-2

Joanna Phillips-Mock

Student Enrichment Director

Joanna Phillips-Mock is a proud third generation Baron, both as a student and a staff member.

Beginning her teaching career in Middle Georgia in 1995, Mrs. Mock worked with a state funded program that served some of the most disadvantaged special needs students within the local school districts. She ultimately moved into leadership positions within the organization, serving and training others in multiple initiatives. She enjoys working with students of all ages to recognize and to achieve their greatest potential.

Mrs. Mock holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brewton-Parker College, a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Behavior Disorders, and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration from Georgia College and State University. She resides in Ailey, Georgia, with her husband Don, their son Tye Lewis, her mother Carol Joyce, and multiple fur babies. She enjoys traveling, gardening, camping, and attending concerts.

Candace Lilford

Profeessional Tutor

Candace Lilford graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Generalism in 2021 from Anderson University and with her master’s degree in English Literature in 2023 from the University of Alabama. She presently serves as Professional Tutor for the Student Enrichment Center while also teaching sections of ENG 101 and 102. 

As part of her two-year master's program, Ms. Lilford taught sections of ENG 101 and 102, while also serving as teaching assistant for British Literature Survey courses and volunteering in the university’s Writing Center. Ms Lilford has also presented papers at the Hudson Strode Conference and the South Eastern Christian and Literature Conference as well as working on various theatrical productions.

Born in North Carolina of South African descent, Ms. Lilford has lived in Uganda, Botswana, South Africa, and Trinidad before settling in Mount Vernon with her family in 2016, where she attended Brewton-Parker College as a dual enrollment student. She presently resides in Mount Vernon with her family and spends her free time watching old TV shows.

Linda Armstrong

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Linda Armstrong earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Southeastern Technical College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Walden University. Throughout her career, Linda has worked with diverse populations, including at-risk youth and families and youth in crisis because of mental health and other issues. Her empathetic nature has made her an effective advocate for those in need. In addition to her professional work, Linda is also is committed to volunteerism. She has dedicated countless hours as a youth mentor, and to teaching about her faith at various Christian organizations. She believes in the power of positivity and its ability to transform not only her life but also the lives of others.

"If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully." ~ Maya Angelou

Willie Ford

Academic Advising and Career Specialist

Greetings, Baron Nation!

It's truly a joy to be back in a place that has shaped me so profoundly. I'm Willie Ford, a proud 2022 graduate of historic Brewton-Parker College, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a Minor in Education. Following my graduation, I embarked on a journey in education, teaching Special Education within the Vidalia City School District. In addition to my role as an educator, I had the privilege of serving as the Unit Director at the J.D. Rabun Boys and Girls Club. All the while, I was honored to pastor at the esteemed New Hope Baptist Church of Rhine, Georgia. With God's grace, I managed these responsibilities, and now, I'm thrilled and ready to contribute to the welfare of our students, aiming to inspire through service.

Dusty Arnold

Mental Health Counselor

Dusty Arnold  is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst as well as a BPC alumnus. He has years of experience working with a variety of mental health issues including anxiety, grief, and challenges related to Autism. He specializes in behavior-related interventions that can help college students build on their strengths to set achievable goals while also learning how to deal with the thoughts and feelings that sometimes get in the way. He incorporates Biblical values and evidence-based treatments to meet students wherever they happen to be on their journey to spiritual and psychological health. 

Carl Anthony "Tony" Wardlaw

Assistant Student Enrichment Director & Student Success Coach

Carl Anthony “Tony” Wardlaw – For over 25 years, Dr. Wardlaw has worked in leadership, counseling, and pastoring. Beginning with working in middle management for a manufacturing company in Douglas, GA, Dr. Wardlaw has also worked in the academic, nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Additionally, he served over 7 years in the United States Military as a Military Intelligence Officer before resigning his commission as a Captain in the Army.

Currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Student Enrichment Center, Student Success Coach, and Adjunct Faculty at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, GA, he also serves as the Pastor of The Green Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Dublin, GA.

As a member of the renowned International Gospel Singing Group, The Wardlaw Brothers, Dr. Wardlaw has traveled all over the nation and abroad ministering and singing the Gospel of Christ Jesus. Dr. Wardlaw has served as a consultant for various agencies and has worked as a Fatherhood Coordinator and G.E.D. instructor within the Technical College System of Georgia and participates in local and national civic and philanthropic work.

Dr. Wardlaw holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business from the University of Georgia, two master's degrees from Troy University (Master of Science in Clinical Counseling and Psychology and Master of Education in Counseling), and a Doctorate in Education from Argosy University in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Wardlaw is a Lifetime Silver Member of The NAACP and a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is happily married to the former Mrs. Stephanie Scott. They have 3 Children; Chambria, Marc, and Carleigh.

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