With a background in kinetics, catalysis, and chemical modeling, Dr. Wilcox investigates technologies associated with making energy production from carbonized sources cleaner. Investigations include understanding the transport and fate of heavy metals (mercury, arsenic, and selenium) released from coal combustion or gasification processes using quantum mechanical-based modeling coupled with direct experimental measurements using a custom-built electron ionization quadrupole mass spectrometer. Additional research efforts include sorbent testing for carbon capture, adsorption studies of CO2 on coal and gas shales, and membrane design for N2 and H2 separations. Dr. Wilcox co-teaches courses on carbon capture and sequestration, introduction to petroleum engineering, and energy processes. She also teaches a course on chemical kinetics modeling from first principles.