I received my PhD from the polymer science and engineering (PSE) department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in September of 2015, under the guidance of Professor Todd Emrick. Support through an Office of Science Graduate Fellowship from the Department of Energy allowed me to work towards enhancing organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology. The enhancements came through synthesis, characterization, and device integration of hydrophilic conjugated semiconductors, which culminated in the development of novel fullerene materials that led to record OPV power conversion efficiencies.
Prior to joining PSE, I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with Honors from Juniata College (2010). At Juniata, I worked with Professor David Reingold on the synthesis of novel polycyclic aromatic compounds, where my passion for organic electronics originated. In the summer of 2008 I worked with Professor Emrick at PSE on silicon quantum dots, followed by a self-designed research-based study program with Professor Wilhelm Huck at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2009, where I synthesized conjugated polyelectrolytes. After two more summer internships with Professor Emrick, I joined PSE in 2010.
I am currently a postdoctoral scholar working with Professor Craig Hawker at the University of California Santa Barbara, where my research spans a variety of topics including synthesis of novel emissive materials, in-situ analysis of photochemistry, and 3D printing of soft materials. I plan to build upon my prior experiences to develop an independent interdisciplinary research program as a professor at a competitive research institutions. My research interests include the use of templates and photochemistry to generate well-defined soft materials and composites, with applications in bioelectronics, flexible electronics, and microfabrication.
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