I am from Hangzhou, a very beautiful city in the Southeast part of China, famous for West Lake. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from Zhejiang University before moving to Amherst. I knew the word “polymer” from a high school classmate’s father who worked on designing biopolymers for wound healing. I was inspired to one day design novel polymer materials which could have a positive broad impact on people’s lives. As an undergraduate, all my projects were related to polymer hydrogels. I was fascinated with the tunability in both chemical functionality and mechanical properties.
My undergraduate research experience played an important role in motivating me to pursue a Ph.D. in Polymer Science. I chose UMass PSE because I was impressed by the broad polymer research within the whole Department, numerous connections with other institutions and industries, and a strong alumni network. My graduate research studies in Prof. Laura Bradley’s group focus on nucleation and growth of polymers on liquid surfaces using vapor-phase deposition. The overarching goal is to merge interfacial synthesis and assembly for fabrication of anisotropic and hierarchical composites that can be applied to separations and sensing applications. In the future, I look forward to working in industry and designing polymer products to help people achieve a more efficient lifestyle. During my two years in PSE, I have received a PSE Alumni Fellowship, 2016-2017 Graduate School Fellowship, and most recently the 2017-2018 Arkema Fellowship. It is truly an honor to receive these fellowships, which provide financial support and inspire me to connect with our alumni and industry sponsors in the future.