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I am a Resnick Sustainability Institute postdoctoral fellow at Caltech advised by Karthish Manthiram. My postdoc research focuses on applying advanced microscopy techniques to study charge transfer at the interface of bio- and electro-catalysis. 


My research interests are broadly on photo-, electro-, and nanochemistry of materials and systems that are relevant to renewable energy technologies (photo/electrocatalysts, solar cells, etc.).

During my PhD, completed in 2022 at University of Notre Dame with Prashant Kamat, my research focused on understanding fundamental excited state properties of lead halide perovskites for photocatalytic and photovoltaic applications. The last of my PhD projects centered on utilizing pulse radiolysis techniques unique to the Notre Dame Radiation Laboratory to study the photochemistry of organic semiconductors relevant to light energy conversion

Outreach and volunteering is something important to me; at Notre Dame I volunteered extensively with ND Energy served as vice president of AWIS - the Association for Women in Science at Notre Dame, and served as the president of the Electron Microscopy Club.  

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Outside the lab I love hiking and camping.

I highly recommend visiting Bryce Canyon National Park - it's gorgeous! 


University of Notre Dame

PhD: Physical Chemistry (May 2022)

Research Advisor: Dr. Prashant Kamat

University of Arizona

B.S.: Material Science & Engineering (May 2017)

Research Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Pyun


Gerhard Closs Award for Excellence in Photochemistry Research (2022)

Notre Dame Finalist for the CGS/ProQuest Dissertation Award Competition (2022)

Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Graduate School Award for Science (2022) (Link)

Dow Chemical Company Outstanding Graduate Student Award (2022)

Experimental Physical Chemistry Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, ACS (2021) (Link)

ND Energy Forgash Graduate Research Fellowship (2021) (Link)

ND Energy Eilers Graduate Research Fellowship (2020) (Link)

Lectures on Time-Resolved Spectroscopy 

These videos are meant to introduce time-resolved photoluminescence and transient absorption spectroscopy to those who are unfamiliar and looking to learn more. 

This video describes the fundamental principle of time resolved photoluminescence using the most common technique -- Time Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC). Included at the end are literature examples that show the breadth of what TCSPC can tell us.

This video describes the fundamental concept of transient absorption spectroscopy (TAS), including literature examples that highlight what can be gleaned from TAS. 

This video describes the instrumentation of nanosecond and femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy (TAS).

Select videos about my PhD research
These videos are a mix of conference presentations and one lecture - they are geared toward a more technical audience, but may be informative!

Corresponding paper: Directing Energy Transfer in Halide Perovskite–Chromophore Hybrid Assemblies, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 45, 19214–19223.

Corresponding paper: TiO2-Assisted Halide Ion Segregation in Mixed Halide Perovskite Films, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 11, 5362–5370.

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