Solar Energy Technologies

In my current position as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, I work in conjunction with all of our technical teams and am well-informed about state-of-the-art research and development in:

Doctoral Research

I earned my Ph.D. in December 2019 for my research on Powering Advances in Next-Generation Photovoltaics through Materials Synthesis and Characterization as a part of Professor D. Venkataraman’s ALIEN group (Advanced Laboratory for Iontronic, Electronic, and Nanomaterials). You can read my full list of scientific publications here.

Previous Research and Internships

Noonan Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013-2014

  • Synthesize and characterize electronic properties of heterocyclic thiaphosphole and azaphosphole based organic monomers for photovoltaic applications

Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Summer 2013

  • Develop novel imaging techniques for creation of mathematical models correlating micron scale particle characteristics with active ingredient dissolution rates in pharmaceutical tablets

Washburn Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012-2013

  • Determine kinetics of Fe-TAML oxidation catalyst adsorbed to activated carbon for development of systems for purifying water of persistent contaminants

Dow AgroSciences, Summer 2012

  • Develop methods for amine mixture separation using ion chromatography and ultra high pressure liquid chromatography as well as quantitative, non-invasive techniques for extraction of chemicals from leaf surfaces

Das Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011-2012

  • Synthesize RNA oligomers with novel “click chemistry” backbone linkages for construction of 3D RNA structures

Rule Laboratory, Carnegie Mellon University, Summer 2011

  • Engineer EcoRV endonucleases with active site amino acid substitutions that will bind to but not cleave DNA for solid state NMR imaging of bound DNA-EcoRV complex structure