Ph.D. Candidate, 5th year / Materials
B.S. Chemistry / Harvey Mudd College (2014)
I am studying the surface properties of polypeptoid-functionalized block copolymer films, with the goal of using them to prevent marine biofouling in an environmentally-friendly way. I also utilize bulk polypeptoid materials to study fundamental questions in polymer physics such as the effect of sequence and chain shape on polymer thermodynamics.
I grew up in San Pedro, California, and graduated in 2014 from Harvey Mudd College with a B.S. in Chemistry and a concentration in Spanish. Within chemistry, I have worked on a wide range of projects: organic and analytical chemistry lab developments (HMC), biomimetic natural product synthesis (HMC), block copolymer hydrogel self-assembly (Colorado State U), fluorescent dye synthesis and microchannel coatings (UCSB), and nanostructured zinc oxide photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (HMC). When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy being outdoors, cooking, drawing, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and ballroom/social dance.