The project focuses on developing nickel complexes to be used as catalysts in artificial photosynthesis, which is one method of capturing and storing solar energy. The energy is stored in the chemical bonds of hydrogen gas, which can then be burned as a clean fuel.
The Honors Fellowship allows me to have the financial support necessary to perform my research. Additionally, the fellowship provides affirmation that my research is relevant and important, since others are willing to donate to my project.
Hometown: Midlothian, VA
Future Plans: I currently plan to attend graduate school in chemistry, and I would like to pursue a career in either alternative energy research or artifact preservation.
Hobbies: Teaching Assistant for chemistry labs, Club Softball, Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity
Fun Fact: I am a member of the William and Mary club softball team and the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. I like volunteering in the library at Matthew Whaley Elementary School. I also enjoy reading, traveling, cooking, and playing the piano.
Follow Catherine’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!