My project investigates the photocatalytic activity of an iron catalyst. This catalyst can be used to develop devices for more efficiently harnessing the sun’s energy and producing clean hydrogen fuel, a process known as Artificial Photosynthesis. The development of renewable energy resources and technology is a crucial step in solving the global energy crisis.
The Honors Fellowship is very important to my research because it gives me an opportunity to get a head start on my thesis work over the summer without having to worry about getting a job. It will also allow me to gain a lot of valuable lab skills and knowledge that will help me in graduate school!
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Future Plans: I plan to attend graduate school in C0hemistry after finishing at William and Mary, and hope to use my chemistry background to help foster a cleaner environment through sustainable energy resources and technology. Ultimately I would love to work in a setting such as the United Nations in the UN Development Programme for integrating clean and renewable energy technology into developing countries
Hobbies: Running, traveling, playing clarinet and trying out new recipes
Fun Fact: My family does German folk dancing, and we perform at Oktoberfest celebrations regularly.
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