Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are cheaper and easier to produce relative to traditional silicon-based solar cells. Unfortunately, widespread DSSC use is hindered by its low efficiency. I will investigate underlying electron transfer processes that are hypothesized to be responsible for inefficiency in DSSCs. Understanding these mechanisms will enable more efficient designs of DSSCs to harness solar power for future energy needs.
The Honors Fellowship will allow me to focus on this research full-time during the summer to make headway for obtaining data and to start off in a good position for continuing studies during the school year. Additionally, I will develop and refine my research skills, which I hope to apply in some capacity in the future.
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Future Plans: I plan to attend either medical school or graduate school for research in developing alternative energies. Ideally, I would like to combine my interests in medicine and the environment to serve the public. Whichever direction I take, chemistry will be part of the path!
Hobbies: Patient Advocate at the Angels of Mercy Clinic, playing the piano, reading, attempting to grow plants, traveling, singing in any form.
Fun Fact: I played the traditional Japanese drum when I lived in Japan and performed in seasonal festivals.
Follow Jenna’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!