Sarah Zaccarine

Sarah Zaccarine

Chair

Program: PhD, Chemistry Year: First Research: characterizing catalysts and MEAs for ORR in PEMFC and OER in PEMWE Fun fact: I love animals!

Mike Dzara

Mike Dzara

Vice Chair

Program: PhD, Material Science – Chemistry

Year: Third year

Research Interests: In-situ XPS for electrocatalytic applications

Fun fact: Uses his chemistry background to brew beer!

Natalie Seitzman

Natalie Seitzman

Secretary

Program: PhD, Material Science – Chemistry

Year: Second

Research Interests: Solid electrolyte lithium batteries

Fun fact: Did an experiment to see which kind of candy was the most satisfying to break upon freezing with liquid nitrogen; Three Musketeers was the winner.

Samantha Medina

Samantha Medina

Treasurer

Program: PhD, Material Science – Chemistry

Year: First

Research Interests: Fuel cell electrode characterization

Fun fact: Fresh tortillas and avocados are her favorite foods

  • Name: Margaret Fitzgerald
  • Program: PhD, Material Science – Chemistry
  • Year: First
  • Research Interests: Catalyst characterization for clean energy
  • Fun fact: Ultimate frisbee champion!

 

  • Name: George Burton
  • Program: PhD, Material Science – Metallurgical Engineering
  • Year: Fourth year
  • Research Interests: Advanced microscopy
  • Fun fact: He can grow a new disguise in six months.

 

  • Name: John Mangum
  • Program: PhD, Material Science
  • Year: Third year
  • Research Interests: Microscopy and energy materials
  • Fun fact: Enjoys photography and is very good at it but does not know it yet. And his dog is adorable. And photogenic. Was a collegiate jump-roper

 

  • Name: Luke WIlliams
  • Program: PhD, Material Science – Chemistry
  • Year: Third
  • Research Interests: [see email from Luke to Natalie]
  • Fun fact: Once got a malaria pill stuck up his nose after an unfortunate sneezing incident

 

  • Name: Allie York
  • Program: PhD, Applied Chemistry
  • Year: Second
  • Research Interests: Nanoscale catalyst synthesis for biomass upgrading and methane coupling
  • Fun fact: She enjoys solo road trips through the southwest in the summer

 

  • Name: Celeste Melamed
  • Program: PhD, Material Science – Physics
  • Year: 3rd
  • Research: Sputtering of ternary nitrides for optoelectronic applications
  • Fun fact: Plays viola and rocks the crap outta it

 

  • Name: Tommy Fuerst
  • Program: PhD, Chemical Engineering
  • Year: Fourth
  • Research: hydrogen membranes
  • Fun fact: He is a chicken farmer, and hates when dogs maul his chickens. Someone should go maul the dog.
  • Name: Rafaiel Ovanesyan
  • Program: PhD, Chemical Engineering
  • Year: DEFENDED!
  • Research: in-situ diagnostics
  • Fun fact: Was born in Russia

 

  • Name: Caleb Stetson
  • Program: PhD, Material Science – Chemistry
  • Year: Second
  • Research: Scanning probe microscopy for characterization of battery materials
  • Fun fact: Enjoys working with wood more than batteries

 

  • Name: Wanxing Xu
  • Program: PhD, Chemical Engineering
  • Year: Third
  • Research: Selective atomic layer deposition
  • Fun fact: Life and work are the same funny dog.

 

  • Name: Abigail Meyer
  • Program: PhD, Chemical Engineering
  • Year: First
  • Research: Light-induced degradation in silicon solar cells
  • Fun fact: Used to walk cattle at a fair in a circle and got judged.

 

  • Name: Matt Hartenstein
  • Program: PhD, Chemical Engineering
  • Year: First
  • Research: Carrier selective passivating contacts in solar cells
  • Fun fact: Won the state competition for Scholar’s bowl and was the captain!

 

  • Name: Ryan Gasvoda
  • Program: PhD, Chemical Engineering
  • Year: Second
  • Research: Selective atomic layer etching
  • Fun fact: Is an avid fly fisherman, and he ties his own flies. WUUUT.

 

  • Name: Nolan Kovach
  • Program: PhD, Chemistry
  • Year: First
  • Research: Mesoporous silica/carbon materials for various applications
  • Fun fact: Kicked footballs in college
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