Presently, I am a second-year graduate student at the University of Georgia (UGA) working towards a PhD in inorganic/materials chemistry under the direction of Dr. Tina Salguero. Prior to joining UGA, I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at the University of West Florida (UWF). At UWF, I researched with Dr. Pamela (Vaughan) Benz studying photochemically degraded and burned oil, and Dr. Tim Royappa, synthesizing copper (I) organometallic compounds. In addition to my research, I have also taught at UGA and UWF as a teaching assistant primarily in Analytical Chemistry and General Chemistry I and II lab sections. Aside from my research and teaching roles, I am also the Salguero lab's safety coordinator, with responsibilities such as retaining proper safety documentation, sustaining hazardous waste protocol, and maintaining university, state, and federal guidelines.
Ph.D. Inorganic/Materials Chemistry, University of Georgia (2017-Present)
B.S. Chemistry, University of West Florida (2015-2017)
In the Salguero lab, my research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of group IV transition metal chalcogenides, including TiTe2, HfTe2, HfTe3, ZrTe5, and HfTe5. In the synthesis of these compounds, I have primarily implemented chemical vapor transport methods and designed experiments to obtain optimal crystal growth and prevent oxide formation. Following proper synthesis and analysis, these materials are studied for optical and electronic properties in collaboration with the Abate group at the University of Georgia and the Balandin group at the University of California, Riverside. Given our local collaboration with the Abate lab, I have recently had the opportunity to test materials synthesized and expand my knowledge of characterization from a physics perspective.
2018 UGA Kenneth W. Whitten Teaching Award
2017 UWF Office of Undergraduate Research Travel Grant