I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry
and Chemical Biology, and my research interests lie
in the area of solid-state and materials chemistry.
The goal of my research project is to synthesize a compound
made up of tungsten sulfide clusters linked by organic
molecules. Such a compound is expected to be electrically
conducting, which could make it technologically useful
in nanoscale devices.
Some of the ideas that are important in my research
include crystal structures and crystal growth, synthesis
of polymers, and the relationship between structures
and properties of materials. I am interested in sharing
these ideas with high school chemistry or physics students.
Possible inquiry-based labs could involve students in
growing their own crystals and investigating factors
that affect crystal growth or could allow them to prepare
their own polymers and test ways to change polymer properties.
I would value the opportunity to work with chemistry
or physics teachers to explore these topics or other
topics in general chemistry.