Director’s Postdoctoral Fellowship – Los Alamos National Laboratory – Los Alamos, NM 2014 – 2016
Poster Prize – European f-Element Chemistry Conference – Nürnberg, DE 2014
William G. Dauben Memorial Fellowship – Berkeley 2009 – 2010
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award in Chemistry 3a, Spring 2008 – Berkeley 2009
National Science Foundation (NSF) Pre-Doctoral Fellowship 2006 – 2011
Herchel Smith Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship – Kyoto University 2005
My research program will develop the molecular and solid-state coordination chemistry of the f-elements for unique and scalable solutions to contemporary problems in energy use. Applications in energy conversion (photochemical, magnetic) and transport (electrical) and in information storage and processing will be sought. These goals will be split into three research efforts: (1) to establish predictive models of magnetic exchange in f-element systems in order to design functional materials based on correlated electron behavior such as superconductors and topological insulators through a combination of solid-state and molecular chemistry and rigorous XAS analysis, (2) to develop the solution and solid-state chemistry of non-traditional high-valent lanthanides, and (3) to understand the fundamentals of lanthanide and actinide photochemistry for the development of photosensitizers and photochemical small molecule functionalization. The group will also pursue methodologies for f-element separations and recycling as enabling technologies. For more information, please see my research group page.