I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park. I received a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at Cornell University in 2011, graduating magna cum laude with departmental honors.
My current research is advised by Professor Lourdes Salamanca-Riba and focuses primarily on atomic-scale characterization methods including transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy. My research involves application of these methods to a number of materials systems.
The primary application of this research is to 4H-SiC/SiO2 interfaces in SiC MOSFET devices. SiC is a wide band-gap semiconductor with a native SiO2 oxide, as well as impressive bulk electron mobility and thermal conductivity. Performance of this material in MOSFETS has been hampered though due to electronically active defects at the interface between SiC and the oxide. Our work focuses on characterizing the structural and chemical nature of this interface with the aim of determining the best processing parameters for SiC MOSFET fabrication.
The other main focus of our research is on hybrid photovoltaic systems, where we are utilizing ZnO nanostructures within a liquid crystal matrix. Such devices aim to combine the efficiency of inorganic PVs with the flexibility and scalability of inorganic ones. We are attempting to both fabricate these devices, as well as characterize their structure, optical, and electronic properties. For more information about both of these projects, as well as my work as an undergraduate, please see my research page.
Apart from academic pursuits, I am interested in linux and open-source software, and contribute to a number of related projects in my spare time. I also enjoy marathon running, exercising, playing golf, cooking, pizza-making, and playing the ukulele when I get the chance.
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