I am currently a fifth-year PhD candidate 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 where I researched under Dr. Pamela (Vaughan) Benz studying photochemically degraded and burned oil. In addition to my research, I have taught at UGA as a primary instructor of record and teaching assistant. 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 (in progress)
B.S. Chemistry, University of West Florida
A.A. Chemistry, Gulf Coast State College
In the Salguero lab, my research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of group IV transition metal chalcogenides for electronics applications. 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. In addition to my work with chalcogenide materials, I have experience studying various lithium metal phosphate nanomaterials for battery applications using hydrothermal methods.
Northeast Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year (2021)
Experiential Professional Development (xPD) Student Advisory Board Member (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Subcommittee) (2020-present)
Kenneth W. Whitten Teaching Award (2018)
University of West Florida Office of Undergraduate Research Travel Grant (2017)
Gulf Coast State College Foundation Scholarship (2014-2015)