"My goals for this academic year are to maintain a solid GPA while getting more involved with my research and hopefully attaining some worthwhile results. There is a high probability of getting published if I put a lot of time into my research, and so I'm going to set the bar high for myself."
My academic interests include chemistry and physics, which isn't surprising as a chemical engineer. But I also really take interest in economics and finance. For research, I like to focus more on nanoscience, as this field has much potential for the future.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Robert C. Byrd National Scholarship
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
- UF Undergraduate Research Freelance Tutoring
Hobbies and Interests
- Playing basketball, going to the beach, Adobe Photoshop, and eating Chipotle.
Creating Anti-Reflective Coatings for Various Substrates Using Silica Nanoparticles
The core of my proposed research project revolves around the synthesis of silica nanoparticles. There are many different “recipes” for synthesizing these particles, and even more applications for them. The goal is to create a transparent antireflective coating that could be applied to a variety of different substrates. Furthermore, we are seeking to make this substrate electrically conductive. Some of the many possible applications include LCD displays, and solar panels. For the research I am planning on conducting over the course of this coming year, we are trying to synthesize silica nanoparticles with diameters under 100 nanometers. Once an adequate batch of these particles is attained, we can use a spin-coating method to disperse these particles uniformly across the entirety of substrate. Creating surface with uniform arrays nanostructures will allow us to advance technology in the realms of electrical, optical, magnetic, and mechanical properties. This bottom-up assembly technology is very valuable for creating cost effective wafer-scale surfaces. The structures we create can serve as templates or molds for creating similar surfaces with different nanoparticles. With the many applications also come many goals. We plan to effectively investigate the mechanisms that occur during spin-coating in order to advance in this promising technology. In clarifying this element, assembling nanoarrays of magnetic nanoparticles for use on devices will become more efficient, as will our continued learning of the nanoscale phenomena that allow us to achieve so much. Eventually, we hope to be able to create and recreate surfaces that are antireflective to eliminate glare, superhydrophilic to eliminate fog/condensation, and can retain transparency or conductivity.