I have just finished my Junior year at Princeton University, where I am majoring in Chemical Engineering with a certificate in Materials Science. My current work with the Scherer Group is aimed at investigating the permiability of a grout that will be used to immobilize radioactive wastes. I will be running a very elegant experiment that yields not only the permeabilities, but the mechanical properties of the grout samples. I will use this experiment to determine, among other things, permeability as a function of time and the impact of the water/cement ratio on permeability.
My future research interest include exploring ionic transport in porous materials for energy storage applications. Through a combination of experiment and theory I will attempt to understand the limitations of ionic transport in nanostructured materials. This is necessary in order to optimize energy storage while simultaneously maximizing power output in these materials. In gerneral I am interested in areas of research where materials science intersects with energy production, storage or technology.