I received my BS in Chemistry from Newman University and participated in an REU program at Kansas State University with Christine M. Aikens. My research was quantum simulations of gold nanocluster formation.
Afterward, I obtained my PhD in Chemistry from Notre Dame under the advisement of J.D. Gezelter. The focus of my doctoral work was thermal transport from gold nanoparticles to their surroundings. Our investigations were performed using nonequilibrium molecular dynamics and focused on advancing the understanding of heat transport at interfaces.
My current research interests are focused on auto-regulating materials and how heat transport can aid in material design of the auto-regulating materials.