My research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of 2D materials. In particular, I utilize laboratory- and synchrotron-based X-ray techniques to provide rapid and detailed feedback on the relationship between synthesis conditions and the eventual structure of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides. Additionally, I frequently collaborate in research campaigns spanning a range of other material systems. This involves the design, execution, and analysis of X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements under both ex situ and operando conditions.
During graduate school, I was heavily involved in the design and operation of X-ray spectroscopy instrumentation at the University of Washington. This included both experimental and theoretical efforts to advance materials research with lab-based XAFS and X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) analyses. Studies primarily focused on energy storage materials, catalysts, heavy metals in the environment, and ions in solution. I have carried many of the materials science lessons learned in these endeavors into my present research.