My research is focused on understanding how semiconductor nanocrystal films and precisely designed photonic nanostructures can be integrated to improve light-emitting diodes. In current LEDs, large amounts of light are trapped within the device due to total internal reflection. By using ordered, metallic structures in conjunction with fluorescent nanocrystals, we can control the propagation of light at subwavelength dimensions, leading to improved emission efficiency and pure, easily tunable colors. I enjoy my project because it is a mix of synthesis, device fabrication, and optical characterization. As a child, I was obsessed with the colors of the rainbow, so being able to follow that interest to a research project that studies how materials interact with visible light seems quite fitting.
Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, gardening, and game nights with friends. I am a member of the Minnesota Bonsai Society and have a collection of houseplants to satisfy my green thumb during the winter. I was drawn to the University of Minnesota by both the cutting-edge research and the friendly, collaborative environment I found within the CEMS department. Since moving here, I have also found that I love living in the Twin Cities. The public transportation system and biking infrastructure make getting around the cities fairly easy, even without a car. There are so many different types of cuisines available, great shopping options, and many music and art venues. Even after living here for a few years, I am still constantly finding new things to try.