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Catherine Oertel

2003 - 2004 CSIP Fellow

Research Interest:
Chemistry and Chemical Biology

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and my research interests lie in the area of solid-state and materials chemistry. The goal of my research project is to synthesize a compound made up of tungsten sulfide clusters linked by organic molecules. Such a compound is expected to be electrically conducting, which could make it technologically useful in nanoscale devices.

Some of the ideas that are important in my research include crystal structures and crystal growth, synthesis of polymers, and the relationship between structures and properties of materials. I am interested in sharing these ideas with high school chemistry or physics students. Possible inquiry-based labs could involve students in growing their own crystals and investigating factors that affect crystal growth or could allow them to prepare their own polymers and test ways to change polymer properties. I would value the opportunity to work with chemistry or physics teachers to explore these topics or other topics in general chemistry.





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