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CSN Scientist Stephanie Walter of Northwestern University successfully defends her PhD thesis!

Stephanie's thesis focused on understanding the surface chemistry of functional materials and biointerfaces using nonlinear optics, such that knowledge gained at the molecular level can contribute to future efforts to design and control the properties of new materials for improved performances.
More specifically, her work determined:

  • How molecular ordering influences device performance in organic electronics.
  • How metal binding interactions with DNA-functionalized surfaces impact molecular structure and biorecognition events in model biosensors.
  • What drives nanomaterial interactions with biointerfaces to better design nanomaterials that are safe and sustainable.

Stephanie will be continuing on as a postdoctoral researcher with Professor David Walt at Tufts University!

Congratulations Stephanie!