PhD student, Chemistry
Faculty Advisor: Song Jin
Lianna is a PhD student in Chemistry from Shawnee, Kansas. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas, where she was a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, and came to UW–Madison on an Advanced Opportunity Fellowship as part of the Letters and Science Community of Graduate Research Scholars (C-GRS). Her research focuses on the defect-driven growth of two-dimensional materials and their characterization toward solar fuels, light absorbers, and other electronic applications.
“Understanding how to grow well-defined materials in the families I study will help us understand the physics of how the materials work, and help define applications for electronics manufacturers and consumers,” Lianna explained.
Since coming to UW–Madison, Lianna has received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation for her work. She also received the Michael McCoy Memorial Award for a materials chemistry student who exemplifies a love of chemistry. As a graduate student, Lianna has served on committees with the Department of Chemistry, helping plan networking events, serving as a liaison to prospective graduate students, and mentoring first year students from underrepresented backgrounds.