When I entered RPI, I chose to study physics to address my concerns for the degradation of the environment. I hope that I can make significant contributions to solving the energy crisis in my lifetime. When I first learned of the Accelerated B.S./Ph.D. Program, I immediately saw the program as an excellent opportunity to work with top researchers early in my academic career. My passion for physics and the environment have led me to join Shengbai Zhang’s research group. The group is focused on solid state materials for hydrogen storage applications.
The creation of a system that will reversibly store hydrogen at ambient conditions is a major obstacle in the use of hydrogen for automotive applications. Currently, I am exploring the use of nanoscale materials for energy applications, and most recently I am working on transition metal doped porous silica for vehicular hydrogen storage applications.
In addition to studying physics, I lead a very active lifestyle at Rensselaer. I enjoy snowboarding, running, playing hockey, soccer, basketball, and other intramural sports.