Sara earned her BS in chemistry from the University of Rochester in 2007 and her PhD in chemistry in 2013 from the University of Chicago, where she studied the synthesis and assembly of nanocrystals under the guidance of Dmitri Talapin. Next, Sara spent four years as a post-doctoral researcher and then research scientist in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Dallas under the direction of Yves Chabal, working to create optically active nanocrystal/silicon hybrid heterostructures. In November 2017, she returned to Chicago to join the IIN. Here, she is utilizing her broad background in nanoscience, self-assembly, chemistry, and surface science to provide scientific oversight and assistance for many of the ongoing research projects.
Sara and her husband Steve have a lab, Daizy. When not working, she enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and enjoying the Chicago lakefront.
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