Diane joined the group in August 2015 as a Ph.D. student following her graduation from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering. Her current research is focused on identifying structure-reactivity relationships in visible light absorbing photocatalytic nanomaterials for solar hydrogen production. Within this topic, she is applying low-dose TEM imaging and EELS to characterize the physical and electronic structure of graphitic carbon nitrides and correlating these properties with activity for solar hydrogen production. She also is working with undergraduate student, Tu-Uyen Phan, to synthesize and characterize mixed-metal oxide interfaces for visible-light hydrogen production.
As an undergraduate student, Diane was highly involved with recruiting and STEM outreach through Engineering Ambassadors and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. She researched the environmental degradation of polymers and the opto-electronic properties of wide band gap semiconductors for photovoltaic applications during her sophomore and senior years, which sparked her interest for renewable energy. As a teaching assistant for an introductory materials engineering course for two years, Diane was involved with instructing several labs and tutoring students. She also obtained industry experience throughout two summer internships at Medtronic, a medical device company, where she worked in technology development and a design reliability lab.
As an Arizona native, Diane loves the year-round sunny weather. In her free time, she enjoys listening to podcasts and shuffling to house music.