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Congratulations to Valerie Niemann, recipient of a 2018 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship!

March 5, 2018

Congratulations to Valerie Niemann (BS Chemical Engineering ’18, Honors), recipient of a 2018 ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship to do research in Switzerland!

Valerie Niemann is a senior in chemical engineering with a minor in physics. Her first research experience was as a STAR Scholar in the Nanocrystal Solar Lab under the guidance of Dr. Aaron Fafarman. Since then she has pursued varied topics in renewable energy and power generation, such as solar cells, hydrogen evolution reaction catalysis, thermal management for power devices, and thermoelectrics. These projects have taken place at the University of Applied Sciences in Münster, Germany, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She enjoys working in international environments and is dedicated to promoting effective scientific communication in English, Spanish, and German. She plans to pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering, researching renewable chemical processes for energy applications. Valerie will be conducting research to develop novel protection schemes for perovskite nanocrystals in solar-energy devices, in collaboration with Prof. Raffaella Buonsanti at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

Congratulations, Valerie!


The ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship program supports highly motivated and qualified U.S. undergraduate and graduate students spend up to three months at a Swiss institute of higher education for a research internship. Learn more about this scholarship on our ThinkSwiss website.