PhD student Materials Science and Engineering
Drexel faculty mentor: Andrew Magenau
As a member of the Macromolecular Materials Group, Jessica studies novel bottlebrush polymer architectures synthesized through controlled/living polymerizations. Molecular bottlebrushes give rise to fascinating properties and unusual morphologies inaccessible to classical linear polymers. Jessica’s aim is to explore new synthetic strategies to precisely control their molecular composition and assembly into well-defined macromolecular materials for potential applications in membrane and 3-D scaffolding technologies.
Jessica earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry in 2013 from Haverford College, where she used molecular dynamics to investigate nanoporous graphene membranes for industrial gas
Jessica is also passionate about increasing public awareness of scientific discoveries and is a "Science Now" Educator at the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Drexel Materials Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research and DoD NDSEG Fellowships - May 2016