Group members

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Megan Bornstein
Megan is a graduate student studying the effects of microenvironment on catalytic properties of surface-immobilized gold nanoclusters. Megan was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry at the University of Utah in 2012. Megan became interested in chemistry because of her high school AP Chemistry teacher. Although she bounced around a few different majors in college, she ended up in the chemistry department, focusing on biological chemistry. Megan lives with her husband in Sugar House and they love to ski, mountain bike, and generally take advantage of the outdoor activities Utah provides. They frequent the nearby national parks and always encourage out of town visitors to do the same.

Emily Fullwood
Emily is a graduate student working on the preparation of ulra- and nanofiltration membranes by self-assembly of colloidal particles. Emily was born and raised in England, but eventually left the rain clouds for the balmy weather of Utah. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS in chemistry. While working through her undergraduate degree, Emily had the opportunity to join an REU program in the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. This internship steered her interests towards materials chemistry.

Erica Green
Erica is a graduate student working on the design, preparation and characterization of pore-filled and self-assembled ion-conducting materials. Erica was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and obtained her BA in Chemistry and Sociology from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington Pa in 2010.  After graduating she was hired at Corning Incorporated in the summer of 2010 to work as a Chemical Technician for the Thin Films and Coatings department in R&D.  During her time there she work on antimicrobial glass, anti-reflective coatings, and anti-finger print coatings.  She then came to the University of Utah in 2012 and joined the group in early 2013.

Julieann Selden
Julieann is a graduate student working on the preparation of  self-assembled lithium ion-conducting materials. Julieann grew up in Las Vegas and obtained her BS in Chemical Engineering in 2013 from Brigham Young University.  She did undergraduate research in blood-polymer interactions and industrial research in multilayer optical films. She is also a participant in the Nanotechnology Graduate Training Program of the Nano Institute of Utah.

Yulia Eygeris
Yulia was born and raised in Russia and graduated from Novosibirsk State University with MS degree in 2014. There she did her research on chemical and physical properties of conjugated 4H-imidazole-N-oxides and developed a strong interest in materials science. Yulia has decided to pursue Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry at the University of Utah to expand her range of scientific interests and knowledge in the United States. She has joined Zharov lab in 2015.