JUAN LOPEZ, Senior, Chemical Engineering, 2019
Research Program: NSF LSAMP/CAMP
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Dong Yu, Physics
Graduate Student Mentor: Luke McClintock
Research Title: Charge Carrier Diffusion Properties of Hybrid Perovskites
Hometown: Petaluma, CA
Three words to describe me: resilient, innovative, dedicated
What are your future plans and/or goals?
I plan to continue doing research relating to photovoltaics and renewable energy methods for the remaining of my time here at UC Davis. I aim to pursue a Master's degree in chemical and environmental engineering and eventually join the energy industry as an innovator and researcher in solar energy technologies.
In what ways has engaging in undergraduate research impacted your future goals and plans?
Participating in undergraduate research allowed me to apply what I've learned to real world problems. It also offered me a challenge and taught me to be resilient and resourceful.
What contribution(s) will your research make to your field of study?
My research project hopes to understand the carrier transport properties of halide perovskites in order to improve current photovoltaic applications of these compound with the goal of creating a perovskite-based field-effect transistor.
What preparation and research experience did you have before applying to your research program?
Before my current position, I performed research with the Chem-E-Car club here at UC Davis. I also participated in a course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) seminar, where I worked on characterizing hydrogen-bond capabilities of several molecules through NMR analysis.
Personal achievements/accomplishments or other news and information:
I am an ambassador for the Leadership in Engineering Advancement, Diversity and Retention program (LEADR), which aims at helping first generation, low income students succeed in the engineering field. I am also a member of the Chicano and Latino Engineers and Scientists Society (CALESS)
What advice do you have for other undergraduate students seeking research experiences?
I would recommend to get out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there. Go to office hours, talk t professors, and don't doubt your potential as a researcher. Do not let neither GPA nor grades stop you from becoming a researcher.
What else would you like us to know about you?
I am originally from Colombia, and came to the US in 2012. I hope to use my degree and research to give back to my country.