SLS SPRING 2019: Bringing Life to Materials with Chemistry
- Date: 02/26/2019 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
- Location: CS 177
BRINGING LIFE TO
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019
12:30−1:30PM • CS 177
Hurik Muradyan, BS
UCI Ph.D Candidate
FLEX CREDIT AVAILABLE
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sponsored by William Gohlke, in memory of OLE W. GOHLKE and STEPHANNE A. GOHLKE
Hurik Muradyan will speak about her academic and career journey from a community college to being a Ph.D. candidate and the exciting research along the way. She will discuss her research at the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry where she worked on the development of low-cost water-resistance roofing materials for ReMaterials, a start-up company based in India. Using simple acid-base chemistry cellulose based materials can be made water-resistant with increased durability. She will also discuss her Ph.D. thesis work on two projects that aim to make materials with characteristics found in biology, including the ability to move, respond to external stimulus, and the capability to self-heal.
Hurik Muradyan is currently working on her Ph.D. thesis at UC Irvine in Prof. Zhibin Guan’s laboratory in the field of advanced polymeric materials. She started as a GCC student, attending GCC from 2009-2012. In the summer before transferring she was awarded an NSF Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow at UC Irvine where she participated in research in the Chemistry Department. Upon transferring to UC Berkeley as a chemistry major, she began working for the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry. In 2014 she graduated with a BS in Chemistry and started research at the City of Hope, developing new drug screening platforms. After which she started her graduate work at UC Irvine where her focus is on the development of biomimetic materials. She also works as a writer and editor for a podcast produced by NPR called The Loh Down on Science.