Hannah is a third year graduate student in Yale’s Chemistry Department. Her current research features the development of bio-inspired manganese-based oxygen evolution catalysts with an emphasis on observing high-valent transient intermediates. These catalysts mimic the oxygen evolving complex (OEC) in Photosystem II, the center at which water is oxidized to dioxygen in natural photosynthesis. In addition to providing mechanistic information about the function of the OEC, this work is vital in the development of dye-sensitized water-splitting solar cells toward a hydrogen economy.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Grinnell College, where she worked in Grinnell’s Science Learning Center for three years as a teaching assistant and personal tutor in General and Organic Chemistry. At Yale, she has served as a teaching fellow for General Chemistry lab and lecture. Hannah joined the CTL as a McDougal Fellow in 2016, where she endeavors to improve graduate knowledge on campus about research-based teaching methods.