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AMY MCKEOWN-GREEN, 4th year Chemistry major at UC Berkeley.

Major: volunteer teacher

College/Employer: Not available.

Year of Graduation: 2021

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Amy McKeown-Green is a 4th year chemistry major at UC Berkeley. As an undergraduate researcher with professor A. Paul Alivisatos's research group, Amy has developed a strong interest in materials chemistry research. She has worked to share this passion for materials through chemical education and has taught a class on Crystals for Harnessing and Controlling Energy which serves as an introduction for high-school students interested in crystal structure, photovoltaics, nanocrystals, and quantum materials as well as their applications in energy capture and storage technologies.

Past Classes

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S421: Crystals for Harnessing and Controlling Energy in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
Energy -- making it, storing it, using it, and doing it all sustainably -- is one of the biggest challenges facing the world. Crystals are beautiful, intriguing, and claimed by many enthusiastic bloggers to have elusive properties for controlling and harnessing our inner energies. But in the world of real science, crystals are perhaps more exciting and powerful than any blogger imagined--including harnessing, storing, and controlling energy in the 21st century! We will talk about how the chemistry and physics of crystals leads to exciting properties and applications to solar cells for catching sunlight, batteries for storing energy, catalysts for clean fuels, and maybe even superconductors or nuclear power. In addition to materials already in use, we will explore future energy applications involving cutting edge nano- and quantum-materials.