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AMY MCKEOWN-GREEN, 1st year Chemistry Graduate student at Stanford




Major: volunteer teacher

College/Employer: Stanford University

Year of Graduation: G

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Amy McKeown-Green is a 1st year chemistry graduate student at Stanford university with a strong interest in physical chemistry and solid state physics. She performed her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. As an undergraduate researcher with professor A. Paul Alivisatos's research group, Amy 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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S812: Crystals for Harnessing and Controlling Energy in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14 - 15, 2021)
What makes electrons move like light in one layer, makes electricity conduct without resistance in two layers, and compels adult physicists to title their talks with the word “magic”? In this class, we will explore the big ideas in solid state physics, including the interactions and symmetries which allow electrons to behave in both simple and exotic ways. This physics describes much of the world around us as well as magnetism, superconductivity, and topological properties. We will explore solid state physics through the lens of graphene, from basic crystal properties to bizarre emergent behaviors. Through this class, you will learn about modeling and measuring the behavior of electrons in solids and explore the frontier of physics research, finding the answer to our riddle.


S813: Big Ideas in Solid State Physics: The Riddles of Graphene in Rainstorm Summer 2021 (Aug. 14 - 15, 2021)
What makes electrons move like light in one layer, makes electricity conduct without resistance in two layers, and compels adult physicists to title their talks with the word “magic”? In this class, we will explore the big ideas in solid state physics, including the interactions and symmetries which allow electrons to behave in both simple and exotic ways. This physics describes much of the world around us as well as magnetism, superconductivity, and topological properties. We will explore solid state physics through the lens of graphene, from basic crystal properties to bizarre emergent behaviors. Through this class, you will learn about modeling and measuring the behavior of electrons in solids and explore the frontier of physics research, finding the answer to our riddle.


S651: Crystals forHarnessing and Controlling Energy in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
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. In addition to materials already in use, we will explore future energy applications involving cutting edge nano- and quantum-materials. Along the way, we will learn about bonding, lattices, band structure, surfaces, and other fundamentals of material science underlying these critical applications.


S652: Big Ideas in Solid State Physics: The Riddles of Graphene in Rainstorm Spring 2021 (May. 15 - 16, 2021)
What makes electrons move like light in one layer, makes electricity conduct without resistance in two layers, and compels adult physicists to title their talks with the word “magic”? In this class, we will explore the big ideas in solid state physics, including the interactions and symmetries which allow electrons to behave in both simple and exotic ways. This physics describes much of the world around us as well as magnetism, superconductivity, and topological properties. We will explore solid state physics through the lens of graphene, from basic crystal properties to bizarre emergent behaviors. Through this class, you will learn about modeling and measuring the behavior of electrons in solids and explore the frontier of physics research, finding the answer to our riddle.


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.