Dr Marienette Morales Vega
August 10 - November 5 2017
Synthesis and Characterization of Hybrid Au/Ag @ Graphene Assemblies for Environmental Barriers
This project aims to identify alternative solutions for testing water quality and remediation. We employ gold, silver and graphene as potential materials for this task due to their individually strong qualifications in sensing applications. Au/Ag - Graphene incorporated in robust fibers is a viable platform for multifunctional, low-cost, and rapid environmental sensors.
Why Marienette decided to enter the fellowship:
"Being in the preliminary stage of my career, any added research training for me would be most welcome. With this fellowship I can be a much better mentor to students, which I consider one of my primary roles."
Marienette’s impressive past achievements:
"During my master studies in the University of South Florida, I made major contributions to key papers on iron oxide-based ferrofluids for nanomotors and hyperthermia studies as well as in characterizing the magnetic interactions in nanostructures. This work led to six publications in various high-impact journals. I applied for PhD studies at the University of Trieste, and was the top-ranked candidate in the PhD admissions competition. I am well-versed in the fabrication of various nanoparticles and nanostructures, the most recent ones are gold nanostars, which I used for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy. I was awarded a doctoral fellowship from the Graduate School of Nanotechnology, University of Trieste and a grant recipient of Training and Research in Italian Laboratory (TRIL) program of the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP)."