The Rowland Foundation has awarded the Hunter Lab and Dan Kurtz, Postdoctoral Fellow, $100,000 for one year to continue the "Rowland Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and Undergraduate Program" that provides mentoring and supervisory experience for a Postdoctoral Fellow and hands-on research experience for an undergraduate research student working with the Postdoctoral Fellow.
The project will center around exploring carbon nanodots as possible photosensitizers for catalytic energy-related transformations. Carbon nanodots are a low-cost, promising opportunity in light-capture and energy conversion. Dan and Nico will synthesize, characterize, and study the charge transfer capabilities of carbon nanodots, with the aim of coupling them to nanoparticle catalysts.
Dan Kurtz, Ph.D., joined Dr. Hunter’s lab in May of 2019, after completing his Ph.D. in Prof. Jillian Dempsey’s lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Nico Barlos, Harvard Undergraduate, is a Sophomore majoring in Chemistry.