Lauren Chua

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Program of Polymers and Soft Matter


Email: lchua


2022: BSE & MSE in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Background and Research Interests

In my research at Penn, I investigated polarization responses in amino acid crystals, the mechanochemical functionalization of graphene, as well as the mechanisms and kinetics of free-radical polymerization using oxygen as a low cost initiator. I am excited to employ high-throughput DFT and ML models to my research interests in polymer sustainability so that we can better design plastics for degradation and more efficiently explore upcycling chemistries.


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