Moureen C. Kemei
Alumni Resnick Postdoctoral Scholar 2014
Moureen completed her PhD at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB), where she studied the structure-property relationships in functional materials in the group of Professor Ram Seshadri. Her research has demonstrated that exchange interactions often couple strongly to the structure of magnetic materials, giving rise to long-range structural distortions. She has resolved the ground state structure of several spinel oxides—and these results are now guiding the prediction and interpretation of the properties of these magnetic materials. At Caltech, Moureen systematically investigated the electrochemical processes that occur in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathode materials. Her aim was to develop an accurate thermodynamic model of defect chemistry in SOFC cathode materials that would provide a framework for understanding transport mechanisms and cathode performance. The ultimate goal of her research was to establish universal guidelines for designing efficient SOFC cathode materials.
Moureen is currently a Module Engineer at Intel Corporation.
Faculty Sponsor: Sossina M. Haile