Samantha I. Johnson
Alumni Resnick Graduate Research Fellow
Samantha graduated from Caltech with a PhD in materials science. She received her BS in chemical engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. There, she studied atomic layer deposition for use in sunscreens with Dr. Alan Weimer. At Caltech, she woked in the Goddard group studying mechanisms for small molecule activation, including conversion of methane and CO2 to liquid fuels. Her interest was in attaching these catalysts to surfaces, with the goal of computationally designing robust attachment systems.
Samantha is currently a Computational Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).
RSI Research: Stability and Mechanism in Chemically Modified Electrodes for Fuel Production
Faculty Advisers: William A. Goddard and Harry B. Gray
PhD Thesis: Computational Investigation of Small Molecule Catalysis by Cobalt, Rhodium, and Iridium Molecular Catalysts