Happy New Year to all!
We start the new year with a breath of fresh air! Our first Scientist of the Week is Michelle Mann, a young and very promising researcher from Colorado State University working in Dr. Ellen Fisher’s group. Michelle’s interview will be posted in the next few days.
Here is some information about Michelle, her studies and interests:
Michelle Mann is a Ph.D. candidate at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Michelle is originally from Greenwood, Arkansas, where she credits her high school chemistry teacher with fostering her fascination with chemistry. After becoming a National Merit Finalist, Michelle attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas on a full scholarship to complete her B.S. in Chemistry in 2011. Michelle entered industry after college, working at Pernod Ricard USA as a product quality analyst until beginning graduate school in 2013, working under Prof. Ellen Fisher.
Michelle’s graduate work aims to understand how plasma processing can be used to improve the performance and applicability of porous polymeric materials, such as ultrafiltration membranes used for water treatment or scaffolds intended as wound dressings. Specifically, she is interested in using plasmas to improve the compatibility of these materials in their respective applications as well as investigating how the loading of biocidal agents into these polymeric materials can prevent bacterial attachment and growth, advancing their overall performance and applicability. Some of her latest research was recently published in Plasma Processes and Polymers (doi: 10.1002/ppap.201500121, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ppap.201500121/abstract) and presented at the ACS conference in Denver and the American Vacuum Society conference in San Jose. In her free time, Michelle enjoys cooking, homebrewing, sailing, and enjoying the Colorado outdoors by running or hiking.