I am a Postdoctoral Fellow working in the group of Prof. Danna Freedman at Northwestern. My research focuses on experimental synthetic chemistry under extremely high pressure, targeting the discovery of new materials that exhibit bulk properties such as permanent magnetism and superconductivity. We use diamond anvil cells and multi-anvil presses to access pressures in the range of 1–100 GPa.
Latest research highlight
Our recent publication in J. Am. Chem. Soc. was featured on the front cover of the September 26, 2018 issue. Jarosite is a hydrous sulfate mineral with the formula KFe3(OH)6(SO4)2. An interesting property of this compound is that its Fe ions form a perfect 2D kagomé lattice in the ab-plane, wherein the triangular coupling pathways lead to magnetic frustration. Magnetically frustrated systems are fascinating because they often lead to delicate quantum states that reveal a lot about the fundamental nature of electron pairing. We combined an assortment of cutting-edge beamline methods at the Advanced Photon Source to study the crystallographic, magnetic, and electronic properties of jarosite under extreme pressures, and we found that the interlayer interactions are in fact much more important than the intralayer interactions in determining the overall 3D magnetic ordering. This paper was also featured in a JACS Spotlight.