Scott C. Warren (he/him)
Scott's contributions include the development of self-assembled porous metals (Science, 2008; Nat. Mater. 2012) and new microscopy tools for correlating electron transfer with microstructure (Nat. Mater. 2013, Small 2020). As a post-doc, Scott proposed and conducted experiments that started the field of plasmonic water splitting and introduced a widely used method for quantifying electron transfer at surfaces.
Scott's awards include the Beckman Young Investigator Award, the Research Corp Award in Advanced Energy Storage, the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, and the Marilyn Emmons Williams Award for Promoting Undergraduate Research.
Dept. of Chemistry
Kenan Lab A808
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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Jack received his B.S. in chemistry at Denison University (2017), where he explored the synthesis and characterization of calixarenes with Dr. Jordan Fantini. Jack then joined the Warren Lab in the summer of 2017 and has since expanded our lab’s expertise into high-throughput prediction of novel materials. Beyond applying popular softwares from the material’s community, Jack strives to create new tools and packages for materials discovery. Out of the lab, you can find Jack playing as many pick-up sports as possible and jumping between new hobbies every month.
Lauren is a 4th-year graduate student using computational and experimental methods to discover and synthesize materials with applications in batteries. Prior to UNC, she graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor's of Science in chemistry and a psychology minor. At Richmond, Lauren worked with Professor Carol Parish using computation to understand the structure and dynamics of proteins. Outside of the lab, she enjoys science outreach, going to UNC sports events (go heels!), and spending time with friends and family.
Matt earned his B.S. in Chemistry and B.A. in French Language from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in 2019. While an undergraduate, Matt spent his summers in Washington D.C. at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory studying lithium-ion battery chemistry under Dr. Albert Epshteyn. Matt joined the Warren Lab the summer of 2019. Matt's research includes a variety of computational and experimental techniques for discovery and implemenation of new battery materials. Matt loves outside-the-box energy storage solutions and is always exploring new technologies. Matt's passion for energy science began with combustion engines; he is restoring a vintage Toyota Land Cruiser with his father.
Karen received her B.A. in chemistry in 2020 from Carleton College, where she worked with Dr. Kim Huynh to understand thermite reaction mechanisms by developing a synthetic procedure for isotope-labelled metal oxide nanoparticles. In the Warren lab, her work focuses on synthesizing and characterizing amorphous inorganic 2D materials for membrane applications. Outside of the lab, Karen plays ultimate frisbee for Raleigh’s semi-professional team and enjoys playing with her cat.
Becca received her B.S. in Chemistry in 2020 from the University of Notre Dame, with minors in Environmental Earth Science and the History and Philosophy of Science. While at Notre Dame, she studied plasma electrochemistry with Dr. David Go and quantum dot synthesis with Dr. Prashant Kamat. She now works in the Warren lab to experimentally synthesize and characterize new battery materials. Outside of lab, you can find Becca on a golf course, drinking tea, or playing the saxophone!
Duncan is a 2nd year graduate student working on a novel inorganic/organic heterostructure. He recieved his degree from Carleton College, where his work found its way from biology to organic chemistry to materials chemistry. After graduation he joined the Warren Lab during the summer of 2020 where he now does a combination of computation and experimentation. When he's not in lab, Duncan can be found playing or watching sports, and is always happy to meet new people.
Connor graduated with a BS in Nanoscience and a minor in International Business from Virginia Tech in 2020. As an undergraduate researcher, Connor studied the electronic and electrochemical properties of Metal Organic Frameworks under Dr. Amanda Morris. Connor then worked at Luna Innovations as a Materials Engineering Intern where he developed functionalized paints, polymers, and composites for the Department of Defense. In the Warren Lab, Connor's research involves the fabrication of next-generation electrodes using newly discovered materials to create high-performance batteries. In his free time, Connor enjoys playing volleyball, exploring nature, and looking forward to his next visit to the beach!
Siona is a junior majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Information Systems and Marine Science. In lab she works with Jack to develop computational methods of structure generation and energy calculation. In her free time, Siona enjoys painting, running, and spending time outdoors.
Zack is currently a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analysis in Alexandria, VA. He earned his BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Yale University. During his PhD, he focused on tuning nanomaterials for electronic and environmental applications. After graduating, he continued his studies as a post doc at Yale University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and NIST. During these experiences, he broadened his expertise in electrochemistry, 2D nanomaterials, and measurement science. Feel free to reach out with career related questions.
Jacob is currently a Postdoctoral Associate in the Guided Wave Electromagnetics Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, CO. His current research focuses on performing microwave microfluidic measurements to derive the dielectric properties of fluids. Jacob is an alumnus of the Warren Lab (2016-2021), where he was an NSF-GRFP graduate student performing research on electride-based electrodes for fluoride-ion batteries. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC where he fell in love with the mountains. Outside of the lab, he enjoys hiking, reading a good book, and playing disc golf. Reach out if you would like to chat!
Tyler is currently a Research Scientist at Luna Innovations conducting applied materials research and product development bridging the military and commercial sectors. Expertise in surface science, nanomaterials, polymers, encapsulation, and coatings technologies. Technical and program lead on multiple SBIR/STTR government projects. He is well-experienced with project management, proposal writing, and directing the development of new technologies. Beyond the lab, he has an interest in breaking down complex ideas into simple concepts to enable science to be translated to a variety of audiences. Tyler is an NSF GRFP Fellow (2015) with a Ph.D. in Polymer/Materials Chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill (May 2018). Dissertation title: "Strong and weak interlayer interactions of two-dimensional materials and their assemblies"
Eleanor is currently a biomedical device consultant at Exponent in Philadelphia, PA. She specializes in materials characterization and surface analysis. She earned her BS in Chemistry from UNC in 2016, completing her senior undergraduate thesis, "Design Rules for Discovering 2D Materials from 3D Crystals," in the Warren Lab. She subsequently attended Georgia Tech for her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering; her thesis is titled "Optimization of Surface-Protein Interactions for Next Generation Biosensors."