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Sarah C. Bevilacqua
PhD candidate in chemistry
curriculum vitae

About me

I grew up in central Pennsylvania and went to Penn State for undergrad, where I studied chemistry and statistics. I quickly joined the group of Dean Douglas Cavener in biology, where we studied regulation of metabolic processes in mice. I quickly learned that working with live animals was not in my wheelhouse and switched to a chemistry lab. In the group of Prof. Michael Green, I characterized especially reactive intermediates in the cytochrome P450 catalytic cycle. Still not thrilled with trying to keep E. coli alive and wanting to explore materials chemistry, I performed my honors thesis work with Prof. Raymond Schaak. There, I developed mechanistic and synthetic approaches to nanoparticle growth and assembly.


Since Fall 2017, I have been a graduate student at Caltech in the See Group. Here, I am working to understand and control the interfacial chemistry in Mg-S batteries - the only things I struggle to keep alive now are my plants! I love taking advantage of the wonderful hiking and camping nearby and am passionate about our climate, which motivates my desire to develop next-generation electrochemical energy storage systems.


Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry, California Institute of Technology

Advisor: Kimberly See

B.S. in Chemistry, summa cum laude, The Pennsylvania State University


3.    Sarah C. Bevilacqua, Kim H. Pham, Kimberly A. See, "The Effect of Electrolyte Solvent on Redox Processes in Mg-S Batteries," Inorg. Chem. 2019accepted. [doi]

2.   Andrew J. Martinolich, Cheng-Wei Lee, I-Te Lu, Sarah C. Bevilacqua, Molleigh B. Preefer, Marco Bernardi, André Schleife, and Kimberly A. See, “Solid State Divalent Ion Conductivity in ZnPS3,” Chem. Mater. 2019, 31, 3652-3661. [doi]

1.   Carrie R. Sowers, Rong Wang, Rebecca A. Bourne, Barbara C. McGrath, Jingjie Hu, Sarah Bevilacqua, James C. Paton, Adrienne W. Paton, Sophie Collardeau-Frachon, Marc Nicolino, and Douglas R. Cavener, “The protein kinase PERK/EIF2AK3 regulates proinsulin processing not via protein synthesis but by controlling endoplasmic reticulum chaperones,” J. Biol. Chem. 2018, 293, 5134-5149. [doi]