Sarah C. Bevilacqua
PhD candidate in chemistry
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
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]