Zauscher Lab | Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University

Katherine (Kate) Marusak

Email: kem51@duke.edu

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Education:

  • Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering – Duke University, Durham, NC (in progress)
  • B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering – North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (2012)

Positions and Employment:

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University, (2012-present)
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Materials Science & Engineering Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (2009-2012)
  • Intern, GE Energy, Greenville, NC (2011)
  • Camp Mentor, Science & Math Interactive Learning Experience, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (2010-2012)

Research Interests:

My current research includes establishing conditions for optimal precipitation of CdS using engineered bacteria for the generation of thin films. I focus on characterizing the morphological and electronic properties of the bacterially synthesized CdS films and exploring other possible bacterially precipitated metallic nanoparticles. I analyze the bacteria and nanoparticles using a range of characterization techniques including, but not limited, to TEM, XPS, Fluorescence Microscopy, and SEM.

In my undergraduate research, I researched the size-controlled synthesis of binary CoNi nanoparticles over a range of compositions. I analyzed SQUID magnetometry measurements to determine superparamagnetic blocking temperatures and coercivities. I also looked into the oxidation of the CoNi nanoparticles, which resulted in antiferromagnetic shells that gave rise to exchange bias within the nanoparticles. I synthesized transition metal phosphide nanorods through the reaction of metal nanoparticles with phosphorus precursors.

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