Lena Blackmon B.S. Candidate Materials Science and Engineering
I am a Materials Science major with a focus in physics and a minor in mathematics. In the Dionne group, I have worked on modeling enantioselective optical trapping via silicon nanospheres. Ideally, these nanospheres, when excited by resonant wavelengths of circularly polarized light, can attract and separate chiral pharmaceutical drugs, such as naproxen (Aleve). Additionally, I work with the team designing an inkjet printer and spectrometer for bacterial identification by incubating and imaging test cells (currently yeast and E. coli). Ideally, this spectrometer could identify a bacterial infection in a bloodstream in a few hours.