Chao selected for D.O.E.'s Graduate Student Research Program

Paul Chao, a member of Ashwin Shahani's group, will spend 2022 conducting research at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Chao selected for D.O.E.'s Graduate Student Research Program

Ph.D. candidate Paul Chao

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science recently announced that MSE Ph.D. candidate Paul Chao has been selected for its Office of Science Graduate Student Research program (SCGSR), an award which provides graduate students from across the country the opportunity to conduct part of their thesis research at a host DOE laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist.

A member of Assistant Professor Ashwin Shahani’s group, Chao is one of only 65 graduate students from 29 states to receive the prestigious honor. He will spend the next year, 2022, working with beamline scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, Long Island, N.Y.

“I am extremely grateful for Ashwin's support and encouragement to apply for this great opportunity,” said Chao. “I am very excited to work with new mentors and engage with science in a new environment.” 

Chao’s research aims to understand the solidification of eutectic alloys using advanced x-ray characterization techniques.

“The nanotomography capabilities available at Brookhaven will provide an opportunity to study the solidification at unprecedented time and length scales in 4 dimensions (3D space and time), pushing the boundaries of the current in-situ experimental techniques available today,” commented Chao. “My ultimate goal is to answer scientific questions pertaining to the growth of composite single crystals with interphase anisotropy.

“I hope to learn about the broader research conducted at Brookhaven, meet the many scientists working there and consider career opportunities at these specialized facilities,” continued Chao. “I am looking forward to both tackling these challenging experiments and exploring the Long Island area.” 

“I am thrilled that Paul has received this fellowship,” said Shahani. “It is an important stepping stone for his career in research.”

Congratulations, Paul!