Hailey McKenna receives DOE SCGSR Award

A member of the Goldman group, McKenna will spend nearly five months conducting dissertation research at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) in New York.
Hailey McKenna receives DOE SCGSR Award

PhD candidate Hailey McKenna

MSE is pleased to announce that Ph.D. candidate Hailey McKenna (nee Lovelace) has been selected to receive a 2023 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award.

“The selection of Hailey McKenna for the SCGSR award is in recognition of her outstanding academic accomplishments and the merit of her SCGSR research proposal, and reflects Hailey’s potential to advance the Ph.D. studies and make important contributions to the mission of the DOE Office of Science,” stated SCGSR program manager Igor Slowing.   

A member of the Goldman group, McKenna is one of 60 awardees from 48 different universities across the country who will carry out part of their doctoral dissertation/thesis research in one of 13 DOE national laboratories. McKenna will conduct research on her project “Indium Nanoparticle Arrays for Plasmonics and Droplet Epitaxy: Formation and Transformation” at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) in Upton, Long Island, N.Y. 

"The SCGSR program will allow me to conduct fascinating experiments and work closely with experts at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, which will be an incredibly valuable experience," remarked McKenna.

Hailey will spend nearly five months in total at BNL’s Center for Functional Nanomaterials utilizing advanced electron microscopy techniques to study the formation, transformation, and local properties of indium nanoparticle arrays.

During her first visit, which begins in January 2024, she will study the synthesis of quantum dots using environmental transmission electron microscopy (E-TEM) to observe indium droplet nitridation in real-time.

"I am excited about the experiments I plan to do on the E-TEM," commented McKenna. "Observing nitridation in situ will be incredibly interesting."

During her second visit, which will be scheduled later in 2024, she will utilize a new scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) equipped with ultra-high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) to examine the influence of nanostructure, size, shape, and chemistry on local surface plasmon resonances of droplets and quantum dots. 

“I am thrilled that Hailey has received this fellowship,” said Hailey’s adviser, Professor Rachel Goldman. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Hailey to work with world experts in E-TEM and STEM-EELS.”