Research Assistant II
|B.S.||Virginia Military Institute (VMI), 2018
Chemistry (minors in Physics and Chemistry Research)
Phone: (615) 322-7415
Fax: (615) 778-1414
Location: Cool Springs Innovation Park
Cool Springs Innovation Park
393 Nichol Mill Lane, Room 1001
Franklin, TN 37067
Biosketch and Research Interests
From 2014 to 2018, Katherine attended the Virginia Military Institute and graduated with a B.S. in chemistry and minors in both physics and chemistry research. During the summer of 2015, she worked with Dr. Daniel Pharr in his analytical chemistry lab where they researched an alternative method of detecting and quantifying selenium (this research was published in the Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research in 2018). During the summer of 2016, she had an internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in a chemical sciences division lab, working with Dr. Brent Dial researching chemical technologies like graphene paints, nanoparticle inks, and hydrophobic coatings.
Katherine worked in Dr. Pharr’s lab again for her senior thesis research, where she did preliminary investigation into whether surfactants could be used in place of organic solvents in the detection and quantitation of various aqueous metals using UV-Visible Spectroscopy. The objective was to develop a more “green” method of detecting and quantifying metal contaminants in the environment.
Katherine’s future plans include attending graduate school.
Watson, K.J.; Cochrane, S. ‘Testing the Effectiveness of Luminol in the Dating of Skeletal Remains’ Handbook and Proceedings of the Tennessee Junior Academy of Science (2013); 113-121.
Pharr, D.Y.; Clark, P.E.; Glomb, M.J.; Habersang, D.M.; Watson, K.J.; Dilley, R.S. ‘The Analysis of Selenium in Triton X-100 Surfactant’ Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research (2018); 17(3): 77-85.