Canada (Fulbright S&T Alumnus 2011)
A big fan of fountain pens, smoked gouda, M.C. Escher, and high fives, Canadian Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow Michael Gaultois is pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry with a focus on the structural characterization of functional inorganic materials – particularly those with structural disorder. Proper characterization is critical to understanding the behaviour of materials, and is crucial to guiding the rational design of materials and optimization of desired properties.
Locally disordered systems are difficult to study using traditional techniques, which often require long-range order in a structure. This makes disordered systems ideal candidates for study by advanced spectroscopic techniques, many of which are still emerging. These studies are a natural extension of Michael’s previous research, which focused on electronic and structural characterization using X-ray spectroscopy at synchrotron radiation facilities (particle accelerators designed to generate electromagnetic radiation for probing materials and their properties).
After having completed B.Sc. and M.Sc. programs at universities across the Canadian prairies, Michael jokingly assures us the weather in California had nothing to do with his decision to study in Santa Barbara. Despite his many interests and dedication to scientific research, Michael never misses an opportunity to get involved, and is excited to be a part of the vibrant research community at UCSB.
PhD (2015, Chemistry) University of California in Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
MS (2011, Chemistry) University of Saskatchewan, Canada
BS (2009, Chemistry) University of Alberta, Canada