Anna Melker

Graduate Student

Anna graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 2012 and received a B.A. in Chemistry with an environmental studies concentration and French minor. During her time as an undergraduate, Anna conducted thesis research on water splitting catalysts with Dr. Jonas Goldsmith. In the summer of 2010, she participated in a NSF-REU at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in the lab of Dr. Ryan Hayward, where she worked on the synthesis of new materials for applications in the polymer electrolyte membrane of fuel cells. After graduation, Anna was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Sweden for 2012-2013. At Uppsala University, 70 km north of Stockholm, she worked on artificial photosynthesis with Dr. Leif Hammarström, investigating Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer reactions in molecules designed to mimic the active site of Photosystem II. In 2013, Anna was awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and began her doctoral studies in Chemistry at UCSB under the direction of Dr. Craig Hawker.