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OSA/MRS Congressional Fellowship

Materials Research Society/The Optical Society

Term: 2016-2017
Felicia Lucci

Felicia Lucci expects to earn her Ph.D. in chemistry from Tufts University this summer where she studied surface catalyzed chemical reactions that are important to industrial catalysts and energy production. Through collaborations with both theoretical chemists and chemical engineers, her research guided the design of a new generation of improved platinum based catalysts with enhanced reactivity and selectivity that utilized single isolated reactive atoms in inert metallic hosts.
She received her B.A. in chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA where she first developed an interest in disseminating scientific results. In graduate school, her volunteer efforts emphasized empowerment of the general public and young chemists to make educated decisions based on scientific fact. As chair of the Northeastern Section Younger Chemist Committee, she created opportunities to increase the interaction of young chemists with established chemists locally, nationally, and internationally. She also developed classes on renewable energy and nanoscience specifically targeted to multiple audiences including elementary students, high school students and senior citizens. Though the scientific topics of her volunteer work have been diverse from alternative energy to science diplomacy, she has been committed to communicating impactful scientific results to the general public. Thus she is excited for the opportunity to further interactions between scientists and policy makers as the MRS/OSA Science and Engineering Congressional Fellow.