Erin Morissette
Undergraduate Student
Department of Physics
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA

I am currently researching the carrier dynamics of various sulfides for their use in photovoltaics (specifically tin disulfide). I work to characterize synthesized single crystals via terahertz spectroscopy with Professor Lyubov Titova’s ultrafast laser in Olin Hall, and this method reveals the dynamics of the carriers with sub-picosecond time resolution.

Why WPI?

The diversity of opportunities is what brought me to WPI – focused strength in math, science, and engineering is extremely well-balanced by the Humanities program and social science projects. As an undergraduate, I am being rigorously and competitively prepared for the technical aspects of the physics and chemistry field, becoming well-versed in the art of group skill, all while still pursuing a passion for music.

What are your research interests?

So far, I have enjoyed pursuing experimental material science in the effort to further advance solar energy. I find the complexity of solid-state physics challenging, and I also really like being a part of the physics-chemistry-mechanical engineering collaboration across departments of WPI. Additionally, I am involved in theoretical astrophysics research concerning black holes.

What will you be doing immediately following your time at WPI?

Upon graduating, I hope to enter industry and discover which specific discipline I am the most passionate about. Then, I will pursue a Master’s degree and possibly continue on to a doctoral degree for this topic.