Alumna, B.S. Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
jltaylor at wpi.edu
Jessica researched the photoelectrochemical properties of silicon wafers when subjected to liquid back contact of a redox couple. She has completed the fabrication of a liquid back contact electrode to perform open circuit voltage tests on and is now working on a second type that will be easier to use. If you think this project sounds interesting and would like to work on a similar MQP, then contact Prof. Grimm to join now!
What brought you to WPI?
I came to WPI because I had always had a passion for math and thought that I would go into that when I came to this institute. I was the captain of the varsity math team for multiple years in high school and felt the most confident in myself when I was working with numbers. It wasn’t until I took AP chemistry that I realized that I knew what I wanted to do in college. I came in as a chemical engineering student and didn’t feel quite right so I made a drastic change and went into computer science. I soon realized that what I was missing in chemical engineering was the lab chemistry and in the end of my sophomore year I made the final switch.
What are your research interests?
I am interested in analytical chemistry and researching subjects that I would not necessarily be able to learn about in class. I feel like analytical chemistry gives a great amount of power to chemists as we can learn, down to the most complex level, what we are working with.
What will you be doing immediately following your time at WPI?
After graduating from WPI, I joined Agilux Laboratories in Worcester, MA as an Associate Scientist GLP where I work on bioanalytical research for outside pharmaceutical companies.
What are your long term professional goals?
In the future, my plan is to gain experience in various lab settings in order to become a lab manager.