Kara grew up in Brooklyn, NY. In February of 2015, she received her bachelor’s degree from The City College of New York with a major in environmental chemistry. While there, she worked under the supervision of Prof. Urs Jans Ph.D. in the chemistry department. Her undergraduate research was on investigating the anaerobic degradation of flame retardants. In the summer of 2014, Kara received a fellowship from The Division of Science to work with the U.S. Geological Survey at The New Jersey Water Science Center. During her fellowship, Kara researched the occurrence and distribution of mercury along New Jersey coastal sediments.
Kara’s interest in interdisciplinary fields of chemistry and environmental science led her to pursue graduate research. In September 2015, Kara entered the Ph.D. program in chemistry at the City University of New York (CUNY) under the supervision of Prof. Dӧrthe Eisele, Dr. rer.nat. Kara investigates the fundamental science of energy transfer in novel nanomaterials with the goal of guiding rational design of innovative next-generation solar cells. Her dissertation is focused on understanding the subtle characteristics of energy transfer mechanisms in novel nanomaterials such as supramolecular aggregates and hybrid systems of supramolecular aggregates and inorganic materials.
Selected Publications and Presentations:
Meuhlethaler, C., Ng, K., Gueissaz, L., Leona, M., Lombardi, J.R., Raman and SERS characterization of solvent dyes: An example of shoe polish analysis. Dyes and Pigments 137: 539-552 (2017).
Ng, K., Belh, S., Chowdury, A., Yehya, N., Patel, M., Huffman, G., Eisele, D.M. Near-field scanning optical microscopy investigations of individual supramolecular light-harvesting nanotubes. Poster session presented at: 252nd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, August 21-25, 2016, Philadelphia, PA.
Ng, K., Szabo, Z., Reilly, P.A., Barringer, J.L., and Smalling, K.L., An assessment of mercury in estuarine sediment and tissue in Southern New Jersey using public domain data. Marine Pollution Bulletin 107: 22-35 (2016).