Kaci Kuntz

Kaci Kuntz

Year Entered
2014

Hometown
Carlsbad, NM, USA

Undergraduate Degree
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Research Group
Warren

Current Research Focus
My research pertains to two dimensional (2D) nanomaterials. After synthesizing and modifying 2D nanomaterials, I characterize the resulting optical properties, study of the material composition, and investigate electronic properties through photoemission spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, electrochemical techniques, and simulations.

Short Bio
In 2009, I earned a dual Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Then, I spent several years working in academia as a research scientist, in industry as a chemical technician, and in secondary education as a math teacher. In 2014, I began graduate school at UNC Chapel Hill.

Why did you choose UNC Chemistry?
I elected to attend UNC because of the interdisciplinary nature of the department. My research interests are at the intersection of materials and physical chemistry. UNC chemistry allowed the majority of my courses to be in physical chemistry, however, I work in a polymer and materials research group. The diversity of expertise in research groups and the ease of collaborating across disciplines within the department are the reasons I chose this program.

What are your future plans?
My aim is to become a professor at a university that emphasizes teaching, interdisciplinary research, and collaboration within the department and university.