Ian VonWald

Ian VonWald

Year Entered

Midland, MI, USA

Undergraduate Degree
University of Michigan, BS Chemistry and BMA in Violin Performance, 2014

Research Group

Current Research Focus
I study the synthesis and characterization of the structure, morphology, and charge transport in conjugated polymer brushes.

Short Bio
After growing up in Michigan's most boring city, Midland, I moved to the lovely Ann Arbor to study violin performance and chemistry. Then, after a stint at an analytical consulting company, I came to Chapel Hill ready to return to academics. While at UNC I've been lucky enough to invest into several new and old hobbies, including volleyball, tennis, piano, running, mental health/self care, and exploring the triangle.

Why did you choose UNC Chemistry?
I felt far more comfortable and valued at UNC than on my other visits. The culture of Wei's group is supportive and open, with many promising funding and research opportunities. The department as a whole is friendly and lacks the overly competitive atmosphere that characterizes some chemistry PhD programs.

What are your future plans?
I will likely pursue a career in industry or government, with a general interest in data analysis, management, and policy. Overall, my desire is to find research or non-research projects that will directly impact others' lives in a positive way.