Jill Williamson

Jill Williamson

Year Entered
2016

Hometown
Ruckersville, VA, USA

Undergraduate Degree
William & Mary, BS Chemistry, 2016

Research Group
Leibfarth

Current Research Focus
Cā€“H functionalization of commodity polyolefins

Short Bio
Jill was raised near the Shenandoah National Park in central Virginia. She went on to study chemistry under the advisement of Dr. Jonathan Scheerer at The College of William & Mary. Working in a synthetic organic lab, she decided to pursue an Organic Chemistry Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill. Shifting to an application-based focus, she joined the Leibfarth group in its inaugural year to try her hand at synthesizing polymers. In collaboration with the Alexanian group, she and Dr. Leibfarth have developed a platform methodology towards functionalized commodity polyolefins, an alternative to recycling that they call "upcycling".

Why did you choose UNC Chemistry?
UNC's professors are by far the most approachable and humble people to have the honor of learning from. They truly care about graduate students' mental health, physical wellbeing, and overall atmosphere of the department.

What are your future plans?
Currently, she plans to pursue a postdoc after finishing her Ph.D. and then venture into the academic realm to start her own lab.