Chloe Groome


PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, UC Irvine, expected 2022
MS, Materials Science and Engineering, UC Irvine, 2018
BS, Physics, UCLA, 2015


Computational nanocatalysis


Chloe Groome is a graduate student researcher in Materials Science and Engineering at UC Irvine working for Professor Regina Ragan. Her work is currently using computer simulations to explore how single atoms of cheap metals can be stabilized to replace expensive platinum in hydrogen fuel cells and catalytic converters in cars. She is also interested in nanocatalysis driven by confined light and would like to combine experimental and computational work to explore this area in the future.

Why is science communication important to you?

I've had a lot of different jobs. I worked in an electrical engineering lab, for an aerospace company, a particle physics lab, a microscopy center, an inorganic synthesis group, a software company, and then landed in Materials Science for my PhD, a field that mixes every other science together to solve problems. In short, I know what it's like to drown in science jargon. We can do better science now by talking across fields and we can do better science in the future by engaging and inspiring more people to start.

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