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Veronika A. Szalai joined NIST in 2010 as a Project Leader in the Energy Research Group of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST). She received an A.B. in Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Yale University, where her thesis work centered on biophysical measurements of water oxidation chemistry in photosynthesis. After completing post-doctoral work on DNA electrochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Veronika advanced to the rank of tenured associate professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. During that time, she and her group elucidated the biophysical chemistry of copper and the amyloid peptide of Alzheimer’s disease and developed methods to create guanine quadruplex-based DNA nanostructures. As part of the CNST, her laboratory provides facility users with advanced electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopic characterization of biological nanostructures and tools for in operando reactivity measurements of nanomaterials for artificial photosynthesis applications.
Energy Research Group
A.B. Chemistry - Bryn Mawr College
Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry - Yale University