Michelle Duran Chaves, Rice University

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Michelle was born in San José, Costa Rica. She got her B.S. in Chemistry at Universidad de Costa Rica in 2017. During her undergraduate studies, she had several opportunities to explore different areas, such as chemical quality control, industry R&D, and academic research in electrochemistry. The latter was the project that got her interested in academia and it was the reason why she decided to pursue a Ph.D. 

Michelle joined Rice University in July 2019 as a doctoral student in the Chemistry Department. Now, she is a Ph.D. Candidate in Matteo Pasquali’s laboratory. She studies the fundamental chemistry of nanomaterials, such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs). Her main goal is to produce macroscopic materials, like fibers and films, with promising properties for applications in energy, aerospace, biomedicine, and others.  

Outside of her academic interests, Michelle is a music&art enthusiast, she loves exploring museums and going to live concerts. She also enjoys sports (mostly soccer and tennis). 

I’d love to chat about my experience at Rice and answer any questions that you might have! Feel free to contact me.